Year in Review: 2018 Expenses

2018 was the year I took my money goals seriously – they shifted a bit but it in they end I made huge financial strides.

It was the first full year of tracking my expenses – something I started in mid-2017 – so it’ll provide major insights for every year moving forward.

This year I spent $16,361.93, funded my emergency fund with $10,000, and paid $11,017.18 towards my student loans.

Below is a breakdown of how much I spent for every category.

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Merry Chrismukkah – Holiday Expenses

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The holidays can be a stressful time of year. From buying gifts at crowded malls with angry parking lot drivers to visiting extended family / your significant other’s family. From sweating in the kitchen preparing your signature dessert to feeling the pressure to give good gifts because you have a well-paying full-time job.

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Work Trip + #NoSpendWeek – November Expenses

In May 2017 it hit me that I had spent the last year and a half in a full-time salaried position, plus 9 years before that working for money. Yet, I had no idea what my income had brought me. I wasn’t saving for retirement, I didn’t have a freedom fund, and I still had student loans! Where was all the money I had ever made? Was I spending based on my values?

This prompted me to start tracking every single purchase. I wanted to know exactly where my money was going. I wanted to start building wealth, but in order to start, I needed to understand my spending trends.

The #MonthlyExpenses segment is an effort to keep myself accountable for my purchases and on track for my savings and debt payoff goals. Continue reading “Work Trip + #NoSpendWeek – November Expenses”

Weekend Money Diary #7: Brooklyn Birthday Celebrations

I love tracking my expenses in a spreadsheet, but as an avid reader of the money diaries at Refinery29 and The Luxe Strategist, I thought it’d be fun to share my weekend spending in the same storytelling format for my #WeekendMoneyDiary segment.

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