I mentioned in last month’s expense report that I am determined to enjoy this season—and let me tell you, I enjoyed the hell out of it this month.
We kicked off the month by taking a road trip to Burlington, Vermont. Trading driving shifts, we arrived on Thursday, very ready for a three-day weekend. The roads weaved through the changing leaves, and we planned at least one hike per day.
Our Weekend Trip To Vermont
During the day, we explored in the outdoors, hiking and gathering blisters on our feet. By night, we visited breweries and ate out. One evening we took the winding roads up to the von Trapp Lodge, where the family who inspired the Sound of Music lived while in the U.S.
We ordered an entree and an appetizer to share, but we couldn’t resist getting a flight to try!
At night we stayed in an old ski lodge. It’s designed for middle school trips to the mountain in the winter, run by a friendly sibling duo. Our favorite parts: the hot tub and the huge fire pit.
Bundle of Joy
Okay, that’s enough about our weekend trip. Let’s get to the news we all really want to hear about– Mr. Mechanic and I have welcomed a bundle of joy into our lives in the form of a foster cat! We really wanted to adopt a cat given the fact that I work from home and would enjoy a bit of furry company during the winter months. However, it didn’t seem right to subject a new pet to a move across the country in ~7 months.
I called the shelter to ask about fostering and they had several cats in isolation after testing positive for feline leukemia, which is surprisingly contagious between cats. Since false positives are common, they need to keep the cats quarantined for 60 days before they can be retested. 60 days in a tiny kennel!
We took home 7-month-old Muse, and within 5 minutes he was darting around and being a general lovebug:
For more cute pictures, check out my Instagram.
Look at me, waxing on about the month when we really need to be getting to the nitty-gritty. How much did all this craft brew carousing, kitten-foster frenzy, and other October endeavors cost?
Let’s get to it!
Note: These are the expenses for just me.
|Rent||$500||Very very excited about having heat and utilities included now that the days are getting chillier.|
|Groceries||$127||We made a lot of delicious meals this month, alternating between vegetarian and meat-heavy dishes.
I think we could cut back the steaks (we had multiple!) which would be better for our wallets and the environment.
|Charity||$100||Donation to Planned Parenthood|
|Restaurants||$61||We mostly cook at home, but we ate out a couple times while on our weekend trip.|
|Fuel||$42||Almost a full day of driving to Vermont and back.|
|Airbnb||$36||We stayed in Vermont for three nights. The first night was in your average Airbnb ($36 each), but the second two nights we were in a hostel with free breakfast and a huge firepit ($25.50 per night, each).
I recorded the second hostel in last month’s expense report, so I’m only including the first night here.
|Alcohol||$38||Usually, I keep alcohol in the grocery budget, but it was easy to separate out this time. We bought craft beer while in Vermont and also went to the liquor store to top up our whiskey and wine collection.
After we purchased all of this alcohol, I read about A Purple Life’s lessons learned from 100 Alcohol-free days and now wonder if I should do something similar…
|Gifts||$14||It’s always good to think about Christmas gifts a little early!|
|Home Improvement||$5||The car visor on the driver’s side doesn’t seem to want to stay up, so we bought some velcro to try to see if we can make a temporary fix.|
|That’s what I’m talking about! I hope to keep expenses below $1,000 every month while living in upstate NY. We have to save up for our expensive move to California.|
You might notice that there’s nothing on here for the new kitty. That’s because as a foster, the shelter provides the kennel, crate, food, litter, toys, and anything else he needs for his 60 days with us. How about that for frugal pet ownership! Now we’ll see if he destroys any of our furniture or carpets to make up for it…
What about you?
What weekend trips have you taken lately?
Do you go on outings to see the changing colors of the leaves?
Have you fostered a pet before?
Let me know in the comments below!