This post is all about my September 2018 expenses. I started my Yearlong Shopping Ban on October 1 and figured it’d be great to share my expenses with you while I am at it. I gotta get into the groove of doing this every month, after all, and so I figured to also share with you my September expenses.
September was a wonderful month! I spent one and a half weeks of it in Taiwan and almost three weeks of it house sitting in Thailand. I looked after five cats and three dogs and it was lovely. It was also time to celebrate an anniversary – 3 Years on YouTube.
In one of my most recent posts and videos, I shared with you The Rules for My Yearlong Shopping Ban. They will help me to stay on track and function as a guideline for what I can and cannot buy in the next 12 months.
Sharing my expenses with you is something that I’ve been wanting to do (again) for quite a while and the start of my shopping ban is the perfect opportunity.
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. If you don’t currently track your expenses, 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. I amended lots of the categories and switched things around to suit my needs. The template is 100% customizable. Previously, I used a plain google sheet without any graphics.
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! It’s so ingrained in me now that I couldn’t imagine living any other way.
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. My current monthly average is around $720. How do you spend so little while traveling full-time? I am traveling the world on a budget like a pro, that’s how!
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. If an expense is extremely personal I will simply add “super personal expense” in the notes section.
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 September 2018 expenses:
|Phone||$27.50||50% of Project Fi Phone plan|
|Groceries||$68.84||Groceries in Taiwan and Thailand|
|Eating out||16.91||11+ meals in Taipei and Bangkok|
|Treats||$15.39||Lots of taiwanese and thai sweets|
|Accommodation||189.37||50% of accommodation for 10 days in Bangkok. 50% of accommodation for 19 days in Europe|
|Public transportation||$46.23||Public transportation in Taipei and Bangkok|
|Flights, buses & cabs||303.66||Bus and train Taipei-Longdong, flight from Phuket to Bangkok, flight from Bangkok to Europe, flight within Europe|
|Healthcare||$12.86||Vitamin b12 supply for almost two years|
|Toiletries||$47.76||4 Sonicare toothbrush-heads, one bar of soap - the soap was only $0.81!|
That was it for my September 2018 expenses. I’ve had a wonderful month and I miss the lovely animals I looked after already. Saying goodbye to animals that I lovingly cared for is always a little tough for me. I get attached so quickly!
This post is hugely inspired by the lovely Liz from Frugal Woods. Check out her blog Frugalwoods.