Week 2 of my new life in cheap-as-chips Thailand… and this week I lived off a Chiang Mai budget of £27!
Let’s be clear here- I have already paid for my rent and my phone data (including unlimited wifi at Camp co-working space) for the month. These costs I have not included- I would prefer instead to publish a monthly budget, in a couple of weeks, with everything all averaged out.
I also did a large grocery shop the day before this week began, and that meant I barely had any food costs.
Anyway, let’s see where my clams have gone this week.
What did I spend my money on?
I am aiming to survive on 1,000 baht / £20 a week (mainly because it is a nice round number, one which will allow me to still have a life!).
I am still over what I would like, then; but a mere two weeks in I suppose I should cut myself some slack. A girl has to find her feet (and her cheap coffee vendor)!
Indeed, it is rather fascinating to look back at the week and see where the biggest expanses are. Naturally, they are associated with socialising; being that I am balls deep in the ‘someone please be my friend!’ stage and can’t really NOT go for coffees or lunch when invited.
How can I improve?
Actually, I think for my sanity I need to SPEND some money. I need a set of wheels- bicycle or otherwise. I can feel the first worrying signs of cabin fever creeping in, and I must avail myself up into the mountains, for some hiking and navel gazing, pronto.
This needs to happen regularly or I am susceptible to madness and/or hysterical outbursts. I’m not someone that can sit at a laptop all day, as I am fast realising. All the yuppie cafes in the world (and Chiang Mai enjoys an abundance) won’t keep me sane if I dont get my nature fix.
But we adapt! And we learn to do things our way! So next week… I’m going to brave the heat and start running every morning again, and I’m going to find a bicycle (*cough* Mum and Dad it’s my birthday soon *cough*).
And I’m going to stick to my free work-space to wipe that extra £7 of my Chiang Mai budget. Cut back on over-priced coffees. Till, miracle of miracles, I might start to make an income… Remember what one of those is?