After spending $22 on a chimichanga, I vowed there had to be a better way. At that rate, I was a few chimichangas away from blowing my paycheck in 48 hours. As I've spent more time in Sweden, I've compiled some tips on surviving the krona on a US dollar paycheck.
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2. Sleep. It's easier to avoid hunger and spending money while unconscious, so take naps, and hopefully you'll wake up again when it's breakfast.
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4. Grocery shop. This may seem like common sense, but I hate grocery shopping and avoid it at all costs. Now, I can only afford to avoid it at most costs, and these Scandinavian costs are too much to avoid it. But I learned I can make meals out of buying just 3 different food groups - a carb, a meat, and a cheese. Throw is all together and it's a meal.
5. Turn a meal out into 3 meals. If you are in the situation where you must order a $22 chimichanga or hamburger, have a few bites to keep from passing out, and put the rest in a to-go box. Have a few bites for your next meal, and the rest for the next. That $22 meal just turned into 3 meals for $7.33 each. Sure, $7.33 still sucks for a bite of chimichanga, but you can always fill up on tap water.
6. Tap water is the drink of choice. Ordering alcohol or soda with a meal needs to be a faint memory of the United States, just like the women's suffrage movement or cassette tapes. After the meal, go to the liquor store so you can drown your sorrows with a $30 box of wine.
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