Hello again everyone! I thought it might be interesting to share the year’s cash spending according to my receipts shoe box. All year I have been putting my receipts into it with the good intention of totting the figures up at the end of the month and thus being able to track my expenditure and see where I am spending money to know where I can improve.
Well, as you can imagine, I ignored the shoebox for the most part of the year, so I will be trying a different method next year. In all honestly, it’s too much litter around the house (my boyfriend habitually leaves receipts on the bedside lockers and around the kitchen) and it is time consuming to sort it all out.
I am actually using this EEBA app on a daily basis because I always have it to hand on my phone. It has the bonus of being paper-free.
The main thing I noticed when sorting through is, that we by far most frequently shop at a supermarket called Edeka. This not only the closest supermarket to our flat, but is the most expensive supermarket of its kind near to us. I thought we shopped more often at Aldi or Penny, but this is just not the case. Bit of learning there!
And the rest of the figures:
So as you can see in July, August and October there were some big purchases. July featured 2012’s biggest waste of money: three tickets into Legoland Billund @ approx. €120 (not including exchange fee). In August we bought some badly needed footwear and in October I bought both Halloween and Christmas flights.
Lessons Learned 2012
- Make a weekly effort to avoid shopping at the more expensive supermarkets
- Bring more food from home on Danish camping holidays
- Speak up in the summer about time off at halloween
How do you keep an overview of your budget? Do you use an envelope system? Is there a brilliant website that I’ve missed? Budgeting is really my weakest link right now, so I’d be grateful for any pointers you might like to share.