If you’ve been looking for smart ways to save money in Nigeria, then you’re welcome to the right page. Here in this blog post, I will show you different methods I’ve personally been using to discipline myself when it comes to saving money.
I don’t know the reason why you’re embarking on this, but either you’re saving money for your next vacation, you’re about to start a business, for emergency purpose or any other reason(s), I’m sure if you take my simple recommendations here seriously, you’ll be glad you did.
Saving money in Nigeria has been one of the things we practice in our culture. I can remember when I was in primary school, we do save part of our money with a trusted pupil in our class. We do this for different reasons, either to buy something (like wall-clock) or buy a gift for our favorite class-teacher. Then, we also save for our personal use, we can save N10 denominations till it reach certain amount we need.
Also, our parents do the same thing. I can remember it’s called “Ajo” in Yoruba language. That’s a system where a group of people save money with someone they trust. They collect this money contributed according to how their names are aligned in the list.
All down to this modern age, we save money in Nigeria by simply depositing it in bank, which has been great, because it was the safest ways to save money in Nigeria until there’s advancement in technology.
Yes, I don’t really recommend saving money in bank these days because of some arrant fees the bank will be deducting until they deduct N5,000 to N3995.80!
That means both bank and the traditional ways to save money in Nigeria is NOT recommended by me. You might be thinking like; ‘hey, which way are we going to use again?’. Well, that’s why you’re here.
But before I list those ways, let me tell you that: I’m not against using either any of the Banks in Nigeria or the traditional methods like ‘Piggybank or Ajo’ to save money in Nigeria.
Let me tell my reasons for not recommending them;
Why Banks & Other Traditional Methods Are Not ‘Okay’ to Save Money in Nigeria
- The Arrant Charges: The first reason why Banks are not recommended to save your money is because part of the money you’re saving (in your mind) will be deducts gradually till you realized that it’s better to save the money under your carpet instead of depositing it in bank.
Also, if you’re saving money with someone (in traditional method), the person will collect some fee from you. In my area, it’s actually the first amount you save and you may also need to pay for drift card.
- Temptation: You’re saving money in bank or with someone and you need something that’s not really useful to you (maybe like luxurious clothes, shoes or food), sometimes, it might be because your friends are doing something and you want to do it also, it will be easier for you to go and withdraw all your money in bank or go the person helping you to keep your money and collect your life-savings…
… at the end of the day, you’ll realized temptation has taken over you!
- Fraud: What if someone wire away all the money in bank or you’re tricked until you personally send your money to a fraudster? Yes, there are cases of cyber scams in Nigeria and they’ve even did it to a minster of the federation, so don’t think you’re special or safe.
When it comes to the traditional method, the person can easily run away or pretend as if the money is stolen etc.
- Your money is just sleeping: After the bank might have taken their charges or the ‘Alajo’ the person whom you’re saving your money with, have taken his or her fee, you’ll collect the exact amount you save. Meaning, the money is sleeping instead of working for you while you’re saving it.
Now, let me show you the smart ways to save money in Nigeria and compare it with what you’ve read above.
Top Passive Ways to Save Money in Nigeria
Here are the smart ways of saving money in Nigeria;
1. Use Digital ‘Piggybank’ Like PiggyVest
If you’ve been using piggybank or ‘kolo’ in your house, how are you coping with temptation and securing it from being altered or stolen by someone else?
Well, that’s one of the traditional ways to save money in Nigeria, but can we now go digital?
Using digital piggybank will safe you from temptation or fear of insecurity. And you know what? You will earn interest on any amount you save!
There are many digital Piggybank to save money online in Nigeria, but I’m personally using PiggyVest.ng and I recommend you start using it to save today!
PiggyVest is not a bank but they help small-business owners with loan and they get the money they give out to these business owners from the money their customers save with them.
