Just had to pay for that God-awful two month’s deposit + one month rent upfront for your new fancy condo? Maybe your hi-so better half just had a birthday and so you felt the need to impress him/her with an impromptu show of generosity resulting in a shopping spree at EmQuartier? Or perhaps Daddy’s wired deposits of love straight into your bank account have started to run a little dry?

For whatever reason, we have all been there: Broke AF in the city we call home – Bangkok. Here are 19 signs you’ve been there, done that, and, hopefully, got through it all to live to tell the tale. Or maybe you are still there…

 

1. Your weekly meal plan looks something like this

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Bonus points if you eat it raw, straight out of the bag like a monster

 

2. And when you get bored of noodles, Japanese night is always an option

Mmmmm... Luke warm raw fish (Flickr/Alexander Synaptic)
Mmmmm… Luke warm raw fish (Flickr/Alexander Synaptic)

 

3. You’re going to need a proper protein fix at some point, so a visit to this On Nut meat feast INSTITUTION is an obvious solution

Just don't make any other plans after - other than go home ASAP and wash that meat STANK off (FB/BestBeefSukhumvit)
Just don’t make any other plans after – other than go home ASAP and wash that meat STANK off (FB/BestBeefSukhumvit)

 

4. Say hello to your new source of hydration

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5. Supermarket shopping time – and a browse around Tops just feels depressing, especially when you catch a glimpse of that 10,000-baht-or-whatever-a-kilogram Jamón

TOP TIP: Go after 7pm to get discounts on their overpriced imported blueberries
TOP TIP: Go after 7pm to get discounts on their overpriced imported blueberries

 

6. But at least you can shamelessly fill up on their posh free samples…

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7. Your pre-drinking game is all about of 4-pack of Chang and the steps of this rather no-thrills venue

Plus a chance to feed the soi dogs your gross microwaved 'sausage' and then feel good about yourself
Plus a chance to feed the soi dogs your gross microwaved ‘sausage’ and then feel good about yourself

 

8. Funky? Nope. Nang Len? Nope. DND? Don’t even think about it. Here’s a much better solution to start and end your night: Khao San!

Just remember NOT to bring your ID card (Flickr/drburtoni)
Just remember NOT to bring your ID card (Flickr/drburtoni)

 

9. You reschedule date night at the cinema for half-price Wednesdays

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10.  Getting groomed at the BTS is totally acceptable, just don’t have high expectations 

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11. Your view on the way to or from work looks something like this

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(Flickr/Oleg Sidorenko)

 

12. Certain aspects of daily life get… ehhh… ‘put on hold’ shall we say

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13. And you wish these bad boys actually become a legitimate currency

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14.  And this suddenly becomes part of your total net value

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15. Plans for the weekend? Yep!

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16. Finally pay day comes around and you be in Levels like

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17. Aaannnnnnd then you’re back to square one 🙁

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