8 Things You’ll Never Admit to Doing to Survive Until Next Sweldo
For most of us, Denial is not just a river in Egypt—it’s a way of life. Can you really afford that new pair of shoes? Aba, siyempre! One week left ‘til payday and only P200 left in your wallet? Kaya yan! Despite how much and how often we lie to ourselves, we like to think that we’ve got our shit handled. This level of denial, however, forces our hand and causes us to do things in the name of surviving until the next payday. Things like…
8. Stealing Yosi
Honestly, when was the last time you bought your own pack? Alternately, if you’re a smoker, you know all too well the struggle of deciding between spending the last of your budget on a pack rather than a meal. Smoking staves off hunger… or so you tell yourself.
7. Sleep over!
For those who live hours away from where they work, sleeping over at a friend or officemate’s place is a common tactic—especially as you crawl closer to payday. Not only does it save on spending on the commute, but you shave a few bucks off your electricity bill and maybe even get a free meal or two out of it.
6. The Parent Fallback
“Hi ma/pa? Kamusta kayo?”
5. The Tinder Escape
In other words, landi para sa ekonomiya. Admit it, you’ve opened Tinder and agreed to a less than promising dinner date knowing full well you’d “accidentally” forget your wallet.
4. Side B
Why waste precious money on getting your laundry done when you could spend it on food instead?
3. The “Patikim” Diskarte
Whether it’s saying “patikim!” to your officemates when they whip out their lunches or camping out at the grocery next to the free sample stalls, this diskarte makes a world of difference when it comes to staving off hunger. Depending on how well you pull it off, you can even manage getting full at lunch without spending a single peso!
2. It’s Everybody’s Birthday
Your officemates win a big pitch? Pa-burger ka naman diyan! Someone who’s perpetually late makes it to the office on time? Achieve, pa-jolly jeep ka naman! You find any and every reason to celebrate so that someone makes libre—it doesn’t matter if their birthday is weeks away. Also, you keep spare Tupperware at your desk so that you can take food home from company functions.
1. Baon Stealer
Perhaps the most shameful act of all: eating someone’s clearly labelled baon from the communal fridge. This is what petsa de peligro has reduced you to. Maybe next month you’ll learn to manage your sweldo better.
What are the things you’ve done to survive until payday? Share the shame and sound off in the comments below!