May 2021 Budget

We spent $6416 this month exceeding our budget by almost $2K. For those of you who are looking at budgets to see if this is affordable, I think it’s important to note that we are spending what we are making and it is a conscious choice. If you would like some examples of what our costs looked like when we were making a lot less money I would recommend going to our budget page and checking out 2018 and 2019. For more details see below:

Campsite Fees – Those were crazy high because we are traveling the summer and chose to stay in campgrounds close to the cities we are visiting, and those are often much more expensive. We feel that the time and hassle we save on the “commute” is worth the extra money.

Clothing – We (well mainly Lee) spent a bunch of money on T Shirts in Nashville. This is definitely an example of an optional expense! (Been there. Done that. got the T-shirt. – Lee)

Entertainment – Again we spent $400 in this category which was all optional. I don’t feel so bad about this one though because we have been sitting for six months and doing very little. It’s nice making more money while we travel so we can do what we want and don’t have to quibble about cost. That being said I did pass on the Grand Ole Opry backstage tour because it was $40 per person for one hour and I just didn’t feel it was worth it to me personally. So we aren’t saying yes to everything.

Dining Out – We did OK in everything except for fast food, and again that was mainly Lee. He was spending a lot of time at our daughters house and was eating out a lot.

Groceries – A stock up trip to Costco contributed to this high ticket item. We have made some changes to our diet though so I am curious to see what happens next month. More when those results come in.

Memberships – We have a gold American Express card and that costs $250 a year for two cards. I’m not 100% sure that the annual fee is worth 100+ Amazon points we get but Lee likes having it so we have kept it all these years. We also renewed our Good Sam Roadside Assistance for $90. Speaking of credit cards, I was able to change our home address to my Mom’s in Florida which has solved a myriad of issues for us. This should also help reduce our mail service costs.

Truck Fuel – Despite traveling we have done great on truck fuel taking advantage of the TSD Logistics card.

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