Instead of posting my boring expenses for the month I was thinking of doing something fun instead, maybe going someplace and doing some tourist things, or treating myself to a restaurant meal, maybe even taking in some scenery. But then I remembered I'm in Dateland, there's no restaurants, there are no tourist, and I can see all the scenery there is out my windows.
So here's my expenses for the month of January.
CAMPING ---- $34 ---- all of that was for the last two days of the month, which is two days of the Dateland RV parks weekly rate. And that's a small price to pay for the thrill and excitement of having a freight train that goes through the RV Park every 30 minutes.
TRUCK ----0---- that's the kind of expenses I like to see.
FUEL ----$48---- I haven't driven very far this month I started the month at the Hi Jolly boondocking area in Quartzsite Arizona and ended it in Dateland Arizona, with a stop at Yuma in the middle.
TRAILER ----$38---- no repairs or anything like that this was just odds and ends mostly for my rearview camera installation.
GROCERIES ----$280---- I'm always amazed at how my grocery expense come out about the same every month, I don't try to do that, it just seems to happen on its own.
EAT OUT ---- $20---- that's more than I usually spend eating out. But that's what happens when I'm anywhere near a Chinese buffet.
UTILITIES ----$310---- WOW! In my wildest dreams I never would've imagined my utility bill would be my largest monthly expense. Some of it was beyond my control in that January was the coldest month I've ever seen in southern Arizona and I had three propane refills that month when normally I would have one, two at the most. But the biggest chunk of that is my phone and Internet. Even though I get all of my Internet now off of my Verizon Jetpack, I'm still maintaining my 20 gigs of expensive hotspot on my cell phone which one day I will get rid of.
PERSONAL ----0---- I stopped shaving and bathing. With a utility bill like that I had to save money somewhere. This not only saved money on soap and razor blades, it has the added benefit of keeping people from parking to close to me.
HOBBIES ----0---- because of my excessive utility bill I've had to modify some of my hobbies so they don't cost as much, so now I push my motorcycle around the desert.
MISCELLANEOUS ----0---- I stopped spending any money On miscellaneous items. I never knew what they were anyway so I don't miss them.
Total expenses for the month $780
I'm pretty happy with that, there's still money that could be saved, utilities for instance but overall that's not bad. But I'm afraid next month I will end up spending that much on Date milkshakes. Because drinking a Date Shake and waving at the engineer as the train flies by is about all there is to do in Dateland.