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I Gave Myself a $25 Budget for a Week

Budget for a Week

I gave myself a $25 Budget for a week because I need to start paying for the money I took off my savings account while I was out travelling the past months. And I need to have a decent account balance for when I apply for a Korean VISA. And also because, frankly, I lost all my money-savings skills that I acquired last year. I need to have it back!

Is a $25 weekly budget in Manila difficult? Hell yeah, but it’s also possible. Hard as hell, but possible. I would like to point out that I live with my parents so breakfast and dinner are free! And this budget doesn’t include the misc. bills we have floating around. This is for the day to day living which includes commuting for work/trips, food, and a few hang-outs with friends/family.

Sunday

Morning: I took out $25 which is roughly PHP1,050 out of my main wallet and into my coin purse. This coin purse will be the one I’ll be using to condition myself that this is only the amount I’m allowed to use for the week.

Afternoon: My family and I usually went out every Sunday for church/mall after lunch. I asked my mom to drop me off to the Alabang Market and wait for me as I bought myself some lovely apples that will be my snack for the rest of the week – $1.43 for 5 apples. PS. Don’t buy fruits at supermarkets. I saw an apple at Robinson’s supermarket that costs $1.30 each. I also bought a pack of dried mangoes since I am stopping my junk food eating habit. $1.30.

Night: My mom cooks meals good for lunch and dinner since it’s cheaper. What we have for lunch is most probably what we’ll have for dinner with maybe a few variations of the side dishes. Free.

Total Spent: $2.73                  Balance: $22.27

Bring snacks to work.

Monday

Morning: After working out, getting ready for work, and eating pandesal for breakfast, in that order, I rode a tricycle then an ordinary bus for my ride to work. $0.86. I usually get hungry around 10AM if I only have pandesal for breakfast so I took an apple out for snack. I take advantage of the free water at the office so I don’t need to bring/buy bottled water every day. They also have free coffee but I don’t drink those so…

Afternoon: I dropped by Shakey’s to avail their promo of Spaghetti Meatballs for only $2.35 ala carte if you have a Supercard – which I did. It was a satisfying lunch and I asked for house water to complete the meal. Carbs.

Night: I took an air-conditioned bus for my ride home because the heat is intense then stopped myself for taking a private tricycle ride home and chose to ride the jeep instead. Free dinner at the house, again. $1

Total Spent: $6.94                   Balance: $18.06

Fast food is not the cheapest option. Also, it’s fattening.

Tuesday

Morning: Left-over rice from the day before can make awesome sinangag! Add some eggs and longganisa and you’ll have a delicious breakfast! These two are always available in our fridge. Took the same ride for the way to work. $0.86

Afternoon: Went up to the office’s pantry and choose a rice meal for only $1.31. They have adobo which is my absolute favorite. Ate half of my dried mangoes later on for snacks.

Night: Rush-hour traffic and a hot climate are the worst combination ever. Had no choice but to take an ordinary bus on the way home because it’s the only one available. You know how much fun it would be to take an Uber instead? So tempted but not worth the $13 it would cost. $0.83

Total Spent: $9.94                   Balance: $15.06

Taking a longer route via public transpo is still cheaper than taking an Uber.

Wednesday

Morning: My dad was going up to the service road anyway so I hitched a ride to skip riding a tricycle and go straight to the bus station. Score! Munch on an apple for morning snack. $0.67

Afternoon: Same lunch price, different menu. $1.31

Night: Same way home. Munch on my leftover dried mangoes while on the bus. $0.83

Total Spent: $12.75                 Balance: $12.25

Use coupons and take advantage of rewards from cards, etc.!

Thursday

Morning: Free breakfast, same way to the office. Office-mates invited me to go to Starbucks and I have a free drink courtesy of my Starbucks card so I didn’t pay any additional penny. I also have two Php150 voucher for Starbucks but that’s for another day… $0.86

Afternoon: I signed up for a lunch and learn session at work. This means I get to have free lunch while listening to a short seminar/discussion about new technology. Yey. Munched on another apple for late snack.

Night: Had no choice but to ride a bus that is one stop farther than mine then had to round-trip back home. $1.40

Total Spent: $15.01                 Balance: $9.99

Say “yes” to free food! Always.

Friday

Morning: Oh, hey, I still have a big part of my budget. Took an air-conditioned bus to work to celebrate, lol. $1.02.

