Suburbia Living Because of Mistakes

The Finances of Living in a Truck Camper:
December 2008

Apartment Living

Applying for Jobs & Sasha working full-time

December – Mistakes Made At End of Year

Laura's Cold

Storage for Truck, Camper & Trailer – The Spot is Where Laura Stands

December – Suburbia Living Because of Mistakes and Living in Suburbia, How Bad Can Our Expenses be? Rent is paid, but High Food Costs really got us in the end.

Expenses for December 2008

  • Food, Food and Household: $280.23
  • Food, Provisions: $25.64
  • Food, PYO/Farmers Market: $12.30
  • Food, Out to Eat: $344.35
  • Transportation, Tolls: $0
  • Transportation, Car Gas: $57.02
  • Transportation, Diesel: $199.13
  • Transportation, Motorcycle, Gas: $0
  • Transportation, Maintenance, Motorcycle: $30.98
  • Transportation, Trailer Expense, Maintenance: $125.00
  • Camper Expenses: Services & Stuff: $76.86
  • Communication, Cell Phone(s): $0
  • Communication, Hosting: $0
  • Communication, Postage: $1.00
  • Communication, Hardware, Laptop: $1.34
  • Health, Insurance (Laura): $113.00
  • Health, Gym: $84.00
  • Recreation, Books/CDs: $48.00
  • Recreation, Gifts: $95.00
  • Recreation, Fun Stuff: $21.00

Total Expenses = $1,514.84

Not As Bad As November, But…

OK, definitely not as bad as November but still, kind of high. Sigh….

Too Much Going Out to Eat

We spent a bunch of money on going out to eat and less on regular food and household. The Farm Market was the last of the apples which I got when I went to the Museum of Shenandoah Valley last gig. While they may get wrinkly, they are still good, so that is OK with me.

Transportation Went Down, Obviously

Obviously, the transportation portion has gone down. If it did not, that would be really bad.  We used the truck to visit the folks, it needed to be used. The motorcycle needs a new tire and it has been cold outside, so Sasha has not be using that lately.

Household Expenses

Our trailer got fixed, not bad for the price. We then put it into storage on the farm that you see in the picture. The camper expenses should really read House expenses, but I do not want to change it, don’t want to be a permanent house person. But we got a few more items for the apartment, hooks for our towels and clothes as the apartment did not have a closet!

Hopeful of Health

We had to pay one last month for the gym, so we did. But being on a month to month and being able to get out of it quickly was very nice. Plus it was a nice gym. I hope it survives in the coming months as the recession really hits home.

Recreation and Fun

I bought a couple of books from the Museum and also when I was in Jamestowne. Good books, which I’ll read through January and February.

Also, for the first time in a long time, we went to the movies. Just for the tickets it cost $21! For a large popcorn it was $6.75! I guess going to the movies may not be on our agenda very often in the future. That was just a ridiculous price. So we got a double feature for the price of one. It was interesting to note, NO ONE and I mean NO ONE was at the theater. No kids, young adults, seniors, NO ONE was there. And it was Friday night!  I do not think Movies are Recession proof, especially when they cost so much. I think more people will go to matinees and use coupons. And bring in their own food. I know we will if we go again.

And of course, bought gifts for the Kiddies for Christmas. So, this was a cheaper month than November, but I’m hoping January will be even a cheaper month than December. We shall see.

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