For the “poor but well-fed” group, the topic of food is unavoidable. If the company doesn’t have a cafeteria, then eating becomes an unavoidable expense.
At 8:30 in the morning, the alarm clock rang, and 26-year-old girl Fang Sisi stayed in bed for a while before getting up to cook. While others cook for one meal, she cooks for the whole day.
Steamed buns and baozi are made by herself, taken out of the refrigerator, heated in the pot, and then she cooks some corn and eggs. Breakfast can be quite filling. Then she washes the Chinese cabbage, puts it in an electric lunch box, which is her “magic tool” in her mind. At noon, she just needs to reheat it at the office, and that becomes her cabbage soup. As for dinner, she can use the lunch box to cook buckwheat noodles, which won’t make her gain weight.
She only spends a few yuan on meals for the whole day. Fang Sisi has been living like this for three years.
As a professional member of the “poor but well-fed” group, there are some principles she follows when buying food.
First, she adheres to the principle of sinking, not only avoiding fresh supermarkets but even vegetable markets. On ordinary days, Fang Sisi buys vegetables from the tricycle vegetable stands on the roadside. On weekends, she goes to the suburban market, which she considers a money-saving haven. Many vegetables cost only one yuan per bunch, and fruits are cheaper than in the city. Moreover, when faced with the choice between 25.8 yuan per kilogram of pea shoots and three bunches of spinach for 5 yuan, she definitely chooses spinach, buys a lot at once, and puts it in the refrigerator to eat slowly.
Fang Sisi just completed a month that made her proud.
Last month, she only spent 96 yuan on groceries, thanks to some preserved meat and eggs she brought from home, along with her careful budgeting. This was the least she had spent in three years. Even if she buys meat, her monthly living expenses of two to three hundred yuan are enough to eat well.
Recently, the meal she spent the least on was 1.45 yuan – a plate of tomato and egg stir-fry and a portion of cold lotus root salad. It satisfied her lunch and also set a new record for her lowest expenditure.