You’re going to need survival skills if you’re going to make it out alive in Zimbabwe. All I can say about the current situation is that…It’s A LOT. I had a time I said to myself it’s just a phase it’s going to get better, just give it a few more weeks and all will be well. Until I realised that this might not go away anytime soon and I had to find ways to make it through the storm.
Just yesterday I finally bumped into a lady who was selling avocados; to say I was delighted to see her is an understatement. I’ve been craving avocados for the past few weeks but couldn’t seem to find them. The store bought ones taste different; I have a certain type I like and the lady I bought from happened to have exactly that. To my surprise instead of the normal 40 cents I’m used to paying she told me that they were now going for 75 cents. I bought the avocado grudgingly because I thought it’s just an avocado what has changed?
Sadly the current economic situation has gone from the frying pan to the fire. Prices are changing every other day or being charged in United States Dollars in some shops that time my earnings remain in the Bond Notes currency. Instead of sitting around worrying about how my life is going to filled with nothing but stress I’ve decided to compile a few tips for my own sanity’s sake. I hope they will help you too and even better you can share more tips on how we’re going to ride this blustering wave. We’re going to be making a lot of uncomfortable changes.
Did you know that bread is now going for $1.50? It used to be a whole buck and you could actually afford to eat bread every single day. Before you decide to deprive yourself of bread completely like I’ve done you can have a better alternative. You know how some supermarkets make their own bread? Yes, that loaf of bread is way cheaper and goes for a cool 80 cents. Who needs sliced bread when you have a bread knife at home or you can ask the bakery section of the supermarket to slice it for you once you choose the loaf you want?
You can extend this approach to other things as well. If you were buying meat for $15 before just buy for that amount and be happy that you actually have meat. It could be worse…There’s always an alternative or a bargain buy, get your thinking cap on and keep your eyes on social media for good deals.
You can check out meal ideas from this post; Meals To Stretch Your Money
Not too many moons ago there was a fuel shortage in Zimbabwe. I remember my friend telling me she was stressed out about the situation and my first solution was to tell her to leave her car at home and use public transport instead. That way she wouldn’t be worried about where she would get fuel from and not be involved in traffic congestion. The fuel is now readily available but the traffic congestion is still very much. I’m not a fan of our mode of public transportation; commuter omnibuses. My friend Larry calls them “death traps”. However, they maneuver through traffic like it’s nothing and you don’t have to deal with road rage. All you have to do is pay your fare and hope and pray you arrive alive. If you still don’t want to try out my tip then I’ll have you know that studies suggest that…
“One of the stress triggers while driving during a traffic jam is impatience—having to wait for the traffic to move and dealing with the mistakes of other motorists on the road. Stress, according to psychiatrist Emily Deans of Psychology Today, is a “killer disease” that makes people vulnerable to other diseases and even depression.”
Do you want a stress filled life or a happy life? The choice is yours.
House parties are going to become an actual thing. When it happens tell everyone you read it from here first. The beauty of these is there’s no entrance fee and no need to buy alcohol at some insane amount. All you need is a homey venue, lots of ice, good company and snacks. You’re going to have to make sure you eat before you leave the house most people can’t afford to be dishing out meals left, right and centre. Or better yet bring your own meat and do a braai at the house, just make sure you guard the braai stand 🙂
4. Hair Care
- Learn how to do it yourself. I’m a pro at African Threading. If you have internet access YouTube tutorials will soon be your best friend.
- Change the location of where you get your hair done. There are still places around town that aren’t charging exorbitant prices. Out of town is your best bet, just make sure you get a referral you don’t want to get disappointed by trying out someone you don’t know.
- If all else fails go for a big chop, it’s just hair, it will grow back.
5. Make More Money
You’re going to have to figure out a way to create multiple streams of income because one is clearly not going to help you through this situation. Look deep into your natural talents. Are you good at a certain skill? Then charge for it. Do you know somewhere you can outsource something people really need and sell it a profitable amount? Then get started on it. Do you have an idea you’ve been meaning to implement but were too scared to try out? Then there’s no time like the present, go out and create those avenues because the only way you’re going to enjoy spending money is when you’re making money.
*BONUS TIP* Pack your bags and sell your belongings and leave while you still can. I don’t know where to though because most countries don’t seem to like Zimbabweans.
My biggest concern lately is medication and I have no clue how to solve that one. Almost all pharmacies are charging in United States Dollars. I know we can turn to supplementing with natural herbs or prayer or both but my question is to what end? I’d love to hear from you. What are you doing to find calm in all this madness?
May God be with us…