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#Mission3661: This Pakistani Girl Survived the Entire Month in Just Rs. 3661 and we’re Like “How”?

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If you’re a working individual, the end of the month is usually spent in some major crisis, especially if you haven’t been saving! Yes, I’m talking about some major financial crisis. How many of you have actually experienced it? We know how payday feels and we know how being broke feels like. Yeah, those sabzi days, those sharing lunch at work days… Sucks! However, let me tell you that not everyone is a spendthrift and there are people who know how to save up!

A girl named Faiza, shocked many girls when she announced that she’s going on a mission where she has only Rs. 3,661 to spend the ENTIRE month. Yes. The ENTIRE month! Sounds absurd, right? The goal was not only to spend the money wisely but also keep the audience updated with the remaining amount she had left at the end of each day for 30 days and give a little breakdown.

Her journey,  which seemed impossible for many, left everyone curious as to whether or not, Fazia would be able to accomplish it. Well, you know how girls are when they come to spending their money. *Guilty* What was even worse was that it was January when almost every other clothing outlet was offering some CRAZY discounts! While many girls out there were planning lunch and shopping sprees with their besties, Faiza here was on a mission to survive the whole month with a total of Rs. 3661! (Trust me, if I were to accept this challenge, I would’ve failed it miserably)!

*(Don’t forget to read the captions below every picture as Faiza has mentioned all the details!)

1. The day she announced her #Mission3661!

2. Faiza chose not to order food from outside, rather she decided to bring it from home or share it with her colleagues (they used to have a LOT!)

Day 1: It wasn't a usual morning. I HAD to wake up early since I wanted to leave with my mother so that she could drop me off at work and I save Careem money which I managed to do successfully. I asked my mom to pack lunch for me without knowing what she will pack but having the satisfaction that I won't stay hungry was enough. However, during lunch time, I found out that she gave me mixed sabzi (Don't take me wrong, I love sabzi but only steamed not overcooked or packed with spices). Right at that point in time my sister told me that she got Qeema for lunch! *yay* so decided to have her lunch. Everyone at our office shares lunch so everyday it's like a buffet. So, yes… I saved lunch money too. We go to Agha's as a part of our daily ritual but I supressed the urge like a pro today. Finally, wapsi ki baari… one of the team mates was kind enough to drop me home. Budget for the day = PKR 150 Spent = PKR 0 Savings = PKR 150 #Mission3661 #NeedYourSupport #isave #saving #motivation #icandoit #money #helpmotivate

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3. Being the type of a person who doesn’t check price tags, Faiza was shocked to know the price of a 500 ml water bottle!

4. Although this picture has nothing to do with #Mission3661, on day 3, Faiza was left with Rs. 3556! She even panicked when she found out about her cousin’s wedding was taking place the same month!

Day 3 #Mission3661 Okay guys, so this is getting really tough now… My cousin's wedding is in last week of Jan and I need to get my dress stitched. I already have kapra. Stitching will cost me around 2-2.5k. What should I do… get it stitched or wear something else? While you think about this, let me tell you that once again I did not spend any money today. Went to office with mom, had home made food and came back home in Careem (using credit). Also, note, this was my last "free" Careem ride. I will have to pay from tomorrow onwards. Waiting for your suggestions! Total amount in my wallet = PKR 3556 Total amount spent = PKR = 0 Remaining = PKR 3556 #21DaysToGo P.S: Attached photo has no connection to my money spending habits but we had a fun shoot today with our ever favourite Adnan Siddiqui and his colleague Amar.

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5. Working from home at times, saved her a lot of money!

6. She said NO to dining outside but was treated by her brother-in-law, one evening who didn’t let her pay! It was a nice night out with family and friends!

