Well…this is new + Expenses

You know what’s a weird feeling?

Actually wanting Monday to come, so I can go to work.

Wow.  There must be something in the water here.  lol.  😛

I wanted to wait until I had a few bills here before I did this post, and I have…so here we go.
I wanted to compare my financial stuff here to that back home.

Salary: $10.20/hr–40 hours per week
After Taxes/Take-Home Pay: about $650-$720 (depending on whether or not I hit overtime that week or not)–averaged around $650-660 every two weeks.
About $1400.00/month (at $700 every two weeks)

Rent: $465.00/mo
Car Insurance: $60/mo
Cell Phone (with data plan for smartphone): $88/mo
Student Loans 1:  $117.94/mo
Student Loans 2: $196.59/mo
Car Payment: $159.48
Gas $240/mo ($40 every 5 days at $3.40/gal):
Internet: $19
Utilities: $60 (average)–around $80 in winter and $20 in Spring
Credit Card: varies

Total: 1406.00

Good thing I had that savings account to chip away at, because I didn’t include groceries.
Granted, before I had my apartment, I had a good amount in savings, gas was cheaper and I didn’t have anything on my credit card. Then I started planning for Korea…and then I had a credit card bill.
Anyway, fun times.


Salary: 2.3 million won/month
$2, 032.32/mo (depending on the exchange rate)

Storage Unit: $72.00
Internet: (not sure yet?  like $20?)
Phone (smart phone with data plan): $54
Utilities: $20 (Feb-March)
Student Loans 1: 117.94
Student Loans 2: 196.59

Total: $480.53 + food.

2, 032
= $1552 (- food) in take-home pay.

Yes.  Seriously.
I’ve lived check to check for pretty much my entire working life, and even growing up, there was never really money to throw around.  So THAT is pretty incredible.  I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, and I’m sure it’ll take awhile.
My goal is to send $1000 home every month.  My credit card is kind of in a sad state right now (preparing documents to come over here is EXPENSIVE), so that’s first on the list, but then it’s going to bills, student loans and into the savings account.

Anyway, I’ve had a wonderfully productive Saturday (lots of cleaning…heh.–and I got another unit on my TEFL course done!  And I worked out for the first time since being here!!).  Feeling Good.  And really tired.
Hopefully more productivity tomorrow.  But until then…headed to bed.  Probably going to watch a movie (on my laptop…no tv) and then head to bed.  It’s just after midnight here.

Goodnight and Happy Easter!!!!!  (Easter doesn’t seem to be celebrated here…or not at least in the pastel-explosion form that we do back home :-P)

One thought on “Well…this is new + Expenses

  1. Reading this post really made me smile. I am glad and excited for you that you are finally able to save some money for yourself and knock off your debts. This aspect of going to Korea is making me excited as well. I am so looking forward to accumulating a hefty savings and being able to accomplish some long deferred dreams of mine 🙂 Great Job Stacey on you productive day! ……and well everything you’ve managed to accomplish up to this point!

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