So we went away this weekend and I haven't quite sorted out everything on that. However I did manage to compile some. So here is our spending for the month so far.
$252.40 for Groceries
$20.50 Eating out
$427.31 Utilities (water, internet, xm subscription)
$14.90 Home Depot
$6.60 Auto (windshield blades)
$77.13 Home Goods
$75.57 Gifts (Bought some stuff)
$173.49 Kids ($135 piano lessons)
$71.56 Gas for road Trip
$494.79 eating out for trip/musuem/activities etc
Total $1841.39 so far for the month
So we are settling up the groceries for the VRBO with friends. Personally I budgeted $1000 for the weekend and we will come in under. I think the groceries and couple of meals out shared will be ~$250. Also it doesn't include our share of the VRBO of $710 which I paid last month. Personally I know we spent more on the weekend doing it with friends.
I found it difficult to travel with one of the families and I won't be doing a VRBO again with them. I don't think we mesh well. We haven't traveled together last summer in a road trip but we had our own rooms and kept food separate. I hadn't ever agreed to a VRBO before and now I know why I didn't. They totally waste food and run up bills and don't care. They have too much money and not enough time. Even if we have money I can't stomach watching the food just get thrown away and wasted on such a large scale. There is no scaling back excess. I think it's better we keep things separate and try to separate out our eating.
And example of the excess, the morning we left we got take out breakfast from a cafe they wanted to try. LAL's family ordered 1 order of Eggs benedict came with side of 3 pancakes. We shared that for 4 of us. DH and I split eggs and kids ate the pancakes and fruit and yogurt at the VRBO. 2nd family (the shoppers) ordered 2 adult meals for the 4 of them and they mostly finished it. The KUWJ family ordered 4 meals and threw away 50% of each meal if not more. This is standard for them. Even cooked meals they will serve their kids enormous portions then throw out whatever they don't eat. There is no sensitivity that others probably want a portion. I don't know that we can travel so up close and personal again. I will also add that I realize I'm picky and this was my 1st and only trip we will be doing a VRBO with anyone again. I suspect we'll only do hotels and keep things to ourselves.
But otherwise it was fun. FWIW we have traveled with Shoppers before multiple times and they are more along our lines of spending. They do spend more than we do, but they are typically pretty thoughtful. They realize they are traveling so they watch how they order so they don't waste food. They typically aren't just in excess of life and just throwing money around. Everything is thoughtful. Yes they spend money but they don't just waste it. I can't explain the difference. I
guess it's where they look for a good deal on a hotel "the shoppers" but the KUWJ just book the nicest place possible and to them $500-1000/night is normal. The Shoppers will see $400 and be willing to ante up to stay but want to be sure it's a good "deal or value". LAL's family? $400? No. Don't want to spend that much even if we can afford it. Goes against principals but will bend if we are traveling with other people to an extent.
Overall we had fun. Next trip planned? Camping at a family Camp May 21st Friday to Sunday. Then a second camping weekend 6/4-6/6. We are paying more than normal because we're "camping" in a cabin at a YMCA. Basically renting a cabin they usually use for overnight summer camps. Should be fun. We are provided food and activities. These are local camps and if our kids like it maybe they will want to do an overnight camp one day.
This month we are also booking 1 week of summer camp.