Wednesday, May 11, 2016

April Expenses

Another month of being below budget!  

Travel:  At $632 this was $215 over budget this month, primarily due to a couple of big ticket items.  I spent $55 to replace my Millennium Falcon rug, which was looking pretty decrepit.  The biggest expenditure was for a water purifier.  I already use a water filter when filling the fresh water tank but this nice device purifies it as well. It's about the size of a Brita water filter but does even more to make not so good water pretty damn great!

Camping: My lowest month so far - only $125 spent for camping in April.  YTD I've spent $767 which is an average of only $6.34 per night.  (Boondocking is the shit!)  This is definitely gonna increase during the summer months as I plan to visit even more National Parks.

Fuel: Gas prices have risen over the past couple of months but still way lower than the $4.00 per gallon I had projected when I put the budget together.  That plus not driving quite as much as I expected have helped keep this cost down.

Utilities: This is solely my monthly cell phone expense and is driven largely by data usage. I have a 20 GB Verizon Plan and 25 GB T-Mobile Plan.  I spend more than budgeted and could spend even more cuz I'm a total internet junkie.

Expenses
PlannedActualDiff.
Totals$3,013$2,476+$537
Food$500$372+$128
Entertainment$100$73+$27
Healthcare$613$450+$163
Camping$525$125+$400
Fuel$533$338+$195
Personal$100$168-$68
Pet Care$25$43-$18
Utilities$200$275-$75
Travel$417$632-$215

Thursday, April 28, 2016

March Expenses

I didn't get around to summarizing my expenses for March until now but it was another great month for staying well below my budget.

I was over in several areas (Food being the biggest culprit because of $328 in meals out!) On the other hand, Camping and Fuel both came in way under budget due to cheaper gas and longer stays in boondocking sites!

Additional details below.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  My life is an open book.

Expenses
PlannedActualDiff.
Totals$3,013$2,490+$523
Food$500$715-$215
Entertainment$100$41+$59
Healthcare$613$413+$200
Camping$525$201+$324
Fuel$533$186+$347
Personal$100$139-$39
Pet Care$25$43-$18
Utilities$200$275-$75
Travel$417$477-$60

Monday, February 29, 2016

February Expenses

Although a short month, February was great for keeping expenses down!  Overall, I only spent about 2/3rds of my budget!  Primarily this is due to having boondocked quite a bit.  Staying free on public land saves a slug on camping expense, plus you tend to prepare meals rather than go out AND you don't move as much so fuel costs are lower.  Here are a few highlights:

CAMPING:
I felt like I splurged a couple of times but since I boondocked more than half the month, I only spent $221 of my $525 budget!  In fact, I have averaged only $7.35 per day in camping fees!

FUEL:
I budget $533 for fuel but only spent $156 in February.  This is due to staying put more due to boondocking but also because of low diesel fuel prices.  I think I paid under $2 a gallon all month long.

FOOD:
Even though I dined out a number of times, I ate "at home" a lot more.  Of the $342 I spent on food, $148 was on dining out and the remainder ($194) was on groceries.

UTILITIES:
My only utilities are my phone/data and it's my only category where I am over budget  Frankly, you can never have enough data!  I have a Verizon plan with 21 gigs and I seem to burn through it all too quickly.  So, after doing some research, I snagged a T-Mobile plan with "unlimited" data. By unlimited they mean roughly 25 gigs of data per month.  There were some overage costs for Verizon this month and some initial costs to set up T-Mobile but going forward I hope to be at about $280 per month.

Expenses
PlannedActualDiff.
Totals$3,013$1,917+$1,096
Food$500$342+$158
Entertainment$100$84+$16
Healthcare$613$413+$200
Camping$525$221+$304
Fuel$533$156+$377
Personal$100$52+$48
Pet Care$25$0+$25
Utilities$200$368-$168
Travel$417$282+$135

Monday, February 8, 2016

January Expenses

January expenses were a little weird and not really representative of a full time life on the road. I spent the first 12 days living off the good graces of family while the MoFo had some repair work done. I left Oregon on January 13th so camping and travel/fuel expenses didn't really begin to accumulate until then. Those obviously came in way under budget BUT I made up for it by blowing my food budget - mostly due to dining out while staying with family early in the month.

The details are below . . .

Expenses
PlannedActualDiff.
Totals$3,013$2,281+$732
Food$500$697-$197
Entertainment$100$39+$61
Healthcare$613$413+$200
Camping$525$220+$305
Fuel$533$357+$176
Personal$100$0+$100
Pet Care$25$0+$25
Utilities$200$140+$60
Travel$417$415+$2

Sunday, December 27, 2015

MoFo Travels - October / September 2015

My travels from mid October to Thanksgiving, 2015


MoFo Travels - September / October 2015

Books Read 2015

I love to read!  And living on the road has given me more time to read than I've had in the past. One of the great pleasures of the RV life has been sitting in the great outdoors to sip a beer, smoke my pipe and read for an hour or two every day.

Here are some highlights of my 2015 reads:

  • Books read: 31
  • Total pages: 9,539
  • Best book of 2015: The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Funnest book of 2015: Armada by Ernest Cline
  • Surprise great book of 2015: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee 
  • Worst book of 2015: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (So predictable.  So boring.)

And if you really wanna delve into my crazy reading habits, here's a link to the spreadsheet I've maintained over the past 13 years or so . . .