December 2018 Expenses

This post is all about my December 2018 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.

House Sitting

Let’s just say that December was a wonderful month!I spent almost all of it house sitting in Bulgaria and Romania!

Only a handful of days were spent in a rented apartment.

House sitting in Bucharest, Romania

I’ve shared with you quite a few videos on YouTube in the past about what it’s like to house sit in case you are curious.

What else is there to say? The month of December was spent mending my sneakers, my winter jacket, making bread, baking cookies and making heaps of falafel and tortillas!

Delicious homemade falafel

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!

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 December 2018 expenses:

Category AmountNotes
Phone$12.5050% off Google Fi
Groceries$83.39Groceries in Bulgaria and Romania
Eating out$3.55A ton of pretzels
Sweets$3.71
Accommodation$37.5050% of 3/4 nights in an Airbnb apartment
Public transportation$18.36Metro in Romania
Flights, buses & cabs$8.13gas and parking in Bulgaria
Clothing$31.96Waterproof winter boots
Toiletries$9.932x bars of soap, 10ml tea tree oil, 50ml almond oil, 50ml apricot kernel oil, dental floss
Piercings$12.18New titanium stud for helix piercing (big emergency!), saline solution spray
Hobbies$148.10Website hosting for 2 years, sudoku
Gifts$14.71
Total:$384.02

That was it for my December 2018 expenses. Trust me, I can’t believe it either.

In January I’ll be moving around lots. I’ll be visiting Moldova, Ukraine, and Poland and have, as of right now, no upcoming house sit! 🙁

How’s your month been?

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