Sunday, October 28, 2012

How to get Your first car for FREE In Malaysia

Before making a down payment for a new car purchase, please consider getting a used vehicle. The secret is to take advantage of the no-claim discount or NCD

The tactic here is to use a very cheap old car and pay low insurance premium for the first five years. When you've reach the maximum no claim discount, only then would you pursue your dream car.


Buying a 15 year old proton sage 1.5l (automatic, power steering)
Cost: RM5,000 (pay cash)
Insurance: RM277.50 (comprehensive) or 3rd party which is cheaper.
Maintenance cost for an old car is much lower than the interest payment for a new car. After 5 years, 
buy your dream car.


Buying a new Honda Civic 1.8 iVtec
Cost: RM113,800
Insurance: RM3,225.90
After a NCD, you get a 55% discount. This means you only need to pay RM1,451.65 and you save RM1,774.25 every year onwards for car insurance premium alone!

RM1,774.25 x 3 = RM5,322.75. With only three years, you already save that much assuming you did not kiss other people's car and enjoy the full NCD, and did not make a claim. So you can consider your 1st car FREE!

Credit To kclau- Money Tips for Malaysian

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Warren Buffett's Timeless Advice: 'Don't Make This Mistake'

Warren Buffett and Becky Quick
CNBC/Lacy O'Toole
Warren Buffett and Becky Quick

Warren Buffett has some timeless advice for investors that he can't repeat too many times.
At the end of his live, two-hour appearance with Becky Quick on CNBC's "Squawk Box" this morning, she gave him a chance to do a free association reaction to a single word: "buy."
Here's his response:

"I say, basically, 'hold.' The idea that the European news or slowdown in this or that or anything like that, that would not cause you to, if you owned a good farm and had it run by a good tenant, you wouldn't sell it because somebody says, 'Here's a news item,' you know, 'This is happening in Greece' or something of the sort.

"If you owned an apartment house and you got to raise the rents a little and it was well located and you had a good manager, you wouldn't dream of selling it.
"If you had a good business personally, a local McDonald's franchise, you wouldn't think of buying or selling it every day.

"Now, when you own stocks, you own pieces of businesses, and they're wonderful businesses. You can pick the best businesses in the world.

"And to buy or sell on current news is just crazy.  You're in a wonderful business. You've got people running it for you. You know you're going to do well over five to ten years. And to think news events should cause you to dance in or out of something that's a wonderful game is a terrible mistake.

"So, get into a bunch of wonderful businesses and stay with them...

"I've been buying all my life.  I bought my first stock when I was 11-years old and it was about three months after Pearl Harbor, and Corregidor was falling, and they had the Death March at Bataan and all the news was terrible. It was a great time to buy stocks. And I should have held that stock forever, and I've been buying stocks ever since."

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

5 Apps That Help You Manage Your Money

After two weeks yelling at Siri to “make me some cash”, I gather it’s not going to happen. Apple really shouldn’t release these features before they’re ready. And the finance apps aren’t any better; I’ve downloaded like 500 of them, but the only difference is my bank account shrunk by $495. Still, there are solid apps that stand out from all the rubbish in the store; and I have five of them listed here:

In our next upgrade, Siri swears at you on full volume when you swipe your credit card.

1. Wallet

Lemon, yeah, that describes the condition of most Singaporeans’ savings. Going sour. Anyway, the lemon app creates a digital backup of your wallet.
Lemon lets you scan and categorize your credit and debit cards. There’s a PIN to view the card details, which stops this app from taking first place in Identity Thieves Quarterly. The upside to this is that you don’t need to dig out your cards all the time: If you’re at the AXS machine, for example, you can check your phone and enter details instead of using the card.
It also works for things like ICs. Sort of. The images can be fuzzy, and for some reason the App’s default label for my IC was “Batman”. Huh.

My wallet
Squint harder. Feel free to invade my privacy and all.

