“Economy is bad.”

“I got no money lah.”

“No bonus payout this year – we’re lucky to even have a job!”

Sound familiar? But life goes on, and so does your cost of living. You have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and you need to indulge a little to keep yourself sane in this expensive climate. Here’s how you can do that while keeping expenses to a minimum, even from as low as RM1.50 per day!

Learn a new language

Twist your tongue a little by picking up a new language. We know this can be a daunting task (especially at this age!), so rather than worrying about paying your tuition fees every month, focus your energy on learning in a fun community setting instead! The Kwong Siew Free School teaches Mandarin and Chinese folklore once a week at RM440 across 11 months, or you can opt for Japanese classes at the Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur at only a registration fee of RM30. They offer 8 free-of-charge lessons across 8 weeks and classes begin in July this year.

Contact information

Kwong Siew Free School: 03 2078 2735

The Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur: 03 7846 5939

Escape the concrete jungle

Life can seem like an endless cycle of staring at computer screens and sitting in bad traffic. Get away from it all and make a day trip to Klang Valley’s beauty spots to refresh your mind and give your body a much-needed workout. Places like Chiling and Kanching waterfalls only charge an entrance fee of RM1, or if that’s a bit too rough-and-tumble for you, go for a relaxing stroll at the Perdana Botanical Gardens at only RM2!


Museums and libraries rarely spring to mind when planning one’s weekend, but you’ll be surprised how much fun and learning can be rolled into one! It’s a great alternative to spending a productive weekend with the family – many museums also grant free entries to children while local adults only pay RM2. The National Museum offers a free guided tour in multiple languages – for architecture enthusiasts, the building itself is a sight to behold! You can also pop by the Orang Asli Crafts Museum, the Museum of Malay World Ethnology, or Natural History Museum. There are many kid-friendly libraries in Klang Valley too, with annual memberships starting as low as RM10.

Eye and ear candy

Entertainment has never been more convenient – and cheap! From the comfort of your home, you can watch movies old and new from iFlix at RM8 per month or with Netflix starting from RM33 a month with a basic package. Plus, you get to save on parking fees at the cinema! For your latest jams, check out Spotify or KKBOX, both at RM14.90 a month. Music doesn’t feel as good without a CD, but it’s a lot better for the wallet!

Sharing is caring

If you’re tired of everything being about “me, me, me”, shift your focus to charity! RM1 a day may be, as some people say, “peanuts”, but it could mean the world to someone else. Depending on the cause you’re passionate about, you can conduct a quick and simple Google search for organisations you can donate to. Mercy’s Seringgit Sehari programme is dedicated towards health care for the less fortunate, or you can set aside RM38 a month to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). And to put things into perspective, RM1 can buy a vaccine dose to immunise a child against polio.

RM1.50 may seem very little, but it can do so much to enrich your life with new skills, experience, and fun activities. While you’re investing in your personal development and wellbeing, why not invest also in your own financial security? A simple RM1.50 a day can work towards protecting yourself financially from the cost of a major illness. Research shows that 1 in 4 people in Malaysia will develop cancer – we all hate to admit it, but it could be you or your loved one. And when tragedy strikes, it’s never just devastating emotionally. An ASEAN study found that almost 50% of patients experienced financial hardships within a year of a cancer diagnosis, concluding that better access to care and financial protection is vital.


Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and neither should you when it comes to deciding where to channel your funds towards. At just RM1.50 a day, AXA’s 200 CancerCare policy protects you at any stage of cancer and covers up to 200% of the Cancer Sum Insured. Visit 110cancercare.com for more information and to get the full quote.


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