I sat down last night with all the receipts and various other bits of paper that I had accumulated on our recent trip. I save everything because I will (eventually) get prints made of the photos we took and I will (eventually) create a scrapbook of the trip, complete with captions for the photos and adorned with ticket stubs and brochures and anything else appropriate that I had collected. I’m not a true scrapbooker (those people are weird and obsessed!), but what I make could be considered a more laid-back, cheap imitation. I’ve done this for all of our trips, and they are lovely souvenirs. They are time-consuming to create, however, which is why I haven’t really started yet.
Anyway, while I was sifting through all that paper, I thought it was time to figure out roughly what the cost of the trip actually was. I also do this after every trip, because it helps me for planning and budgeting the next trip – and there is always a next trip! (I’m just not sure where or when yet.)
I didn’t have exact figures in Canadian dollars for everything, except airfare and our mini-tour. There were a few more items for which I had prepaid with my credit card, so I checked on-line to see what those prices were when converted from euros to dollars. I used a bit of guesswork to change a few other expenditures to Canadian currency. I also didn’t have entirely accurate numbers for our daily living costs (food, entrance fees, souvenirs, etc), so I just used the figures from my bank account from each time I withdrew money while we were away.
I added it all up. Then I checked my provisional budget that I had drawn up while I was planning the trip, sometime late last spring. I was actually below that budget. By 500$.
I am a legend.
I may not comprehend much about math, but when it comes to money, I am simply a legend.
You may want to hang out with me.