Day 5 #Mission3661 Sorry guys but I am soon going to disappoint you big time. I will not to say anything till next week but I have decided something. It was tough but I think it's worth it. Will post all about it on Monday. NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Even today I couldn't go to office because of low BP. However, I dragged myself and went to gym in the evening with Iqra. She had her driver with her and was courteous enough to take me along. 🙂 Post gym, we had a lovely dinner with my sister and brother-in-law. My BIL never let's us pay. That's one thing I don't like about him but the day ended with lots of positivity. MashaAllah 🙂 Total amount in my wallet = PKR 3556 Total amount spent = PKR = 0 Remaining = PKR 3556 #18 DaysToGo

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7. Alright, so as she was nearing her cousin’s wedding  the same month, spending on expensive dresses was not what she was looking forward to. So, taking her cousins’ advice, she chose to wear untouched dresses that were resting in her closet…

Day 6 #Mission3661 Dear all, Sorry for being missing in action… Had been really busy with stuff. If you remember I was confused if I should get new clothes stitched for my cousin's wedding or not… So here's what I decided… *drum rolls*… Thanks to my wonderful cousins who are here from different cities of Pakistan and some from other parts of the world, they made me realize how I can wear the 2 new dresses, resting in my closet, on my cousin's wedding. I have only worn them once I guess (Once in US and Once in Lahore) so it's practically new for everyone else but me. So now I have decided to wear the dresses I already have. Now back to Kharchon ki situation… Have been spending money on Careem, Roti, etc… Now I am left with PRK 2670 Days to survive = 19 Ya Allah khair… Baal blow dry bhi kerwanay hain. 😛 😀 Need your support ladies. What do you think of my decision?

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8. Almost a week on her mission, Faiza realized how blessed she was and humans take things for granted… She also had a few amazing lessons to share. (Read the caption)

Day 7 #Mission3661 Well… this has been an amazing journey so far… While reading my Dadi's favourite novel I realized how blessed I am Alhumdulillah but I also realized how we take so many things for granted. This social experiment might not change my spending habits for good but in 10 days I have learned a lot… 1. Never judge others – We have absolutely no idea what sort of battles others are fighting so we have no right to judge them. I hate myself for this but I loathed how some people just start eating from other's plate without their permission. However, this experiment made me realize that they might have a story too. Maybe they slept on an empty stomach or maybe they don't have money to buy food so I should not look down upon them and start sharing my food. 2. Sharing is caring – Help out people as much as possible. Share your stuff with them… Also, sometimes you simply discard things you don't need… Instead, give it to someone who might want it… because not everyone plasters their problems on billboards, some of them are fighting silent battles. Something that's trash for you might be a treasure for someone else. 3. Gift people what they might need – Observe them. Sometimes, specially while shopping with people you must have noticed how some your friend's eyes start sparkling when they see their favourite dress, or any other thing of necessity but as soon as their eyes settle on the price tag, their smile turn upside down. All of us must have heard someone saying this "Ab itna bhi acha nahi hai" "Baad mai le lein gay" "Oh nahi… yeh woh wala nahi tha"… but you know exactly why they decided not to buy it. Once in a while we can buy people what they want just to make them happy… I have learned A LOT more things that made me well up during the process. I will share them in my next post. Abhi I have go and do some Parhlo ka kaam. I just can't thank you guys enough for being super supportive and helping me continue with this project. Bless you! #14MoreDaysToGo Amount left PRK 2670

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9. Alright, on day 8, she was left with Rs.2,441! That meant 23 days to survive with that amount!

Day 8 #Mission3661 Ahh… Everyday I learn a new thing because of this social experiment… So guys, if you plan to dine out with your friends and someone refuses to join, don't push them. Maybe they are not in a good mood, are depressed/upset about something or simply don't have enough money in their wallet and want to save themselves from embarrassment (peer pressure sucks). Not everyone is always comfortable talking about their private/personal life. Respect their privacy, honour their decision. Everyone has a story that we might not always know about. Be considerate. Empathise. P.S: While people take immense pride in making Gol Roti, I brag about Gol Anda… beat that! Amount left in my wallet – PKR 2441 #13MoreDaysToGo

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10. She even shared pictures of her at her cousin’s wedding! She was left with only Rs. 1,456! Where’d her money go? Read the caption!

