I somewhat randomly decided on 100 baht being a possible but strict daily budget to adhere to during the work week.
100 baht is roughly $2.80 back home.
There are a few exceptions to my budget. For example, I don’t count water (since like, it’s a necessity) or the gym. And if I need cleaning supplies or groceries, I’m going to go buy them. But for the normal day to day things, I do my best to only spend 100 Baht. My main motivation in doing this is so I can travel as much as possible while I am here, without feeling stressed for money.
Here is a week worth of my ~100 baht daily purchases for you.
Not pictured: my post gym smoothie (20 baht)
For dinner, I ate rice, cabbage, chicken teriyaki & chicken katsu. (40 baht)
For lunch the next day, I bought a salad (35 baht) and pineapple (20 baht).
Total: 115 baht (woops!)
I ate dinner with Ally and Boy at a som tam place near by! We had papaya salad, corn salad, sticky rice, pork & a pork soup. We split the bill & each paid 60 baht. Not pictured is the banana (9 baht) & kitkat (25 baht) I bought on the way home!
Total: 94 baht
We got to go to a conference in Bangkok, which the best part of the entire thing was the free buffet lunch! Free…as in ZERO BAHT! I had green curry, fish, fried rice, vegetables and such good coconut sticky rice!
I was still full (read buffet above) so on my way home I bought some phad see ew (10 baht) for dinner.
For lunch the next day, I bought melon (20 baht) and spring rolls (30 baht).
Total: 60 baht
Thursday AKA Thanksgiving!
Turkey meal doesn’t exist here so instead I went ALL out tonight!
For dinner, I got the most delicious thing ever from the market! Chicken satay with cucumber, onion & peanut sauce (50 baht) and some sticky rice (10 baht). It was so good! And the best part was I got to eat in on my bed watching Crazy Stupid Love. For tomorrow, I bought some spring rolls and melon! (sense a pattern?)
Then for the weekend, I got a salad, some more spring rolls and a bunch of tiny bananas!
Total: 200 baht (for like 4 meals!)
On my way home, I got a smoothie (25 baht) and some rice (10 baht) but I forgot to take a picture. The rest of the night I had food that I bought yesterday!
Total: 35 baht.
SO, now you can get an idea of what I eat but also what $3 can buy you here. For the 5 days, I spent 504 baht which is just over $14. Not too bad!
Now, I’m going to go eat the salad I bought Thursday and keep watching Gilmore Girls 🙂
Happy Friday to everyone back home!
Lots of love,