Lemon also lets you scan receipts, and tallies them for you. You can  opt to see the accumulated receipts over the last 7 days, 30 days, or on a specific month and year. For convenience, divide them into your own expenditures and your family’s expenditures.
Apart from some teething problems (it can take annoyingly long to scan some receipts), this is a solid money management app. Oh, and it’s free.

2. Piggie

As in Piggy Bank. This is a budget management app; what makes it stand out is simplicity.
Open Piggie and you’ll see many lists of expenditures. You can check the history of your expenses by day, week, month, or year. Piggie also draws up a Today vs. Yesterday comparison, so you can see if that new credit card is throttling your common sense.
Below the list are two buttons: One to input new income or memos, and another to key in expenses. Try to input an expense, and the app will ask you for a category: Dining out, groceries, petrol, etc. It’s quick and painless to input expenses, which is what makes Piggie shine: Just tap the category and you’re done.

Piggie expenditure
Piggie needs an accumulation of data to get going. But it’s easy to read.

My only gripe with this app are the instructions. Mainly, they don’t frigging exist. After the download, you’re left to figure everything out on your own. I wouldn’t have spotted the wireless Dropbox sync without 20 minutes of aimless twiddling.
Piggie is very basic; but unless your personal finance involves stock movements or something, it’s decent. It’s temporarily free in the App store, so get it now.

3. Toshl

The main point of Toshl is seeing where your money’s going. I already know the answer to that (out of my wallet is where) but Toshl makes it specific.
After Toshl gathers sufficient data (use it for a month or so), it draws up some spending graphs. Toshl tracks what categories you’re spending money in, how you spent most of it, and when you spent it. This is displayed in a bar graph.
I also like that Toshl uses a time graph:

Input is pretty straightforward; when you buy something, just enter the price and tap the appropriate tag. On that note: I do wish there were some pre-loaded tags; it’s annoying have to create them all from scratch. But once you have a range of tags it’s easy to just select from them.
You can also pre-set a budget. For example, you could key in “Budget for food: $200″. Then every time you buy something and hit the “food” tag, it automatically subtracts from the food budget. The remaining amount in any budget is displayed like a life bar in a video game; quick and easy to check.

Budget bar

You can also select multiple tags for one purchase, in case you have multiple budgets going. So say I have a budget for “comics” and “novels”. If I input “books” as an expense, it could be set to deduct from both budgets.
Toshl is free; if something’s burning a hole in your pocket, use this to find the culprit.

4. Spendings

This is the most streamlined, no-frills personal finance app. Even Piggie looks more decorated than this.
Download Spendings and you get a tri-colour (black, white, and blue) list. It tracks your budget. If you want multiple budgets, you’ll need to buy the $0.99 upgrade; a bit off-putting, when apps like Toshl give you such features for free.

About as exciting as a pocket calculator I’m afraid…

As with Piggie, there are no instructions. But no complaints there, because a chimpanzee could figure out how to work this. When you first open it, the app asks you a bunch of questions: Your name, how much you make, your payment cycles…just like talking to a gold digger at a speed dating event.
Once it’s all recorded, you just input expenses as they come; the app automatically subtracts from your budget. That’s it. The basic version of Spendings is free in the app store.

5. Oranges 2 Apples

Oranges 2 Apples is from Dan Ariely, who wrote Predictably Irrational. The app counters the inherent lack of logic in our buying behaviour.
When you open the app, you’re asked to list your favourite things at different price ranges. The next time you want to buy something expensive, just input the amount. The app gives you a range of lower priced alternatives. For example:

Hired Assassin input

Based on my earlier entries, these are the alternatives the app gives me:

Who the hell buys half a computer accessory?

Keep insisting on buying, and the app will keep throwing alternatives in your face. So you’ll eventually be cured of the desire to overspend.
This app is free; so if you’re an impulsive shopper, download it.

Source: Yahoo Fiance