• Thursday , 14 December 2017

Expense Report: United States

We spent a total of $2,562.74 on living expenses and an additional $597.82 for one-time expenses. We spent 26-days in the US and drove 3,226 miles. We camped 65% (17-nights) and stayed in a hotel 19% (5-nights) of the time and 15% (4-nights) with friends and family.

Total- US$ Daily Average  Percent of total
Living Expenses
Fuel 578.78 22.26 22.26
Food 938.89 36.11 36.11
Camping 316.00 18.59 12.33
Hotel 417.21 83.44 16.28
Communications 55.00 2.12 2.15
Dog 42.57 1.64 1.66
Incidentals 214.28 8.24 8.36
Living subtotal $2,562.74 $98.57
Border 0
Repairs/maintenance 282.90
Other 314.92
One-time subtotal $597.82

The average daily spend was $98.57 which is slightly higher than the US daily average budget of $95. The US budget of $95 was based on my estimate when using my budgeting sheet but does not reflect our new goal of living at a daily budget of $65. Remember this is for two people so if divided by two that is about $50/day/person.

In the US we did not separately track grocery and restaurant but started tracking the difference after leaving the US so as to provide greater details.

We had one-time expenses for repairs and other. We purchased a new voltage regulator for Zippy as well as some other small bits. These items were shipped to us in Arizona at my cousin’s house for repair prior to crossing into Mexico. Under ‘other’ we purchased new bike-to-bike communication gear because we noticed that our current system was starting to fail on us. Before leaving the US we purchased a Sena communication system that a friend brought to us in Mexico.

Miles driven: this is based on Zippy’s odometer and not the total miles of both bikes. Occasionally we ride two-up or Mike may take Donkey to do some errands and these additional miles are not accounted for. When providing miles per gallon averages this is an important caveat as we are not tracking both motorcycles odometers.

Living expenses

  • Fuel: petrol for two motorcycles and minor use of gas for our MSR camp stove
  • Grocery: food and incidentals purchased at grocery stores/markets/butcher that may include batteries, toiletries, etc. as well as food.
  • Restaurant: meals purchased at restaurants, food stalls, or prepared food from local stores (e.g. burritos from Mexican cafes)
  • Camp: camp ground fees
  • Hotel: hotel fee
  • Communications: local SIM cards, Skype credit, USB modems, recharging for minutes and data, internet cafes, etc.
  • Dog: all items related to Ducati such as food, medicine, etc.
  • Incidental: anything that doesn’t fit into other categories with notes made as to the actual expenses but anticipated as park fees, other fees, postcards, shopping, etc.

One-time expenses

  • Border: border fees for people, motorcycles, and pet as well as insurance required, and any other border expenses.
  • Parts/maintenance: anything purchased for the maintenance or repair of the motorcycles.
  • Other: gear replacement, excursions, and other one-time expenses.

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