Afternoon: Bought some rice meal for the pantry again. I also have more apples but I’m sick of apples so I bought a banana from Mini-Stop.  $1.67

Night: I’ve said it over time and I’ll say it again: commuting in Manila is hell. I took a bus then a private tricycle towards our house because TGIF. $1.14

Total Spent: $18.84                 Balance: $6.16

Find a way to cut/share the costs.

Saturday

Morning: I gave away my apples to my cousins. Did my nails myself rather than getting it done professionally.  I have a lot of nail polish around the house. Watched some chick flick while I do. Free.

Afternoon: Invited my high school friends to hang out at the house. We watched some movies on the TV, gossiped, and ordered two boxes of pizza and carbonara. Price shared equally among us. $5.55

Night: My friends didn’t want to take the left-over pizza home (almost one box) so I shared it with my brothers and mom for a late night snack. Munched on two slices while doing some blog work.

Total Spent: $24.39                 Balance: $0.61

What did I do last week that I didn’t do this week? Last week, all my lunch were from fast-food chains; which costs at least $2.38 per meal. That’s at least $11.90 per week. I didn’t bring snacks so I ended up buying from Mini-Stop which is around $0.71-$1.67 per stopover; at least $3.55 per week. I used to always take a private trip tricycle on the way home that adds $0.47 per day; $2.35 per week. It’s really the little things that add up the cost. My $25 last week would really last only until Wednesday and that’s stretching it.

I can’t believe I still have change from my $25 this week! And if I remove my pizza Saturday expense, I can go for a budget of only $20 a week. I hope I can keep this up for the next coming weeks!

Huge shoutout to careercontessa for letting me do my own version of I Gave Myself a Budget of $___ for a Week! This one’s for a $75 budget for a week in LA  and this one’s for a $100 budget for a week in NY.

How do you budget your week?

xoxo, Richel V.

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85 Comments

  • Reply
    camille lopez
    August 12, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Wow! I don’t think that budget can really make for a week. Now I’m challenged to do the same. I’ll try to budget for the week too. Thanks for thid Richel! It’s awesome!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      August 15, 2016 at 6:05 PM

      Let me know how the budgeting works for you! 🙂

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    Sheena Concepcion
    July 1, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Hi, Richel! Can you recommend other bloggers (preferably PH based!) who blog about finance? I like reading articles like this one. It inspires me to save plus, iba talaga pag Pinoy din ‘yung nagsulat. Btw, I also bookmarked your article about the 100k savings… can i just say na super #financialgoals ‘yung post mo haha. I hope you keep writing about your financial journey. 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 1, 2016 at 4:20 PM

      Hi Sheena! Unfortunately, I don’t really know much blogs that talk about finance. 🙁 I only know TheWiseLiving. I’m still looking for PH-based finance blogs that preferably have a millenial writer so I can relate, haha. Thanks for liking the posts! Hehe. You can keep your eye on my Finance category for future posts. Hope to see you on my blog again, Sheena! 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 1, 2016 at 4:21 PM

      Btw, I also like this post by Jacklynne that talks about how she was able to save money for her Eurotrip and she’s only 21 years old!

      • Reply
        Sheena Concepcion
        July 2, 2016 at 10:16 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions, Richel! I really appreciate it.

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          July 3, 2016 at 12:46 PM

          You’re welcome, Sheena!

  • Reply
    1weekmaryx
    June 26, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    This is so great, you’ve inspired me to cut down on random things I don’t need!x

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      Glad to help! It seriously put into perspective how much we spend on things we don’t need. 🙂

  • Reply
    Hazel
    June 15, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    If you’re living in a province $25 is enough for a week. However, our problem here is the “provincial rate” salary. Hahaha. Anyways, good luck with your journey on budgeting Richel! 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 15, 2016 at 12:52 PM

      It’s enough in Manila, too! But I guess it depends on your daily commute. I know people who takes Uber/taxi everyday because they just can’t deal with the traffic and the commute anymore, haha.

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    Jessica
    June 9, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    Very impressive! I would love to try something similar myself but I’m too lazy haha. I can never get up any earlier to fix a lunch that I can bring to work. So I always end up buying lunch :s

    http://www.daarboven.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 9, 2016 at 1:27 PM

      Try choosing cheaper lunch options then? Haha. I’m too lazy to make my own lunch nowadays and I work-out on mornings so I just don’t have time. I just scrounge around for the cheapest yet satisfying lunch I could have!

