By Kyle & Olivia Brady | Founders of Drivin' & Vibin' | We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases.
Christmas shopping boosted our Etsy revenue in December and the holiday spirit loosened up our spending habits. We ate some awesome sushi, soaked in mineral baths, bought tons of local fruit, and treated ourselves to a tourist t-shirt at East Jesus, Slab City.
Here’s an overview of our December finances.
We camped at 5 different locations across the southern California desert – Lake Piru ($18/nightly), Desert Hot Pools ($22.50), Sky Valley Resort ($25), Fountain of Youth ($9.95), and Anza Borrego (FREE).
Total Monthly Camping Expense: $554
Daily Average: $17.87
Our November daily average was $17.60, and our daily budget is $25.
We ate fast food a few times in December and ate at a restaurant once. There was an amazing fresh, local market in Desert Hot Springs – we splurged there a few times!
Total Monthly Food Expense: $582
Daily Average: $18.77
Our November daily average was $12.30, and our daily budget is $20.
We didn’t tow the camper very far in December (probably 250 miles), but we made trips into town almost every day. One of my un-scientific tests showed we get 13mpg between towing and driving around town.
Total Monthly Gas Expense: $201
Daily Average: $6.48
Our November daily average was $6.53, and our daily budget is $6.66.
We had some miscellaneous expenses including mouse traps, t-shirts, propane, laundry, showering, gas station snacks, and an oil change.
Total “Other” Expenses: $171
December Living Expenses: $1508
Fixed Expenses: $400
Total December: $1908
Daily Average: $61.55
Etsy Revenue for December
Shipping Expenses: $408
Supplies & Inventory Expenses: $120
Net Income: $1957
December was a great month for revenue, yet we weren’t spending at smartly as possible. We need to focus on food costs and cheap camping in January. With the Etsy store success of December, we stocked up on shipping supplies and additional inventory.
Most importantly, we had a joyful December filled with exploration, community, and great food!
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