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  1. #151
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    Monthly update:

    February spending: $2,218
    Total spent in last 12 months: $36,133

    I discovered last month that if you're working very hard, constantly exhausted, and get one cold after the other, ... you spend very little money. Not my idea of fun! At least I didn't spend much money.


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    Edited:

    I was asking what the breakdown of your spending was, but I checked and you posted that on the first page. I've been in our place for going on 6 months and getting an idea of our costs and funny enough they come about about the same (in Euros). Also the biggest determiner is the one I have the least control, dog and dental/medical. A root canal plus issues with the dog meant I'm out nearly 800€ this month.
    Last edited by Lost in Space 2; 2017-03-21 at 10:20 AM.

  3. #153
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    Let me share my recent adventures in looking for a new apartment. Originally my hope was to reduce my cost of living but preserve amenities that I really like. This has turned out to be impossible (if I want to have a 1 bedroom apartment and a building with good access to public transit).

    First I spent about a month looking at units around the city and couldn't find an option I liked. Then I found one suitable option within my existing apartment building. The price was good. Ready to move, I contacted the management of the building and said that I'd like to start the process.

    In response, they phoned me with their "updated price" and said they decided the unit will have hardwood floors installed. The new price is $157/month more than their original price. It changed over one day.

    So there we go... I will not be moving. Apparently my current apartment is one of the best deals in the city. At least I know it's priced fairly, and you can't say I didn't try

    Good news, though, is that I just got a 5% raise at work.

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  5. #154
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    Clarifying, my existing rent went up 5%, and then I got a 5% pay raise. I appreciate that my employer is paying me fair wages.

  6. #155
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    Monthly update:

    March spending: $2,687
    Total spent in last 12 months: $36,179

    Annual expenses are hovering at just over 36 K. My target is to keep spending under 38 K (reminder, I'm single).


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