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    jennylovesbeauty
    June 8, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Wow! I’m very impressed. You did so well. I need to challenge myself with something like this! I want to pay off my car and this might be a great way to start saving!

    JennyLovesBeauty♥

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 9, 2016 at 11:53 AM

      Thanks! Let me know how it goes if you do the challenge yourself! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dani
    June 8, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    I regularly make budgets but I suck at following them! I would set aside P1500 per cutoff and end up spending twice the amount. It’s extra challenging to be in walking distance from malls!

    Although nowadays, it’s not enough to just save. If you really want to work on building (or rebuilding) your savings, mas okay if you have investments or rakets.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 8, 2016 at 4:16 PM

      My office is besides two malls; an SM and a Robinson’s mall. The struggle was real. I used to eat at Shakey’s and Kenny Rogers every other day. RIP savings, hahaha.

      I take side jobs via freelancing but I don’t have much time to focus on it rn. Getting informed on investments since last year. I can never decide which one to go with.

      • Reply
        Dani
        June 8, 2016 at 6:11 PM

        I can never sit through a whole talk on investments. Haha di pa ready yung consciousness ko. And true, time talaga ang kalaban sa raket.

        Also I forgot to point out, Korea is also the reason why I’m trying so hard not to bust my savings. When are you going? Seoul or Busan?

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          June 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM

          The talk only last at most one hour! Hahaha! It helps that my aunt is an agent.

          I’m booked for October for Seoul. What about you?

          • Reply
            Dani
            June 9, 2016 at 9:43 AM

            February for Busan! Contemplating on visiting Seoul since I’ll be in Korea for 8 days, but the KTX is a bit expensive. Or I could just wait for your future blogs! 🙂

            Wishing you a smooth visa application!

            • Reply
              Richel V.
              June 9, 2016 at 4:16 PM

              Go to Seoul na din! You still have monthsss to go save! I’m only going to Seoul for 5 days. Not yet thinking of our itinerary or other travel plans until I get my hands on an approved VISA!

  • Reply
    Mei
    June 7, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Giving yourself a weekly budget is I think the best way you could save, but you also need to set an “extra” money for emergency situations. And, you don’t need to starve yourself. I remember before, I told mama I am always left with no savings because I keep on eating and she said, “Okay lang yan, sa pagkain naman. Wag mong titipirin sarili mo sa pagkain.” Hahaha but of course,you choose what to eat. 🙂

    Also, I think you can save more when you live at home. You should still consider yourself lucky that you can commute to work. Some of my officemates have no choice but to rent, because their hometowns are in the provinces such as Bicol and Iloilo hehe As for me, I can actually just commute because I live in Cavite. I actually saved money on my first two months at work because I only spend around Php150-200 per day for transpo. I eat breakfast and dinner at home, then I bring baon (lunch and merienda) so I can save more. If there are some unnecessary things I buy, I only spend maximum of Php 100, I think. Pero di ko kinaya yung commute, especially when rainy season came. So I had to rent for an apartment and that added to my expenses.

    But despite of the additional rent, I still make sure I can save even just a little. I limit my weekly expenses too and I think I’m doing well with it, because I only spend around Php1000-1500 for 7 days for myself.

    It’s really tough and it depends on our needs/preferences. But I think in the end, it’s all about self-discipline. 🙂 If you really want to save, you really have to sacrifice some things. Pero minsan, kailangan mo din isipin na deserve mo yun andreward mo sa sarili. Confusing noh? Haha Wish you luck on the next weeks of budgeting 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM

      I always have a 1000 bill tucked in my wallet “just in case”. It’s been there for months, that sometimes I forget that I even have it in the first place. Haha.

      I consider myself lucky that I’m not assigned to another branch of our company that will be like 3 hours away from home. If that’s the case, I would be getting an apartment. It’ll be more expensive pero sayang din yung time. Even with the current location of my work, I still consider renting an apartment during rainy seasons kasi kakaiba talaga ang traffic. I used to bring packed lunch pero parang same lang yung nagagastos so snacks na lang ang dinadala ko. Mostly fruits + pandesal.

