Week 29

img_3520We really tried to not spend too much money last week. But apparently, we can’t seem to stop buying clothes…. We were good during the week but while we were away over the weekend we couldn’t help ourselves. Sigh.

The big costs last week were that Husband had to go to Seoul for the night to get some documents certified at the South African embassy (the joys of having to get things certified in English while not living in an English speaking country!) and we went away to Gyeongju for the weekend to see friends of ours – happy, happy days 🙂 Also, Gyeongju is awesome. Well worth the visit for anyone in Korea. My favourite was renting bikes and cycling around the park and tombs (which actually look like hills).

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: 283 360 won

Not awesome. But we did pay the building management fee, which always knocks us. Husband’s trip to Seoul was a big chunk too. And our sudden desire to buy Christmas cards and gifts… So definitely not the smartest financial week that we’ve ever had. I completely stand by all the purchases though, I just think that we could have timed them better…


Gyeongju total: 252 800 won

Super stoked with how much we spent on our trip to Gyeongju 🙂 250 000 won tends to be the minimum that we spend on a weekend away so we did really well (even with the clothes and handbag purchases!). The problem is that when the weekend is added with the spending during the week, it makes for quite a chunk of spending…

Week’s spend: 536 160 won

Necessary: 441 960 won (82%)

Indulgence: 94 200 won (18%)

Therefore, we have 47 048 won for the rest of the month. Crap.

So I was right to not feel warm and fuzzy with how much we had for the rest of the month last week 😦 Especially given that we still have both our cell phones, the internet and my school lunches coming off this coming week. Budget blown. Thank goodness we factored in 200 000 won cushioning this month (that we haven’t put into savings) in case we couldn’t make the month within budget, so we will be fine. Just. But I’m disappointed that we spent such that we need to make use of that cushioning… The only thing for it is to look at this month overall and see what lessons we can learn for the future…



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