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Spending Recap: April 9-15, 2012

Monday 9th
No Spend Day! 

Tuesday 10th
No Spend Day! 

Wednesday 11th – Baden-Baden, Germany
$5.31 (€4,10) sandwich
$27.18 (€21) train Baden-Baden
$4.53 (€3,50) bus to airport
$62 (€48) hotel at airport

Thursday 12th – Malaga, Spain
+ $350 freelance income
$1.81 (€1,40) subway to Malaga
$10.35 (€8) breakfast
$10.35 (€8) lunch
$20.71 (€16) dinner & drinks

Friday 13th – Malaga, Spain
+ $422.50 freelance income
$11 (€8,50) lunch
$9.71 (€7,50) iced coffee & pastries
$24.59 (€19) dinner

Saturday 14th – Malaga, Spain
+ $82.22 Great Canadian Rebates
$9.06 (€7) breakfast
$4.59 (€3,55) entrance fee to Alacazaba and Gibralfaro Castles
$1.68 (€1,30) bottle of water
$5.82 (€4,50) lunch
$3.82 (€2,95) souvenir magnet
$19.41 (€15) dinner
$3.88 (€3) ice cream

Sunday 15th – Gibraltar
$9.06 (€7) breakfast
$15.91 (€12,29) bus to La Linea
$32.36 (€25) 2 hour tour of the Rock
$3.24 (€2,50) tip for tour guide
$1.29 (€1) chocolate bar
$16.82 (€13) lunch
$2.59 (€2) coffee
$15.91 (€12,29) bus to Malaga
$2.33 (€1,80) dinner

WEEKLY INCOME+ $772.50 (+ $82.22)

TOTAL: + $519.41

Well, I traveled for the majority of the week, and it was still fairly expensive. I didn’t try as hard as I could have to keep my costs down, and as a result, I made many little purchases throughout the day. I also made the mistake of leaving my foldable water bottle at home, so I often found myself wanting to stop for a quick snack or a drink because I was thirsty. I also could have definitely cut down on dining out expenses. It will be interesting to see what kind of spending I’ll be doing next week when my mom and sister come to visit!

Now that I’m halfway through this month, I can see how hard it would be to be constantly traveling and trying to work at the same time. I’m grateful that I have a few days every week to be at home, so that I can concentrate on work, and I’m also glad that I don’t have anymore crazy travel like this scheduled until August.

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. Even though you’re noting a bit of a spending increase, I have to say how much I envy how you’re able to post about being in Germany in one day, Spain the next, and more! :)

  2. Michelle says:

    I realize this is slightly beside the point, but when you’re able to post weeks such as this (Spain! Germany! Gibraltar! All while posting positive $$!) it’s got to reinforce your choice of choosing a smaller apartment to save money in order to have such tremendous experiences.

    Honestly, well done. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous!

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