San Francisco Budget Breakdown

Now that you’ve read about my trip to San Francisco, I though it would be good to do a quick budget breakdown to see how I spent my travel funds. I’ve broken my spending up into four categories: Transportation, Lodging, Food and Drink and Activities. For each of these sections of given a breakdown of each expense and given myself a grade for how well I managed my spending. The ultimate goal isn’t to spend nothing – just to get the most value for my dollar. (Spending money on airport food will hurt my grade, but splurging for a fancy meal with friends is still ok)

Note: In some cases things were gifts or provided free of charge. For the purposes of these budget posts I have included the costs in my breakdown and total but included notes to explain.

Meggie and Andy Enjoy a Cable Car Ride

Meggie and Andy Enjoy a Cable Car Ride

Transportation

Total Spent on Transportation: $340

Grade: D+

Overall my biggest expense category was transportation. The flight wasn’t too expensive for a cross country ticket, but I could have cut down on my use of cabs. However, I did do a good job with airport transportation using public buses/trains for three out of four trips. 

Sea Lions at the Pier in San Fran

Sea Lions at the Pier in San Fran

Lodging

Total Spent on Lodging: $0

Grade: A+

During this trip I was lucky enough to stay with my wonderful friend, Andy. Especially considering I ended up being the houseguest from hell he was a very gracious host.

Cheese at the Girl and the Fig in Sonoma

Cheese at the Girl and the Fig in Sonoma

 

Food and Drink

Total Spent on Food and Drink: $115.82

Grade: C+

I did pretty well on Food and Drink but I did have major “help” from my bout of food poisoning…in that I spent no money on food for an entire day and a half. As far as things I did well, I brought my own lunch to the airport to cut down on expensive food. However, we also visited a wine bar and spent $17…so that might have evened things out in the end.

*Day spent sick – no food purchased

**Lunch was a treat from a friend 

Me being a dork - Jumping by the Bridge is a totally free activity

Me being a dork - Jumping by the Bridge is a totally free activity

Activities 

Total Spent on Activites: $95

Grade: A

Overall on this trip we did a great job of taking advantage of free activities like the Cable Car Museum and visiting the Sea Lions. 

***Tour provided free of charge by Extranomical Tours in exchange for my review

What about you? What are your budgeting goals when you travel? What grade would you give me?

 

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