Week 41

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


Week 39 & Week 40

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

Week 38

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

Week 37


Coffee at the beach

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…


Also, as a side note, it has been kak cold this week!! 

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Week 36

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!

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Week 35

Happy New Year, dear Reader!!! I truly hope that the celebration was exactly as you wanted it (we wanted ours to involve great food, being couch potatoes and watching movies – which it was – yay!) and that 2017 is a great year for you and your loved ones. These pictures sum up our New Year’s pretty well:

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Week 34

To my horror I find that Christmas weekend has come and gone and I’m back at work. I have NEVER worked on the 26th before. And it sucks. It doesn’t give nearly enough time to soak up the family time and general Christmas spirit. So I’m sitting at work feeling quite grumpy but at least it means that I get to do last week’s numbers and then check out how we did over Month 8 – thank goodness for Pollyanna-like silver linings!! 😉

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Week 33


Stunning view on the walk home last week 🙂

To my shock, my numbers post last week got two likes. I couldn’t believe it! I had come to the conclusion that no one actually reads these posts. But I kept at them because I’m hoping that they will be helpful to people (even if it’s just a singular some one!) who want(s) an idea of expenses in Korea… Also, I know that this weekly blog post has kept me accountable for our expenses. Basically without the pressure of my “dear Reader” waiting for these posts, I think that I’d quickly stop doing them. So to the two dear Readers who actually liked my post last week, thank you 🙂 It’s wonderful to know that real-live-humans (as opposed to the anonymous dear Readers in my head!) appreciated it 🙂

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Week 32

I don’t think that we did too badly last week… We didn’t buy too many groceries, only ate out once (and eating pizza out is cheaper than making it at home) and were otherwise quite well behaved 🙂 The only challenge might be the Christmas spending… and posting…

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: 372 649 won

Necessary: 346 569 won (93%)

Indulgence: 26 080 won (7%)

If we take out the flights and our Christmas spend we only spent 155 570 won 😀

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! SO much better than last week!! So now let’s look at how our plan is going:


So this is where we are for sitting for the rest of this month:

  • Live off 775 630 won
  • Christmas budget of 40 490 won


    Christmas nails to match my Christmas mug 😀

  • Two ski trips for 227 941 won. We decided to only go skiing in January. And to instead use this money on flights within Thailand (not that much more than bussing and totally worth the time saved during our short holiday) and a kindle for Husband (who has wanted a kindle for aaaaaaaages – and we’d far rather spend a lot of money on something that he really wants for Christmas than less money on crap just cause it’s Christmas).
  • Save 51% (on track)

So all in all I’m feeling quite warm and fuzzy about last week! 🙂 We were amazing with our living expenses, still have room to play in our Christmas budget and there is plenty of room in the ‘ski budget’ for Husband’s kindle 🙂 We must just focus on not forgetting about the 250 000ish won needed for the bills at the end of the month. Have a good week, dear Reader!


Week 31

We spent a kak load of money last week. Firstly, it was the beginning of the month and so the week had two weekends. But we also did a lot of planned (intentional) shopping, so as I type this I’m just desperately hoping that while it feels like we spent a lot, that it actually won’t be so bad once I look at it properly. Hold thumbs!


To give you a giggle as you start your read 🙂 The cold is real, dear Reader!

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