Ridiculous Ways to Save Money (Oh, and Me Still Freaking Out Calmly)- Siem Reap, Cambodia
“What the hell are you doing?” I’m laughing hysterically, seeing Ron stuff six rolls of toilet paper into that second box. He’s blushing a bit, and answers, “You’ll see how much you have to pay for toilet paper in India. You won’t believe it. Do you know how much money this saves?” Brilliant! And so, the entire third floor never had toilet paper in the public bathrooms, but, hey, Ron and Or, have six rolls for the road. LOL! It’s all good.
People usually assume that we are super rich, hence, we can travel the world. We’re not. WE are rich, actually, I lied, but not with money. We have a little of that, but tons of experiences, freedom, choice, and learning. That comes from saving our money and learning how to make it last a ridiculously long time.
Let’s chat, if you will. about money a bit and about all of those tiny ways to save money, which is the greatest secret to making for yourself tons of money without changing any of what you already do. Kobi and I once bought a pack of q-tips for 3000 real (75 cents) and found the next store sold it for 1200 real (about 30 cents). We returned the q-tips for something else, and bought the 30 cents one, laughing at how cheap we can be to save 45 cents.
And then, I started to do the math. Let’s say, every day, I make one tiny choice that will save me 45 cents, just one choice, on a menu item, on a roll of toilet paper, on a tuk tuk driver, 45 measly cents. Let’s say.
45 cents for 30 days = $13.50
Thirteen dollars is stupid right? Why make efforts and think ‘coupon cutting’ for $13?
$13.50 a month x 12 months= $162 a year
$162 a year x 10 years= $1620 in ten years
And, if you make ten choices like this, in 45 cents ways, or in larger purchases where you can save $50 or $500 dollars (easily), but let’s say it adds up to something tiny like we did in our 45 cent example.
In ten years, you have earned for yourself $16,200. What would you do with an extra $16, 200? My family and I can travel for 6 months to a year on that. Pretty sweet no?
And, I’ll say it a million times, and I’ll say again that this works for us, and I don’t care if it doesn’t work in the way you see the world, for I’m not interested in the criticism. You live the way that works for you and I will continue to travel the world and make my dreams come true in the ways that I can afford it. This works for me. Saving 45 cents a day, ten times a day, and a dollar here and $50 there and slowly but surely my money is lasting for me in ways I could not have imagined.
And even those we got $4500 on the car that we thought we would get $12,000 for, and especially now that we are actually making online, but even without that money, we took a one year budget and are inching towards year number two… That is what you do when you save. So, you can handle the set-backs and the unexpected total side-swipes that should knock you off your feet, but because you are not spending every last time you make, because you have SPARE money due to your frugality, those ‘bad’ things don’t foil all of your plans.
And I’m talking about leaving Siem Reap and the Garden Village Guesthouse, and slowly, how we are dealing with that which is like, again (and again and again) leaving home, the people who’ve adopted us like family, the places we know and love. Ugh. The nomadic family gets ready to be nomadic yet again.
Anicca, anicca, anicca (“impermanence” in Pali). It all comes and goes, right. For everything, turn,turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn.
Share away, saved some money, hate living that way, love it, wanna throw something at me for again doing a video without checking my hair or getting dressed? (You’d think I’d start catching on by now that rumbled hair, pj videos DO NOT feed my diva status. Mercy me! Oh my!)
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