Here’s the third installment in my 2017 project to document my actual spending habits. After returning home from my year-long RV adventure, I wanted to get a feel for how much I spend each month. It doesn’t feel like I spend a lot — but is that feeling correct? This project is an attempt to document how Kim and I actually live. Once we have some real numbers, then we can start to make changes for the better.
Because I’m a nerd, I’m tracking more than just my money this year. In fact, I have a total of six different spreadsheets to tabulate different aspects of my life. I can tell you, for instance, that I gained 1.2 pounds in March — and I’m okay with that. (Kim and I did a lot of entertaining, especially around my birthday.) But I won’t be okay with a 1.2 pound gain in April.
Here are my transportation numbers for March. In 2017, I’m tracking every mile I move in and around Portland. (I’m not logging mileage for out-of-state vacations or business trips; that’d be too complicated.) Here’s the spreadsheet:
While January and February had similar numbers, March looked very different.
I walked more total miles in March than either of the previous months, yet walking made up a lower percentage of my total transportation. That’s because Kim and I drove to the Oregon coast to spend a couple of nights evaluating a potential rental property. That trip accounted for 248.8 of the 410.6 miles in the Mini in March. Without that adventure, things look relatively normal. (We have a trip to central Oregon this month, so that’s going to throw off numbers even more!)
Because of our weekend vacation, I averaged 21.05 miles per day in March (up from 13-14 in January and February). In March, I walked 4.64 miles per day (versus 4.29 miles/day in February and 4.40 miles/day in January). [Read more…]