Just over a week ago I got back from a great two week vacation that took me around Egypt (see my post about a Budget Egypt Vacation). On return I realized I had spent all my money (well I knew this would be the case), so waiting for checks to clear and money to flow I was stuck with no choice but to have an extremely frugal week.
And you know what? I really enjoyed the challenge of spending next to nothing!
On Monday and Tuesday eve I did do groceries as we was out of most things. My share of that cost was 76 Egyptian Pounds which works out at about $14. The food from the groceries kept me going all week.
On Friday eve I had to attend a friends birthday meal, luckily it was at her house and she insisted no one bring anything. That night cost me 17LE for Taxi’s ($3).
Then on Saturday, after a week stuck inside working I decided to reward myself and visit a cafe to work, something I normally do a few times a week. I spent 17LE there ($3).
Sunday went a little to hell though sadly. I had to go to the clinic downtown to get the last of my Hepatitis A+B shots… That cost me 175LE ($32) and we ate out…. shame on me! Eating out cost 50LE with tip and drinks ($9)
Overall Monday-Sunday was still very frugal even though I slipped up! I am mildly annoyed with myself but still I did well and intend to have many more weeks on this level.
I spent a total of approx $61 ($29 if you exclude the Hep A+B shot)…. A very frugal week indeed.
Reflections from my very frugal week?
I went without Junk Food for most of the week, except for Friday night when I ate Birthday cake and had some Diet Coke. My Sunday meal was a healthy meal of rice, bread and lentils but I did fall victim to Pepsi again! I don’t eat a whole lot of junk anyway but during my vacation I sure did and it was weird to suddenly cut it all. I am sure it helped greatly with my first full week back on Insanity Home Workout.
I wanted to eat out so badly all week… Eating out of the house is cheaper than USA here in Egypt so it tends to be my vice. This week I intend to abstain until Thursday when I have an eve at a new Thai Restaurant planned. We all need some rewards for our frugal hard work .
I refused to get cash help from my partner, she felt a little upset that I was seemingly stuck at home in misery. I didn’t feel that miserable but I must have looked it . I learned that I probably should take her help every now and then so she doesn’t feel like I think her help is bad and it eases my situation a little… This week of no money was a cash flow issue, not a lack of cash (however I guess if you justify one out of money situ it can move onto others and become a slippery slope).
I want more frugal weeks like this, it’s a good cleanse for the body and a great start to stripping my diet back to basics too.
Overall a very productive week in pursuing ultimate frugality.
Plans for this week…
This coming week could be harder as I have some cash in my account now so the temptation to spend on this and that is much more.
As I mentioned I will only eat out on Thur night and I still plan to skip all fizzy pop until the weekend.
I want to make Pizza, due to motivation from Eliminate The Muda’s excellent post: A Frugal Meal – Pizza, I will post about this if successful .
What are your plans for the coming week?