We spent about $3,470 in April and it was actually below the monthly budget of $3,500! After including this month’s expenditure, we have managed to lower our average expenditure this year to $4,150.
The expenditure on categories like food, groceries and clothes remain pretty wanton. There’s really no conscious attempt to curb those shopping instincts when I am at NTUC or Uniqlo and the Mrs was pretty accommodating since it was my birthday month!
So looking forward to a break in two weeks’ time when all the mid years will be over and we would be jacking up the expenses in Melbourne.
Eating Out: $554.60
Hawker ($74.60) – I really barely ate out at hawker centres or food courts for the past month. In fact, I don’t recall buying anything from the cai peng stall near my house the past two months. Cooking my lunches is fast becoming an ingrained habit.
Fast Food ($79.70) – We had a big Mac meal together with the Mrs’ family at Punggol Safra! And we tried Wing Stop for the first time. We really enjoyed the wings and the Cajun fries.
Restaurants ($400.30) – It’s my birthday month so this is considered really reasonable since it included a crab meal at Tunglok Central. It also included a reasonable tip to a service staff whom we both liked.
Supermarket ($226.50) – 9 visits to NTUC in total. Mostly fruits, vegetables and ice-cream!
Wet Market ($134) – 4 visits to the Kovan wet market. I am a sucker for repetition and I am definitely enjoying my treats of Halibut steak once or twice a week.
Beverages & Snacks: $49.50
Snacks ($45.80) – Popcorn from Garrett, a Ya Kun breakfast toast together, a yoghurt from Milk and Honey of course, some slices of cakes for my birthday.
Beverages ($3.70) –1 cups of Koi green tea
Electricity, Gas & Water ($48.32) – Electricity usage was much higher at 290kWh for this month. 33KWh of gas and 7.8 Cu M of water meant the bill added up to $98.32. The U Save vouchers reduced the bill by $50.
Cellphones ($96.55) – $51.55 for me and $45 for the Mrs for our mobile services. Mine comes with upsized data.
1 EZ Reload transaction for the Mrs and none for me. And a $6 Grab Share ride.
Clothes ($254.90) – A refresh for some of my running attire from Decathlon. Bought some gloves to protect my palms for pull-up training and also managed to stock up some T shirts, berms and underwear from Uniqlo.
Books ($23) – Bought 2 story books as presents for our students.
Gifts ($160) – Bought a Starbucks card as a present for one of my students and ang baos for a baby shower and another housewarming.
Others ($182.10) – Bought two ink toners for the printer and replaced the drum. The EnergyOne Gym non-peak membership at Punggol Safra costs $42 and after building up to a baseline, will be reverting back to my in-law’s gym for the next couple of months.
Overall Total: $3,470.47 (included fixed expenses of $1,685)