Results for year 2011 are a bit early, but for one simple reason – we are on a move, hence there is a lot of expenses associated with it (luckily most of them picked by new employer).
Pictures tell thousand words, so I simply present all information in a table and a graph with some notes to them:
If we would continue to live like for the rest of 2011 we would end-up spending US $ 71,5 k this year, which is way above targeted US $ 65 k.
Main contributing factors were: US $4,5 k family weekly trip to California, US $ 1,6 k new laptop for my wife.
Comparison with the previous years expenditures (US $):
Family budget graphical illustration (in US k):
Family budget - percentage per category - where it goes :
So the remaining differences are : US $ 3,5 k for accommodation, 0,8 k car repairs, 1,0 k dentist, 0,8 k additional money on gas. Grand total: US $ 6,1 k the difference from previous year.
Perhaps moving to a better apartment was not wise financial decision, but it was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Penny for your thought.