Month 2 (July 2014) In A Nutshell… Money Matters

HEEEEERRRE is Month 2 In A Nutshell! This month we’ve enjoyed a nice settled lifestyle in beautiful Tarragona, Spain. We also spent a lot of time working. Having space to ourselves has been a welcome relief to hostel dorm rooms and I’m amazed at how much money we’ve made. Take a read if you’re interested in what we spent and what we earned. Please note: All costs are for two people!

Zoe Geography
Countries visited: 1
Cities/Towns visited: 2
No. of beds slept in: 3
Modes of transport: Bus, coach, taxi and rollercoaster
Distance travelled: 7.158 miles (11.520 km)
No. of time zones survived: 1
No. of languages encountered: 2 (Spanish and Catalan)
Money Matters
Accommodation: £465
Food: £91.50
Entertainment: £80.70
Activities: £75
Transport: £100
Internet: £0
Visas: £0
Extras: £21.98
Flights: £0
Total money spent: £834.18
Daily Average: £26.90
From our balcony/window in Tarragona
As I previously mentioned we moved to Tarragona to save ourselves a little bit of money. Even paying out for buses worked out cheaper than remaining in Salou. In my last Money Matters post I said that we weren’t yet done with Salou and the same applies again, but also to Tarragona. So I’m skipping Moey’s Top 3 Things this time around. (Boo!)
When we first moved to Tarragona we were spoiled with a week of fireworks displays, that we could see from our balcony. We then spent a long hard month working our socks off and we were rewarded in August with a big bank holiday Festival for the Patron Saint, Sant Magi (but more to come on that in the next Money Matters).
Going back to July though, we took the rare opportunity of a day off and spent it at PortAventura. I lightly touched upon it before and as I stated, there is a super cool post to come once we visit again in September (I want to share some more information on their very understated shows but to do that I just HAVE to go and see them… again).
Getting down to the nitty gritty…
How are we living so cheaply in what can be considered a very expensive part of the world?
Our landlady was nice enough to give us a discount on the rent because we are staying for three months not just one. Instead of 600 euros per month, it is only 450 euros. We found the apartment on Airbnb and I wholeheartedly recommend the site to anyone looking to go anywhere that isn’t their own home.
In fact, if you sign up to Airbnb using THIS LINK HERE then you will receive £15 off of your first booking over £45. So, get signing up while the offer is there!
We managed to keep our food costs low by eating at work. I forgot to mention in my post about working in Spain that most places include a free meal for your day’s work. When we weren’t eating at work we ate at home a lot. We also bought ALL of our veg from Mr Surly… the veg shop man, because he is considerably cheaper than Spar.
A lot of our money was spent drinking expensive cocktails and watching the sun go down in Salou but I don’t regret it at all. I’m a very difficult person and I struggle to switch off and make time for Mike if I have a lot going on in my head. Taking this time to unwind saved us a few crazy arguments.
Most beers are 1.50 – 2 euros. This one was 3 euros 😦
In terms of activities in July, we only really had time to go to PortAventura. This cost us 90 euros (£75). Since then we have discovered a way to get a 20 euro discount on each ticket. I guess I can let you in on it now (but I will probably repeat it later). You can buy three bags of Chupa Chups sweets at about 1.50 euros each and take them with you on the day to buy tickets at the gate for 25 euros instead of 45 euros. Easy peasy.
[TEASER] The hawaiian fire act at PortAventura
The transport costs, although on first glance are quite high, were really good value. Every day Mike and I would use at least two trips each on our unlimited travel bus cards. Considering each trip is 2.95 euros (and trips after 11PM are over 4 euros each!) the 50 euro bus cards were well worth the money. There are other options like ten and fifty trip cards for those visiting for a short holiday. The other 20 euros was a taxi ride home after PortAventura.
The extras noted in my spreadsheet are for some clothes I bought. During the months of June/July and around November there are huge sales in Spain and since I live in Tarragona and most of my clothes have holes in, I thought I would buy some new pieces. It also dawned on me that I might be spending winter in a much colder country and figured owning a warmer dress was sensible.
Total money earned: £1535.41 (1842.50 euros)
Mike and I both spent July working hard for two different restaurants. I worked from 1 July – 2 August and Mike worked for about three weeks. Together we earned 1842.50 euros which is approximately £1535.41. (YAY!)
As you can see this covers the expenses that we had in the month of July. Or it replaces the savings we used in June. OR it pays for all the fun we’re going to have in August. Either way, it extends our estimated trip length by a month, which is a great start to our indefinite travel plans.

And that’s all I have for you 🙂
I hope this Money Matters collection will eventually help you to plan your budgets. I particularly hope that this post shows you just how feasible it is to live, work, party AND save in Spain for a summer.

And don’t forget to sign up for Airbnb

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