Spending Recap: January 9-15, 2012
+ $1,200 freelance/side income
+ $150 sold Blackberry smartphone
No Spend Day!
No Spend Day!
$18.11 Cactus Club
$179.20 MEC (backpack, travel supplies, etc.)
$123.95 train tickets x2 (Paris-Stuttgart)
WEEKLY EXPENSES: - $406.38
WEEKLY SIDE INCOME *: + $1,200 (+ $150)
TOTAL: + $943.62
I spent $303.15 this week on travel-related expenses. But I feel good about it. I decided not to buy a bigger backpack. Instead, I’m going to stick with my 65L hiking pack and a carry-on day pack which I just picked up at MEC. I bought some compression bags to pack down my clothing too, and hopefully that will be good enough. I also spent $123.95 for two one-way train tickets from Paris to Stuttgart. Nic paid for the 2 nights of accommodation in Paris, which ended up being around $140.
We will have to come to some sort of compromise for accommodation when we go traveling over the next 7 months. We both agree that hostels are the cheapest way to go. I don’t mind hostels at all. However, I am uncomfortable sharing rooms with strangers (had a bad experience in a hostel once), and prefer to spend the extra money for a private room instead. Which is usually way cheaper than a hotel room. But Nic prefers to spend the least possible for accommodation. Perhaps I will offer to pay the difference between a dorm room and a private room in the hostels, or maybe we’ll alternate.
I should also note that at the halfway point of this month, I have already brought in $3,134.55 in freelance income. :) A lot of it is carry-over from stuff I didn’t get paid for in December, so I have to figure out how to keep this rate going into the future.
* This is all income I bring in that is above and beyond my full-time job. Money is primarily made through my two blogs and my graphic design business.
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a writer, personal finance blogger, and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.