February has been a good month for me as , tracking my expenses and I’m determined to get this post done on time.
Last month’s challenge was a bust as I overspent on food expenses during the Lunar New Year festivities. Luckily I didn’t go overboard with the spendings. I did manage to reduce my shopping expenses and that helped to reduce my total expenses this month.
Commuting charges on the B.M.W (bus, MRT, walk) doubled in February as I spent $41.20 on taxi rides. Without the taxi rides, I would have made a new record low of $29.21 on public transportation expenses (thanks to my regular bicycle commute to work).
I didn’t meet the challenge target for my food expenses but they remain lower than the monthly average. Quite a bit was spent during the Lunar New Year celebrations with friends and family.
Grocery costs remain flat this month as I made use of whatever we have in the fridge to cook my meals instead. I’m glad I did that because it helped to clear up some space in the fridge.
I did not do much shopping this month except for a few sports apparels that were on sale. Due to the increase in frequency of my bicycle commute to work, I needed a few more quick-drying t-shirts and shorts. I also backed a Kickstarter project called “Exploding Kittens” which is a fun card game that would be fun to play with friends.
More than half of my entertainment expenses were used on drinks this month and the rest was spent on weekday movie nights. I spent a bit more on drinks this month and I plan to cut down on that next month.
The miscellaneous expenses this month included a weekend getaway to Hong Kong with travel souvenirs for my friends ($548.88), a customary red packet for my mother ($500) and some alterations to my online purchases that arrived late last month.
Total expenses for February: $3298.58 (including fixed expenses of $888.83)