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Tuesday, June 5

My Frugal Miser - May Expenses: $5,946

My May expenses were fairly high.  I spent over $1,000 on vacation related expenses.  Half of this was the deposit I made on the December cruise.  The balance was for the Orlando/Tampa/Clearwater trip (even though I categorized airfare and car rental as "vacation", I am earning more than this from mystery shopping, so it's a wash.

I also splurged on 3 concerts scheduled this summer:  one in Birmingham (taking Mom for her birthday to see Journey and Pat Benetar), one in Tuscaloosa, AL (Daughtry) and one in Savannah, GA (Elton John).  I'm not a  huge Elton John fan but he's one of the greats and I want to be able to say in 10 or 20 years that I took a road trip to Savannah to see him perform.

May Personal Expenses ($2,351)
$83 Auto ($78 fuel, $5 service)
$0 Bank Fees
$35 Clothing
$278 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$254 Food
$0 Gifts Given
$0 Home Repair
$13 Household
$0 Homeowner's Association Dues
$139 Health and Dental Insurance
$0 Medical
$0 Miscellaneous
$381 Mortgage Interest (primary residence)
$0 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$0 Taxes
$96 Utilities
$1,072 Vacation

May Business Expenses ($3,595)

$746 Mortgage Interest (rental properties)
$190 Interest on Debt (not including Mortgage Interest)
$2,659 Rental Properties - Maintenance and Repairs (mostly the cost of rehabbing the vacant townhouse)

Total May Expenses : $5,946

  • Once again I benefited from mystery shopping by spending just $78 on fuel.
  • Food was higher than I would like.  I ate in restaurants over 30 times in May.


  1. Great meeting you and working with you this week. You are one smart miser!

  2. Feelings are mutual. Was my first conference work for Buckalew and I enjoyed it.