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)
$31 Health and Dental
$1,050 Household/Home Repairs
$0 Unreimbursed Job Expense
($756) Reimbursed Job Expense (income)
$0 Interest Expense