Every month, I post a report of our expenses to show that it is possible to live a comfortable, exciting and relatively adventurous life without breaking the bank. The less money you spend, the less you need to make. 🙂 That being said, Mark and I seem to manage one big expense a month for some reason, whether it is camper, plane, travel or computer-related. Luckily, we live totally rent-free, wherever we end up.
This report includes ALL of our expenses, in US$, for the two of us. Under groceries we incorporate all the food, produce and non-alcoholic drinks predominantly bought in supermarkets. Toiletries belong in that category as well. Dining out means eating at a restaurant/event or purchasing take-out food. The health category covers non-prescription medicines and Mark's vitamins and supplements; medical contains prescription drugs and doctor's visits. Health insurance and costs are related to my health care as a permanent resident in the US. Mark is still eligible for free health care in the state of Massachusetts as of today. If a non-emergency were to happen outside of that state, it will be expensive! For check-ups, we both return to the East Coast. I still pay a small quarterly fee in Belgium for health care (required to retain citizenship), which I mention in my year report.
June was a bit of a different month, compared to others. Half of it was spent in the camper, exploring New Mexico and the Four Corners region of the US. Then, Mark and I traveled three days and two nights on an Amtrak train from New Mexico to Massachusetts, where I had just enough time to take a shower and rest up in a bed again, before jumping on a plane to Belgium. The latter half of the month, Mark stayed with his family in Newburyport, MA, while I was spoiled rotten by my own family. The biggest part of our June expenses are related to living in Zesty.
June 2018 Overview:
Camper (fuel: $105; parts: $142):
Health and Fitness (vitamins Mark, haircut Liesbet):
Health insurance Liesbet:
Entertainment (National Park tours and Taos Pueblo):
Camping (1 night in Chaco Canyon, NM):
Charity (Best Friends):