This was a rough month, with $6,562.77 in expenses. Keep in mind though that $1,909 of that was directly related to RV repair, and I can’t very well complain that things in the rig aren’t getting fixed and then also complain that it costs money to fix them. It’s part of the deal. The good news is we did earn $3,850 in March to offset those costs and in some categories, like groceries, we stocked up for the month of April as well. Also the rally we attended was definitely a factor as we spent more in almost every category in order to attend. That was totally worth it though, so to some extent it just is what it is. Category details are listed below.
Campground Fees – We went over our monthly budget spending $376.96, but we have spent nothing in the last three months, so annualized that will work itself out.
Groceries – We actually were doing fine on groceries until we did a $298 Costco run at the end of the month, but that was a stock up for Utah (and beyond) since we weren’t sure what grocery availability would be. I also cooked quite a bit at the reunion rally and that always costs more, but it’s also a great opportunity for me to try out new recipes.
Alcohol – Lee got a great deal in Nevada (buy one bottle get a second for a penny) on some alcohol and stocked up, so we now are carrying more bottles than I think we ever have. What he bought will last him months, so that will annualize as well.
Dining Out – Really blew the budget on dining out, going $177 over budget. We had our anniversary dinner at The Big Texan and ate a ton of convenience food as we traveled to the rally. That’s mainly me, by the way, because I can’t seem to pass a truck stop without getting some kind of snack. Silly really since I have stuff in the rig, but I always just grab something and that really adds up.
Entertainment – Lee and I spent $100 gambling in Pahrump, which is something we never do, but had a good time. Most of that I lost, he came close to breaking even,. We also bought a bunch of books for the summer since we were near so many Half Priced bookstores in Texas. Except for the gambling, the rest was “stocking up” and since we spent next to nothing in this category while gate guarding I don’t feel that bad about it.
Truck Fuel – Truck fuel was brutal, with a monthly expense of $952. As we traveled across New Mexico we were only getting 6.5mpg (hills and winds), and one long travel day in particular we spent $300 in fuel. Craziness. Again, we spent very little the first three months of the year, but it still bums me out, but we would have spent this either way getting to our summer job in Oregon, it just happened to come all at once in March.
Truck Maintenance – Along with lots of home repairs we also had a battery die, which cost $172. That was my fault since I left the back door open on the truck after going to the grocery store, but the batteries were also four years old so I didn’t feel that bad about it.
Personal Care – We went over by $41 in this category because we both got haircuts and Lee bought two pairs of KIKAR LED Reading Glasses (Strength +2.0) with Case These are wonderful because they allow him to read in bed with just a tiny light and I highly recommend them as a marriage saver!
Postage – The bulk of this was Lee brought some videos with us from his parents house to work on and he shipped them all back once he finished them, which was a one time expense of around $75.
Home Equipment – Here’s the big expenditure for the month. I’m not going to break all this down, but the biggies were $1,000 for the slide floor, $200 in labor and $100 in parts for the slide cables, $200 for new stairs, and $100 for the hoses for the washing machine and the tools (which cost $70 but will last forever). What can I say, stuff breaks and it costs money to fix it 🙂
OK back to Zion, where we are spending even more money! This is why we worked all those months to enjoy this though, and I am not going to make myself crazy about money this month either. Hey, that’s progress!
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