Folks who follow my blog know that I set a goal for 2016 of recording all of my spending. (To find out how this project came about, go here: http://www.rubbertrampartist.com/2015/12/31/spending/.) Each month I give a report on what I bought and how much I spent in the previous month. (To read January’s spending report, go here: http://www.rubbertrampartist.com/2016/02/01/spending-report-for-january-2016/.) As follows is my spending report for February 2016.
2-1-16 Today I mailed books to folks who requested from me through BookMooch and a package to a friend. Total spent: $21.28
$19.90 to the U.S. post office to mail packages
$1.38 to Fry’s for two packages of tofu on sale for 69 cents each.
2-2-16 Today I had to pay my mailbox rental, and I bought some hemp cord . Total Spent: $27.27
$19.47 for mailbox rental
$6.39 to Wal-Mart for hemp cord
2-3-16 Today at Goodwill I bought a wooden bowl and supplies for a craft project. Total Spent: $8.80
2-4-16 Nothing spent
2-5-16 Nothing pent
2-6-15 I bought lunch, browsed in thrift stores and had the oil in my van changed today. Total Spent: $34.07
At the first thrift store, I spent $1 on a pair of pants and 50 cents on a book to give to a friend.
It was half-price day at Goodwill. I spent $5 for three books and a Scala brand raffia hat.
I spent $5.43 for a pizza from Little Caesar’s (and it was delicious!)
I gave Meineke $22.14 for an oil change. The guy doing the oil change told me transmission fluid was leaking and tried to get me to pay an additional $39 for them to figure out where the fluid was coming from. I told him I would take the van to my regular mechanic.
2-7-16 I ordered blue hemp cord for a custom necklace. Total Spent: $7.80
2-8-16 I spent the day with a friend who’d invited me to see The Lady in the Van (starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings) with him. Since he said he’d treat me to the movie, I treated him to lunch. Total Spent: $19.92
2-9-16 I handed a dollar to someone flying a sign. Total Spent: $1
2-10-16 Today I went to the post office, then used a coupon for free pancakes at IHOP. Total Spent: $24.39
I gave the U.S. post office $19.36 to mail more books.
I spent $3.03 on a glass of orange juice at IHOP and left a $2 tip.
2-11-16 Today I used birthday coupons. Total Spent: $24.06
I got a free pastry (big enough for two servings) at Panera and spent $1.94 for a coffee to go with it. (Purchase of the coffee was not required to get the free pastry.)
I did have to buy something at Arby’s in order to use my coupon for a free milkshake. I spent $2.12 on curly fries.
I also spent $20 on gas for the van.
2-12-16 Nothing spent
2-13-16 Nothing spent
2-14-15 A friend and I spent the day in Jerome, AZ. Total Spent: $20.51
I spent $7 on admission to Douglas Mansion Museum.
I spent 51 cents on a souvenir penny to send to a friend.
I spent $13 on lunch, including tip.
2-15-16 I brought the van to a transmission specialist today to have the leak(s) repaired. There goes any thought I had of spending less money this month. Total Spent: $538.75
The transmission work cost $531.99.
While the work on the van was being done, I hung out at Denny’s and spent $4.27.
Later I used an about-to-expire buy-one-get-one-free coupon for shrimp tacos at Del Taco. I spent $2.49 for dinner.
2-16-16 Today the Lady of the House and I went to the Goodwill Clearance Center. I shopped with a $10 gift card that had been given to me. Later I washed and dried a comforter at the laundromat. Total Spent: $7.41
I went a little over my $10 gift card budget at the clearance center and spent $1.41 cash money.
I spent $6 at the laundromat washing and drying the German down comforter I bought with the gift card.
2-17-16 I went off to BLM land to spend a few quiet days. I had to mail a package and get supplies before I left civilization. Total Spent: $40.98
I spent $20 on gas at the Circle K.
I paid the U.S. Post Office $13.80 to mail a package to a friend.
Ice and supplies cost $7.18.
2-18-19 I was in the middle of nowhere today. Nothing spent.
2-19-16 Another day in the middle of nowhere. Nothing spent.
2-20-16 I went to Goodwill to find a cover for my comforter. Later, I unexpectedly ate dinner at a restaurant with my host family and their extended family. Total Spent: $18.50
At the first Goodwill, I caved in to consumerism and spent $6 on four bowls I like a lot but don’t need (I may return them) and two books.
At the second Goodwill, I found a 100% cotton, Company Store brand cover for my comforter for only $2.50. (It was half-price day again.)
Dinner was at the Spaghetti Factory, and I managed to keep my dinner and tip to $10 by ordering an appetizer for my meal. The folks I was eating with didn’t want the ice cream that came with their meals, so I scored a free dessert.
2-21-16 Nothing spent
2-22-16 I had a birthday coupon for pancakes at IHOP. I had coffee to go with the flapjacks, and I left a $2 tip. Total spent: $4.59
2-23-19 Nothing spent
2-24-16 Nothing spent
2-25-16 Today I was out and about. Total spent: $5.52
I gave $1 to a lady flying a sign.
I spent $4.52 at Safeway on food for my lunch.
2-26-16 Nothing spent
2-27-16 I was out and about again today, and bought food for lunch at Trader Joe’s. Total spent: $4.05
2-28-16 I went to a potluck today. I cooked potatoes. A ten pound bag of potatoes only cost $1 more than a five pound bag, so I got the bigger bag. I only used half of the potatoes, so I know what I’ll be eating for the rest of the week. Total spent: $26.19
I spent $20 on gas for the van.
I spent $6 on ingredients for my potluck dish at Safeway.
2-29-16 I gave $1 and change to a panhandler in a grocery store parking lot. He caught me off guard while I was on the phone, so I didn’t count the change before I gave it to him. Let’s call it 50 cents. Total spent: $1.50
Also, I know at some point in February I spent $2.37 on three more packages of tofu that were on sale for 79 cents each. I forgot to write down that purchase, so I don’t know when I made it.
Total spent in February: $838.06
On the last day of February, I found out the van needs a new fuel pump. The expense will go on March’s tally. It’s always something.