Last month I introduced a new expense report format and asked for feedback and actually got a few comments. A few people liked the new format, one person wanted more rants and another more goats. We will see what we can do…
In February we left Texas and headed straight for Arizona. We might have spent more time exploring the Lone Star state but someone lost a crown and had to get to his dentist in Los Algodones, Mexico. Since the dentist, we have done a few blog-worthy things but have spent most of our time boondocking on a vacant lot in Tucson owned by former Cabbagetown friends who moved to Arizona a couple of years ago. We have making almost daily trips to the library to work on blog posts, do research on our next adventure, and buy things on the internet.
And our total expenses for February were…
And here is the break down of categories…
And now as requested, here is the Rant..
As you can see from the table above most of our expenses for February are due to Greg’s dentist visit. If you subtract this expense from our total expenses you come out with a reasonable $1,332.35 total expenses for the month. But no…
Someone has bad teeth! Really bad teeth! While we were in Texas, Greg lost a crown along with a bit of tooth. Of course, he tried gluing it back on but it just would stay. At the dentist, he found out that another tooth also needed a crown and that the tooth with the lost crown needed to be extracted and have an implant put in its place. This means our dental expenses for the year are not over yet and that we will be returning to the dentist this fall to have the implant capped.
Our other not so usual expenses for February include a few household expenses for the van – a new can opener, one-use and into-the-laundry-basket smaller more compact washcloths, and replacement light bulbs. And of course, our entertainment expenses are up due to being in Tucson and socializing with friends.
A few stats you might be interested in
Camping totals (all camping is free unless otherwise indicated):
1 – nights at a National Park Campground exchange with a friend
1 – nights in a Walmart parking lot
2 – nights at a Boondockers Welcome location (for more about Boondockers Welcome click here.)
1 – night at an Arizona rest area
8 – nights on BLM land
16 – nights on our own private Boondocking location in friends’ vacant lot in Tucson
Number of gallons of water acquired for the van: 20*
Number of miles driven: 2060 (this makes our February cost per mile 16¢)
Number of National Park sites visited since we bought our current park pass in April 2019: 18 (which brings our total savings total after subtracting the $80 fee for the pass to $120)**
*I know this is a terribly small number. While we have been in Tucson we have used very little water for bathing since we have had use of our friends’ shower. Greg is absolutely amazing at doing dishes with a tiny amount of water. There is water in beer (I looked it up, beer does hydrate you). We get water through eating fresh fruit and vegetables. But honestly, although Greg drinks plenty of water, I probably don’t and now that we are in the desert I will try not to dehydrate myself – I promise.
**Not all parks charge a fee.
To see all of our expense reports, click here.
If you are interested in reading other expense reports from people living on the road, check out these links:
*All pics are click to enlarge.
So what do you think? Do you track your expenses? How does this compare to your sticks and bricks expenses or your traveling expenses? Are our expenses less or more than you would have expected? Is there anything else you’d like to see included in our new format?