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Monthly Expenses – May 2017

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Every month, I post a report of our expenses to show that it is possible to live a comfortable, exciting and relatively adventurous life without being rich. Or even without owning/earning a lot of money. That being said, Mark and I seem to manage one big expense a month for some reason, whether it is car, plane, travel or computer-related. Luckily, we live totally rent-free, wherever we end up. 🙂

This report includes ALL of our expenses, in US$, for the two of us. Under groceries we incorporate all the food, produce and non-alcoholic drinks (100% orange juice, oat milk for Mark and organic 2% milk for me) predominantly bought in supermarkets. Toiletries belong in that category as well. Dining out means eating at a restaurant/event or purchasing take-out food. The health category covers non-prescription medicines and Mark's vitamins and supplements; medical contains prescription drugs and doctor's visits. Utilities are always Skype-related, since that is how we make phone calls. 

Health insurance and costs are related to my health care. Mark is still eligible for free health care in the state of Massachusetts as of today. If a non-emergency were to happen outside of that state, it will be expensive! Every six months, we have to fly or drive to the East Coast for cancer check-ups. I still pay a small quarterly fee in Belgium for health care (required to keep my citizenship), which I mention in my year report.

Everything on the blog is a bit delayed this month, due to our travels and busy schedule. May and June are unusual spending months, partly because of this, and partly because of a new development I will report on later. Here is an overview of our normal expenses in May. Mark and I were located in Massachusetts for three weeks of the month, followed by ten days in Belgium/the Netherlands.  We passed the $1000 mark, because of our long weekend in Friesland (or our upcoming travel in the US). Driving an SUV around instead of our economical Prius raised our fuel budget. The price for all the plane tickets have been calculated in the expense reports of previous months.

May 2017 Overview:

European travel (long weekend in Friesland - 358 euros):

US travel (upcoming trip in July - train tickets):



Car (fuel $66, hospital parking $8):

Miscellaneous (House Carers membership):

Health insurance Liesbet:


Dining out:

Charity (Best Friends):





















$ 1287


  1. Now you have me curious about this new development 🙂

  2. You never cease to impress me with your monthly budget. I need to learn from you 😉 I too am VERY curious about your new development!

    • Spending less than the average person, or even traveler, is easy, since we never have to pay for accommodation and utilities. It also helps that we don’t care about gadgets and material goods much. 🙂 Another month and a half and the “secret” will be revealed.

  3. A new development. Train tickets. Are you guys coming to buy Cambria? 😉

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

  4. Ooh, the new development sounds exciting! Even with your travel, you did a pretty good job staying on budget.

  5. That’s awesome. My hubby and I are planning to travel a great deal after the kids are all moved out, but until then, there’s just a few too many reasons to stick to one place.

  6. You are quite the talent when it keeps to sticking with a budget Liesbet, Maybe you have to write a book about that? Food for thought. 🙂

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