They’re partnered with one of the most prestigious banks in Africa, so your money is kept in a safe account and PiggyVest is insured. But here are few reasons I recommend Piggyvest;
Why you need to start using Piggyvest to save money in Nigeria
- You Earn Interest
Just like you know, if they lend money to someone, that person must pay an INTREST on the money borrowed, from that INTREST received, they compensate all the people who save money with them.
- You can Invest
Apart from the fact that you can earn interest, you also use the money you’ve saved to invest on a business through the Investify program on PiggyVest.
- You can Earn Referral Bonus
If you invite anybody with your referral link or code to join Piggyvest and those people take action by completing the registration and start saving, you’re earn N1,000.
The first day I registered, I completed my registration and save my first money, I got my referral code and shared on my WhatsApp status, I earn N8,000 that day because 8 people signed up through my referral link.
- You’ll Also Earn N1,000 for joining
You will automatically be given N1,000 as soon as you sign up.
- Piggyvest can Discipline you
You can lock your savings till when you’ll need it. Let say for instance, you need N50,000 in the next 3 months, you can be saving N600 per day or N4200 per week.
Do you know that something else can come up and you may just spend your money any day? But with Piggyvest, you can set it to be;
- Deducting N600/day or N4200/week from your bank account
- You can lock the money you’re saving till you need it, either 3 weeks or 3 years.
There are also some benefits you’ll enjoy, if you choose Piggyvest as a medium to save money in Nigeria.
Note that, you can be saving for as low as N100!
2. Buy & Keep Bitcoin
Do you know about cryptocurrency?
Cryptocurrency is charging millions of entrepreneurs to billionaires, that’s if you’re a smart trader.
Buying and keeping Bitcoin is another smart way to save money in Nigeria, because, BTC rises.
Let say you buy a bitcoin worth N20,000 today just to save that N20k, bitcoin can rise and your 20k worth of BTC can turn to N50,000!
I always buy bitcoin whenever I want to save money.
Although, there are many places you can buy bitcoin (and other cryptos) in Nigeria, but I’m using Luno because it’s safe and it’s 100% best for Nigerians.
Note that if you want to convert your bitcoin to cash, you can also use Luno to sell your bitcoin. But I will advise that you trade your BTC to earn more money. If you don’t know how to trade cryptocurrency, kindly ignore.
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3. Treasury Bills
One of the smartest ways those rich businessmen invest and save their money in Nigeria is through Treasury bills. And to God be the glory, this unique investment opportunity is open for everybody in Nigeria.
This is how it work;
You go to your bank that you want to invest in T-Bills and you’ll be given a form to fill. The minimum days you can invest in T-Bills is 90-days (or 3 months) and you’re going to earn interest in the money you invested with.
Treasuring Bills in Nigeria is very profitable and will help you guard your money without any deduction from back… If you want to know, check the recommended post below;
RECOMMENDED: How to Invest in Treasury Bills in Nigeria
Start T-Bills as one of the methods you save money in Nigeria.
4. Invest in Real Estate
The best investment in the world is ‘Real Estate Investment’.
2/3 of richest people in the world are in one way into real estate business. An example is Donald Trump, the President of United States of America.
Do you know why Real Estate is one of my most recommended ways to save money in Nigeria? It’s simply because it makes your value (or money) to ‘appreciates’.
Let say you have the sum of N500,000 and you want to save it, the best way to do that is to buy a land.
If you buy a plot of land and finish all the papers with that your N500k, you’ll never regret you did.
Because as times goes, on that same land can appreciate up to N2.5million within a year, meaning you earn N2m as profit!
If you have big money to save, don’t use bank, start thinking about real estate.
5. Start a Profitable Business like Mini-importation
You’re actually thinking of saving your money but here is a business offer, what is happening?
Well, instead of keeping your money somewhere idle, think of using the money to start a business. And here, I recommend starting a mini-importation business.
Any business under ecommerce are fetching money these days, dropshipping and mini-importation is also not left behind. But how does this business work?
