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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Money Trip



So how has the budget been working out while on the road?

Overall, it's been pretty good. January was a stretch as we'd just had Christmas, plus some unexpected expenses. Also,we were traveling, spending money on fuel and eating in restaurants. We didn't feel like cooking at rest areas when the temperature was below freezing and the wind howling. January was also when we went down to the Florida Keys -not the cheapest place to stay. To top it all off, my lovely wife's medications had a huge deductible that had to be paid.

Even so, we didn't too badly. Time spent in low cost Federal Campgrounds helped the budget. February was the month when we started to pay down debt. Even though we never felt a budgetary pinch, we spent a lot less than we took in.

Halfway though March we are doing well. Our side trip to Texas hurt the fuel budget, but we made up for it in other areas. Camping expenses haven't been bad, plus we've spent less eating out. I've paid down more debt this month. The month is only half over, so anything could happen.

Of course, something like a major mechanical breakdown on the van would be a strain, but vehicle problems happen anywhere. Driving in the cold and snow is rough on cars too. I've also been pretty healthy this winter. It's hard to put a price tag on that.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

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    1. Thank you Gorges. So far, so good. The biggest problem has been a nail in my tire, and that went pretty well.

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  2. Nice to see a plan come to fruition.

    Are you sure you're ready to return to the frozen (again) north?

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    1. It'll be at least another 5 weeks before we head north -so no, we aren't ready.

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  3. Although it might pinch the pocketbook, what with the weather up north maybe staying south for a while longer is the way to go.

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    1. Still don't plan on getting back until around the third week of April. Subject to change as conditions dictate.

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  4. I think the ice age is starting up there !

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    1. Good chance of another storm after this one. The hits just keep on coming. Well, with all that snow, we shouldn't have a drought this summer.

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  5. Tradelines to boost your credit score.

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  6. Being on the positive side is always a good thing. Glad your health is holding up!

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