For January I expected the expenses to be a bit higher but not as high as December. I was kinda right in that it’s “higher” but I’m still in the single digit percentage. The reason for this is two-fold. One is the engagement ring, and the second is the trip to my gf’s home country. Other expenses were very low in comparison.
One more thing. If I’m being strict, I am cheating a bit this month. I also got 1500 EUR in medical costs due to hospitalization while abroad. I’m not including these costs because I am guaranteed to be fully reimbursed by my travel insurance.
Let’s start with the biggest expense this month: Personal.
As mentioned, the “culprit” for this crazy high amount is the engagement ring. I spend 1445 EUR on it at a local jewelry store. The remaining 64 EUR comes from a parking permit for my car and the monthly payment for my banking account used for my mortgage payments. I’m going to close this account asap once I start with my payments. I had to get this one because the free one took a month to open and that was too long. I would have lost my excellent mortgage rate if I waited for that free account. Luckily, since it’s a subsidiary of the paid account I can easily change once I start my payments.
Since January is the sales period, I took the time to do some shoe shopping. I bought two pair of shoes and some shoe trees since they are leather shoes. Next to that I also got some shoe laces to color up the black dress shoes I (already) have for work. These tree things tallied up to 374.97 EUR.
In terms of food, I spend 25% less than December. One reason is because there were no special occasions like in December. The other is because we were on holiday at the end of January and the things bought there I classify them as holiday expenses (so under luxur). In total I spend 331.19 EUR.
This was relatively basic. The only other big expenses I amde beside rent were a frying pan, a table-top ironing board and a bear trimmer. All combined puts housing at 564.35 EUR for the month.
Since I went to my GF’s home-country this expense should be relatively high, but since I already paid for the plane tickets last month, it’s actually pretty low. Not only are the plane tickets already paid, her home-country is relatively cheap to live so the expenses I made in the first week of the trip are low. I only spend 188.88 EUR on holidays. February will be something else! In January we also went to the cinema and still give some presents for new years. All together gives a total expense of 318.01 EUR.
This one is the quarterly payment for the national health insurance and the hospitalization through my employer. Together this gives 32.71 EUR.
All the expenses
Like December, January was another busy month. Normally the last one for at least a couple of months since, well, obviously the marriage reception and honeymoon 😉
It all comes together for a whopping 3228.59 EUR for January.