So dear Reader, here we are. Reviewing how our year in Korea went financially – with 10 months of that being Our Brat Experiment where we were trying to reduce our expenses so we could increase our savings as much as possible. Regular readers of this blog will know that soon after beginning Our Brat Experiment we realized that we were going to reach our dream savings amount for the year and so we started pushing for our dream-dream savings number…. So let’s see if we got there 🙂 Continue reading
To new readers of The Brat Experiment: Husband and I track every single Korean won that we spend (we’re currently living in South Korea) 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 42||957 721 won|
|Groceries||36 740 won||Not much because we were eating out and having food bought for us a lot with it being our last week in Korea.|
|Eat Out||130 450 won||And then we returned the favour…|
|Once-Off||364 001 won||293 101 won on posting 5 boxes to New Zealand. The rest on polaroid film, batteries and earnings (Husband’s).|
|Bills & Fees||235 910 won||The usual except we didn’t have to pay the building management fee and actually even got 44 000 won back from them! J Also it was basically double our normal cell phone fees to close out contracts… still not sure why!|
|Transport||12 900 won||4 taxis…|
|Gifts||55 220 won||For people in Korea but mainly for people in South Africa…|
|Medical||25 600 won||The dentist for Husband and I|
|Local Travel||62 900 won||Heading to Seoul our last weekend in Korea… so low because we stayed with our wonderful friends in Seoul|
|Overseas Travel||34 000 won||This was the taxi and bus to the airport from our friends’ house|
Week 42 total: 957 751 won
Necessary: 874 921 won (91%)
Indulgence: 82 800 won (9%)
So we spent a LOT more than usual… Let’s see how it all fitted into our plan for the month:
So basically, we overspent by a significant amount. Thank goodness that we got another salary out of Korea PLUS our flights home PLUS a bonus – so all is not lost yet, dear Reader 🙂
Hello, dear Reader! I know. I haven’t posted for aaaaaaaaaaaages. Over 3 months to be exact. I’m really sorry. Especially since I had just started to get a regular readership and then I went and effectively abandoned you with my silence. Not ideal. And no way at all to treat a dear Reader like you.
As you recall, dear Reader, we were in South Africa for a 6 week road trip visiting family and friends.
We then flew to Auckland, New Zealand, spent 4 nights sleeping in a caravan (to save money of course!) and then drove to our new home town.
We had two weeks to settle in (find a house to rent, learn our way around etc) and then I started work. I have now been working for 3 full weeks. So there has been a LOT going on for us in my months of silence, which I fully plan to catch you up on dear Reader.
BUT in the meantime we have learnt some noteworthy lessons:
- Just like Thailand, it was clear that we struggle to keep track of our expenses when we are on holiday. Maybe we must just make peace with that going forward and rather just track the big picture (what we take with us and how much we bring back)… Though my ideal would be to feel like we on holiday AND track our expenses….
- Despite the best of intentions, I’m not very good at blogging when I’m on holiday. Even if the holiday is 6 weeks long.
- I’m also not very good at blogging when I move to another country. Or start a new job.
- But we are better at tracking our expenses when we move to another country so yay for that small(?) win 🙂
Well it’s Sunday night here and The Hobbit is being shown on TV so I am going to end this post here. Neither Husband nor I can believe that all the INCREDIBLE scenery in The Hobbit is actually the beautiful country that we now get to call home ❤ ‘Till we chat again, dear Reader! Next up, looking at our finances (how much we spent and how much we saved) for our entire year in Korea.
I GOT THE JOB!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! Ah, dear Reader, I cannot explain how wonderful this job is. It is exactly what I want to do (working in the public health sector with children and adolescents) and they are already treating me so well – even offering to keep an ear out for jobs for Husband. Have you ever?? Continue reading
We made this a VERY different trip to our Malaysian trip last year, or in fact to any trip that we have ever taken. The impetus for this was Husband’s instance that it is possible to travel to another country, not see ALL the things, and just have a wonderful, relaxing holiday instead. He also insisted that it would be possible to do all this without feeling wracked with guilt for choosing to relax and revive rather than choosing to mission to learn and see everything we possibly can. Continue reading
We arrived back in Korea on Friday the 3rd and so I thought that I would just do my usual thing and join that weekend with the following week, making it a longer than usual week. But when I started doing the numbers I realized that we spent so much during that weekend that it really deserves its own write-up. Plus, I think it’s interesting to see our spending in more detail for this last month of Korea because, as I said in Month 9, it has definitely changed. This last month we have gone from “we live here” spending brains to “we’re leaving soon and so must experience everything one last time” spending brains. Continue reading
And here we are, dear Reader, NINE MONTHS into Our Brat Experiment. An entire whole baby if we had been pregnant (which gives me new found respect for pregnancy – shows in concrete terms for an outsider how long it really is!!) It was also our second to last month in Korea and so we are now into the final push of saving as much as we possibly can while still having the amazing benefits Korea gives us (namely: very cheap health care, no tax and living rent free). Continue reading
Hello, dear Reader! It has been SO long since I wrote! The main reason for this is that we have just spent 10 glorious days in Thailand ❤ (But more on this in a future post in my brat travel section). I had fully intended to this Week 38 post and the end of the month post before we left, as well as give you a heads up that things would be quiet on here for a while… but then a wonderful and terrifying thing occurred: I got a job interview 😀 Continue reading
Hello, dear Reader! I so hope that you are happy and had a great weekend 🙂 We had such an awesome weekend with wonderful friends staying with us Friday night and Saturday day and then being lazy blobs (complete with a Sunday afternoon nap!) on Sunday – the perfect weekend balance 🙂 We now find ourselves back at work (with NO students), doing nothing but keeping our desks warm for 3 days and then we’re on holiday – yay! 🙂 We’re having friends to stay this weekend and then we fly to Thailand on Monday – happy, happy days ahead 🙂 So let’s take a look at how our spending went last week…
Last week was very chilled. Mainly because we are both doing so VERY LITTLE at work. But I have actually really been enjoying it – it has been wonderful to have so much time to myself to catch up on admin, organize things for Thailand, get our heads around what we need to do before leaving Korea and watch Korean series 🙂 And in the spirit of having so much time on my hands, I’ve played with how I report our weekly numbers… feel free to send feedback, dear Reader, about which format you prefer!