April 2019 Expense Report: I’m Going to Cambodia!

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.

April 2019

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:

Item Spending Notes
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.
Restaurants 154.43
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.
Coffee Shops 48.68  
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…
Total Expenses 2,528.07  

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:

Oops, my table’s a mess. Just like my life.

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?

[Featured photo: Ross Parmly on Unsplash]

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