We finally made it back to the dentist in January. Last February we rushed from Texas to our dentist, Dr. Bernal, in Los Algodones, Mexico because Greg had lost a crown (and a bit of tooth with it). The dentist pulled the tooth and put an implant in its place. The implant needed at least 6 months before the cap could be put on it so we went on our way doing what we do. This past summer we met up with nomad friends who also needed to go to the dentist. And while we were all hanging out we heard from another traveling friend who needed dental work too! So we made a plan to visit the dentist together once we were all in the Southwest in November.
But first, we had a few parties. We ended up hanging out with our friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years’. And when all the partying was done we finally planted ourselves in the California desert while we traveled back and forth across the border getting lots of teeth fixed.
But we are a fun group. And every trip to the dentist had some adventure. We ate street tacos, sampled Mexican pastries, and drank a few beers. Honestly, I doubt anyone has ever had so much fun going to the dentist as we had in Los Algodones.
And our total expenses for December were…
Here is the breakdown of categories…
Our expenses were a bit high. The $500 dental bill explains part of it. We spent over $150 on DVD series for my mother-in-law. She has found it hard to read lately and with the isolation of the pandemic, she has been spending a lot of time with the one DVD series she owns – ‘Downton Abbey’ – watching it from start to finish multiple times. Since we can’t be there to entertain her in person – we sent her a couple of other British families to keep her company, ‘Monarch on the Glen’ and the ‘Downton Abbey’ of the 70s, ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’.
And then there are a few new things we bought for the van (household). A new blanket (because it has been so freaking cold!!) and a propane tank and hose for our little Buddy Heater. We usually refill the non-refillable 1lb propane tanks to use with our heater but after a friend posted an article about how unsafe it is to refill the non-refillables I started to look into alternatives. We ended up with a small 5lb propane tank that hooks up to the heater with a hose. I’m hoping the new tank will last longer, I like that we can get it filled wherever we get our big tank for our stove filled, and because we got rid of the 1lb tanks the space that the new tank takes up has simply been displaced.
And finally, the other big expense of the month was Gear. And the big expense in Gear was a movie projector. I had been thinking about a projector for a while and it seemed like it would be fun when we were hanging out with all of our friends – especially when the weather started turning nice in the evening. So I ordered one. It arrived the day that the gang all went their separate ways.
A few stats you might be interested in
Camping totals (all camping is free unless otherwise indicated):
8 – nights at a State Wildlife Area
23 – nights on BLM land
Number of gallons of water bought/acquired for the van: 25. I realize that this is a very small number. Perhaps it is because we filled up right before the beginning of the month and right after the end. Or maybe because it hasn’t been hot and we have been drinking less. Or maybe I have missed writing something down. Maybe Greg is just that good of a dishwasher! But honest, we aren’t dehydrated and we wash up every day, I promise!
Number of miles driven: 318
Number of times we kayaked: 1. This brings our kayak expense down to $21 per use. A lot cheaper than renting a kayak and because it is inflatable it fits in the van!
To see all of our expense reports, click here.
If you are interested in reading other expense reports from nomads who really know how to live cheaply while still having a good time, check out the blog from our friends Mark, Liesbet, and Maya at Roaming About.
*All pics are click to enlarge.