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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


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. :)

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.


  1. munchkin says:

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

  2. Marianne says:

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

  3. Bria says:

    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. Modest Money says:

    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. Looks like you had fun!

  6. 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!

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

  8. Cyril says:

    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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