Gasoline: Well that was a good month for gasoline. I think we've only had one month lower than that in the last six years! $20.00. Seriously. We only spent $20 on fuel the whole month. Of course $20 in the little blue car goes a long way, but it lasts even longer when you don't drive the car! Out of our four trips to Prince Albert, we used the campground truck two of those times. It's not that we don't want to drive our car, but the campground truck needed gasoline and there's only one way to fill it up...driving it in to town.
But it's frustrating to know that we're also paying $75 a month for insurance on the little blue car. That's pretty expensive insurance for only driving it a couple of hours per month. Maybe if we return next year we'll see about the possibility of using the camp truck all the time.
Groceries: Hmmm. Well this category is sure starting off higher than we had hoped. After spending over $500 in April on groceries, we spent $626.15 in May! How does one spend over $1,100 in two months for groceries?? Ah, take us back to Mexico where we've done two months for $350! Again, some of that was spent stocking up at the beginning of the month when we arrived to empty shelves, so we'll see how things average out over the summer months.
A tree fell on this table. Guess I'll do a repair job today!
Alcohol: We did not spend any money on booze in the month of May. Zero. Did we make moonshine? Nope. Did we steal it? Nope. We are simply boycotting the expensive alcohol products here in Canada.
There's a little more to it. We feel that the job we're doing is better done without drinking. We're pretty much on call 24/7 so better to stay totally sober. Besides, our livers need a chance to recuperate after all the cheaper booze elsewhere in the world. So we save money and stay healthier. It's a win-win.
This is probably the longest I've gone in 25 years without any alcohol. Do I miss it? Not really. Surprisingly little as a matter of fact. The odd time when we come in really tired I think boy, it sure would be nice to have a beer. But then I have a glass of orange juice or something instead.
Miscellaneous: A little higher here. We spent $454.37 in total. The most expensive item was a gift for our daughter and family...a new stroller and car seat for the baby she's expecting in September. It was on sale, and the one she wanted so we bought it for them. Other than that, we spent about $70 on miscellaneous kitchen items...frying pan, knives, that sort of thing. And $75 on car insurance, and $56 on our internet connection.
Entertainment: Boy, we gotta stop treating ourselves! That $2.75 we spent for ice cream is going to break the bank!
What's in store for June? Well, the lowest we can expect is for about $600 a month while we're here. That would be $100 a week for groceries, plus a little gas and insurance and our internet connection. We'll see how we do!
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