Expenditure Update: August 14

I realised that there wasn’t a need to search for a new picture to accompany this post, since I could reuse the one I had used last year.  😆

Yeah, with the previous update, I have actually completed a consecutive 12 straight months of expenditure recording and publishing. How time flies and I haven’t really been keeping track of these milestones. Heck, I even forgot to do an almost mandatory 1 year anniversary post like what many other bloggers do. Oh well.

Anyway, I digress, again. Back to this August’s expenditure. 😛

It was pretty hefty once again as we included the rest of the costs that we incurred on our Australia trip. Adding the $4,000 incurred to cover the accommodation and expenditure costs, the month expenditure amounted to $7,300 in the end. And so after the first 8 months this year, we have spent a total of $43,653.

Yeah, I know it’s almost impossible for us not to exceed the yearly target of $50,000 (additional $10,000 for vacations) we had set out during the start of the year. As I had mentioned, that was always a lofty target and at the very least, we should be able to keep the annual expenditure within $60,000. 😉

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Eating Out: $620.63

Hawker ($174.30.) – Much reduced since there was almost two weeks when we were not in Singapore.

Fast Food ($5.60) – Just one Mac fillet meal.

Restaurants ($440.73) – One Dian Xiao Er meal at the airport with my in-laws and another dinner with them at Kenny Rogers made up $200. Treated an ex-colleague for a buffet lunch too. =)

Groceries: $56.60

Supermarket ($4.10) – Relied on the many vouchers that we still have. NTUC vouchers are renewable even though they are supposed to only last for a year.

Wet market ($52.50) – We decided to cook for a few days in a row after we came back from Australia. Fresh fish is getting more expensive and the red garoupa set us back by $20.

Beverages & Snacks: $14.50

Beverages ($9.90) – After enjoying Boost Juice in Australia, we had one in ION a week back.

Snacks ($4.60) – Ah bo ling at Bedok Blk 85.

Utilities: $148.43

Electricity, Gas & Water ($89.70) – Somewhat stabilised at the $90-$100 range

Cellphones ($58.73) – The basic charges

Transport: $100

1 EZ Reload transaction for each of us.

Departmental: $271.20

Clothing ($170) – Bought a jacket and a sweater from Cold Wear. I can’t stand the cold as well as when I was young. #perilsofaging

Personal Items ($54.20) – Watson had a special sale and we topped up some cosmetics and hygiene products.

Books and Electronics ($47) – Two new iPad covers as the old ones were tattered and torn after almost 2 years. Bought some currency albums to keep some of the old notes our grandparents and parents have left us. Have been trading them recently. New hobby on Carousell. =p

Miscellaneous: $4,209

Medical ($126) – Mrs 15HWW had some eczema problem near her right eye and her esthetician (had to google it) recommended an atas clinic in Gleneagles. The consultation was $100 and the cream cost $26. But had to admit it was effective as it has cleared up.

Gifts & Treats ($50) – A cousin celebrated her child’s 1st month and both of us were invited to the buffet.

Others ($33) – Qing Ming materials.

Accommodation in Australia ($2,500) – It was expensive, especially those nights in Sydney where we were staying in Darling Harbour

Expenditure in Australia ($1,500) – Most of it were spent on meals and food like macadamia nuts and Arnold’s products like Tim Tam. Wasn’t really a shopping paradise since most apparels came from the U.S. and thus wasn’t cheap.

Total: $5,420.36

Overall Total: $7,305.36 (included fixed expenses of $1,885)

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    6 thoughts on “Expenditure Update: August 14

    1. B

      Hi 15hww

      Wow, didn’t know it costs so much to stay in a hotel in Sydney.

      Our family is planning a trip sometime to Australia next year so hopefully this will serve as a projected cost for us to start saving from today 😉

      1. My 15 HWW Post author

        Hi B,

        It was over SGD$250 per night in Sydney. Think it didn’t help that our trip coincided with the Sydney Marathon.

        Feel free to approach me if you need an help for the itinerary in Australia. =)

    2. AK

      Hi 15HWW,

      The A$ is so expensive now too. I just changed some to give to my sis in a red packet. She is gong there for a couple of weeks on vacation. The rate is S$1.17 to A$1.00! When I went to Gold Coast about 14 years ago, I think it was just S$0.90 to A$1.00.

      Your next holiday destination? Should consider Japan. The Yen had gone down by some 20% when I was there in December last year. ;p

      1. My 15 HWW Post author

        Hi AK,

        I haven’t been to Japan before and I would really like to go there!

        But the odds of going there isn’t high as my mother-in-law feels strongly that couples who are intending to have children in the near future should avoid places near Fukushima. *sigh*