Every month, I publish my expenses to hold myself accountable. I’m not super frugal. But I am intentional with my dollars, and I optimize when possible. Hopefully this will inspire you to improve your own spending!
If you haven’t already, check out the March 2019 Expense Report.
Every year, April is my least favorite month.
This year was no exception.
Work was a mess.
Allergy season arrived.
I turned 25 and forgot to celebrate.
But April passed. And my wallet seems intact.
Here’s the breakdown:
|Rent + Utilities||1,075.00||I hit the one-year mark at this apartment. My rent stayed flat. Yay!|
|Flight from NYC to Phnom Penh, Cambodia||543.33||!!! More details in the notes below.|
|Gym||167.00||I went 4x a week this month.|
|Groceries||165.03||Includes one basket from a local CSA.|
|Annual Fee – Chase Ink Business Preferred||95.00||Using this for LASIK in May. The sign-up bonus is 80,000 points if you spend $5,000 in three months. An affiliate link.|
|Laundry||38.35||Sent out a huge pile…|
|Doctor Visit||35.00||I got a weird rash. Ick.|
|Zell Stainless Steel Electric Kettle||24.99||Part of my goal to start making better coffee at home. An affiliate link.|
|Ubers in Boston||24.51||The subway stops running late at night… Boo.|
|Haircut||24.00||Got this in Boston.|
|JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder||23.99||Part of my goal to start making better coffee at home. An affiliate link.|
|Hario V60 Pour Over Starter Set||17.38||Part of my goal to start making better coffee at home. An affiliate link.|
|Systane Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops||16.34||For my dry eyes. An affiliate link.|
|Roasted Coffee Beans||14.50||Part of my goal to start making better coffee at home.|
|Neliblu Why Worry? Be Happy! Neon Yellow Smile Funny Face Stress Balls||13.97||Uh, Mr. Boyfriend has been very stressed at work… An affiliate link.|
|Forgetting my MetroCard at home one day||13.25||I am the worst.|
|Digital Food Scale||10.95||Part of my goal to start making better coffee at home. An affiliate link.|
|Spotify||9.99||This is how I survive my commute.|
|Amtrak Water Bottles||8.25||I’m a camel.|
|Super Glue||4.13||My glasses cracked, and I didn’t want to buy a new pair…|
Review of my April goals:
Reduce restaurant spending to $125 – FAIL
The day that I busted my restaurant budget, I was running on four hours of sleep and having an existential crisis. I consoled myself with delivery and gay Thai dramas.
I regret nothing.
I’ll give this another try in May.
Reduce grocery spending to $225 – PASS
Confession: I cheated.
My parents visited one weekend, and they generously gave me shrimp and chicken from their local Costco. I would be lying if I said that didn’t help.
That said, I’m happy to see my grocery spending halve after March. Still not sure what happened that month… I probably ate way too much cranberry walnut bread, ha!
Learn to make epic coffee at home so I don’t have to buy it outside – PASS
I’ll let this picture speak for itself:
I bought the Hario V60 at month-end, so the savings haven’t hit yet. I would expect to see my coffee spending go down in May.
Other April notes:
I bought another vacation!
When Mr. Boyfriend told me that we could fly to Phnom Penh for $544 round-trip, I thought he was joking.
He was not:
United had a special sale. Mr. Boyfriend likes setting up alerts on Google Flights. For once, it caught something good.
Mr. Boyfriend and I had discussed traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia for months. We knew we’d go in 2020. We just didn’t think that we’d book so soon.
According to Kayak, anything below $717 is a good deal:
We didn’t know how long the deal would last. The price was right, and we had the means to book in advance. So we jumped.
So we’re going to Cambodia in January 2020! I’m super excited. We have a 21-hour layover in Tokyo, so I guess we’re going there too!
On the flip side, Mint isn’t thrilled with my YTD travel spending:
To even things out, I’ll spend $0 on vacations this month.
Spending goals for May 2019:
- Stick to a $200 grocery budget.
- Reduce restaurant spending to $125.
- Spend $0 on vacations this month.
How was your April?
What are your favorite ways to find cheap flights?
Have you ever been to Cambodia?