It is starting to become somewhat of a habit to do these full year recaps on the first of February.
Which immediately anwsers the first question: yes I am still as lazy as I was back in 2019.
Since I liked the overview I did last year I will be continuing it this year. This is going to just be a financial recap of 2020. I am saving the whole covid stuff for a ‘1 year working from home recap’ which I will try to do on time . On time being 15 march 2021 as that was the start of the first lockdown in Belgium and since that date I have perhaps been to the office a grand total of 20 days.
4 year recap
|Income||30 862||27 765||39 221||34 221||32 064|
|Expenses||20 719||20 047||28 320||20 207||20 228|
|Savings||10 143||7 718||10 901||14 014||11 836|
The trend from the last years seem to continue:
* my annual spending is slightly above 20 000 euro
* that spending is pretty much irrelevant from how much income I make
The sidegig did not materialize in 2020. Let’s hope I have some better lucki in 2021 on that front.
Income was 32 064 euro.
Working for the Boss man brought in 31 441,67 euro. The reason this is lower than 2019 is because I did not get a double bonus this year. My company has no ‘double bonus’ policy. It was very exceptional for me to get one last year. So this year is actualy a return to normal.
Gifts were 530 euro. With no new car to buy my parents didn’t see any reason to give me any extra gift except for the normal birthday, christmas and such gifts.
Covid did bring my little experiment with ticket arbitrage to a screeching halt.
I also got 89 euro back from my health insurer.
Expenses totaled 20 228 euro.
Predictably most went to our joint account since we use that to pay our mortgage, utilities, food .. My half of all these bare necessities has cost me 13 400 euro in 2020.
Theoretically I could live on this amount. It wouldn’t be any fun at all, but I could, well exist on it.
The Vespa cost me 1 367,15 euro. Honestely I thought this was going to be a lot lower since I have barely used it since March when the pandemic hit and I started working form home. But I was close to needing some maintenance when the pandemic hit. So I didn’t really save that much on maintenance (890 euro) this year. I only saved on fuel and that isn’t the main cost of having the Vespa. Not needing any maintenance in 2021 will be the big savings consequence of working from home.
Extra food was 1005,55 euro. I am going to be honest, the only reason this is lower than last year is because of the pandemic and working from home. Working from home means the shop is further away. So just external circumstances, not an improvement in my discipline.
Gifts were 264 euro. Hey, the girlfirend doesn’t get a shiny gift every year.
Hobbies: 449 euro. Most is actualy trying to get a side gig off the ground but since it is not bringing in any money at all I have put these expenses under hobby.
Random fun: 1 019 euro. With nowhere to go I bought several games on steam. But also a laser and fog machine to be able to have the club experience at home (no lockdown parties here but I do hope social restrictions can be lifted somewhat so I can put this equipment to use again).
Restaurant: 145 euro. This is one restaurant visit with the parents because hello Covid.
Sports: 174 euro. This was 64 euro for swimming until the pandemic shut this down and then 110 euro for extra weights for my home gym
Telecom: 150 euro because I have a very cheap mobile viking subscription.
Health spending was 60,5 euro at the doctor/dentist and then another 164 euro at the pharmacy (mainly glasses for 147 euro). Not getting sick turns out to be cheap.
Hobbies: 449 euro Most of this expense is actualy trying to get a side gig off the ground but since it is not bringing in any money at all I have put these expenses under hobby.
Clothing: 92 euro
Travel: 1 220 euro. This amount covers our 10 day holiday to Portugal.
If I repeat the exercise of last year and look at the money i spend on stuff for me I liked buying I end up with 2 333 euro. A little bit up from last year but not by that much. Most of the up can actually be explained by games on steam and one could argue if these are that good for me. On of my goals last year was to spend more on funn stuff for myself but I honestely struggeld with this one. It seems I just don’t need more stuff.
Making goals for the new year is pretty futile since Covid is making a lot of things uncertain. Main things are still that I need to lose weight and get a somewhat interesting, fun side gig.