Week 26


An evening walk along our river 🙂

This week was the beginning of a new month and so we decided to start it with a big shop in the hopes that it would work as well as last month in reducing our spending. It turned out that our big shop was bigger than we thought it would be though… We were immediately plunged into familiar feelings of guilt and slight self-loathing, however when we looked at our slip there were no massive purchases that had slipped past us. Instead it was simply an accumulation of lots of small, but necessary, purchases e.g. vegetables, coffee, fruit, wine etc. Another lesson in small steps adding quickly up! Let’s just hope that the shop last us as long as the cost promises!

To new readers of The Brat Experiment: Husband and I track every single won that we spend on a fantastic app called Money Lover. The app is synched to both of our phones and means that it’s very easy to see where all of our money goes (which is not always pleasant!). I then report on our weekly spending here and write up a summary of our spending for each month. You can check out other weekly spends and the monthly summaries in The Numbers section.


Week’s spend: 506 450 won (340 250 won without the planned for clothes)

We then went to Seoul for the weekend to meet our friends’ baby who is just 6 weeks old. What a gorgeous little chap! And just wonderful to be a part of this exciting stage of their lives as they figure out parenting etc. Money wise the trip didn’t seem to cost that much either as we stayed with our friends and didn’t even have to pay for any food.


Seoul Trip: 185 700 won

I think that might be a record for the least that we have ever spent on a trip…. 🙂 🙂 

Week’s total: 692 150 won (525 950 won without the winter clothes)

Necessary: 578 650 won (84%)

Indulgence: 113 500 won (16%)

Therefore, we have 1 274 050 won for the rest of the month. (I found keeping track of how much we had left for the rest of the month very helpful last month so I have decided to include it as a regular feature of my weekly reports).

This week was definitely more expensive than usual. Firstly, we went on a trip (which always results in more spending than usual). Secondly, we did a big shop (that hopefully will result in us spending less overall during the month). And thirdly, we bought winter clothes. These winter clothes technically aren’t coming out of our usual living expenses as we specifically reduced our savings so that we could stock up on good quality, reasonably priced winter clothes before Korean winter hits (it feels like it has hit this week already though!?!) and before we move to New Zealand (where clothes are apparently very expensive – or at least compared to South Africa they are anyway). So all in all I’m very happy with the week.

We are staying home this weekend so we will focus on spending less this week as we are going away the next two weekends in a row. I hope you have a good week, dear Reader!



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