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Saturday, June 4

My Frugal Miser - May 2022 Expenses

May was another expensive month.  Hopefully soon all this red ink will dry.

  • I spent nearly $2,000 on car repairs. The starter and a couple related parts needed replacement - occassionally the car just wouldn't start.  And a flying retreaded tire from a truck cracked one of the headlights.  Another electrical issue also needed repair.
  • I lost a lawsuit to a con artist in Birmingham (see the May income post, where I list expenses associated with my rental properies).  The judge ignored case law and the simple fact that the lawsuit was entirely predicated on fraud by the plaintiff.  I wanted to appeal the verdict, but the cost of fighting this injustice was greater than the amount the fraudster was awarded.
  • Another expense that doesn't show up here (again, it's on the income post) but was substantial was the $1,200 I paid a contractor to make a few repairs at the Airbnb.  If all goes as planned, I will sell it in June.
Fortunately I received per diems from meeting jobs that exceeded my out of pocket expenses.  This helped offset some of my spending.


We love adventures.  Spending on experiences makes us better humans.  
  • I splurged on two excursions during our Alaskan cruise.  In Juneau we toured a real gold mine - I love history.  In Ketchikan we did our first zipline.

May Expenses:  $3,624

$2,018 Auto (service, gas, insurance, AAA, etc.)
$0 Bank Fees (annual fees on credit cards)
$57 Clothing/ Personal Care
$546 Fun (vacations, movies, gambling, alcohol, concert tickets)
$150 Food
$31 Health and Dental
$1,050 Household/Home Repairs
$0 Unreimbursed Job Expense
($756) Reimbursed Job Expense (income)
$0 Interest Expense
$154 Miscellaneous
$191 Taxes
$184 Utilities 

Thursday, June 2

My Frugal Miser - May 2022 Income

 May was a solid month for income.  

I worked 4 meetings jobs, including long assignments in Newport Beach, CA and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  I was only paid half my fee for those last two jobs; the other half will be paid out in June.

I did 1 Amazon route.

The Airbnb was blocked several days because I am selling it.  I took it offline for 11 days so that my agent could open it to showings and inspections and again for 3 days so that the buyer could spend a night in it and have additional inspections completed.  I thought it was pretty cool to let the buyer use the home for a night, sort of like test driving a car.  Airbnb expenses were higher than normal as I prepared the home for sale.

Rental income was stronger than normal. I received rent from the 3 properties I own in Alabama, plus distributions from 4 investments held at Realty Mogul.  Rental expenses were high:  I lost an $1,100 lawsuit against a fraudster who rents the condo next to mine.  It was 100% fraud, but I learned the difficult and frustrating lesson that sometimes it costs more to fight the fraud than it does to just make it go away.  Additionally, I paid $300 to have my largest property pressure washed.  I am almost 100% committed to selling that house in July and may have a few other maintenance/repair expenses leading up to it.

May Income: $13,886

$0 Mystery Shopping/ Merchandising
$5,512 Meeting Jobs
$0 Gig Apps (Rideshare, Food Deliveries, etc.)
$119 Amazon Deliveries
$5,310 Rental Income (Rental Expenses:  $2,164)
$2,757 Airbnb Income (Airbnb Expenses:  $2,125)
$8 Interest Income
$179 Other Sources

Investment Accounts Change in Value:  $2,453

My investments were up slightly in May.