Last week… *Face palm. Last week was dominated by two things: the horror of Trump being elected and the joy of seeing a dear friend who we hadn’t seen for 6 years. Financially speaking, Trump’s election screwed us last week because the only way that we knew how to cope was to drink. Husband and I never go out to a bar by ourselves anymore. It’s cheaper to drink at home AND I can drink wine at home (you usually can’t get wine in bars here) so it’s a no brainer for us. But Trump changed that. We didn’t care about money or our retirement and instead were just trying to process (with alcohol and delivered food) how the hell this happened.
Seeing our friend also cost money because it meant travelling to Seoul, eating out and going for drinks. But this cost us money in a good way. In a wonderful, people-are-the-most-important kind of way. 100% worth it 🙂
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 total: 154 200 won
Seoul trip total: 278 100 won
Week’s spend: 432 300 won
Necessary: 405 300 won (94%)
Indulgence: 27 000 won (6%)
Therefore, we have 583 208 won for the rest of the month.
Better than I expected. Fantastic ratio. Or maybe I’m being too lenient in what is considered necessary?!?! I tend to decide necessary vs indulgence by whether I still think it is necessary/worth it after the fact… However, I don’t feel warm and fuzzy about having just under 600 000 won for the rest of the month with 1 weekend away and payday only being on Friday next week… We are going to have to be VERY disciplined to make it without going over budget.