11. Valima day of her cousin’s!

Day12 #Mission3661 Haey… Can't believe that this month is about to end. Waisay honestly, I am relieved. Took 3 days off from work but instead of relaxing and enjoying with family, ended up working from home. Haha. I think that's how my life is going to be atleast for the next few years. But I love what I do so it doesn't really matter. They say "necessity is the mother of all invention" and my mother says "Jab sir pe parti hai tou sab hojata hai"… same happened last night. I decided to do hair and makeup myself for my cousin's valima. Trust me I suck at it but by chance the experiment went well. Anyway, I ended up saving 5k today. *Yay* Feeling proud of myself. I have spent around Rs 180 so far… let's see how the rest of the day goes. #isave #3days

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Alright now, you guys can take a long sigh of relief! Why? Because Fazia had managed to still save Rs. 621 on the last day! Whoa!!

Last Day #Mission3661 Finally, it's over!!! And I still have PKR 621 in my Wallet! Damn! It was tough… But I learnt a lot of things: 1. Budgeting is important – Need to plan the month in advance instead of waiting for things to go haywire. 2. Every penny matters – Never underestimate the power of 1 rupee. It can buy you mints. 😀 3. Help people, but don't let them take advantage of you. – Real test of strength is to ask others for the money they borrowed from you. 4. NEVER borrow money – In-case of emergency, it's fine, but return them ASAP. Like the very next day, if not the very next hour. 5. There's no substitute for "Ghar ka khana" – Maza bhi, sehat bhi, bachat bhi. 6. Peer pressure operates like termite. – Don't force people to join to go out with you, or if you do, then make sure you pay the bill. You don't know the other side of the story. 7. Donate generously – Think of others always. Make sure to give a certain amount to a deserving person every month. 8. Jeans ki pocket mai rakh k bhula hua 100 ka note is better than a blank cheque. No one can understand the joy this kind of a surprise brings. 9. Sharing is caring – Share your food, share your clothes, share your feelings – your sorrows, your happiness. You never know who is need of what. Yes, sorrow too – You don't know who is fighting the same battle and just needs to know that he/she is not alone. your story might give them strength. So, yeah! 10. Be thankful, be grateful — Shuker Alhumdulillah is what you should be saying all the time. Stay positive till the time you start radiating positive vibes. Khuda ka shuker jitna hum kertay hain utna woh aur nawazta hai. Itna daryadil hai mera maalik! Just be thankful for what you have. So, this is it. Thank you all my friends, family, and Pinkies for your constant support and helping me complete this challenge successfully. Can't thank you guys enough. <3 #mission #sucess #parhlo #didit

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Apart from surviving a month with only Rs.3661, Faiza shared a few things she had learned during her misison and it was indeed thought-provoking!

This is what she wanted everyone to know and realize:

Finally, it’s over!!! And I still have PKR 621 in my Wallet! Damn! It was tough… But I learnt a lot of things:

1. Budgeting is important – Need to plan the month in advance instead of waiting for things to go haywire.

2. Every penny matters – Never underestimate the power of 1 rupee. It can buy you mints. 😀

3. Help people, but don’t let them take advantage of you. – Real test of strength is to ask others for the money they borrowed from you.

4. NEVER borrow money – In-case of emergency, it’s fine, but return them ASAP. Like the very next day, if not the very next hour.

5. There’s no substitute for “Ghar ka khana” – Maza bhi, sehat bhi, bachat bhi.

6. Peer pressure operates like termite – Don’t force people to join to go out with you, or if you do, then make sure you pay the bill. You don’t know the other side of the story.

7. Donate generously – Think of others always. Make sure to give a certain amount to a deserving person every month.

8. Jeans ki pocket mai rakh k bhula hua 100 ka note is better than a blank cheque. No one can understand the joy this kind of a surprise brings.

9. Sharing is caring – Share your food, share your clothes, share your feelings – your sorrows, your happiness. You never know who is need of what. Yes, sorrow too – You don’t know who is fighting the same battle and just needs to know that he/she is not alone. your story might give them strength. So, yeah!

10. Be thankful, be grateful – Shuker Alhumdulillah is what you should be saying all the time. Stay positive till the time you start radiating positive vibes. Khuda ka shuker jitna hum kertay hain utna woh aur nawazta hai. Itna daryadil hai mera maalik! Just be thankful for what you have.

So, this is it. Thank you all my friends, family, and Pinkies for your constant support and helping me complete this challenge successfully. Can’t thank you guys enough. <3

What did you think of this mission? And how many of you are actually motivated to try this out? This will literally help everyone save a LOT of money! Good luck!

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