June started out with our big, to us anyway, summer family vacation. I had booked this trip back in December using my AARP membership which lowered our hotel expense quite a bit. I paid for our stay at the time of booking using my Mastercard and then paid that off when it came due the following month. All we had to cover this month was a few tanks of gas, some food and a few meals out which allowed us room in our budget to visit the aquarium and Ripley's. We also did quite a few things that cost us nothing at all. It was a wonderful and reasonably low cost vacation. Not to mention, a whole bunch of fun!
I paid all of our monthly bills ahead of their due dates including the mortgage two weeks ahead of schedule. I made my regular deposits into my retirement accounts and put a good size payment toward my debt elimination goal.
We did a lot of projects around the home last month. We expanding the pen area of our chicken coop using materials we already had on hand. I did purchase some lumber to build a new compost bin in our backyard. I have wanted to complete this project for a very long time and I am super happy to have it done. I was able to put it together with screws I already had which saved me about $7.
I also worked on my motorhome, doing a little bit of maintenance that cost me nothing at all. I purchased a new longer sewer hose to replace the worn and much shorter one that came with it. Laverne had more visitors last month too so it has really been a lot of fun having her.
I came in under budget on groceries and ended the month with a full fridge, freezers and pantry. I was able to stock up on toilet paper on sale at Albertsons for $2.99 for 12 double rolls. To save money I ordered some cleaning supplies from Amazon using their Prime Pantry. I was able to stock up on dishwasher detergent and dish soap that should last me about a year. I also purchased shampoo and conditioner that was on sale and had a coupon attached. I also put in an order for my supplements. All arrived via free shipping. I always appreciate that.
We managed to easily make it through the month without using the A/C by taking advantage of the cooler nights and using our box fans to bring in that cooler air. Works pretty good unless the skunks are out. I received our lowest electric bill in a year. Whooo hooooo!! That was nice.
In addition to our vacation we had a lot of company come to visit including one of my daughter's friends that came for a four day stay. It was a busy, busy month for us, but also quite enjoyable and very budget friendly.