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Money,  Monthly Budgets

December 2019 Budget


I spent so little in December! I was in the Chicago area until the 15th, spending little and eating tons (winter weight, baby). I flew into Cartagena but only stayed one night until going to the jungle to volunteer! At the hostel where I volunteered, they provided all meals and housing costs.


Big Purchases

  • Restaurants
    • While back home, I had to visit all my favorite restaurants!
  • Workaway Membership
    • Renewal of an essential travel item – I use this site to find all my volunteer opportunities.

December 2019 Budget

CategoryBudgeted Amount ($USD)Actual Amount ($USD)
Housing
Hostels/Airbnbs$20$11
Others$0$0
Total Housing$20$11
Utilities
Health Insurance$0$0
Cell Phone$20$0
Spotify$10.79$10.79
Other$20$42
Total Utilities$50.79$52.79
Food
Grocery$40$0
Snacks$15$0
Water$15$0
Restaurant$100$40.47
Total Food$170$40.47
Transportation
Gas & Oil$0$0
Planes$0$0
Buses, Subway, Trains$100$27.36
Uber, Taxi, etc.$20$4.19
Total Transportation$120$31.55
Clothing$10$10.36
Medical and Health
Clinic visits$0$0
Prescriptions$0$0
Other Pharmacy$10$0
Total Medical and Health$10$0
Personal Shopping
Books/Education$0$0
General Shopping$20$31.20
Gifts$0$1.50
Total Shopping$20$32.70
Entertainment
Alcohol$20$0
Cafe$0$0
Events$10$1.50
Clubs$0$0
Other$0$0
Total Entertainment$30$1.5
Savings
Retirement$0$0
Other Savings$0$0
Total Savings$0$0
Grand Total$430.79$180.37

Where I went off Budget

  • Restaurants
    • I really overestimated how much I would be eating out since they do provide all the meals at my hostel. For some reason I assumed I would still go out to eat a lot…but all of us volunteering at the hostel are on tight budgets.
  • Transit
    • I also overestimated my transit numbers – traveling in Europe the past fall made me forget developing country bus prices.

xoxo, T

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