As of recently, I’ve decided I’m poor. And yes, you can consciously decide these things. It helps you get into the frame of mind of not buying things that you don’t need to further your survival, xD.
I want to save for a course I want to buy online ASAP, so I’m trying to live on $25 (equivalent) a week. This decision was made the night before I wrote this post, promptly after which I texted one of my best friends from the language school that I won’t be able to go out for the next two weeks. What can I say? That night I was feeling all motivated with everything. I’m sure you guys can all relate to one of those moments, xD.
This meme about summed me up, xD:
Like, that is the face of everyone in high school at the start of the school year; “okay this time I’m going to actually try”. And they do… for about two weeks, and then they’re like “oh, lol, I remember why I didn’t try last year; I can’t be bothered to, ha!”. And I’ve done that too, so it makes me nervous about my resolve, haha.
Altogether, I’ve lived through one broke day.
I needed to get a filing folder and an extra notebook for school in the morning. I asked my school’s staff the location of some close dollar stores. They printed me out a street map (how sweet!) and marked two potential stores. One, they said, was a dollar store that had more food than stationary in it, but I went there first anyway.
It looked like a normal grocery store, there was a lot of fruits on display and the first thing I noticed when I walked in was these single massive apples for sale for just $1 each! I did a little mental happy dance and literally mumbled under my breath how I found the shop I’ll buy my future broke lunches and dinners at, xD. In fact, that apple was my lunch for the day.
While the store didn’t have what I was looking for, the other did, but nevertheless those apples left quite an impression on me. It made me think how, if I ever became homeless, I’d want to be homeless in Tokyo.
I brought this thought up with my friend, telling him about the crazy cheap grocery store I found. We came to the conclusion that the only downside to being a Tokyo homeless would be the winters. It was already quite cold that day.
“What do you think happens to the homeless in Tokyo in winter?” I asked him.
“They die,” he said, jokingly.
I then referenced Game of Thrones and said something along the lines of how it must be very “winter is coming” for them. He agreed, haha.
So far so good? Well, up until then, yes. But then language school club sign ups happened.
I wanted to join the tea ceremony club (click here on a post about my first day) because it’s all Japanesey (literally like my only reason, xD). But, damn… I have to pay $70 for all the gear! My $25-a-week budget, did not take long to exceed.
And I thought I was going so well…
Until next time,