Poor boy…

Can I get by on around RM5.00 a day on food?

Well, these days, people are complaining about the escalating prices. From my personal point of view, I would think that grumbling does not help one bit. It will only leave you feeling miserable and frustrated…and no matter how you moan and groan, the prices are not going to come down, not at all. What’s worse, people may get sick and tired of your endless rantings and find you boring and depressing even, and will start avoiding you like a plague. I guess we’ll just have to learn to live with it and try to scrimp and save in any way we can…which explains my question at the beginning of this post.

First and foremost, our usual kampua noodles for breakfast will have to go – that’s around RM2.20 or more a plate and will use up half of the money allocated for food in a day. An alternative, perhaps, could be this packet of nasi lemak (RM1.50)…

Bandong's nasi lemak
* Recycled pic

…or better still, these cucur udang (prawn fritters) – RM1.00 for a packet of 4.

Bandong's cucur udang

Normally, people in western countries would just have a light lunch – a sandwich perhaps or a muffin…but people here would just feast like there’s no tomorrow at any time of day. This RM1.00 mihun goreng (fried mihun) should be substantial enough to keep us going for the rest of the day…

Bandong's mihun goreng

…and for dinner, perhaps we can go for a plate of chap fan (mixed rice)…

Sibu's chap fan or mixed rice

…at RM3.00 for one meat and two veg. Prices may vary slightly from place to place…but my plate of three meat and one veg came up to RM4.00. Gosh! Obviously I would need to exercise better discipline and control if I were to keep to the RM5.00 a day limit, RM150.00 a month. But give or take a little, that amount should be enough…and we do not really have to starve ourselves in order that we may survive in these so-called difficult times.

Don’t be alarmed though for this is some sort of a worst case scenario and I’m not saying in any way that I need to go to such an extent in trying to make ends meet, thank God for small mercies. What I make is enough to let me get through the days comfortably and maybe, even indulge and pamper myself a bit once in a while – that’s why you do not hear me complain…or not much, at least. LOL!!!