Tonight we had dinner at the ritzy restaurant downstairs. I bought what I got last time, spaghetti with “bacon”—they mean “ham”—but Traci was undecided about whether to get her usual spaghetti with “meet” sauce, or to spend big money and buy two, like Sheyron does. Keep in mind, we’re in
I’ve found that I spend less than $1 on breakfast, less than $2 on lunch, and less than $3 on dinner, and then another $1 on snacks.
The third day we were in Chengdu, I was so money-conscious that instead of walking to the convenience store a block away to buy an over-priced hand towel, I took the towel that somebody left in our apartment and cut a hand towel out of it. It probably ruined the knife I was using, but it saved me 4 kuai.
We all walk about half an hour to school every day. If we went in on a taxi, it would cost us maybe 3 kuai each.
Today Rebekah and I went to practice our poem for Chinese New Year, and were so excited that instead of spending 20 kuai each on a taxi like last time, there was a bus route that took us pretty close that we could go on instead.
I lost a 100 kuai bill of Rebekah’s, and instead of just paying her back, I’ve started paying for things for her. I’m down to owing only 97 kuai, thanks to her not having a 1 kuai bill on her when we got on the bus. It’s like I think I have to spread out my payment so I don’t strain myself.
I’m not traveling during the break we get for Chinese New Year, and since I’ve connected with some American families I was familiar with, I’ve taken on watching a family’s dog for the next two weeks. They’re paying me 700 kuai (including taxi fare to get to school), which is a fortune. Tonight I was just enjoying their Internet, and around 12:45 I went out to see what was still open this late at night. There was a café, which was actually a bar, but they had hot chocolate, and it tasted really good. They closed at 1:00, though, so I only had a few minutes, but I still enjoyed it.
Then I asked how much it cost. In
So I guess my strategy for how to think of money is to spend so much that it’s expensive no matter where I am.