All right, I will admit it, expenses are creeping up. March’s expenses amounted to a pretty hefty $4,632 in the end.
I might be too hard on myself for this month since there were trips to the dentist and quite a few wedding dinners. But there’s no denying that we are spending quite a bit more on food. For a self-acclaimed fan of ERE, having an expenditure of more than $1,000 for food is really stretching it. And for the past quarter, the average expenditure worked out to an almost embarrassing $4,300 a month.
For the past month, there were separate episodes when both of us were frustrated with our jobs (i.e. felt that things were not going smoothly). It was especially bad for me as I fell sick again with a bad flu and when I was off the medicine, had insomnia for the whole night. Seems like my body can sense how much I detest waking up to work by making itself fall sick, no?
And like most others, we tried to make our lives more bearable by spending a bit more money. For us, that just meant eating out at better places more often.
Something’s gotta give…
Anyway, below is the detailed breakdown for this month’s expenses:
Eating Out: $975.95
Hawker ($286.75) – This amount seems fairly reasonable for the two of us although we have noticed some hawkers increasing their prices recently. No?
Fast Food ($41.10) – Besides a Mac meal for both of us and two Subway sandwiches, we had KFC recently too! Missed the mashed potatoes and Mountain Dew but surprisingly after a couple of mouthfuls, the craving was gone. Hmm…
Restaurants ($648.10) – Heavily jacked up due to a seafood treat that set us back by $250. A couple of treats here and there and we went to Genki Sushi to take a look at its high-tech services after they were mentioned in DPM Tharman’s Budget Speech (bet you didn’t know this?)
Supermarket ($6.50) – We are finishing up those NTUC vouchers slowly but surely
Wet market ($56) – A trip to Kovan wet market for some pork ribs, fishes, vegetables and biscuits
Bakery ($13.90) – Had some healthy breakfasts when we brought fruits to the office
Beverages & Snacks: $22.20
Beverages ($2) – Two sugar cane drinks
Snacks ($20.20) – A St Marc Jap ice cream dessert (with ex-colleagues) and a trip to Ya Kun formed the bulk of the costs
Electricity, Gas & Water ($81.30) – Expected to increase with the hot and dry spell in the middle of the year
Cellphones ($58.73) – Still retaining my phone but I guess the IPhone 4 will probably be gone by next month
1 cab trip, 2 EZ Reload transactions for her and 1 for me.
Clothing ($231.90) – Had to buy 2 shirts specifically for work purposes and Mrs 15HWW had field days shopping the past week. =p
Electronics ($35) – Bought a Casio watch that would allow me to time my laps in the pool.
Medical ($143) – 1 visit to the doctor for me and a trip to the dentist for the both of us. Costs are still low as my expenses are 85% subsidised by my employer
Others ($5.10) – Another haircut for me. The irony that a person with less hair has to cut his hair more often =p
Gifts & Treats ($857.00) – 3 wedding dinners (both of us attended for two) plus my promotion treats meant a big figure for this segment
Overall Total: $4,631.58 (included fixed expenses of $1,970)