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Saturday, November 9

My Frugal Miser - October Expenses: $29,699

I did some big spending in October.

First, the "good".  The power company refunded a portion of my deposit, so there was no power bill in October.  Our food bill was lower than normal because of all the meetings we worked.  Often our meals are covered when we work these jobs.  This also had a positive impact on the amount I spent on gas for the car.  The savings on gas was offset by an unexpected repair.  The transmission pan gasket started leaking and an immediate repair was necessary.

Next, the big ones.  I am having hurricane windows and new siding installed at the Airbnb.  This property has been our biggest real estate success, and I want to continue to invest in the house to make it as successful as possible.  There's one final payment remaining which will be made in November.  Another big expense was property taxes.  I paid two property tax bills in October.  The remaining bills will be paid in November.

The only other category worth mentioning is "fun".  After working nearly six weeks straight, I needed a break.  We spent three nights in Las Vegas and I splurged on Lady Gaga tickets.  I had $100 in vouchers from Frontier, which brought our two roundtrip tickets down to $150.  The hotel (Santa Fe Station) was free and I spent $147 to rent a car.  That left gambling.  On our first day, I was playing video poker and won $500 on one hand.  Then, the next morning, playing the same game I won another $500!  The rest of the week was not so lucky, but I still left Las Vegas $600 ahead.  Finally, we are now in China.  This was a super deal - flights, hotels, tours, visa and gratuities were under $1,500 for a 10 day trip.  Meals and miscellaneous spending are the only out of pocket expenses we should have during our trip.  I took out some cash for our trip, which is reflected in the "fun" category.

October Business Spending:  $23.150
October Personal Spending:  $6,549

October Expenses:  $29,699

$505 Auto (service, gas, insurance, AAA, etc.)
$0 Bank Fees
$75 Clothing/ Personal Care
$1,992 Fun (vacations movies, gambling, alcohol, concert tickets)
$541 Food
$628 Health & Dental
$1,669 Household/Mortgage Payment/Home Repair
$0 Interest Expense
$10 Miscellaneous
$820 Taxes includes quarterly tax payments
$30 App Jobs Expenses (tolls, car washes, etc.)
$299 Unreimbursed Employee Expenses
($488) Reimbursed Employee Expenses income this month
$310 Utilities
$5,582 Rental Property Expenses
$17,727 AirBNB Expenses

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