If you want to learn more about mini-importation, check this blog post here – in that post, I talked about dropshipping but I also explain in details what you need to know about Mini-importation.
Mini-importation business is when you buy some products from foreign countries at cheaper price and you sell here in Nigeria at higher price (at least above how much you bought it).
The secret to a successful mini-importation business in Nigeria is to find what is called ‘hot-selling products’ and you ship to sell in Nigeria.
Mini-importation is very advisable, if you’re really looking for a smart way to save money in Nigeria.
…. And that’s all about Smart Ways to Save Money in Nigeria
I have aligned 5 best ways to save your money in Nigeria and earn passive income, instead of leaving your money idle in bank or keep it someone acclaimed to be a trusted person, who can run away with your money anytime.
My first recommendation is to use Piggyvest and I’m sure you remember the benefits attached to using it to save your money? Apart from Piggyvest, you can also save money in Nigeria by buying bitcoin using Luno and maybe trade to earn more.
Then I told you about investing in Nigeria’s Treasury Bills, Real Estate and finally using the money to start a profitable business that will produce your money soon, and Mini-importation is one of these businesses.
Once again, I’m not against saving money in bank but as the title of this post says, Smart ways to save money in Nigeria – a way to save & Invest passively.
Feel free to tell me (using the comment box below) the one you’ll start utilizing soon and I will answer any question you have on it. And don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list in order to receive free updates and freebies from me.
How To Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria – (10 Easy Steps)
Have you ever want to launch your own logistics business in Nigeria but don’t know how to start or what exactly to do? I’m going to show you an easy and practical approach to starting a profitable logistics or delivery business in the country.
Do you know that some businesses are complementary to others? Yes, they work for the benefit of both businesses. And in this age of the Internet, the tendency to shop online continues to increase as the days go by, hence, the need for a complementary service, that’s a service to fulfill the deliveries.
Logistics or delivery business in Nigeria or any place in the world is not ending soon because almost all e-commerce business owners or companies are now on the internet and they need a logistics company to help bridge the gap between the end of the buyers.
Just in case you don’t know much about the logistics business, below is a quick explanation;
Understanding How Logistics Business Work
In a business sense, logistics aid the movement of goods/services from the manufacturer/wholesaler to the consumer. By definition, it sounds simple but by the implementation, it is rather complex. This is why manufacturing firms sparingly have their own logistics team—relying on an independent logistics company.
Logistics companies are tasked with the responsibility of the planning, implementing, and movement of goods, services, and other valuables from the point of origin to the final consumer. The origin of logistics can be traced back to world war 1 (WWI) and WWII where the military had to make supplies available for their soldiers.
Logistics is now a full-fledged business today and lots of money can be made. This is why I’ve made this post to guide you on starting a logistics business in Nigeria.
If you have ever shopped on Jumia, Konga, Amazon, Aliexpress, and other top online shopping sites, I’m sure you understand that the guy or company that picked the products from the manufacturer’s warehouse and delivered to you, in operating under what we know as logistics business.
Now, let’s talk about starting your own logistics business in Nigeria or anywhere in the world!
How to Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria: 10 Steps!
#1. Develop Your Business Plan
Writing your business plan is the first step to take when starting a logistics business in Nigeria. Many take this for granted but having one is pretty important. You really don’t need to have good writing skills or be a business expert before crafting a good business plan.
Although, there are a lot of services that can assist you in generating a business plan I advise you to write manually or hire the someone who can personally do it for you.
Since your business plan will be your guide as you grow your logistics business, a personalized version will always come in handy. I won’t go into great detail here as we already have a post on writing a business plan and a free template.
Check this guide on how to write a good business plan.
So, let’s talk about the next important step!
#2. Get Your Capital
After your business plan, the next thing is to get your capital – which you know is very important. And there are several ways you can source for your capital. You can choose to finance it personally or get a loan from the bank.
