This morning I woke up with a thought in my head:
I wonder how much money I have spent so far this year?
So I hopped online, downloaded all my credit card statements for the entire year, and made a nifty chart in Excel. The results are shown below.
Each circle represents one transaction. The bigger the circle, the more money I spent. The color of the circle represents the month. As you can see, my expenses in August and the first few days of September are noticeably higher than all the previous months because I moved into my own apartment in the middle of August which added rent, utilities, and groceries to my monthly bills.
I think it’s neat to look at this chart and see where and when money was leaving my wallet throughout the year…
So far this year I have spent a total of $3,366, which is absurdly low only because I was living with my parents for the first eight months and only had a monthly car and phone payment to make. All other expenses were pretty much discretionary (cough cough, Chipotle). I plan on remaking this chart at the end of the year to visualize an entire year of expenses in one chart. Stay tuned for that!
Thanks for reading, hopefully you enjoyed this visual 🙂
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