Freedom With Bruno: 2017/2018 Spending
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Property Taxes2,9502,950
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Food and Dining7,1006,631
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Groceries6,4726,367Includes Alcohol & Bars (<$100 per year). Food is definitely a big ticket expense we're trying to lower.
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Restaurants & Coffee Shops629264Yup, SUPER low! Mainly while traveling or when friends/family come to visit.
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Health & Fitness6,4185,411
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Health Insurance1,7422,219Discounted thanks to ACA subsidies, expected to increase in 2019 (and is generally a wild card in the future).
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Doctor Visits2,8562,137Pregnancy visits & C-Section with a pretty decent out-of-pocket maximum from our ACA insurance plan.
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Dentist190190Routine cleaning/check-ups for each of us + one old filling repair.
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Pharmacy623332Primarily prenatal vitamins & pregnancy-related prescriptions.
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Sports & Gym1,007534A lot of organized soccer teams, 2 YWCA memberships when we aren't traveling, some prenatal yoga, and some golf.
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Auto and Transport3,5541,590
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Gasoline1,942691Only a couple "minor" drives up & down the east coast in 2018, compared to full blown cross-country road trips in previous years.
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Auto Insurance224270
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DMV Registration142133
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Service & Parts1,17971Purchased oil, so Travis could change it himself. Also paint for Bruno's hubcaps (Bruno was starting to look shabby and not in a chic kind of way).
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Public Transportation, Parking, Tolls66426Transit throughout Europe and Park-to-Fly (Bruno spent the holidays in Orlando, while we went up to Canada).
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Utilities1,4491,777Power (includes heat & cooling), water, trash, recycling.
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Cell Phone185319Amanda switched to Google FI early in the year, added Travis + SIM cards for family travel in Europe.
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Internet Access547528"200Mbps" Charter Spectrum cable internet.
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Home2,4483,084
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Home Improvement9571,697These projects have become a hobby and we believe it's all adding value to the house: Screened-in our bottom porch, installed recessed lighting in the kitchen with hanging lights over the island, Travis built a barn door to hide the washer/dryer and a room divider in the basement.
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Lawn & Garden318263New trees & mulch.
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Home Insurance405405
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Home Services0210Lawn care during the 3 months we traveled over the summer (you could consider this covered by our rental income).
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Furnishings767509Swapped out some appliances (stove, W/D) by selling our old ones and furnished the baby room by selling the existing bedroom furniture.
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Kids-634Car seat and other necessary baby supplies other than room furnishings, plus a couple parenting classes. Trying to be Mustachian about this whole 'kids' thing!
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Misc3,1103,795
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Shoes & Clothing333790Maternity wear and then post-pregnancy wear, including nursing bras. Travis invested in some fancy business shirts for the meetings he attends. This is much higher than we would like… ugh.
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Gifts & Donations369852One big wedding gift + charitable donations to Citizen's Climate Change, Wikipedia, Asheville Tool Library, Humane Society.
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Sporting Goods146107A bike trailer, a yoga ball, and a new soccer ball.
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Shopping Misc1036420VPN Software, Kobo e-reader, a gently-used new laptop.
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Amusement176577Paint for Travis' mural of Hurricane Carter, a self-defense class for Amanda, also museums, zoos, aquariums, and parks on our trip to Europe.
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Other10501050Credit card churning fees ($637) which come back to us as various bonuses like travel points & gift cards, Global Entry & Passport applications for the wee one in both US and Canada ($335).
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Travel4,0553,908
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Transport: Trains, Planes, Rental Cars, Taxis2911,406Rail travel throughout Italy, rental car in UK, Ryanair & Spirit flights where we could not use our credit card travel points.
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Hotels, Airbnb, Camping3,7642,501Airbnb stays throughout Europe and a stay down in Florida before the December holidays.
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TOTAL31,81730,627
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Subtracting Home Furnishings & Improvements29,77528,157
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Subtracting Travel25,72024,249
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Subtracting Restaurants & Coffee Shops25,09123,985
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Subtracting Organic/Luxury Food (30%)23,14922,075Assuming 30% increase on groceries due to organic + meat
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Subtracting 30% of Misc. Category22,21620,936This is what our "no frills" living cost could be
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