The first page of the spreadsheet is the most interesting one. The main section shows our predicted breakdown of costs by country and category. Then to the right there are the more sobering columns: actual expense and difference between it and the budgeted amount.
The bottom line? We spent EUR 58,400 (US$85,700/GBP46,800), not including costs of keeping things ticking over back home. It was 14% more than we had budgeted, but comfortably within our contingency plans (If we were to do it again, knowing what we know now, we could probably have come in on budget at 51k.)
Let's put this in perspective. For that same amount of money we could have bought:
- A second-hand 2007 5 Series BMW.
- Converted the attic (with sauna/gm) and landscaped the garden (complete with gnomes).
- 19 days in the Paris Ritz (not including breakfast).