I overspent in January, enough said. Mainly on personal care (e.g. facial items, body treatments etc.) and food. Apart from saving $500 into our joint account each month, I didn’t manage to save extra this time. I hope February will be better. And this will be last time I’m ever signing up for a treatment package. And I don’t even believe in getting packages, I prefer to go ala carte. But this time, I guess I was too weak-willed.
To make up for the money lost, I have decided to take up a new challenge in the month of February – to stop succumbing to temptations (stop buying my favourite avocado shake and expensive food items ever so frequently) and to eat cai png/cai fan (economical rice) daily – with a budget of $3.50/day which is manageable as I usually only order 3 veg or 2 veg + 1 meat. Yes, I love my greens.
Of course, there will be 1 – 2 cheat days but I will refrain from spending over $30 each time. For instance, I’m meeting my good friends this Sunday for steak and free-flow salad buffet and I know the exact price I’ll be paying as I’ve seen the menu online and it’s less than $30!
I could save a lot more if I bring home-cooked food to work. The only issue is my current workplace does not have a pantry area and eating in the office is prohibited. Therefore, if we do need to grab a bite, we’d need to go downstairs. While most of my colleagues settle for the nearest coffee shop, I tend to venture a little further as I don’t like to stick to one place for food, unless I’m absolutely addicted to it.
This is the reason why I hardly join my colleagues for meals nowadays.
“Don’t you feel left out/get lonely?” – This question was thrown to me a couple of times. Now, I don’t understand why there is a need to assume that one is left out or lonely just because he or she prefers to do things alone. Alone does not equate lonely. Stepping away from everybody is actually kind of liberating. You get to do whatever you like such as exploring new places, reading a novel without getting interrupted, trying new food and more. And most importantly, I enjoy my own company.
A wide contrast from my childhood days, I’d say. 9-year old me would rather starve or hide somewhere than to be out without a companion. Anyway, I’d still join my colleagues for meals every now and then, but definitely not as frequent as last year.