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Hunkering Down to Save Again
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 2013: Yahoo! Summary of 2013 is now done! We came very close to hitting $30,000 as the total amount, but I forgot some of the insurance that always seems to come at the end.
Summary of 2013 – I felt pretty good about this year. We managed to do pretty well even though we had family visits, we bought some expensive equipment, had two “homes” during the summer season, and I worked for the US Forest Service rather than the National Park Service.
We actually were able to save money this year even with the government shutdown and
Hunker Down to Savings
- Food, Food & Household: $3,204.85
- , Provisions: $842.29
- , Farmer’s Market: $68.63
- , Out To Eat: $2,228.35
- Clothing, Laura: $60.65
- , Sasha: $159.56
- Household, Laundry: $31.25
- , Rent/Storage: $567.00
- , Propane: $116.93
- , Tools: $404.70
- Shelter, Hotels/Motels: $960.68
- , Campgrounds: $2,861.89
- , Services/Maintenance: $882.75
- , Camper Upgrades: $112.37
- , Registration: $125.50
- , Inspection: $0
- , Insurance: $400.00
- Transportation, Diesel: $3,734.94
- , Gas for Cycle/Generator: $361.98
- , Truck Maintenance: $1,290.04
- , Cycle Maintenance: $77.73
- , Scooter Maintenance: $16.76
- , Jeep Maintenance: $453.51
- , Tolls/Parking: $0
- , Truck Registration/Taxes: $126.50
- , Motorcycle Registration: $46.50
- , Scooter Registration: $46.50
- , Truck Insurance: $845.30
- , Jeep Insurance: $0
- , Cycles Insurance: $152.00
- , Truck Upgrades: $582.46
- , Jeep Upgrades: $0
- , Motorbikes Upgrades: $21.60
- Communication, Postage: $124.19
- , Cell Phones: $478.95
- , Internet: $539.91
- , Hosting: $94.32
- , Escapees: $160.00
- , Mailing Service Esp: $105.00
- , Mailbox: $55.00
- , InReach: $80.36
- , Skype: $12.45
- , Computer Upgrades: $291.85
- , eBay/PP Fees: $68.59
- , Hardware: $1,178.08
- , Software: $816.52
- Health, Health Insurance (L): $706.32
- , Health Insurance (S): $706.32
- , Doctor: $556.00
- , Dentist: $2,103.40
- , Medications: $20.68
- , Glasses: $410.28
- , Health Other: $107.46
- Recreation, Books/Maps: $135.82
- , Fun Stuff: $583.49
- , Camping Gear: $21.08
- , Music: $1.06
- , Donations: $1.00
- , Gifts: $141.13
- Taxes/Memberships, Bank Charges/Fees: $11.49
- , Cost of Costco/Sams: $55.00
- , Gambling: $4.90
- , Federal Income Tax: $128.00
- , Shortfalls: $438.75
Total Totals: $30.424.82
2012 Totals Totals: $47,325.68
The explanation of the expenses of the year are below:
Winter in Lake Mead NRA, Spring/Summer Working for the US Forest Service & Trying New Things in the Fall!
January 2013: At Lake Mead – Cheerless Communication Changes for Us
February 2013: At Lake Mead – Bye Bye Jeep!
Expensive April Travel: Traveling first one place then another!
Cheap May Expenses Springtime Saving Secrets: Becoming a Forest Service Ranger is great because we get the training we need, and have time to work on programs and we do not go into town too often to spend money. I am hoping that the expenses will go down tremendously. We do not have to pay for electricity and we are commuting to work with government vehicles, so that too will cut down on expenses.
June’s Motel Living: We went a little wild in Portland Oregon, staying at an expensive hotel. We got caught up in the “freebies” without realizing the expensive mistakes we made while visiting Oregon. And we continued to make more mistakes with hotels and eating out throughout the month.
July Fun For Future: While July was mostly normal expenses, we did eat out more, and are now buying food for two households as we got a monthly spot at a campground. We also spent money on a conference that I am going to in November to become a better Ranger.
August = Visiting with Folks and Hardware Buying: My folks came to visit at the end of the month and Sasha had been researching about a new set up for navigation. We decided on an iPad. Otherwise the expenses are pretty normal. If we stay at this $2K a month we are looking pretty good for the rest of the year.
September Means More Visits with Folks and Buying Necessities – Basically, we bought food, clothing, and shelter, plus health care and eyeglasses, kept up our communication with some apps, and we are maintaining the rig and the vehicles. Fun in the beginning, maybe a little boring in the end.
October – The month of the Shutdown of the Government – what does that mean for us? We still had to buy food, pay rent, and other expenses, while not working.
November – Traveling, Meeting, Visiting – We started traveling south on October 31st to head to a conference, meet some new friends, visit with family and work on the rig.
December – Renovations and Travel – We kept working on the rig, plus doing some traveling to new places. We tried really hard to cut the spending but we shall see!