Monday, December 5, 2011

Roadrunner Financials - November 2011

Roadrunner Recap
In November, we were in Virginia Beach at the Sea Mist RV Campground which is on the Oceana NAS complex.  We are right on the beach (100 yards from it to be exact) but this campground we have visited before.  It is well maintained and we entertained some of Kelly's friends for her birthday party in the middle of the month.

Pam's birthday follows Kelly's by two days and so we usually combine the celebrations and festivities.  This time, we had a group of Kelly's friends over for ball ladder toss and kickball, and then hung out near the campsite.

During the month, we traveled from Virginia Beach to Columbia South Carolina:
  • Sea Mist RV Campground, Dam Neck/Oceana NAS, Virginia Beach VA      
  • Shaw AFB FamCamp, Columbia SC
Here's an interactive map that shows where we traveled.  You can click on the letters and it will tell you the location.  
And a static map of the route:

Good News Areas We Are Under Budget

At almost $1000 over budget, we didn't do too well this month.
However, we were under budget in two categories:  RV Maintenance and Campground fees.

Biggest Expenses
Medical was definitely a cost driver this month, and we were also over budget in a couple of other areas -- eating out and driving around putting gas in our car.

Large One Time Cost Item

Our biggest cost this month was for dental:  we paid $371 for a Humana Dental Plan and another $899 for some dental work.  Yikes!  Crowns are not cheap!

Monthly Average

We started off the 'fiscal year' over budget and were doing pretty well until another spike in September when we had a lot of RV repairs and got a residential refrigerator installed.  At this rate, it will be hard to get back to our target level averages but we will see.

I have often said this is more of a tracking tool and an estimate than a budget -- this month's spending proves it.  That's what our spending looked like for the month.  Thanks for taking a peek.  Hopefully they provide help or entertainment of some sort...  If you'd like a free copy of the spreadsheet I use, drop me a note and I will be glad to send it along.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!

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