Saturday, April 26, 2014

Roadrunner Financials - March 2014

Roadrunner Recap
We started out the month in Agave Gulch RV Campground (Davis-Monthan AFB) in Tucson.  We finished up the month in our first and only ever stay at a huge RV Resort (snowbird destination) Mesa Regal RV Resort in Mesa AZ.
In the middle of the month had an unexpected and sad trip to Baraboo, WI to attend the funeral of our dear friend Cathy.  We flew into Milwaukee and rented a car to Baraboo.  We were glad to go and be there for husband Tom and their son Vic.

Good News Areas We Are Under Budget
Except for our trip to Baraboo, we had a pretty good month expense-wise.

Biggest Expenses
The biggest expense was the biggest expense for the month was our trip to Wisconsin.
Since our only travel was from Tucson to Mesa, we didn't need to refuel the Roadrunner and therefore had no diesel fuel costs which was nice.
Large One Time Cost Item
Our trip to Baraboo, then we spent a little more than we like to on campgrounds.  

Monthly Average

With only a couple months left in my Jun-May 'fiscal' year, I am coming to the realization reducing my budget to $4000 a month from last year's $4100 was a bit optimistic.

Be that as it may, an overall monthly average of $4127 is certainly manageable.

We have been on the road almost 5 years and knew a big part of this adventure would be to track and manage our costs of living as full-time RVers.  I started tracking our expenses and have labelled this our "Budget and Finances".  Upon reflection, this is really more of an expense tracking log and not really a budget as much as it is an estimate vs a budget.  I can not remember consciously saying, "we only have xx amount left in our budget for this..."

I show spending here and not income or charitable giving.

If you would like a copy of a sample this spread sheet, please let me know and I'd be happy to send it along, gratis.

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