June 2019: lots of hiking and a flat tire

One day I’ll learn to actually finish drafting posts before I go on vacation because it’s just not gonna happen while I’m gone, even if they’re 90% done. And then it’s super not gonna happen while I’m moving soooooo… hi, hello! It’s been a while! One day I will live in a fully-functional, unpacked apartment! But until then, here’s June’s spending.

Lots happened in June: I started off the month with a trip down to the beach for a high school friend’s wedding. Or rather, that happened at the end of May but the rest of the weekend fell in June and so did that spending.

And then something rare happened: I went hiking all four weekends in June. One of those weekends involved crossing off a 2019 bucket list item and using the sleeping pad I bought in May (which is also why I already know it’s very likely going back): my partner and I went camping. Camping means very little sleep for me (especially when your supposedly thick sleeping pad feels no different to your hips than sleeping directly on the ground…), but it also meant that I got to check out some new-to-me hikes in the southern part of Shenandoah, which is a bit farther than I’m willing to drive for a single day trip.

No snakes were spotted in the frame of this photo. Sadly I can’t say the same for a bit farther down the mountain!

That mountain golden hour though ?
I’ve now done the Billy Goat Trail twice so don’t feel the need to ever share that trail with a million people on a Saturday morning again

I also went to a conference for work—my first-ever. It was in Baltimore so luckily it wasn’t too time-consuming or expensive to attend. I got my conference fee reimbursed by work but none of my incidentals (food, transportation) because #nonprofit #wedonthavethemoneyforthat #justalowlyhourlyworker.

Luckily I did have free housing because I stayed in an Airbnb with a coworker who got all her conference spending reimbursed since she was on a panel, which saved me from the very ill-advised plan I had of just taking the train back and forth every day so I could sleep at home. And all told, I’d rather have paid for my train tickets up/back and food/coffee than the conference fee itself.

Many adulting lessons seem to be car lessons…

My partner and I were coming back from a very long day of hiking and it was decidedly time for dinner when I walked by my car and noticed a decidedly flat back tire (car things seem to coincide with hiking days for me ?). Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck and also why me????

I was not in a mood to be An Adult, but I decided to deal with the damn thing right away instead of having to stress about it the rest of the night and hope that I could get it resolved before driving to my second job the next day. This story could’ve gone very, very differently, especially considering my low blood sugar (I hate to admit it but the Snickers “you’re not you when you’re hungry” commercials are very true for me ?‍♀️), but after some calls to parents, perusal of my car’s manual, stealing Gwen’s car keys to break into her car and get her tire inflator (thank goodness she’d left the car keys at home even though she wasn’t there!), my partner spotting the nail in my tire after we’d reinflated it, some Google magic, and deciding to say fuck it to switching out the tire to my spare since it was holding air well, I drove to the nearest tire shop.

Y’all, that place is amazing. The longest part of the process of them patching my tire was waiting for them to be done with the car in front of me so I could pull out and get home (and eat dinner!). It cost me $15, which I was wildly excited and very pleasantly surprised about, given that tires aren’t cheap and neither is DC.

Tire patched, I drove home, threw a pizza in the oven, and scarfed that sucker down soon after. Low blood sugar did not win the day, and neither did my usual tendency to freak the fuck out about things (#thanksanxiety).

This is why I have $1,000 sitting in a savings account labeled “car emergency fund.” Because shit—and nails—happens. I was fully prepared to have to drop a bunch of money on a new tire. By fully prepared, I don’t mean happy about spending that money—who wants to actually have to use their emergency funds? But it’s such an amazing feeling knowing that expense will be only extremely annoying instead of also causing cash flow stress.

Also I’m going to need to replace one of my other tires soon (why couldn’t the nail have found the tire where the tread is low?), so the mental preparation to dip into my car emergency fund was I guess prep for needing to use it soon anyway. Good thing I know an awesome tire place now!

Numbers time

Rent $1050.00 My half of rent
Internet and utilities $59.39 My portion of utilities and internet
Groceries $141.02 That’s a high month
Gas $44.39 Lots of driving—down to NC and back for my friend’s wedding and a trip to Shenandoah
Barre membership $104.94
Renters’ insurance $83.00 That time of year, which is why I always open a new credit card in late spring/early summer
Restaurants/bars $70.41 I’m impressed with my ability to keep my restaurant spending almost exactly the same number two months in a row
Vacation -$11.98 Wait what? That doesn’t make sense. Except it does because the wedding was largely paid for in previous months and the reason I booked the particular place I did is because Booking.com gave me a $45 credit months ago that I used for this trip
Charitable giving $25.00
Gifts $47.12 Father’s Day gift (I made my parents go see Playing with FIRE) and a split gift with my partner for one of his family members
Misc dues/subscriptions $49.76 Higher than usual because I forgot to cancel the free month trial I had of Amazon Prime, whoops! Oh well, it came in handy in July
Work conference $78.43 Damn, I should’ve bought less coffee!
Clothes $147.46 Some socks, two pairs of shorts, and a dress
Other shopping $39.52 After all the spending in May, this month was obviously much lower—I bought a compression sack for my new sleeping bag and a second charger for my Fitbit
Car $15.52 This could’ve been way worse. Glad it wasn’t!
Apartment application $60.00 Did I mention I’m moving? I’m glad this application fee didn’t go to waste by not getting the place
Total spending: $2003.98
Paychecks and other income $1972.36
Retirement contributions $1598.88
Side hustle income $218.61 Not so much income this month—this was from dogsitting StarDog and one shift at my second job
Total income: $3789.85
Total: $1785.87
Savings rate: 47%

Tune in…like next week to see how my July spending went ?

4 Replies to “June 2019: lots of hiking and a flat tire”

    1. I want to say probably one of your Playing With FIRE trips? And yes, I saw the gif in my head without you posting it!

    1. Yeah… I’m making up for it by working two (thankfully not consecutive) double shift weekends this month.

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