Getting a loan or financing your logistics business yourself has its pros and cons and it’s totally up to you. Lots of commercial banks would be willing to offer you a loan, you can as well apply for business grants which will save you from the stress of providing collaterals.
Once the funding is acquired, the next step is to;
#3. Get an Office Space
You don’t need a big warehouse, but an office where you can attend to clients and enquires in case a company or a customer need to see you before transacting with your company.
Ensure your office is well decorated, not beautifully but professionally.
- Your main office should be separated from where you keep customer goods
- Your office should be easily located, don’t rent an office space very far to the main road
- Your business location should be google (You can hire me for this)
If you’ve got your office space, then do this:
#4. Choose Your Delivery Mode
Logistics business in Nigeria can take different forms. We’ve got companies who make use of motorcycles, buses, mini-vans, or trucks. You can start with one of these, or you could mix them up for flexibility.
Knowing what means to use for transportation will determine what you choose to use as your capital. Using a motorcycle/bike means less capital expenditure but also, it limits you to carry certain goods.
Also, you’d be choosing between:
- Intra-state (e.g within Lagos state)
- Inter-state (e.g Within and outside Lagos state – to Kwara State, etc.)
- Inter-countries (e.g from the USA, China, etc to Nigeria)
Or perhaps, you can decide to do both but keep in mind that you’ll have to learn more travel routes in a short span of time.
Okay, the next up in purchasing the tools needed for your business and also, hiring some personnel to fill out different positions. From our definition of logistics, it is very evident that you will be needing a good number of workers to ensure everything is carried out seamlessly.
#5. Buy Necessary Equipment & Vehicles
You need to buy important Items like computers, stationery, dispatch box, telephones are some of the important items needed to run a successful logistics business in Nigeria. With these and more in place, it is expected that you have an effective logistics business like the top brands in the country.
Considering your mode of delivery, you can buy some motorcycles or small buses and brand them with your business identity, just like the like of Jumia, etc.
Some logistics companies also partner with taxi drivers and okada riders to fulfill the deliveries instead of using their own cars, motorcycles, and drivers.
If you want to deal with inter-countries, then you need to grow your network with aviation companies.
#6. Setup a team or Employ Staff
About getting the necessary requirements, the next big deal is to set up your own team or employ some people to work with you.
Also, make sure to hire staff to fill out different positions and not just drivers. Asides from delivery, business management, customer care service, and planning need to be top-notch which the driver can’t do.
This team or staff includes;
- The drivers (if you have motorcycles or buses)
- The customer care agents
- The marketing team
If you don’t have enough money to pay staff, you can hire university students, or those people who are smart and conversant enough, then train them yourself or hire an expert to come and train your team.
#7. Register Your Business
If you want your logistics business in Nigeria to be taken seriously as a business entity, then getting your business registered should be a top priority for you. These days people are getting more aware of fraudulent businesses. Failure to register yours puts up a red flag for potential customers.
Looking at it critically, the cost of registering your business with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission isn’t expensive, so why not do it? Starting with N10,000, you can register your business in Nigeria. If you have a business name already for your logistics company but don’t have enough funds to register, you can reserve your business name for 6 months with just a little token of N500.
Check out our post on how to register a business name in Nigeria.
If you need me to register the business for you, it cost N25,000 and I will get your business approved and your business registration certificate will be sent to you, or you collect it yourself.
#8. Go Digital with Your Business
The world is digital itself, all businesses are going digital and if you’re not on the internet, then you don’t have a business yet. And when I say you should go digital, I’m not saying you should just open social media pages and that’s all.
You should try and get a professional website, do your google business listings, list your logistics business on business directories, do Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and of course, your business social media pages are important.
If you need a professional website design or development, my Web Design and Digital marketing agency can handle that for you. Kindly contact me here or visit our website here >>> https://www.gbolabyte.com
We can also handle your digital marketing, google business listing, SEO, and other digital or remote tasks you need us for.
