At the end of each month, I’d like to publish our expense report so you can see what we have been spending. Not only does this allow transparency, but also some accountability for Poopsie and I. Knowing we will have to include it in the blog will help us to keep costs down.
January was a pretty expensive month for us. It included the final week of my trip to Tasmania, which was not exactly a budget holiday. We also went to visit my parents for a week. Poopsie had his children for the entire Christmas holidays (six weeks in Australia) so their category was more inflated than it usually would be.
Without further ado, here’s our expenses:
Expense Reports - January 2016
|Blog||$71.40||This is our yearly hosting cost for SiteGround|
|Rent||$1745.80||Monthly rent. This is reasonably low for our area.|
|Internet||$228.95||This will usually only be $50 a month. This month, we were charged a final month of usage for my old place, plus an enormous cancellation fee.|
|Utilities||$363.29||These are the finalisation of my gas and electricity accounts from my old place.|
|Groceries||$433.82||This is about half the cost groceries would usually cost us with two households. It was a strange month for us though, so I am not sure if future months will be around this amount.|
|Car Costs||$150.03||This is extremely low, it will usually be higher. We did a lot of travel in January and those car costs are reflected in our travel category.|
|Kids||$2368.83||This includes child support. Usually, child support and one phone bill is all that will feature in this category, except during school holidays when Poopsie has his kids. He had them for the entire Christmas period, so this reflects that.|
|Mobile||$61.85||A little higher than usual. Due to the travel, we both used our phones a bit more than normal.|
|Household||$121.38||This included a subscription to Microsoft Office and a one year membership to Trusted House Sitters . We'd like to start house sitting on our travels so have joined up to start building a profile.|
|Miscellaneous||$34.90||Mostly foreign transaction fees plus two Udemy courses Poopsie bought.|
|Eating Out||$191.25||Very high. Most of this was for my birthday dinner out. We want to try and limit our eating out to both of our birthdays and our anniversary. We also got takeout once due to laziness.|
|Entertainment||$25.10||We went and saw Star Wars and bought my little brother's ticket. Well worth the cost.|
|Clothing||$20||A new exercise t-shirt for me.|
|Travel||$905.58||This encompasses the last week of my Tasmania trip and a trip to visit my parents for a week.|
|Gifts||$15||My best friend had a baby. I bought him a gift.|
There you have it, our expenses. We’d love to hear what you think below.
How did you go saving this month? Can you see anywhere we can cut back?
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