Here we are at the end of November and we haven't even posted October's expenses yet. I was thinking about not doing it anymore, but obviously some people are interested because we've had a couple of reminders. So we'll keep posting them every month.
October is always an expensive month for us because it usually involves some form of travel. It's the time of year when we are probably in the process of heading somewhere warmer! And this October was no different.
We spent a total of $2,863 in October and a big part of that was because we were in four different countries! We started the month in England, went to Iceland, then Canada, then the United States. So a lot of our expenses were related to travel.
Gasoline: We spent $260.90 on gasoline. $50 of that went into our daughter's car because she ferried us around while we were in Nova Scotia. The balance of $210.90 essentially got us from Ottawa, Canada to Oklahoma City where we ended the month.
Toll Roads: $3.00 on the Oklahoma Turnpike.
Groceries: We stocked up on quite a few items in preparation for our time in Mexico. Still, it only came up to $307.51. We had spent some time at Ruth's father's though, as well as eating in a lot of restaurants while in Iceland. (See "Entertainment Expenses"!)
Alcohol: Cheapest month ever. We refused to pay the ridiculously high booze prices while in Iceland, and then we carried on with that philosophy while in Canada. We did stock up on some wine while coming through the United States. Total was $57.99.
Misc: This is always the killer, and you'll find out tomorrow that it was the killer of November's budget as well. We spent $808.68 in the miscellaneous department, and that was only in the month of October. The expensive items were tires for the little blue car ($332), Ruth's new hiking boots ($130) and car insurance and licensing ($150). We also bought new sandals for each of us and a bunch of lesser items.
Entertainment: One of our higher months in this category, at $291.65. Some of that was while we were in Iceland ($132.90) and the rest was driving down through the U.S.
Overnight: $128 total. One night at a guest house in Iceland ($82) and one night in a dumpy motel in Chandler, Oklahoma ($46).
Travel: Our biggest expense for the month was getting from England to Canada. We did it with IcelandAir and that's why we did the stopover in Iceland. Total cost for the two of us to get one way from Manchester, England to Halifax, Nova Scotia was $964.48. Then we had also spent $42.09 getting to the Manchester airport in England, for a total of $1,006.57.
So, a total of $2,863.30!
Good thing we don't have many months like that! November was an improvement though, so stay tuned for that tomorrow!