      Congrats on still saving though, Mei! I still have a budget for my ~wants~ because otherwise, parang work work work lang ang peg ko. I have it on a different savings account. Mostly travel lang din naman and concerts. Hahaha!

  • Reply
    The Bambi Eyes
    June 7, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    I love how you tracked everything down, and that’s amazing how you were able to spend less than $20 that week! I’m sure this is possible to do everywhere but of course it takes a lot of common sense and willpower to do so, which not a lot of us have in us to do lol. I have got one month without shopping and that’s already a big one for me hahah

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM

      I tried to do a shopping ban at the start of the year. I ended up doing it for three months straight then… I spend most of what I saved on the next month. Hahaha! That just proved I need to get a handle on my spending habit so I decided to do this challenge. It’s getting easier! (I hope that won’t jinx it!)

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    shireenplatt
    June 7, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Oh wow, that is seriously impressive! I don’t think I could have pulled it off back when I was working and this was such an interesting read. I would try to do it now but I’m a stay at home mum so I pretty much don’t spend on anything outside. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 12:55 PM

      Thanks! I have ~motivation~. Either I save up or I say bye-bye to my Korea trip! Hahaha.

  • Reply
    CM
    June 7, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Wow, interesting challenge! (.
    Nice blog, dear!

    http://www.caterina-m.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 12:38 PM

      Thanks, CM. xx

  • Reply
    MITCH
    June 7, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on fast food! It’s fattening, not healthy, and not that cheap 😀

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 12:01 PM

      YES! It’s cheaper than restaurants but it’ll get you fatter. Now I have to burn off all the calories I got from MONTHS of eating fast food non-stop!

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    Danica Rama
    June 6, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    omg wow this is amazing haha. Seriously whenever I try to live on a tight budget for a week, I feel so sorry for myself haha. It’s just so hard most especially for impulsive buyers like me ~meheee. I’ll have to try this tho, and be as disciplined as you because I need to save up for a student visa. Thank you so much for sharing this Richel 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 12:53 PM

      I’m an impulse buyer 70% of the time; I stayed away from the malls when I did this challenge. Hahaha! I also have inspiration/motivation to save as much as I can since I’m applying for a visa and will only use my own savings as proof. Hehe.

      • Reply
        Danica Rama
        June 7, 2016 at 7:52 PM

        Goodluck on your visa application 🙂

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          June 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM

          Thanks, Danica!

  • Reply
    Jane
    June 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Good on you for doing this, you did so well! I definitely need to try and reign in my spending.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 12:38 PM

      Thanks, Jane! It was a fun challenge to do and taught me how to live within my means. 🙂

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    Zoha Ahmed
    June 6, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    This was such a unique post to read. I was definitely intrigued when I clicked on the title. I feel like it’s important to set some boundaries and limit yourself for a little time such as a week in your case. Not only does it make you realize how it’s not impossible to live without spending too much money and also it makes us thankful for all that we have. Money is definitely something that doesn’t come easy.

    Zoha xx – Zoe and Tima

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 1:27 PM

      I thought a week was a good enough experiment just to give it a try! I’m trying to do it long-term now, with a bit more leeway on weekends since I like going out. Definitely true that money doesn’t come easily! Especially I’m working for my own now, and no longer relying on the ‘rents! 🙂

  • Reply
    DiagonSally
    June 6, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    This is amazing and I want to try something similar now. Having physical cash really helps you spend less, in my head using a card is like using ‘fake’ money because you don’t actually see it disappearing.

    Sally – DiagonSally

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 7, 2016 at 12:52 PM

      Let me know if you try something like this and what happens after! I agree with you. I like using actual paper cash and debit cards instead of credit! This way, I know that I actually can afford the thing I’m buying and am not just putting myself in debt! I never put myself in debt; my number one rule. 🙂

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    rae tashman (@lovefromberlin)
    June 6, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Really impressed at your budgeting skills from this week! It seems like food in Manila is a lot less expensive than in the US, or here in Europe. $25 or 25€ would not go very far for a full week – but what is the equivalent? Because, for example, what you can buy with $1 is quite the same as what you can buy for 1€, so unless you are visiting Europe from the US, if you live in Europe and make Euros or live in the US and make USD, the amount you get for 1 $ and € is really the same. However I assume what you can buy for PHP 1,050 in Manila is still more than what you could buy for $25 in the US?

