I ran out of money in March, too. It’s a trend in the PCV life, especially when I am 100 percent a cheese boy (well, girl, in this case). I didn’t even buy cheese with March’s money, but I did buy butter, a lot of yogurt, and chocolate.
At the tail end of February I made the decision to go on another trip to Kruger. As always, it was well worth it. I decided though, that I would spend two-thirds of my living allowance on the trip instead of using American money, just to see if I could be cheap enough to get by the rest of month on my remaining stipend. But then I also used my stipend to renew my national parks pass. And visited a few people at their sites.
Somehow I made it to what could have been pay day (it’s not a set day for us), and I had enough money to get home but do nothing else. I was so close to not using any USD!
Thanks for being honest about going over budget. I do it ALL THE TIME.
I think I’ve become less stingy over time, too, which doesn’t help.