The month of May heralded summer and anticipation for our next chapter.
We jetted off to Colombia early in the month. For a week we had an adventure-packed trip, and then I flew home. I have to manage my vacation days given the upcoming move, but lucky Mr. Mechanic had more time off so he stayed longer. He continued on to Ecuador and I got back to work. Read more about that trip here.
When I got home I turned 26, which meant changing my health insurance. Under the ACA, you can stay under your parent’s insurance until the age of 26. Because losing your insurance counts as a qualifying event, it was pretty easy to make the switch. Then I learned that my old insurance would last until the end of the month, so I guess that I jumped the gun by signing up early for coverage at work, oops.
After that, a friend and I went for ramen and ice cream to celebrate! (My birthday, not the healthcare switch.)
The rest of the month was restaurant heavy. A couple of friends came to visit and together we tried to hit some of my favorite gastronomic wonders in Portland.
Besides food, there are a few hikes that I still needed to check off my list. One of these was the famous Trail of 10 Falls. It was a tame 8-mile hike, and we managed to hit a beautiful day of sunshine for it.
Between the travel, frequent trips to eat out, and time spent seeing friends before we go, I figured that this month would be a high-expense month. Was my hunch correct?
Let’s find out!
|Car Insurance||$170||My half for 6 months of car insurance|
|Restaurants||$147||This is the most I have spent on restaurants this year! Two birthday dinners, plus extra birthday desserts, plus several lunches with coworkers made for a high total.|
|Groceries||$72||We are trying to eat everything out of our fridge before moving. This plan (plus all the restaurants and being abroad for part of the month) meant rather low spending on groceries this month.|
|Travel||$302||This is the total we spent on our trip to Colombia just to make this expense report a bit easier.|
|Prep for Trip||$70||These are the travel items we paid for outside of Colombia. It includes bug spray, ATM fees, and our Uber/Lyft rides to and from the airport.|
|Internet||$27.5||My half of our Centurylink bill.|
|Blog||$18||Domain renewal for Financial Mechanic|
|A heavy spend this month, I blame the restaurants! Oh, and traveling internationally.|
How were your May expenses? What things are still on your bucket list for the city you live in?
Share in the comments below!