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June 2011

Full Time RVing – RVing at 3 NPS Parks

Summer Fun & Programs Galore

June – Motorcycle Riding

Laura-n-Sasha's First Ride at THE GRAND Canyon!

Laura-n-Sasha’s First Ride at THE GRAND Canyon!

So the plan has changed a little bit: Volunteering in the winter (happened!) during January, February, and a little of March; working in Canyonlands National Park (sort of!) during a little bit of March, almost all of April; working in Grand Canyon National Park (unexpected!) during last bit of April, May, June, July, August and September. After that, we are thinking of heading back to Lake Mead for the late fall through next winter. We shall see!

June 2011 – Where are we – We are in Grand Canyon National Park, Desert View in Arizona.

Expenses: For the Month of June: Not as good as May, because we were buying things for the motorcycle.

Expenses for June 2011

  • Food, Food and Household: $280.49
  •         , Farmer’s Market: $44.65
  •         , Out to Eat: $30.52
  • Clothing, Sasha: $24.00
  •              , Laura: $18.50
  • Transportation, Diesel: $0
  •                        , Motorcycle, Gas: $10.72
  •                        , Motorcycle, Maintenance: $2,120.00
  •                        ,                  , Insurance: $27.75
  •                        ,                  , Upgrades: $204.99
  • Household, Propane: $0
  •                  , Laundry: $16.75
  •                  , Electricity: $127.27
  •                  , Rent: $150.00
  •                  , Tools: $88.19
  •                  , Insurance (Truck & RV): $390.50
  • Camper, Upgrades: $191.60
  •              , Maintenance: $82.45
  • Communication, Postage: $14.54
  •                          , Internet: $63.10
  • Health,     : $0
  • Recreation, Gardening: $17.25
  •                  , Gifts: $50.00
  • Losses, Mistakes: $20.00

Total Expenses = $3,973.62

Improvements on the Motorcycle 

June is gone, but I hope we are done buying things as it is turning into an expensive month!

Finding Farmer’s Markets 

Food: We found a farmer’s market type of grocery store in Flagstaff, where we go to get great veggies and fruits.

We did go out to eat a couple of times but mostly in the village, mainly to get a snack or a drink.

Love Those Crocs

Clothing: I had gotten a shirt from Canyonlands, but it did not come in on time, and we had to go. So the shirt was shipped to me. It is nice and I love the design, but it cost $18.50 for a t-shirt. I guess I have gotten used to the thrift store prices. Sasha got a shirt from Sam’s and some flip-flops to remake his Crocs. We like Crocs as they are nice and easy to slip on, but the soles go WAY too fast.

Electricity Killing Prices

Household:  As you can see, our electric bill was quite high, ouch says we. But as it starts to get warmer, we will not need the heaters. Considering that if we were to pay for propane, it might just be the same price.

Canyonlands also caught up to us, and we had to pay them rent, so that was $150 for a month and a half. Oh well, not a bad price. I do not know too many people that pay so low a rent.

We had a few tools for the camper and in general.

Maintenance and Upgrades to Our Home

5th Wheel: We also got a few things for the maintenance of the rig as well as the upgrades of the rig – slide out supports, vent replacement lids, and we had to pay for shipping.

Motorcycle Maintenance Ouch! 

Transportation: We did not have to fill up this month! But instead we paid for quite a bit of cycle maintenance, repair, and upgrades. Sasha ordered new wheels/tires/new seat for his motorcycle, and new tires for me. Plus a bunch of extras to keep everything in working order.

Sasha also got gas for his motorcycle when he went out riding on June 10th. He was able to get it at Desert View.

We also paid for Insurance for the truck, motorcycles, and rig. Not too bad considering all. We just do not travel that far with the truck. Each year it seems like we travel less and less. Of course, if we go on road trips, then the mileage could add up. And going into town is far, but if we do not go in too often (once every three weeks) well, then it still could be low.

Verizon Goes Up, But Costly Mistakes are Hard

Communication: Thankfully, this month the internet was just the Verizon card. It seems a little higher now, not sure why, probably more taxes, but it is not a deal breaker. We also had some postage, to send the motorcycle seat back to get it fixed.

Health: Another thankful, now we do not have to pay health insurance for six months.

Recreation: Gardening – I do love to do it, but I do not really understand desert planting. It just is not the same, and doing it in containers is tougher. Maybe something good will happen, but I am pretty sure I will not get the tomatoes I want. 🙁

Also, our oldest nephew graduated from high school, so we gave him (via mail) cold hard cash. Sure hope he gets it, as we did not insure it.

Losses: I made a costly mistake by not transferring some money from our savings to our checking. We got dinged twice, once for insufficent funds, and for the interest. Just to transfer money to a higher interest rate with another bank. It will take at least two months to recoup those losses. Live and learn.

Present Day Laura: While we cannot see into the future, we can look to the past and change our behavior. 

Crocs, Inc.

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