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Spending Recap: February 13-19, 2012

Monday 13th
$5.25 (€4) falafel

Tuesday 14th
$2.75 (€2,10) transit

Wednesday 15th
+ $121.35 Great Canadian Rebates
$9.18 (€7) pizza & pop
$15.72 (€11,99) micro-USB cable
$13.38 (€10,20) household items

Thursday 16th
+ $400 freelance income
$1.12 (€0,85) pretzel
$27.07 (€20,64) groceries

Friday 17th
+ $350 freelance income
$36.88 Etsy (bought a scarf)
$15.74 (€12) curry wurst & beer
$3.20 (€2,44)

Saturday 18th
$13.12 (€10) household items
$112.57 (€85,83) flight (roundtrip to Malaga, Spain in April)

Sunday 19th
$7.02 (€5,40) transit
$260.99 (€199) flight (roundtrip to Athens, Greece in June)

WEEKLY INCOME+ $750 (+ 121.35)

TOTAL: + $347.36

This week was a bit abnormal. We finally moved into our apartment, so we had some household expenses. Most of what we purchased we got at the dollar store, or a discount grocery chain. I’m still on the hunt for a toaster oven – couldn’t find one at the Saturday Flea Market. In fact, we didn’t end up buying anything at the flea market, but it was fun to walk around.

I also spent money on flights. I’m meeting up with a girlfriend in Malaga, Spain for a 5-day trip in April, and Nic and I booked a 5-day trip to Athens, Greece for June. We were originally going to do Athens in April, but flights were a bit too expensive. We have one more flight to book – Faro, Portugal – which we will get to at some point today or tomorrow.

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a 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, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. Bridget says:

    Spain and Greece! Can’t wait to see photos.

  2. Michelle says:

    I’m so jealous of your traveling! Looks like you did good this week.

  3. Bluehost says:

    Wish I could travel like you do.

  4. Average Joe says:

    …you said curry wurst & beer…..yummmm…….

  5. Cyril says:

    Now we understand why you live in a 215s apartment with another guy! lol. How old are you, 22?

    Don’t forget to pay taxes after that $750 a week. Seriously, how old are you? You’re throwing away your future and the property market in Canada is about to have a rude awakening. I sold my two rentals in Vancouver last summer to suckers like you.

    Look forward to reading in a year’s time how you and your bf are broken up, and you’re left with a big hole in your bank account, no career, and an underwater property. A fun train wreck to watch! :)

    • Ashley says:

      @Cyril: wowzers! Did your mother forget to teach you “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”

      I for one love reading your blog – you are in a very envious position – a job that you can literally do from anywhere, in a very easy to get around Europe. I’m glad to see you are taking advantage of it! Enjoy your time abroad, and please keep posting. I know comments like the above sometimes make bloggers question their decisions, and I would miss reading you if you weren’t here :)

    • Joe says:

      I’m very “down” on the Canadian housing market. There’s a rude awakening in store for many. But you don’t need to be a jerk about it.

      Krystal is resilient; but if she did go through financial challenges, it’d probably make her blog and freelancing much more interesting for readers anyway.

    • Tiffany says:

      Wow, that was cold! Unfortunately, you might be write. It’s hard to look away from car wrecks.

      Krystal makes me feel better about myself b/c I get to travel for 4 months a year, and I make about $1,200 a week, which I thought was low, but not so after seeing Krystal’s income!

    • CnC says:


      Dear Cyril,

      I’m sensing some disappointment in your life. Perhaps you should stop projecting your negative experiences and jealousy onto Krystal and deal with your own problems instead, as clearly you’ve got to have some issues to be such an asshole to a perfect stranger.

      I wish you had a blog I could read to take delight in YOUR imminent train wreck.


      P.S. No one likes a TROLL so go away and forget this blog.

  6. Ashley@PacificCoastPlanning says:

    Wow @Cyril, that was quite rude! And I happen to disagree.

    It seems that you are doing a great job of balancing the necessities in life with leisure; while still saving money for things like life insurance, retirement and an emergency fund.

  7. Hi Krystal, good for you for following your dreams. I was going to ask about the tax situation as well. Are you planning to write off your travel expenses as a freelancer upon your return to Canada? And have you been writing off as much as you can since you became a full-time freelancer? It seems to be one of the upsides of going out on your own.

    • Tiffany says:

      I don’t know much about Krystal except for the recent posts. Did her ex boyfriend dump her last year, which is why she’s decided to move across the world with a random guy and live like this?

      Is this the classic quarter life crisis?

      I went through a mini one before, but never did anything this drastic.

  8. MA says:

    The second best thing about freelancing is that after the various legitimate deductions you get to take, your after tax income is equivalent to a far higher salary… The best thing is the freedom to wildly adjust your lifestyle however you see fit. Some people show envy badly.

    I would trade 25% of my rather high salary to be self employed as a freelancer again in a heartbeat. 40-50% wouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. I think about this all the time even though I *like* my job!

    Good for you!

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