We all have to work. Some of us love it, some of us endure it. Sometimes it’s vocation, and sometimes it’s nothing more than a way to pay the bills.
Whatever your source of daily bread is, the nine to five isn’t always the pure source of income it would seem to be. The little expenses we incur throughout the working week can eat into our budgets or, worse, or weekend funds.
So here are five ways to stem the workday waste.
This is similar to exercise or Johnny Depp- I cannot over-emphasise it’s importance. I know all the arguments- hell, I’m a living and breathing embodiment of the arguments. Argument #1: It gives me something to do, to break up the workday.
Solution? Suck it up. Go for a walk, eat your lunch in the park. Argument #2: Sushi is cheap. Solution? Think it through- if ypu were eating one piece of sushi per sitting, that might be true. But if you’re like me, then you’ll buy three pieces, a miso and some mayonnaise and then realise you’re thirsty, and need to buy water as well. Save yourself a fortune- pack lunch.
There are workplaces where every day is a struggle, and the thought of a long time being spent there is akin to thinking about being stranded on a desert island with a textbook for reading matter. But if you think you might be at the workplace for longer than next week, why not talk to your co-workers or employer about buying a coffee machine? Coffee snobs aren’t going to be able to handle Nescafe, so recognize your own foibles and save yourself significant money.
Cappuccino machines are seriously cheap these days, and you’ll be the belle of the ball once it’s installed.
Petrol. Public transport. They all cost money, sometimes significant money. If you live within walking distance, why not save yourself some money and walk to work? Riding your bike is great too, unless you’re in Sydney, where it’s a brave and life-threatening decision. If you’re too far away, get organised and car pool to work. It isn’t too much of a hassle, and you’ll end up saving a lot of money.
Turn Off The Phone
The most amazing thing happened to me recently. I travelled up to Far North Queensland and stayed in a campsite that had no reception for a week. When I opened up the bill, I was shocked to see it was amazingly low. We’re so immune to mobile phones these days, we’ve forgotten how much they cost us. Yes, texts are only 25 cents but the sheer volume of them is costing you money. And we all know that they can kill productivity faster than water cooler gossip. Turn it off from nine to five and you’ll save money and work faster.
Friday Drinks In-House
Friday drinks are important. As long as they can be kept to a civilized drink or two, that doesn’t result in over-sharing with a boss or accidentally kissing a co-worker and making some water cooler gossip of your own, they’re a great way to let of steam and enjoy the people you work with. But they are expensive. Sure, a couple of beers doesn’t seem like much. But as a weekly occurrence, it can add up.
Why not have them in-house? Each week a different person can cater, and you’ll all save some important dollars.