April 2019 Expenses

This post is all about my April 2019 expenses. To see my previous reports, click here. I simply want to show that traveling (and living somewhere for that matter), doesn’t have to be expensive.

The month of April was absolutely nuts. As you may know, from my Youtube Channel and my March 2019 Expenses – I moved to Berlin and it’s been a wild ride! I started my apartment search in April and found myself running from one viewing to the next, emailing property managers back and forth and trying to get all the documents I needed.

Simply put: I was an absolute mess.

Now on to my April 2019 expenses!

How I organize my expenses

I keep track of all my expenses and have been doing so since 2014. It’s something that I absolutely love doing. Keeping track of your expenses, is in my opinion, the best way to get a handle on your money.

If you don’t track your expenses you don’t really know where your money is going. Just give it a try! Trust me, it makes all the difference.

I use Google sheets and have been doing so since 2014. This is the template that I am currently using. If you want to use the same sheet, please kindly go to your Drive, you should find it under “templates”.

I amended lots of the categories and switched things around to suit my needs. The template is 100% customizable!

I amended lots of the categories and switched things around to suit my needs. The template is 100% customizable!

How to read my expense report

Frugal living is my default and keeping track of my expenses is, believe it or not, something that really excites me! Frugal living for me is all about living in alignment with my values, enhancing my experience of life and spending my time and money accordingly.

I am traveling the world on less than $1,000 per month and my current monthly average for all of 2018 is roughly $667.How do you spend so little while traveling full-time? I am traveling the world on a budget like a pro and I use creative ways to spend less on accomondation.

My expenses reports will not list every single expense item by item but will list the main categories and my expenses in each one.

In the notes section, you’ll find more details as to what each category contained that month.

Interested in frugal living and its benefits? I’ve got heaps of videos about frugal living on my YouTube channel. I also have a handful of posts about frugal living on this blog (and plan to post a lot more).

These are my April 2019 expenses

Category AmountNotes
Rent€350Rent incl. eeeeeverything
Phone€10monthly top-up - my phone plan is €7.99 - the difference is credit on my acc
Groceries€117.26Tons of groceries in Berlin
Eating out€8.80Tons of vegetable kebab
Flights, buses & cabs€10.441x Return airport bus
Clothing€71.98organic cotton: 2x leggings, 2x tops, 2x crop tops - all for working out
Healthcare€55.261x supplement + gym for 1.5 months
Gifts€30personal
Total:€653.74

That was it for my April 2019 expenses.

As you can see, I needed up buying new clothing! I’ve been doing yoga daily and on top of that I’ve been taking tons of classes at the gym and my current workout “gear” made up of hand me down t-shirts and transparent leggings is no longer cutting it.

My 730 Euros/month budget

As mentioned in my previous post, my new monthly budget for living in Berlin is 730 Euros/month and while it’s been a little challenging, I absolutely love it!

That being said, I’ll be moving (again) soon and will need to buy rather expensive items. Here’s a quick list:

  • washing machine
  • fridge/freezer combo
  • futon mattress (japanese/korean style)

While spending no more than 730 Euros/month while having to acquire the below mentioned items and some is going to be impossible, I’ll try to get what I do need, for the best price.

Aside from needing to acquire the “big 3” and having to pay 100% of the rent for my new place by myself for the time being, I’ll definitely be able to stick to my budget of 730 Euros/month.

Frugal living ftw!

How’s your month been?

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2 Comments

  1. May 22, 2019 / 1:42 AM

    I love seeing your expenses!

    April – May have been more expensive for me in the clothing budget. I started a new job, and I went from a business casual environment to a business environment, so I need to buy some very work-work type clothes and shoes. The good news is that I am walking the 3 miles to work (vs. driving 14 miles to work), but I need new walking or running shoes! LOL!

    My goal is to buy 90% of my clothing secondhand, but that is going to be too challenging for me to build a business “uniform” from secondhand shopping. I just want to buy a small capsule that mixes and matches and be done with it!

    Good luck with the next move!

    • Nina
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      May 22, 2019 / 7:16 AM

      Congratulations on starting a new job! I feel you on the challenge of going from business casual to business! I can go to work in leggings/jeans and t-shirt, and do so every day. I too would need to get a whole new separate work (business) wardrobe and finding everything second hand within a reasonable amount of time in the right size, yesss, that’s certainly a challenge!

      I think as long as you choose pieces that are going to last for many years to come you are good. Thrift shops with a special business section would also probably best as the odds of finding something at a thrift store with all mixed clothing and no special section may be a lot lower.

      Thank you so much! I am currently running from one flat to the next – picking up used bits for the apartment!! 🙂

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