March 2013

More Arizona boondocks in the month of March!

The crew and I leave Darby Well Road (BLM, free) near Ajo on the 5th.  We travel northward to Tonopah and camp in the picturesque area around Saddle Mountain (BLM, free).  We stay at Saddle Mountain for nine days before returning to one of our favorite boondocks, Congress Acres (BLM, free), north of Wickenburg.

Except for one neighbor for a weekend, Bridget, Spike, and I camp at Congress Acres in peaceful solitude for fifteen days.   We enjoy a visit by Bob and Homer ( who camped near us at Saddle Mountain, and also by Al, Kelly, and Pheebs (The Bayfield Bunch) who have a winter residence nearby in Congress.

March 29 we scout out Bloody Basin Road Camp (Agua Fria National Monument, free).  It’s Easter weekend and all the sites are filled, so we explore further until we find a good camp in the Prescott National Forest on forest road #732, east of Prescott, at the intersection of I-17 and Highway 169. We are at Juniper Hill Camp (NF, free) as March comes to a close.

Notable this month is the addition of income from Amazon!

I began monetizing rvsue and her canine crew in mid-January upon acceptance into the Amazon Associates program.  I took this step after carefully weighing the pros and cons.  Would my readers be annoyed?  Would they want to buy through my Amazon links?  Happily, it turns out, my readers give whole-hearted support and enthusiasm by shopping through this blog’s Amazon links!

Amazon earnings are kept separately at the bottom of the page.

I keep these earnings out of my budget as a reminder to myself and my readers that these monies aren’t a sure thing.  They may diminish over time or be lost in an instant (should Amazon drop this blog from the program).

Earnings for Amazon sales are deposited in my bank account two months after the items are shipped.  So for March I’m reporting Amazon earnings for the last two weeks of January.

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Financial Summary (Avg. daily expenditures: $37.25):

Camping fees:  $0 — Avg. daily camping fee (31 days):  $0, “Zero fee” days: 31

Dump/water fees:  $22.00

Gas:  $197.72 — Avg. daily gas expenditure:  $6.38

Propane:  $29.41

PTV and BLT Maintenance/Repair:  $89.50 (brake check and power cord repair)

Equipment/Household furnishings:  $93.77 (inc. sewer hose, LED lights, bird feeder)

Groceries:  $183.90

Sundries:  $80.80 (inc. vitamins, cleaning supplies, shampoo, $12 laundromat)

Clothing:  $0

The Crew:  $29.95

Entertainment:  $11.98 (2 kindle books)

Miscellaneous: $96.00 federal income tax

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures:  $835.03

Recurring Expenditures:  $319.81

Total Expenditures:  $1,154.84

Total Soc. Sec. and Pension Income:  $1,554.58

Savings:  $399.74 (26% of income)

Amazon Income for January (first 2 wks.): $92.79

Note:  Several items purchased from Amazon and mentioned in March blog posts were purchased with Chase Amazon card points.