Remember that most of your customers are online, you also need to get your business and the first approach is to get a business website for your logistics business in Nigeria.
#9. Brand Identity Design & Branding
Business identity and branding will really differentiate your business from other logistics businesses in Nigeria. When it comes to branding, you need the service of a professional graphics designer.
Note that some graphic designers are not experts when it comes to branding.
Branding is more than designing a logo, it involves anything that will make your business stands out. Brand Identity designer offers everything ranging from your logo, icons, social posts banners, ID cards for your staff, brand your company vehicles, brand your office equipment, and everything brandable.
This is very important and it goes along with your marketing, that’s what I’ll be explaining last!
#10. Market Your Business.
You’ve come a long way in starting your logistics business in Nigeria. As a new player, unless you’re extremely lucky, no one is going to find out about you. Which is why you’ve got to market your brand.
The top logistics firms in Nigeria like GIG Logistics, Creseada International Limited, Ocenj Logistics, and more didn’t get to where they are today by chance. They sent the word out about their business and then delivered on the customer’s expectations.
And in this age of the Internet, it’s much easier to market your business by using available tools like social media. Remember, you’ve got to offer something different from the rest, or make a service offered by your competition better. With these, your logistics business will soar to great heights.
Part of your marketing strategy is to try and connect with e-commerce website owners or companies in Nigeria so that they can recommend you to their customers. Try to reach out to these companies and your business network will continue to grow.
CONCLUSION – How to Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria
E-commerce is getting bigger by the day in Nigeria and this is why the logistics business in Nigeria as a complimentary service is getting more traction. And yes, like every business, this has its own risks but with a good management team, these risks can be reduced to its bare minimum.
At the moment, the logistics space in Nigeria isn’t that saturated which is a good reason to start as soon as you can. As you do, keep in mind the steps above as they’ll be your guide when you experience obstacles.
So, over to you, when do you wish to start your logistics business in Nigeria? And if you own one already, how did you start yours? Let’s hear from you!
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Full Speech on #EndSars Protest
Have you watched the broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech on the #EndSars protest? Well, many of us are opportune to watched it live on NTA (their YouTube channel).
We all know what’s happening in the country since two weeks ago and the President hasn’t until today, address the citizens of Nigeria. Before he went live to deliver his speech, Nigerians had set their expectations so high to listen to see what Mr. President planned to do with Lekki Toll gate’s Massacre, Police brutality, bad government, corruption and other things happening in the country.
But, well… Nigerians are left disappointed.
I know by now, you have being seeing some posts on social media by Nigerians, saying they need need to leave this country and travel to Canada and sort of cruise like that regarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech on #EndSars protest.
You’re eager to listen to it right? Worry no more! You can watch the video below or read the speech.
VIDEO: Full Broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari on #EndSars Protest
You can read the speech speech below;
ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ENDSARS PROTESTS, 22ND OCTOBER, 2020
It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.
2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.
4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.
5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.
6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.
7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.
8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.
9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.
10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.
11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:
a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,
b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,
c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and
d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.
13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;
e. N-Tech and
14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.
15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.
16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.
17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.
18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.
19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.
20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.
21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.
22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.
23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.
24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.
25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.
26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.
27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.
Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
That’s the full speech of President Buhari on #EndSars protest 😉
I don’t know what to say on this… But someone commented on Twitter that the President Buhari’s speech make the whole country “speechless” — Maybe that’s why I don’t know what to say.
But I know most Nigerians are disappointed.
But just in case you’re thinking of traveling out of the country and you don’t know how to start, here is how to get your international passport in Nigeria
What do you think about the 10 minutes speech? Kindly use the comment box below.
8 Effective Ways to Reduce Your Household Expenses
Are you finding it quite difficult to reduce your household expenses? Okay, don’t feel depressed, this page is what you need to get motivated and take that action!
