January 2019 Expenses

This post is all about my January 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.

Toy yard in Lviv, Ukraine

January was spent house sitting for one week and renting apartments through Airbnb the rest of the time. I managed to visit Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Germany, and Poland!

I also worked hard on getting everything ready for my upcoming move. I don’t know about you, but arranging everything while not being in the country, can be tricky.

Most of my days were spent booking appointments, taking phone calls, skyping, doing research, looking for housing and so on. It was a good month, don’t get me wrong, but it was a rather stressfull one indeed.

“Street art” in Lviv, Ukraine

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 January 2019 expenses:

Category AmountNotes
Phone$39.90Google Fi + NEW phone plan
Groceries$95.18Groceries in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Poland
Eating out$45.82Countless meals in Eastern Europe
Sweets$5.174x fruit bars, 1x raw cake
Accommodation$185.37Apartments in Ukraine, and Poland
Public transportation$54.08Public transportation in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Germany, and Poland
Flights, buses & cabs$92.461x Bus from Moldova to Ukraine, 1x Train within Ukraine, 1x Bus from Ukraine to Poland, 1x Bus from Poland to Austria, and 1x Bus ride within Europe
Clothing$2.971x pair of black socks, black/gray cotton jumper
Toiletries$9.491x toothpaste, 2x dental floss, 1/2 soap and 100g clay mask
Piercings$113.72Short post for old conch piercing and new conch piercing with implant grade titanium jewelry by Neometal at Naked Steel
Hobbies$18.742x pencils, 1x sharpener and 1x soap mold, 1x entry to vegan festival
Gifts$55.601x donation ($50) and taking a friend out for lunch
Miscellaneous3x prints and 1x toilet fee
Learning$19.982x online courses
Total:$740.04

That was it for my January 2019 expenses.

In February I’ll be spending a little over two weeks in Austria, and after that it’s time to move (on). 😉

How’s your month been?

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