Sunday, September 14, 2008

How I Spend My Money: Part 2

This week's spending, in which I... bills (15,740)
...treat myself to a (teeth) cleaning (60,000)
...get a haircut (20,000)
...and stationary (15,340) 

I ended up dropping more than 150,000 in one day, but they were all planned expenses, so it wasn't too painful.  Overall I've found that I feel better about finances when I plan first and act second.  That's the ideal situation, anyway. 

9/8/08 Work Expense (re-imbursible) Cab 5,000.00
9/9/08 Gas Bill 15,740.00
9/9/08 Groceries 2,500.00
9/9/08 Groceries +Houseware - E*Mart 48,470.00
9/10/08 Groceries - Home Plus 8,280.00
9/10/08 Transportation - cab 10,000.00
9/10/08 Groceries 2,000.00
9/11/08 Work Expense - cab 7,000.00
9/12/08 Health- Dentist 60,000.00
9/12/08 Personal - Haircut 20,000.00
9/12/08 Business- Stationary 15,340.00
9/12/08 Take-out - Kimpop 8,000.00
9/12/08 Work Expense- cab 11,000.00
9/12/08 Groceries- E*mart 21,110.00
9/12/08 Personal - Post office 21,000.00
9/13/08 Restaurant 6,700.00
9/13/08 Housewares- Dollar Store 6,000.00
9/13/08 Housewares- Home Plus 27,490.00
9/14/08 Fast Food- McDonalds 7,000.00
Total = 302,630.00


Great big thanks to Irene and SeungSik Yu, friends of my good lady mother who sent me this package (and thanks to mom for the goodies you sent as well!) The package weighed in at 32 kgs (70.4 lbs!) and contained gift sets of tuna, ham, rice, and grapeseed oil, which I've heard are the staples of Chuseok, the Korean three-day harvest festival, which falls on Sept 13,14, and 15 this year.     



Monday, September 8, 2008

How I Spend My Money: Part 1

It is ridiculously easy to save money over here, but with the recent medical expenses (emergency room and dentist), plus the fact that there are so many fun people around me to hang out with, it makes sense to be a bit more aware of the money I'm spending.  One of my main reasons for being in Korea is to improve my financial situation and while working on this I also hope to teach myself new spending habits and methods of dealing with and thinking about money in general.  

Total spending last week equalled a grand total of 133,860, including groceries for next week.  I managed to buy healthy food, fill up my transit card, pick up some (inexpensive) clothes and accessories, purchase a very small early Christmas present, and even squeeze in two fun "nights out".
My Spending Log:

2,000 won - chamchi kimpop

2,700 won - snacks

Groceries - 8,550
Post Office- 700
Early Christmas Gift- 1,500
Newspaper: 700
Bracelet: 10,000
Entertainment ("bar bill") 2,000
Fast Food: 4,000
Cab: 3,000
Snacks: 1,700
Total= 32,150

Water: 9,000
Groceries: 16,510
Bag of Apples: 5,000

Snacks- 3,900

Coffee- 3,700
Movie- 7,000 (Mamma Mia!) 
Snacks- 4,800

Snacks- 3,000
New pair of pants- 4,900
Groceries- 32,200
Transit card- 10,000