Updated on September 4, 2016
Updated on September 4, 2016
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful time bringing in the new year. We spent our new year dodging fireworks that the citizens and visitors of Budapest set off right in the middle of the street. Exciting yes. Dangerous, also yes.
Anyway, with not only December coming to an end, but 2014 as well, I decided to include not only the December totals in this post, but a comparative chart of all 2014 expenses. This chart includes some interesting extra information like monthly averages.
In December we saw 6 countries including Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, and Hungary.
|Tourist Attraction Total||$0|
|Food & Beverage Total||$927.72|
|Land Transit Total||$438.25|
|Air Transit Total||$166.95|
|Accommodation total||$1,591.21||35,000 IHG points
115,000 Club Carlson points
|Credit Card we focused on for the majority of our spending:||Hilton Reserve Card, because we need to reach the spend requirement.|
|Credit Cards applied for this month:||None|
|Jan. '14||$743.52||$488.17||$0||$0||Average Monthly Total: $2,006|
|Feb. '14||$3,071.89||$924.67||$527.14||$493.04||Average Daily Total: $65.96|
|March '14||$2,186.40||$363.33||$147.88||$1,059.75||Average Monthly Food Budget: $589.98|
|April '14||$1,785||$407.26||$675.79||$377.92||Average Monthly Airfare: $280.73|
|May '14||$2,859||$374.20||$972.17||$1,156.68||Average Monthly Hotel Costs: $589.82|
|Random annual charges (such as credit card annual fees and accidental boingo charges):||$622.40|
So one thing this chart shows us is that if we are to attain our goal of just $20,000 in expenses for the 2015 year, we need to spend $4,074.38 less, or an average of $11.16 less per day. When translated into a daily goal, this sounds totally do-able! We could achieve this simply by tackling just one category and being more frugal in that category. Food for example. Or accommodations. Either of those categories have room for more frugality. If we aim to be more frugal in both categories, we should be able to minimize that $4,074.38.
Cheapest month: January (staying with family)
Most expensive month: December (touring Europe AND making paid stays for Into the Nights promotion using IHG Winter Sale)
Number of hotel mistake fares used: 1
Number of airfare mistake fares used: 2 (both to Milan, Italy as a matter of fact…)
Number of IHG hotels visited: 46
Number of Club Carlson hotels visited: 14
Number of Hyatt hotels visited: 10
Number of SPG hotels visited: 4
Number of Hilton hotels visited: 3
Number of Marriott hotels visited: 2
Number of countries visited in 2014: 20 including Italy, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.