Money diaries: Beyond all measures

Another week, another numbers obsession. When I thought I couldn't do better in penny-pinching, life offers something something quite magical and absurd when I quietly think about it.

Last week, I set a new record of value driven action. I do not know how else to describe it. It's not exactly additional income and it's not an expenses. I don’t feel like I am in control of life, but it’s back to being me – with a little excitement, for now.

Here's what happens:

Software reviews online- $50 USD in gift card
It takes about 10 minutes (while eating cupcakes) to answer two pages of question and core $10 Amazon gift card for each review. Limited to 5 gift cards per person.

Attending event – RM700 in gifts
Hurrah for this one. Marketers want social attention and I enjoy attending pastel-colored events. You either go back with massive value (above RM300) or things that end up in the charity pile.

Economic moats -RM40
They are right about brand value and investing in moats. I sold an old LV catalog. The best part? I got those for free (swear I didn’t buy LV) when I visit one of the boutiques.

Purchase refunds – RM130
I was frustrated with my purchase at Lazada for some time because there was no way of filing a written complaint about non-delivery. But the system automated the refund this week. I also sent redelivery request to purchase I made on Amazon and got a full refund.

Say “hi” - RM25 in meal
It so happens that I talked to the stranger at the table beside. Not marvel agents of MLM, we talk about life views. And my meal was paid. Maybe it was some sort of psychological therapy for the person.

Thrifting - 10 minutes
I bought a Royal Selangor designer collection pendant for RM1.

Thus, that's the end for one week. It's nothing fancy, pretty straightforward things, just more finely done for the week.