2010: Hardware, Software, & Toys for RVers

One Time Expenses Now Have Lasting Results Later

Laura & Sasha in Lake Mead NRA

Laura & Sasha in Lake Mead NRA

I have kept tallies on our expenses since 2007. We record every penny going in and out. I love looking back and seeing how much gas was in 2007 or 2008, compared to now. Or what was expensive to us then vs now. We follow the principles in Your Money or Your Life, Transforming Your Relationship with Money.

For 2010: This was the year we bought toys for our ToyHauler: A Motorcycle for Sasha and a Scooter for Laura, which fit very nicely into our new rig.

We also bought a laptop for Laura that we planned on lasting a LONG Time. I had used the Dell Laptop through the many trials and tribulations of 2008, and I was finally ready to go to a Mac.

This year was not as expensive as last year, but last year we bought our new rig. This year we have made modifications to the rig, and sold our truck to get a new one. But no expenses for the new truck. Yet anyway… Hope the new year will be fill with happiness and good fortune.

Winter in Lake Mead NRA, Spring/Summer Working for NPS & Traveling East for Fall! 

This year was not as expensive as last year, but last year we bought our new rig. This year we have made modifications to the rig, and sold our truck to get a new one. But no expenses for the new truck. Yet anyway… Hope the new year will be fill with happiness and good fortune.

January 2010 – In Nevada, at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and close to Las Vegas. How much money did we waste on Gambling?

February 2010 – In Nevada, Buying Motorcycle and Scooter for work and pleasure. Did we learn from our mistakes of January or did we keep going?

March 2010 – Good News on the Job Front, got a Job in Canyonlands National Park, will have to up the supply list as there are no grocery stores within 50 miles from the park.

April 2010 – First full month in Canyonlands National Park. Can this be the cheapest month ever?

May 2010 – The next full month in Canyonlands National Park. Had to pay 6 months worth of health care in one month, will we have a more expensive month this time?

June 2010 – Off to see some of the family in Salt Lake City for a weekend. You know we will be stocking up, how bad can it be?

July 2010 – Hot in Canyonlands, what can we do for fun out here if hiking is too hot?

August 2010 – Another hot month in Canyonlands, whatever will we do for fun?

September 2010 – If all goes according to plan, we will be here until the very end of September, and then head out to Texas, after making sure of benefits. I worked for six months at Canyonlands National Park, and we spent a bit of money getting the rig ready for travel.

October 2010 – Back East visiting family, you know the expenses will be higher, if nothing else, we’ll have fuel expenses.

November 2010 – Thanksgiving with the folks and visiting family. Expenses will be high, but on the frugal side.

December 2010 – Time to head back West, to be in Lake Mead National Recreation Area for another year. Already figured out 2011 as far as where we will be come spring.

 

 

The expenses of the year are below:



Our Expenses:

  • Food, Food & Household: $2,548.54
  •         , Provisions: $1,374.18
  •         , Out To Eat: $2,182.22

Totals: $6,104.94

  • Clothing, Laura: $96.59
  •              , Sasha: $147.54
  •              , Both: $113.50

Totals: $357.63

  • Utilities, Laundry: $3.00
  •            , Electricity: $13.32
  •            , Rent/Storage: $853.00
  •            , Propane: $99.43

Totals: $968.75

  • Shelter, Hotels/Motels: $38.92
  •            , Campgrounds: $670.10
  •            , Services/Maintenance: $987.04

Totals: $1,696.06

  • Stuff, Truck: $25.34
  •        , Camper: $5,732.72
  •        , Motorbikes: $0.00

Totals: $5,732.72

  • Transportation, Diesel: $3,889.52
  •                        , Gas for Cycle/Generator: $479.06
  •                        , Truck Maintenance: $2,722.01
  •                        , Cycle Maintenance: $295.27
  •                        , Tolls/Parking: $24.91
  •                        , Truck Registration/Taxes: $102.30
  •                        , Cycles Registration: $394.35
  •                        , 5th Wheel Registration/Taxes: $146.40
  •                        , Cycles Insurance: $96.03
  •                        , Truck Insurance: $1,291.70
  •                        , 5th Wheel Insurance: $0
  •                        , Truck Inspection: $0
  •                        , Cycle Inspection: $87.60
  •                        , 5th Wheel Inspection: $0
  •                        , Licenses: $16.00

Totals: $9,545.15

  •  Communication, Postage: $540.44
  •                           , Cell Phones: $131.72
  •                           , Internet: $671.72
  •                           , Hosting: $68.87
  •                           , Escapees: $0
  •                           , New Laptop: $1,168.79
  •                           , Skype: $10.00
  •                           , Extra Stuff/Software: $690.98

Totals: $2,044.86

  • Health, Health Insurance (L): $1,703.20
  •           , Health Insurance (S): $1700.76
  •            , Doctor: $0
  •            , Dentist: $859.50
  •            , Gym: $0
  •            , Prescriptions: $20
  •            , Other: $9.38

Totals: $4,292.84

  • Recreation, Books/CDs: $328.08
  •                  , Fun Stuff: $547.80
  •                  , Gardening: $70.48
  •                  , Donations: $10.00
  •                  , Gifts: $188.03

Totals: $1,144.39

  • Taxes/Memberships, Bank Charges: $0
  •                                  , Cost of Costco: $50.00
  •                                  , Gambling: $128.00
  •                                  , State Tax: $0
  •                                  , Federal Income Tax: $0
  •                                  , Shortfalls: $31.46

Totals: $209.46

Total Totals: $32,096.80

One-Time Expenses:

  • Bought Scooter: $2,702.97
  • Bought Motorcycle: $3,100.00
  • New Laptop: $1,168.79
  • Fingerprinting: $22.00
  • Federal Tax Software: $55.90
  • State Tax Software: $30.00
  • Aperture Software: $232.86
  • Dreamweaver Software: $425.35
  • Parallels Software: $79.99

Totals: $7,817.86

Real Total Totals: $39,914.66 

This year the expenses are high for our normal, but again, we are buying things hopefully for the long haul. At least using each one of those things (the one time expenses) for several years. Especially the laptop, software, and motorcycles should be used for a long time.

The Expenses without the one time expenses: $32,096.80

We saved over 32 percent of our income from paychecks and investments this year.  

Saving for those big ticket items is important so that we don’t have loans later on. However, I hope that the following years will have less of us spending and more of us saving. We can always hope.




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