Spending Recap: March 26-April 1, 2012 - Give Me Back My Five Bucks

Spending Recap: March 26-April 1, 2012

Monday 26th
No Spend Day!

Tuesday 27th
+ $400 freelance income
$2.53 (€1,90) Starbucks
$43.64 (€32,76) groceries

Wednesday 28th
+ $208.48 freelance income
$2.53 (€1,90) Starbucks
$26.64 (€20) German cell phone

Thursday 29th
No Spend Day! 

Friday 30th – Vienna
$2.66 (€2) sandwich
$0.93 (€0,70) chocolate bar

Saturday 31st – Vienna
$7.59 (€5,70) 24-hour transit pass
$11.99 (€9) amusement park
$10.39 (€7,80) burger & fries
$8.26 (€6,20) souvenirs (fridge magnet & postcards)
$13.32 (€10) Central Cafe
$22.65 (€17) pool & beers

Sunday 1st – Vienna
$14.65 (€11) Belvedere Palace (art museum)
$17.34 (€12) beer & schnitzel
$2.66 (€2) sandwich

WEEKLY EXPENSES- $187.78
WEEKLY INCOME+ $608.48

TOTAL: + $420.70

Well I’m extremely impressed at how cheap my German cell phone is. I pay 5 cents/minute to call back to Canada (although I almost always make my phone calls via Skype on WIFI for free), and my data is only €8/month for 500MB. And I can also purchase 50MB of data (for 7 days) when traveling outside of Europe for €4,99. Over the past 2 months, I’ve only spent $39.96 (€30) – or $15/month – and that includes the cost of the SIM card. For the exact same service I’m paying $55/month for in Canada with Rogers.

Other than that, I don’t have much to say about my spending this week. I kept everything low during the week because I knew we’d be splurging over the weekend in Vienna. I’ll recap my trip on Friday. :)

About 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.

9 comments

  1. wow thats crazy about the cell phone!! So cheap!

  2. Oh how I’d like to have a beer and schnitzel entry on my spending ledger this week… :)

  3. Your German cell is cheap, but so is your Canadian phone! $40ish?? What provider do you use? Is it a pay-as-you-go?

  4. Yes Canadian cell phone service is notoriously expensive. I think we pay some of the highest rates in the world.

    It looks like you kept the spending in check pretty well this week. Congrats.

  5. Oh to be a Canadian, the land of expensive cell phones. At least its getting better with the introduction of some competition. Sounds like Vienna was a lot of fun, looking forward to reading all about it!

  6. Just stumbled across your website, great name! Always good to see more “20-somethings” who are interested in gaining financial independence!

  7. Do you find it tough that you are making such little money at your age? I would be worried that I’m just playing, not saving enough for retirement, and will have nobody or not much to fall back on.

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