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 4:39 PM

      Hi Rae! Compared to other countries (like in the EU or USA), cost of living in Manila is really, really low. A $25 can go a long way in here while it might only last 2-3 days in the US/UK. Do keep in mind that the salary being offered in US/UK countries are a lot higher than salaries offered in Manila so it’s all balanced, I guess. For reference tho, a Big Mac meal that costs $5.99 in America only costs around $4.40 when bought in Manila. 🙂

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    Kaylee
    June 6, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    You’ve done an amazing job! You’re so smart 😀
    I could relate to this so much cause I’m a poor college student who still needs to get lunch everyday!!
    Thanks for sharing your $25 week, I’m gonna try some of your tips xx

    KayleeㅣJK’s Dawn

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 4:39 PM

      Thanks, Kaylee! I know what you mean. When I was in college, I was always bringing packed lunch and snacks. My only expense then was transportation! 🙂

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    carolina
    June 6, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    wow what a great challenge !!!!

    http://www.carolinapinglo.com/

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 1:49 PM

      It was. I’m keeping this up for as long as I can. 🙂

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    June 6, 2016 at 1:46 AM

    I’m not seeing my family until the end of summer break, which means I’m on my own financially until then! I’ve been using money that I started with since the beginning of the school year, so I’m very nervous about the little money I have left for the summer. I’ve been trying to budget better and be more conscious of what I’m buying at the grocery store, which is where I foresee I’ll be spending most of my money. I really miss living at home and having someone else cook my meals and go grocery shopping! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 1:59 PM

      I can’t handle receiving a large amount of money and trying to strecth it to a long period of time. I prefer having my money weekly or monthly so I can see just exactly how much I have left. Good luck on making it work!

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    Carina
    June 6, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    You did a great job with this budget challenge and also made some healthier options, which is always great!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

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      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 1:50 PM

      Thanks, Carina! I’m working on my health too so eating healthier is on my list! 🙂

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    Elizabeth
    June 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Great post! Thanks for sharing your experience :DD
    Elizabeth- woormhole.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM

      Glad you liked it. xx

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    Elisa
    June 5, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Wow, such a challenge, congrats!
    xx Elisa
    http://www.francinesplacediy.blogspot.com
    DIY & LIFESTYLE BLOG

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      Thanks, Elisa. xx

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    Mira
    June 5, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    It is amazing that you managed to live on such a tight budget for a week – and it is great that you can get affordable meals at fast food chains. Where I’m living eating out and getting take-aways is really expensive and unfortunately the bus is 2.70 as well, even if it’s just a 10 minutes ride. I wish it was a bit cheaper, I’m currently trying to save money but I have to buy all the food myself so it’s a bit tough. Oh and i totally understand the temptation to get an Uber haha. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 1:58 PM

      My body was cooperating with me when I did this challenge. I wasn’t as hungry as usual so I was able to remove the temptation of buying more food. Haha!I usually get my food at our company’s cafeteria as it’s cheaper and healthier than fast food. Wow. Transpo is really expensive there. I tend to just choose the cheapest options right now but once the rainy season kicks in, I might have to resort to more expensive means of getting home.

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    Nerdy Maria
    June 5, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Wow, that’s amazing! Congratulations on making this a success and I hope that it will work out for the following weeks too 🙂 I budget my week around 30 euros but recently I tried to let it down to 15 euros. It’s really easy for me since I eat breakfast, dinner at home. I take water from home too, snacks sometimes too and I only try to have a take out with friends once a week. 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 1:55 PM

      What I love is that we have our very own pantry/cafeteria in the office plus we’re near a mall so I have plenty of options for food. I’m trying to limit all take-outs/fast-foods to only once per week; both for financial and healthy reason! I even sometimes bring my left-over breakfast (aka bread) to work for snacks. Congrats on cutting your budget in half!

