Below you’ll find all my finance details for December 2017.

I was staying in Taghazout, Morocco until December 17th, then spent a night in Laayoune, Western Sahara before heading back to Gran Canaria. I also snuck home to Ireland for a week through Christmas.

Summary

Total Income € 5,439 $ 6,526
Total Expenses € 2,836 $ 3,403
Profit/Loss € 2,603 $ 3,123

Income

December 2017 income graph

Freelance web development 1 € 2,817 $ 3,380
3M1K 2 € 1,366 $ 1,639
Authority Hacker Pro affiliate payment 3 € 823 $ 987
Aweber affiliate payment 4 € 165 $ 198
Elegant Themes affiliate payment 5 € 104 $ 125
The Rabble-Rouser’s Guide To Travel 6 € 43 $ 51
Coaching / Consulting 7 € 42 $ 50
Cheap Flight Checklist 8 € 31 $ 37
Book sales (via Amazon) 9 € 19 $ 23
Book sales (via ebizfacts.com) 10 € 11 $ 13
Patreon 11 € 11 $ 13
Coinbase bonuses 12 € 8 $ 10
Total Income € 5,439
$ 6,526
Last Month € 3,012 $ 3,505

I predicted $5000 income in December if all went well, and managed to pull in $1.5k more than that 🙂

Expenses

December 2017 expenses graph

Food & Drink

Eating out € 236 $ 283
Groceries € 153 $ 184
13 Total € 389
$ 467
Last Month € 370 $ 431

Housing & Utilities

17 nights at shared apartment in Las Palmas 14 € 450 $ 540
3 weeks at Tazrzit Urlaub guesthouse in Taghazout, Morocco 15 € 358 $ 430
1 month at private apartment in Bansko, Bulgaria (for January/February) 16 € 257 $ 308
1 night at San Mao Sahara, Laayoune 17 € 22 $ 26
Total € 1,087 $ 1,304
Last Month € 1,002 $ 1,166

Health Care

Ibuprofen € 3 $ 4
IMG Global Health Insurance 18 € 0 $ 0
Total € 3 $ 4
Last Month € 0 $ 0

Travel & Transport

Taxis in Gran Canaria 19 € 48 $ 58
Train: Dublin to Waterford € 32 $ 38
Train: Kilkenny to Dublin € 26 $ 31
Taxi: Taghazout to Agadir airport € 18 $ 22
Buses in Gran Canaria € 6 $ 7
Taxis in Laayoune € 2 $ 2
Total € 132 $ 158
Last Month € 282 $ 329

Business Expenses

Facebook ads 20 € 194 $ 233
17 days coworking in Las Palmas 21 € 150 $ 180
Phone credit 22 € 99 $ 119
3M1K affiliate payments 23 € 82 $ 98
PayPal fees 24 € 70 $ 84
TransferWise fees 25 € 61 $ 73
Domain renewals 26 € 43 $ 52
Chatroll 27 € 16 $ 19
Gumroad fees € 10 $ 12
Virtual Post Mail 28 € 8 $ 10
Patreon fees 29 € 2 $ 2
Amazon Web Services (storage) 30 € 2 $ 2
ActiveCampaign mailing list software31 € 0 $ 0
Dreamhost web hosting32 € 0 $ 0
Elegant Themes subscription 33 € 0 $ 0
Google Drive storage (1TB) 34 € 0 $ 0
MemberMouse 35 € 0 $ 0
Teamwork project management software 36 € 0 $ 0
Total € 737 $ 884
Last Month € 630 $ 733

Gifts & Donations

Christmas gifts € 202 $ 242
Donation to support Helena Harney’s work in Bolivia 37 € 127 $ 152
Flowers 38 € 22 $ 26
Mobile top-up for a friend € 6 $ 7
Monthly Love & Courage podcast donation 39 € 5 $ 6
Waking Up podcast donation 40 € 4 $ 5
Donation to buskers in Cork € 2 $ 2
Donation box at Laayoune airport € 1 $ 1
Total € 369 $ 443
Last Month € 44 $ 52

Books 41

The Prosperous Coach 42 ***** € 29 $ 35
Magellan: Conqueror of the Seas 43 € 8 $ 10
Ask The Dust 44 **** € 6 $ 7
Tribe 45 **** € 2 $ 2
Total € 45 $ 54
Last Month € 0 $ 0

Clothing

Total € 0 $ 0
Last Month € 0 $ 0

Miscellaneous Expenses

Toiletries € 23 $ 28
Coinbase fees 46 € 20 $ 24
Netflix subscription € 11 $ 13
Irish bank quarterly fee € 5 $ 6
Laundry € 5 $ 6
Haircut 47 € 4 $ 5
Earplugs € 3 $ 4
PayPal fees (personal) 48 € 2 $ 2
Monthly banking fee (Dutch bank) € 1 $ 2
Total € 74 $ 89
Last Month € 74 $ 87

Expense Summary

Housing & Utilities € 1,087 $ 1,304
Business Expenses € 737 $ 884
Food & Drink € 389 $ 467
Gifts & Donations € 369 $ 443
Travel & Transport € 132 $ 158
Miscellaneous Expenses € 74 $ 89
Books € 45 $ 54
Health Care € 3 $ 4
Clothing € 0 $ 0
Total Expenses € 2,836 $ 3,403
Last Month € 2,403 $ 2,796

I was aiming to keep everything under €2500 for the month, and I wasn’t far off. Happy overall since I have my accommodation covered until mid-February and I splashed out a little on Christmas shopping.

Biggest Regret?

Nothing I can point to in December. Looking through everything above, I feel satisfied that I spent my money well.

12-Month Snapshot

Here’s how I did in 2017 in terms of profit and loss:

January € 668 $ 720
February € 724 $ 763
March € 2,704 $ 2,881
April € 1,023 $ 1,114
May € 10 $ 11
June € 1,755 $ 2,006
July € 166 $ 196
August € 769 $ 918
Sepetember € 1,131 $ 1,337
October € 1,099 $ 1,279
November € 609 $ 709
December € 2,603 $ 3,123
Total € 4,311 $ 5,111

Where That Leaves Me

I had €10,638/$12,680 to my name at the end of November.

Taking into account all my December income and expenditure, and the most recent exchange rates – I have accounts in EUR, HKD and USD – my total bank and cash balances now work out to €12,805/$15,365. 49

Outlook For January

I have a couple of annual expenses coming my way, and I’ll be spending a little bit on snowboarding equipment rental in Bulgaria, but nothing out of the ordinary other than that. I’ll aim to spend less than €2,500 again.

As for income, I should pull in about €2500 through freelance work, and I’m thinking at least another €1500 through 3M1K. I’ll aim for $5,000 overall.

How I Track All This

Curious as to how I track everything I earn and spend? Check this video…

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