|My total road trip cost this year was over $1,500. Not too shabby for everything we did. Unfortunately that isn't the only expense I've had to deal with. I did purchase a new 128GB iPhone 6 (not the plus) and renewed a 2-year contract with Sprint, so with the case and screen protector, there goes another $500 (but the phone has been added to the Personal Property value to make up the difference).
I also had to purchase a new version of Quickbooks since I was limping along on a really old version, so that was another $250. Then my backup drive in the Mac Pro went dead so I had to buy another one, although that wasn't so bad at $100. To top it off, I bought a hotel weekend for my parents to celebrate their 40th anniversary in Ojai, CA (where they spent their honeymoon) so tack on another $300. Not complaining about any of these, mind you. There are just certain months where your money seems to fly out the window all at once.
I thought I was going to have a much lower net worth this month due to stock volatility, but things seemed to have calmed down. Even managed to eke a gain out of it. I also received another retainer check from a client, so that keeps my business funds from bottoming out.
And oh dear... Black Friday will soon be upon us. Let's hope I see nothing in the ads that I want. If I plan on getting a new vehicle AND computer workstation in the next 12-24 months, I better step up on the saving!|