Among all lessons we have learned during this COVID-19 “pandemic period”, one good lesson we should always stick to, is how to manage our funds and resources. Millions of people across the world became unemployed as a result of this world-renowned virus, but how do they survive? By simply cutting their expenses and wise management of their savings.
It is very important we learn how to manage our money wisely, or hence, we might end up becoming financially broke or a debtor. I know you don’t want that!
Today I’ll be showing you how to reduce your budget and lower your household expenses. These tips work for everybody, regardless of who you are, either you’re a 9-5 employee or an entrepreneur.
So, let’s check them together!
8 Ways To Reduce and Manage Your Household Expenses
Tip #1. Cut Off Your Cell Phone Plan
Having and using a cell phone is quite expensive when studied critically. No doubt they’re beneficial… but we also get charged for services, tax, etc., that we can’t even explain. This is why it’s important to choose a good cell phone plan.
According to NCC (Nigeria Communication Commission), Nigerians collectively spent about N450 Billion per month on recharge cards and data connections. That is approximately $1.17 million spent every month on cell phone plans.
You know what?
The amount of money spent on recharge cards and data connections covered about 73% of Nigerians’ expenses while the remaining 27% covered foodstuff, emergency funds, skincare, and other personal stuff.
I’m sure you’re one of those people enriching these telecommunication companies every month, I personally buy data worth N15,000 every month!
We need to learn how to reduce these expenses, and the best way we can do that is to reduce the hours we spent on social media apps (especially, Instagram and Facebook), YouTube, and online streaming sites.
Also, a prepaid plan is the most suitable option. You can get it with the major carriers at almost half the price of the regular plan. The beauty of prepaid plans are the added bonuses and incentives. Things like unlimited calls, unlimited SMSs, reduced call rates, and lots more.
If you’re looking to save some bucks, cut the regular plan and switch to a prepaid plan.
Tip #2. Do Away With Cable Subscription
One of the best ways you can reduce your household expenses is by ditching your cable plan. I know it feels good to lay on the couch after the day’s work… sipping your favorite drink… watching a good movie. I get it. But you’re on a budget and some things have to go.
Thankfully, we have digital platforms today where you can watch your favorite TV and sports shows. You can watch TV on YouTube, Netflix is a good option—it costs less per month, Showbox for Android users is great, or you could get a fire stick.
There are lots of these services out there, using any will help in maximizing your finances in the long run.
Tip #3. Get an Insurance
We live in a world where everything is risky either on land, in water, or at home. Accidents can happen anytime, you can start developing a kind of sickness any day, your car might develop faults and different unforeseen circumstances that may suddenly require you to spend money.
Sometimes, you have to borrow money from your friends, co-operative society, or take a loan from your bank, in order to take care of those issues.
But to help you manage your funds and reduce your expenses, Insurance plans are ready to cover that for you.
If you are a car owner, it is very important to have auto insurance. It comes in handy because you never know when uncertainties or accidents may occur. But the cost of these plans does take a toll on your finances.
You can always shop around for a less expensive plan. The big carriers tend to charge you higher than necessary. This may be due to you having certain covers you don’t need at the moment, or you’re probably in a wrong plan.
Take out time to review your current insurance plan, do away with covers you don’t need. Or better still, check out smaller firms with similar benefits but at a lower cost.
Tip #4. Cancel Memberships
Membership plans do get you exclusive features and other juicy benefits. This could be membership plans from your gym, Netflix, Amazon, or Audible. Whatever it is. If it’s not necessary at the moment, cancel it.
You wouldn’t miss much. There are alternatives you could check out: YouTube for Netflix, visit a local library in place of Audible, and work out at home instead of going to the gym. Remember, you’re trying to cut costs.
Tip #5. Consider Reducing Your Rent
It’s time to do away with luxurious living if you stay in a rented apartment. Take for instance you live in a 3 bedroom apartment…you could switch to a 2 bedroom or 1 bedroom to reduce household expenses.
