Well July was another expensive month. We did a lot of driving, and with two vehicles, so we bought a lot of gasoline. And, I had my border visa thing for $585, so that upped our miscellaneous expenses.
Gasoline: $834. We put $212 in the little car, and $622 in the motorhome. And we drove 1,050 miles (1,700 kms) so that's not bad, all things considered. August will be much cheaper because Sherman is parked for the month, but September will be expensive again. Oh, and Sherman is sitting with pretty much a full tank right now, so that will give us a head start to Septembers gas expenses.
Propane: $82. We hadn't put any propane in since May, and filled up on July 30, so the tank is full and we won't be using much this month.
Grocery: $536. We stocked up on a lot of cheaper items in the U.S. so that we wouldn't have to buy them in Canada. Plus, there's $50 worth of maple syrup in that total as well. August should be much cheaper.
Alcohol: $165. Again, we stocked up as much as we reasonably could with cheap U.S. booze. I refuse to buy ANY alcohol in Ontario, so our expenses in the alcohol column will be pretty low for August. That's not to say I won't skip over to Quebec for a box of beer though. In Quebec, beer is sold in corner stores and grocery stores so they don't have to pay ridiculous union salaries or Ontario Liquor Commission and Beer Store markups. We are right on the border, so it's easy to save at least $10 on a box of 24 beer by going to Quebec.
Miscellaneous: $910. Even without my $585 U.S. border fee, it was a fairly expensive month in this column. August will be much cheaper though.
Entertainment: $222. Considering this includes 3 meals out, and our $110 day at the Cranmore Adventure Park, we're pretty happy that we can have fun and do the things we want to for very little money.
Overnight expenses: $142. This includes $30 worth of electrical expenses that we gave to our couchsurfing host back in May when it was cold and we were plugged into her electric for a couple of weeks. Other than that, we paid out $112 for seven nights of camping (average of $16 per night). The rest of the month we boondocked for free.
Motorhome expenses: $132. This was mostly for the three new window blinds, but includes an oil change and a bottle of fibreglass polish I wanted to try.
So, about $3,000 for the month. But, August will be much cheaper, before September gets expensive again with our trip south. Then, we have six months or so in Mexico, so provided there aren't any major unexpected expenses, we know we can live the way we want to for $1,200 a month there.