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Monthly Financials – November 2021

Here are my monthly financials for November 2021.

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It is good to keep track and review your monthly financials so you can be in control of your finances.

Having a fixed income and knowing my expenses will not exceed my budget allowed me to not track my expenses before I left my job. I did not feel a need to track my finances strictly as I know I can control my spending. I only tracked my investments diligently.

Since I will not have a fixed source of income soon, I decided to start tracking my financials starting from January 2021. Money will be tight so I need to be extra prudent. This also helps generate content for my website. 

Top 3 Income Sources

Adhoc Gigs – S$1,200

In 2019 – 2020, I participated in a program that attempts to predict whether certain clinical studies get replicated. I managed to get some decent predictions and managed to get about S$1,200 worth of prizes that finally got paid out this month. The top player that got the highest pay out received about S$7,800.

The money is paid to my PayPal and I will have to pay 3-4% in currency conversion when I decide to withdraw it.

There is still a Covid portion that has not finalized yet. Fingers crossed that I get some money out of it.

Interest – S$163.07

This is made up of the coupon payments from Singapore Savings Bond and interest from Singlife.

Merch Sales – S$129.00

I received US$95.95 worth of commissions from selling merch on TeePublic and Redbubble. If you like to find out more about selling merch, you can look at an article I wrote here.

Top 3 Expense Sources

Investment – S$200

S$200 of it is my monthly DCA into STI ETF using POSB Invest-saver.

Groceries – S$30.03

Bought groceries from Giant and NTUC.

Health – S$25.91

I got injured after exercising and had to visit the polyclinic.

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Money Manager App

I am using an app called Money Manager to track my income and expenses. It is a free tool available on mobile available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

As far as I know, the data collected from the app is for tracking the ads you view and interact with on the app.

Please check out their privacy policy on what information they collect and what is it used for.

Personally, the value this app brings to me outweighs the value of the information I provide to them.

Comment and let me know what you think about tracking your finances.

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