The tale of Snow White and the Seven Dollars.
We found a new home! Our landlord tried to raise our rent, and we refused – they are now struggling to rent it out for less than what we were paying. Moving house ain’t no thang, especially if our landlord doesn’t repair anything – why would I stay?
Anywho, check this out for a sexy monthly spend:
Rent: $1101.88 (includes rent for the new home, plus the final payment for the old one!)
- Rent is a fixed cost, which has been reduced from $450/fn to $380/fn
- This will save me $2K a year
Gas & Water: $0 (quarterly bills)
- No more gas connection!
- Will save ~$0.5K per year in gas supply charges
Supermarket Food: $265.91 ($230 last month)
Other Food: $399.04 ($449.91 last month)
Alcohol: $52.5 ($42.3 last month)
Phone: $30 (fixed cost)
Internet: $59.6 (fixed cost – includes final payment to previous provider)
- Internet costs are still $30 per month
Car Maintenance: $0 ($0 last month)
Fuel & Transport: $103.35 ($41.58 last month)
Health & Insurance: $77.39 ($47.38 last month)
Discretionary: $108.79 ($303.82 last month)
Total: $2,198 ($2,278 last month)
Nothing more to spend on property this month! I’m finally seeing some cash flow! I also saved money as my own real estate agent, and have already got one property under contract. And I don’t even charge myself a commission.
I’m trying to plan a few holidays; I’m dying to get back to the snow, and I want to surprise the Mrs for her birthday – but I think she wants to be somewhere warmer! Decisions, decisions..
I also held a huge bogan garage sale and got rid of SO MUCH STUFF! The trick is to price everything ridiculously low and it flies off the shelf. I must have made at least seven dollars. And damn, did we own some useless shit. We still do, but we used to, too.
Finally and regrettably, I sold my Yam. I feel sorry for the poor bastard that bought that hand grenade. Hopefully they know what they’re doing, cos I sure as hell didn’t.
In summary: I thought I had spent heaps this month – but it’s still only about $500/week. Honestly – I’ve wasted so much. Yet I’m still saving plenty. Whatever I’m doing, it seems to be working.