2 years of recording expenses has finally yielded some fruits for me.
Knowing how difficult and cumbersome it is for me to track her expenses, Mrs 15HWW asked me to download the app for her and yes, from next month onwards, she will be tracking hers!
Instead of bothering her every night about how much she spent, I just have to combine the entries once a month!
Anyway, for Feb, although it was a short month, expenses were anything but low!
Eating Out: $848.70
Hawker ($254.60) – Slightly lower since with the CNY celebrations, we had more meals at friends relatives’ places.
Fast Food ($20.30) – 1 Mac & 1 KFC meal together. The enjoyment of these meals is indeed dwindling, but the convenience is still a temptation.
Restaurants ($573.80) – With more weekday nights committed to lessons, we cherish our dinners together and tend to spend it more often at some of the restaurants at Waterway Point.
Supermarket ($126.70) – Stuff for the annual steamboat, some drinks and of course, mandarin oranges.
Wet market ($96.70) – Some meat, vegetables and seafood. We cut back on the seafood slightly (i.e. less prawns) since the prices were really quite absurd.
Beverages & Snacks: $63.90
Beverages ($16.40) – Koi Green tea with 25% sugar is a real weakness now.
Snacks ($47.50) – As the Gelare outlet at Waterway Point was having a opening promotion, we found ourselves there once every few days. Well, each of us probably had about 5 servings of half a waffle during the last two weeks of February.
Electricity, Gas & Water ($80.59) – Electricity usage increased with 249kWh used. But interestingly, the bill came down as the electricity tariffs decreased. 14KWh of gas and 6.5 Cu M of water make up the rest of the utility bill.
Cellphones ($77) – $45 for the Mrs and $32 for me.
1 EZ Reload transaction for each of us.
Clothing ($207) – A big haul from Uniqlo as we bought some jackets for our upcoming trip to Taipei. A 30% staff discount (from a dear friend) definitely helped.
Gifts ($700) – Chinese New Year angbaos. This was slightly lower as we pared back on some of the ang baos that we gave, in light of the lower incomes we are bringing in this year. For the “more distant” cousins/nephews, instead of $20, we scaled back to $12.
Air tickets ($2100) – Yes, I do realise after this experiment that travelling is still quite fun. Especially having not boarded a plane for close to two years, I am looking forward to the upcoming Taipei trip in April. The bill for 4 air tickets (including in-laws) finally came in!
Overall Total: $6,222.59 (included fixed expenses of $1,822)