Spending Report June 2016


Once again, it is late in the month, and I am only just publishing my spending report for the previous month. I’ve grown tired of this project, and I’m disheartened by how much money I’ve been spending.

To further complicate things, I lost the spending report document I wrote up yesterday and saved as a Word file. I was trying to do two things at once, and managed to replace the document with a blank page. Sigh. I tried to restore the document and couldn’t figure out how to do it (even with the help of my computer guy). Sigh. So here I am, starting over…

6-1-16 Once again, I thought I’d spent nothing on the first day of the month, then remembered the auto-payment for my phone. Total spent: $34.99

6-2 through 6-5-16 Four days on the mountain with nothing to buy. Nothing spent.

6-6-16 I went to Babylon today to use the internet and get supplies. Total spent: $44.65

$17.18 to Wal-Mart for supplies

$.03 to Taco Bell for breakfast (I actually handed the cashier $2.17, but I’d just returned something at Wal-Mart and received $2.14 in cash.)

$2.09 to Dollar Tree for supplies

$6.02 to Little Caesar’s for a pizza

$6.93 to Panera for internet use and lunch

6-7-16 Today I finished up in civilization and headed back up the mountain. Total spent: 56.09

$1.89 to Panera for coffee

$35 for gas

$16.74 for groceries

$2.46 to post office

6-8 through 6-12-16 Five days on the mountain with nothing to buy. Nothing spent.

6-13-16 I tried to use the internet today, but the store I went to halfway down the mountain was closed. Total spent: $6.11

$3.11 to post office

$3 for ice

6-14-16 I had to go halfway down the mountain in the other direction to use the internet today. Because I made a 50 mile round trip, I had to get gas too. Total spent: $46.94

$35 for gas

$11.95 for lunch and tip and internet access

6-15 through 6-19-16 Five days on the mountain with nothing to buy. Nothing spent.

6-20-16 Back to Babylon today for internet and laundry and supplies. Total spent: $21.85

$11 for laundry

$.75 for water

$1.95 to Taco Bell for breakfast (The cashier gave me the senior discount. I had to decide if my frugality was greater than my vanity. Frugality won. As a friend said, to someone who’s 18, a 45 year-old person doesn’t look much older than a 55 year-old person.)

$8.15 To Panera for lunch and drink and internet access

6-21-16 More internet use and gathering supplies today in Babylon Total spent: 96.98

$1.14 to Panera for a bagel and internet use

$55 for gas

$39.75 for groceries (I was sick, so I spent extra money on juice and fresh fruit and immune support gummies.)

$1.09 to Dollar Tree for paper towels

6-22 through 6-27-16 Six days on the mountain with nothing to buy. Nothing spent.

6-28-16 Today I used the internet at the small-town mountain store, and bought ice there too. Total spent: $3.50

6-29 through 6-30-16 I closed the month out with Nothing spent.

Total spent for the month of June: $311.11

Finally, a month in which I spent a reasonable amount of money. It’s about time.


About Blaize Sun

I live in my van, which makes me a rubber tramp. I like to see places I've never seen before, and I like to visit the places I love again and again. I like to play with color. I make collages and hemp jewelry and cheerful winter hats. I take photographs and (sometimes, not in a long time) write poetry. All of those things make me an artist. Although I like to spread joy and to make people laugh, my wit can be sharp. I try to stay positives in all situations, to find the goodness in all people. But I often feel compelled to point out bullshit when I smell it. I like to have fun, to dance, to eat yummy food, to sit by a fire and share stories. I want to know what people hold dear and important, not just make surface small talk. This blog is a way for me to share stories. This blog is made up of my stories, rants, and observations, as well as my photographs.

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  1. If you use gmail, I would use Drive for your documents. It has the same options as Word and saves to the cloud which is nice. Go to youtube and find a video to introduce it.


  2. When you are at ” camp” are you plugged in? The reason I ask is that I recently purchased an Igloo small ice maker. It is wonderful. Makes ice all day long, enough to fill my small rolling cooler. If fits on top of my cooler, so takes up minimal space for me. It has auto shut off, if full, or out of water. Drops ice about every 3 or so minutes, so it is quick.. It is about the size of a small breadbox. But I luv ice, and this has saved me so much in buying ice. They sell many versions. I bought mine at Wallys for 99 bucks plus 4 bucks for extra warrantee.

    • Thanks for this suggestion, Sheri. Unfortunately, at the campsite where I live and work, there is no electricity.

      Where I am, the most I pay for ice is $3.50. At that rate, the $99 ice maker would be paid for after not buying 28 bags of ice. In town I can get bags of ice for $1.48 each. At that rate, I would have to not buy 66 bags of ice to pay off the ice maker. Of course, the cost of gas and wear and tear on the van should be factored in if I am making a special trip to buy ice.

      In any case, without electricity, the ice maker won’t really work for me. But I would consider buying one if I could plug in.

      I’m also thinking about a Yeti cooler again after recently meeting a guy who raved about his.

  3. I hope you don’t give up on your spending report. I look forward to it every month. I believe it’s real and shows more about living in your van than anything else out there. (blogs youtube Facebook) While a lot of youtubers shout about how much money you can save by van dwelling you are saying this is what I spend this is life…. Plus you never seem to get upset if we ask any questions about your spending…

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Lori. I will not give up on the spending reports. The report for July is almost ready to be scheduled, so that will be coming up in a few days.

      Yes, feel free to ask me questions.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I really do enjoy hearing from my readers.

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