Another month of spending shenanigans is in the books. October certainly looks to be better than September, but it’s not where I’d like it to be. The good news is that there are definitely some road trip expenses in here and I guess it’s good to know that anything I pay now while I’m gainfully employed, I don’t need to worry about paying for while i’m on the road. Read on to get inside the nitty gritty of my October expenditures.

TJ's October Spending

A reminder that the “Comparison” column is LAST month’s spending. Certainly a move in the right direction, but last month was spendy as hell.


The travel spend seems pretty high considering I didn’t do any traveling, right? That’s because I booked my first 28-night AirBNB for the Road Trip.  I’ll be spending a solid month in an 1880s adobe house near Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The logic here is that March/April is still pretty Winter-y in a lot of places that I’d like to travel to. I’ve never been to Albuquerque, it’s half the price of rent here, so why the heck not? It will serve as a fun home base to explore Albuquerque and the surrounding areas at my own pace while I wait for the weather to improve in most of this country. If you sign up through my AirBNB link, you get $35 off a $75 or higher AirBNB booking and I get $35 towards future AirBNB travel for myself!  I also bought some camping gear.

Blog + Entertainment

October was definitely a month where I invested some cash into the blog. Like that new logo you see at the top of the page. I hope you noticed! I also sprung for a blog coaching session. There is also the mid-level microphone and pop filter that I ordered so that I can sound half way decent when I show up on my very first podcast in the coming months. Interested in having me for YOUR podcast? Contact me! 🙂

My entertainment expenses were a few CD’s and a beach parking fee from when I took my Australian friend to the beach.

Food & Health

Health is essentially my Fitness boot camp.

Food is still higher than it ought to be considering I’m not going out as much as I used to. There’s a few reasons for this. When I had my Australian friend in town, I took her to all of my favorite restaurants. Not that these were posh luxury restaurants by any means, but it’s certainly more expensive (and more calories!) than my basic home cooking. I ordered another greens supplement towards the end of the month, but this time I went for powder instead of capsules because it was cheaper per serving (Frugal nerd alert!). It was about twice as expensive than the pills, but it’s like a 3 month supply instead of 1. Unfortunately the powder definitely tastes more like greens than the pills did.

I also ordered a Syntha-6  protein powder, which is almost like a quasi-meal replacement (might come in handy on the road!) because it has a mix of protein, carbs, fiber and fat. There are better protein powders out there for sure, but you need to take something that tastes good enough that you’ll actually use, and for someone who has drastically decreased his calories since eating at home, I’m okay with the extra calories on this vs. other powders on the market…it’s some cheap extra protein and tastes delicious. And I don’t seem to be having any adverse reactions to any of the sub-optimal processed ingredients. Also it will make it a whole lot easier to get that veggie powder down when it tastes like a chocolate milkshake. 😉

Financials & Utilities

Nothing out of the ordinary here. My monthly recurring disability insurance premium and our Cable Internet Bill. Auto insurance starts billing again in November.

Auto & Personal Care

The auto obviously looks a lot more reasonable this month vs. last month. It’s still higher than it should be because I had my Australian friend in town one weekend and we drove all over creation. It was a lot of fun though. Personal care would be my monthly hair cut.

Shopping & Fees

I bought some sun sleeves for my road trip. It’s okay because they were on close-out super sale, right? I incurred a $5 fee on one of my savings accounts. Because I didn’t pay attention to account minimums to avoid the fees. There is a $300 minimum to avoid a fee, but I only had $25 in the account. That bank has given me a lot of signup bonuses this year. You win some and you lose some I guess. Other people might call up the bank and fight the fee, but meh, I feel like sometimes it’s okay if the bank gets to win due to my laziness.