Also, if you can, assuming this wouldn’t affect your work: try switching locations if possible. Certain areas are characterized by huge housing costs but you can change to less expensive areas if possible.
I know a guy who spent up to $2,500 (N800,000) on his new rented apartment, he had enough money in his savings to take care of feeding and other necessary stuff for the few months. But as an entrepreneur, he invested the savings on a business which went against him!
Dude is broke, and the next thing for him is to relocate to a small apartment which will cost N40,000 per year ($100/yr) instead of his previous N90,000 per year ($220/yr).
So, don’t be afraid to reduce your rent, change the location, and start looking for the bigger picture (stabilizing your business and getting your own house).
Tip #6. Cook in Your House, Stop Eating Outside!
Yes, you read right. And you’re asking if it’s possible? Of course, it is possible. We don’t tend to keep records of how much we spend on food and restaurants. I don’t do that.
And so we go ahead without knowing because we think the amount we spend per meal or snack is little. No, it’s not. When summed up, we could see how much we’ve spent and how big the amount is.
I was a regular fan of a restaurant close to my house. I spent up to N1500 on every meal. To me, I thought that’s cool and not too much to satisfy my belly. But at the end of the first 30 days, I realized that N45,000 has left my pocket on just a 1-square meal per day. And that doesn’t include the transport fare to buy the food, the tips, and money spent on food for another 2-square meal.
Averagely, I spent up to N60,000 in that month on food.
Again, you may think it’s very small when you’re spending it, but when you calculate the total money spent at the end of the month, you’ll see how much you’ve spent.
So, I decided to start buying foodstuffs and cooking at home (I have kitchen utensils already). I spent an average of N15,000 per month on foodstuff, and like N200 per day on other things I need to buy, that is N6,000.
It means I spend N21,000 on food I prepare myself instead of the previous N60,000 on outside food (saving N39,000)!
So please… stop eating out. Start cooking at home and see how much of an impact it makes. Yes, it might be difficult but you need to stop.
Tip #7. Reduce Your Grocery Bill
Staying with our previous tip, I asked you to cook at home. But wait! What if you’ve been spending more than you should on groceries? If you’re guilty of this (maybe you’re not) here’s how you can reduce your grocery bill.
You can start patronizing stores that offer discounts. Others may have deals like “By One, Get One Free”, or you could shop online using coupons. Don’t tell me you don’t love those deals…those discounts. You do, right? So go ahead and change your grocery store or supermarket.
Buy your groceries in bulk instead of buying at a very expensive price per one or two.
Also, notice those things you don’t really use and stop buying them or maybe, reduce the quantity.
Tip #8. Fancy Grooming… Are They Even Necessary?
Sure they are! I know we all crave those fancy stuff such as good shoes, chains, clothes, coffees with milk, cream, sugar, or whatever. But there comes a time when we need to sit back and ask: Do I really need this? Especially if you’re like me who is grinding to save some money.
Go get yourself a coffee maker and start making yours at home. If you’re not going to any occasion that demands you for new clothes, don’t buy it, if your shoe leather is getting worn-off, fix it by giving it to a professional shoemaker instead of disposing of it.
I know it’s convenient to get out there and fix your nails, make your hair, or do some makeup. Right now you need to consider doing these things yourself.
Are they difficult?
Not at all. Unless you’re too busy. If you’re not, pick up your phone and head over to YouTube to start learning these things and start saving money.
CONCLUSION – These Tips Will Help You Manage Your Funds and Reduce Your Expenses
There you have it: 8 Ways to Reduce your household expenses. I know we love to do all these things: we love to eat out, live in luxurious homes, have some fancy coffee daily, then come home to watch our cable TV.
But right now, you need to implement these tips above. If you can’t do it all, no problem. But make sure you implement the ones you can.
So over to you, which of these things will you be cutting? Let’s hear from you.
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