The final numbers are in, and we did much better than last year when we were OVER budget by an average of $105 per month. This year, as the chart below shows, we were $312 per month UNDER budget, which is a net improvement of over $5,000 annually. (Click on the image to enlarge)
As you can see, we were over on some categories, and under on others. We traveled more miles in 2012 than we did in 2011, but we traveled West vs East. Campground fees are generally more the further north one travels, simply because those destinations have a shorter camping season to generate revenue. Our Entertainment expenses were down, simply because we focused on visiting as many National Parks as we could, and bought an annual parks pass. Vacation expenses were down, as we only took two mini-vacations last year. I know what you’re thinking, and even though to outsiders it looks like we are on vacation 365/24/7, this lifestyle is a lot of work; not for the faint of heart; and, we do need a break from it every now and then. Overall, I’m pleased with our efforts, and while we didn’t live extravagantly, we surely did not live like church mice either.
We have been busy watching the BCS Games, and following the Denver Broncos, fully realizing we are nearing the end of football season until next Fall. We were happy to see our OSU Cowboys roll over Purdue and the Broncos lock up home field advantage through the playoffs.
Since today is Friday, and CC’s favorite; Nuevo Progreso Day. I’m certain we will meet our friends from other parks in the RGV and have a terrible time, as usual. One of them will inevitably insist on buying us a margarita, and so as not to hurt their feelings, we will just have to accept it, and, as they twist my arm with at least 0.2 foot pounds of torque, will begrudgingly drink it. Oh, the sacrifices we make living this lifestyle. Another $2 margarita you ask? Oh what the heck, why not; every hour is Happy Hour! This one is on me.
Until next time, take care and stay well………………..