Last night I was the victim of a brief moment of ambition and against my better judgment I was compelled to gather all the figures for last year's expenses and put them together in a coherent manner so I can understand what everything cost me in 2018. I not only find this tedious because I don't like numbers, I don't like words either, but I'm kind of stuck with those, but it also reminds me of all the money I spend trying in a fruitless effort to buy even more happiness than I already possess, knowing in my heart it can't be done.
The boondork's full timing expenses for 2018.
Camping-- $1,007-- it's hard to believe someone who prides himself on boondocking still manages to spend $1000 to camp. But then again I don't have some self imposed rule about paying to camp, if I feel like it, or I need to, I do.
Truck-- $2,471-- that's fuel, insurance, tags, oil changes, everything.
Groceries-- $2,885-- that's almost 8 dollars a day in food. And it's actually more than that because I mooch as many free meals as possible off relatives, and anyone else that feels sorry for me. Maruchan Ramen only cost 35 cents at Walmart, so I don't know how I'm spending so much to eat.
Eat out-- $233-- I don't eat out very much, but I'm a big tipper.
Trailer-- $1,353-- the new backup cameras were a big part of that which I'm reminded of every day since they're still sitting here on the sofa. But the point is none of that was for any repairs to the Arctic Fox.
Miscellaneous-- $465-- I have no idea where that money went.
Personal-- $4,349-- Armani suits aren't cheap.
Hobbys-- $1,931-- most of that was for film before I discovered I had a digital camera.
Utilities-- $3,950-- that's really an amazing amount considering I produce my own electricity. But the biggest part is for my outrageous cell phone bill which is caused by my addiction to having Internet everywhere I go. I think technically my phone bill should go under hobbys instead of utilities.
Total expenses for 2018--- drumroll please----- $18,634---
I honestly believe that I could easily knock a few thousand dollars off that and never notice it. In fact the only reason I even keep up with these expenses is to give myself a rough idea about how long my savings will last which in turn relates to how long I can stay on the road. So looking at my total expenses for last year and doing a little quick math in my head I figure I'll be parking the old Arctic Fox for good.... a week from Tuesday.