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    Karen
    June 5, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    I have my packed lunch everyday, but my commute costs Php177 everyday. But, I try to give myself a budget of P200 per day (I get a free ride on my way home sometimes! Yay)

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      Richel V.
      June 6, 2016 at 1:52 PM

      That’s too high for transpo cost, imo. How long’s your commute everyday? :O I’m trying to bring packed lunch to work as well. It’ll be more expensive BUT it might be healthier. 😀

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    Augustin Ra
    June 5, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Wow. I admire how you can strict yourself just to stick with the budget. I also have a 250-peso budget for a week in school when in fact, I have 500 pesos or more as a school allowance. From that 500 or more, I can already save 20 pesos since I bring my own rice which is brown, black or red depending on what’s available here at home but we don’t eat white and I also bring my water bottle so I just need to refill it every time I am thirsty or it’s empty. So in a week, I can save half or more of my school allowance because I only buy the viand which is 40 pesos at school. So that would be 200 pesos in a week. And the best part this coming sem is that I don’t have any classes during Mondays so there would be enough reasons to save money. 🙂

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 2:27 PM

      Back in college, I was also able to save around 50% of my allowance. Then I spend it in one go. Hahaha. Regrets. I also make sure my schedule is only for three days so I don’t have to spend on days that I don’t have to be school. Kudos on not having white rice! I can’t do that. Brown rice just taste different to me.

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    Nana
    June 5, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Well done for following your budget! I’m impressed, and I wish I could have your money-saving skills haha XD

    Arraday.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 11:17 AM

      It was only successful because I was able to resist temptation! Hahaha!

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    Genesis
    June 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    I love dried mango, sooooo yummy. This is a really great idea, when i’m away at college I spend much more than i’d like during a week and this is a great way to budget. Thanks for sharing, will try this during college! (:

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 11:16 AM

      My budget for college and work is almost the same! I was more tempted to eat out a lot during college tho because ~stress~. Good luck on this budget challenge! 🙂

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    Love Of Mode
    June 5, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    I should definitely try this out! Maybe a little more than 25$ a week, as I have to pay for my own food but limit my budget to a certain number! Great idea!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 9:47 AM

      It was a fun challenge; nothing to lose if you do do it! If I have to pay for my own breakfast and dinner, I’d probably add another $20 or $25! 🙂

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    joel moore
    June 5, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    Wow!! I need to start budgeting!

    http://www.moorehisstyle.com

    xx

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 8:02 AM

      Never too early to start budgeting. 🙂

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    Adele Miner
    June 5, 2016 at 4:28 AM

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing! Loving your blog, please do stop by mine if you get the chance, I love seeing new faces! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 8:03 AM

      I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

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    Sara
    June 5, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    This was really an interesting read. I think I might have to do this, if not on my blog then for myself! Great post

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM

      Yes! It’s really rewarding but challenging challenge! You don’t have to do it for anyone but yourself! Budgeting is one of those things that we learn by ourselves for ourselves. 🙂

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    Michelle Bio
    June 4, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Parang ang hirap! For someone who loves indulging herself with comfort foods when stressed… mahirap. Lalo na sa Pinas ang daming masarap na pagkain kahit street foods. Haha! But you know, I sort of lived through this too! I worked on nightshift so there’s no way of spending on fast food! Sanayan lang din!

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 7:59 AM

      Mahirap talaga, huhu. I love eating pa man din and the street foods are so tempting! Especially since I always pass by a stall na nagbebenta ng kwek kwek! Haha. I just learned to stay in the office to get rid of the temptation and the need to save is very high so I was lucky to pull this off!

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    jade
    June 4, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    great post <3 I have shared 🙂

    Jade

    http://myroutinesjade.blogspot.co.uk/

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 7:58 AM

      Thanks for sharing it, Jade!

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    Kandice
    June 4, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    the effort on this is incredible haha I gave myself 500 baht budget for a week. I almost pulled it off but I had cravings for restaurant foods :/ I’m glad you did yours!

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 7:58 AM

      The struggle is real, Dice! Hahaha! How much is 500 baht in pesos? I was eating fast food/resto food every since 2016 started. It was easy to change my meals because I was so used to fried food aka chicken. lol.

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    elabellaworld
    June 4, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    congratulations 🙂 It is hard to live with a strict budget and you managed to do it, I don’t think I’d be able to get more than a few days 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

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      Richel V.
      June 5, 2016 at 8:01 AM

      I was tempted a few times to splurge especially since it was payday week when I did this. I’m just glad to actually pull it off! Haha!

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    sileas
    June 4, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Wow this is amazing and very disciplined of you! Great achievement!!

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      Richel V.
      June 4, 2016 at 5:09 PM

      Thanks, Sileas! 🙂

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