I'm not including any more advertising income, because essentially we don't have any! Most of you know that we got shut down by the Google Adsense people. And the new Chitika ads have been a waste of time.
We had the Chitika ads up and running for about 10 days and we earned a whole $1.96 for those 10 days! And the ads were annoying and not enough variety of them so we shut it down. We still have the link for housecarers.com up because we strongly believe in the program and we make a couple of bucks if you sign up after visiting the link. Same thing with the Harvest Hosts picture off to the right.
We will perhaps start a program accepting private ads but I'm not going to waste too much time on it. The reward of maybe a couple of hundred dollars a month simply doesn't seem worth it.
Anyhow, I almost forgot to go over our June expenses with you. We spent a total of $1,972 last month which is too much. This is one of the reasons that we are going to make our way back to Ottawa through the U.S. And, we know that we can live for $1,200 a month in Mexico where we will spend at least 6 months this winter.
Gasoline, which is almost always our biggest monthly expense, came in at $812. The trip to Cape Breton Island was not a fuel efficient one, with lots of hills and bad roadways where we had to drive slowly. I think we averaged 7.5 miles to the gallon where we normally get 10 if we're on a decent highway and able to go 80 km/h (50 mph) at a steady pace.
Groceries, came in at $429. We have been extra cautious with buying groceries here in expensive Nova Scotia, and we try not to buy anything unless it's on sale. All things considered, we have been very successful because I expected our monthly grocery bills to be over $500 here.
Booze, came in at $147 for the month. As expected, this figure was back to a reasonable level and should be even less for the month of July as were are going to be in the U.S. where booze of any kind is easily half the price that it is in Nova Scotia.
Miscellaneous, was $371. The major items in this category this month were our $136 parks pass, and Whiskey's medication. If not for those items it would have been a below average month.
Entertainment, was $84. This was mostly our expensive lunch at Fortress of Louisbourg. We spend very little on entertainment because we feel that most of the time the cost is not worth it! we find lots of free things to do.
Motorhome maintenance, was $76.
Overnight and campground costs were $53. We love boondocking!