Living well, cheap

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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by juansweetpotato » Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:29 pm

chkwoot wrote:New product on SuperDuper's website:
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Damn! I know these probably aren't cheap. But damn!
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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by Samouth » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:04 pm

Anchor Moy wrote:Vlad's right about the baguette - cheap and its a change from rice. A tin of tuna mayo, some onion and a tomato with one or two baguettes makes lunch for two.
And tuna mayo salad with some pasta, tomato, green pepper,spring onions and boiled egg will also feed two for $2 or so.

And my hint of the day is to buy fast-cooking pasta to save on gas. 3mn as opposed to 8, 10, 12mn.
Samouth wrote:When i first moved to live in Phnom Penh back in 2009 right after i finished high school, only spent 75 dollars per month that included the rent fee. I shared a room with my brother, so we paid 25 dollars each per month. At the time, i didn't eat out, i cooked for most of the time. For now, 75 dollars lasted less than a week :(. I don't cook anymore. I eat out all the time. I normally spent 2.5 dollar for breakfast (Bay Sack Chrok (pork and rice) and a glass of coffee and milk. 2.00 dollar for lunch and another 2 dollar for dinner. I go out a lot almost every Friday night. I now spend 5 times more per month.
Interesting what you say Samouth - $6.50 a day on food for 1 person makes almost $200 a month - and that's without beer. How do you manage ?
And what would be the "average" budget for food for westerners ?
Normally i spent 350 dollar per month that included rent fee (utility), beer and sport. Every time i went out, i usually only had one cocktail which was 3 dollars and some big night i spent up to 10 dollars. I played volleyball once a week which i paid 2 dollar for two house session. I am sharing a small room with my brother. We pay 60 dollar each every month. TBH, i actually spent all what i earned and i couldn't manage to save up. :(
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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by Anchor Moy » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:08 pm

You and your brother need to cook at home more. Then you can have 2 cocktails when you go out. :mrgreen:
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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by Samouth » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:22 pm

Anchor Moy wrote:You and your brother need to cook at home more. Then you can have 2 cocktails when you go out. :mrgreen:
I am thinking how can i save up some money. I do think of cooking more at home as i have everything, kitchen and also a freezer. However, i am just so lazy. BTW, i am not a heavy drinker, just one cocktail and a glass of beer is enough for me.
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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by SinnSisamouth » Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:36 pm

frank lee bent wrote: http://www.khmertogo.com
Tried it on an iPhone 6 and it's a pain to scroll down. It appears to be attracted to the "Buy it now" button and gets stuck.

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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by Hotdigr » Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:45 pm

As Sailorman, I cook around 90% of my meals myself ( actually, that is, I cook about 45% and my missus cooks about 45%!) I have always done this because I love to cook. To give you an example of costs though, the other night I cooked a beef stroganoff ( no matter what anyone says, if you pay a little more and cut it properly, the local beef can be delicious!) I used about 250grams of beef @ $8 a kilo ( 2nd quality, not first) so about $2 for the beef. A splash of Worcestershire, a splash of cheap cognac, 1/4 of an onion, 1/4 can of button mushrooms and some chicken stock. All up, no more then $3. Served with rice, that fed the 2 of us extremely well. So about $1.50pp. Its one of my specialities and I cook it WELL. I have not had better ( since The Spot closed down) in Cambodia. Make it with pork and you 1/2 the price.I often have people say " You could'nt cook it cheaper, thats why I eat out" to which I reply "What a load of fukn bullshit, you are just to damn lazy to 1/ Learn to cook and 2/ Do the cooking and cleaning." The facts are, I can eat a WHOLE lot better and a SHITLOAD cheaper at home!
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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by StroppyChops » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:37 pm

vladimir wrote:Is Hagar still doing their buffet? It used to be $6.50, and they had the best coffee in town.
Yes, although the price is up marginally, and the coffee is no longer the best in town IMO. It's a training restaurant so perhaps I've just had new barristas the last few times. I attend a Christian business conference there monthly and the service/speed can be a little hit and miss, although admittedly it's a very large group. The two times we've been to the buffet I've almost had to strong-arm the carvery guy to get a half-serve of meat, although Asian men seem to be served well.
Sailorman wrote:I cook at least 80% of my own food, thus get away cheaper/better that eating out. (you have to figure in gas to get to the restaurant every meal if you don't live right downtown.) I make large pots of my favorite soups, gravies, etc and freeze meal size protions .
Mrs S is a slow-cooker specialist so we do the same - a kilo of meat can feed the two of us three or four times fresh on the night or from the freezer. "Freezer Surprise" is always a good thing in the Stroppy household.
Jamie_Lambo wrote:i used to drink coffee all the time, i love it, but it sends all my blood sugar levels funny, same with energy drinks n shit, i'm guessing its the effects of drinking far too much cider over the past 15years lol
For the first time in my life I find caffeine is giving me chest pains - odd, as Cambodia is taking weight off me and improving my numbers across the board. I really have to stop and consider whether the morning plunger of coffee is a good idea or not. Shame, as it's a vice I enjoy. I used to drink more than 20 cups of brewed coffee in a working day in my earlier days of power-lecturing, no idea whether it did damage or not.
frank lee bent wrote: http://www.khmertogo.com
FLB, if you don't mind unsolicited advice, watch your wholesaler there. We've had a couple of product substitutions that we've not been happy with - and returns are deliberately more trouble than they're worth with that company - and they will sell you the next available size of meat cut, so if you order 2kg of a given product and the nearest they have is 5kg, you'll get the 5kg and be expected to be happy with it. Makes it difficult to portion down as it's frozen, we semi-thaw, cut and re-freeze but I'm not sure how well that would work for you. Recently ordered 1kg bags of a certain oatmeal, got 500g bags of an alternative product at the price of the 1kg bags... Oh, and avoid selling the SA minced beef, it's 20% unusable gristle. The other SAffer meat is great.
Hotdigr wrote:I used about 250grams of beef @ $8 a kilo ( 2nd quality, not first) so about $2 for the beef. A splash of Worcestershire, a splash of cheap cognac, 1/4 of an onion, 1/4 can of button mushrooms and some chicken stock.
And yet your sister's kitchen was available the other night, and nada! Sheesh... :)
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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by Jamie_Lambo » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:42 am

yeah im a builder so used to drink a lot of coffee every day, i started getting problems with it when i was kickboxing and was taking lots of protein shakes and creatine shakes etc, started getting bad heart palpitations n shit, coffees not really agreed with me since, i love iced coffee thought ive had it a few times out here but im scared of it incase i get jelly legs and heart palps an hour or 2 later
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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by frank lee bent » Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:05 am

thanks for the tips!
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Re: Living well, cheap

Post by joelightcloud » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:07 am

Great idea James, once you sort out the prices and it's a bit more clear I will absolutely use this. I mean $36 for coconut milk? I can only assume this is a case of 24 - I'd have placed an order for items today if there had been individual prices.
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