Savings Binge : Day 5 Progress

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So just in case you’ve missed what this “savings binge” is all about, have a look at the intro post to find out more.

After 5 days of going on a super-savings-binge I’ve realized that it’s not so easy to break old habits! My morning coffee routine has probably been my hardest challenge to adjust to. I have had to buy 2 coffees – not so much for the caffeine but rather for the habit and feeling of contentment. I’m not too concerned though as I have managed to save in so many other areas!

My total spending per day has been:

Day 1:   –
Day 2: R29
Day 3: R37
Day 4:   –
Day 5: R22

Total: R88 (or R17.60 per day)

I’m very pleased with that! All it’s taken was a bit of preplanning with regards buying groceries and cooking up a whole lot of meals, and then packing food for work instead of buying. And I packed a cold lentil salad for dinner last night as there wasn’t time to go home after work and before my Scout meeting. I am estimating a savings of around R150 per day – which is super awesome!

I have also been very conscious of electricity and water usage; in fact I’m conscious of everything I consume!

These 11 days are really just a personal experiment to see how frugally I can live, and to readjust my financial priorities. Excited to see how I feel by the end of this and what adjustments I decide to make permanent.

The weekend could be challenging but I’ll leet you know in the next update.


  1. I know, old habits die hard….lol

    I have started tracking my spending closely and started 30 days saving binges however the most challenging for me are the 10 days leading to my pay day. Somehow the mind knows there’s so money coming in and start to flex….

    It seems been a great journey though. Keep going Brendan.

    1. Wow a 30 day savings challenge sounds awesome! I can understand the last few days been tough though but good luck!

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