Finances of Living in a Fifth Wheel Toyhauler
Full Time RVing – Cheaper RVing?
End of Summer Changes
September – Buy Now For Working On Later
Four months of Volunteering at Lake Mead, followed by working for the US Forest Service in Washington State: Mount St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument, then dealing with a sequestration and ultimate Government Shutdown, then headed to areas to boondock for the winter. A crazy life awaits for those who decide to say YES! I am up to the challenge!
September 2013 – Washington State: Mount St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument
Expenses: For the Month of September: Not too Bad for what we bought and visiting with Laura’s Folks! But Getting below $2K just does not seem possible right now.
Expenses for September 2013
- Food, Food and Household: $318.64
- , Farmer’s Market: $7.50
- , Out to Eat: $74.00
- Clothing, Laura: $36.72
- , Sasha: $28.38
- Household, Rent: $126.00
- , Tools: $27.37
- 5th Wheel, Campground: $475.00
- , Maintenance: $130.95
- Transportation, Diesel: $116.32
- , Maintenance: $36.86
- , Parents’ Gasoline: $66.51
- Communication, Cell Phones: $54.44
- , Software: $19.18
- Health, Both Insurance: $117.72
- , Eyeglasses: $59.80
- Recreation, Fun Stuff: $2.15
- , Traveling: $42.38
Total Expenses = $1,739.92
September Expenses – Buying Necessities
Food: We have been buying food every week rather than one big shopping trip every two weeks or so. It has turned into an expensive venture. Part of the problem is we now have two “homes”. We live up at the Mountain for 5 days a week and then come down to the camper on our weekend off. Some weekends are two days some are three. But we tend to eat out on the first night that we come down. Then (usually), not go out to eat later.
However, we found a great place to get food – Muchas Gracias – a chain Mexican food place. Their food is great but the best part is the fixings bar. Why buy cilantro when you can get it at the bar? (not that we get more than we need). And the veggies in the bar are great too – carrots and radishes, peppers and salsa. Great meal made better with the fixings.
No picking this month of September. October will be apples and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be out picking and drying them for sure. Sasha’s Parents told us they went picking for apples and got a bunch! Good for them.
Clothing: I had a beloved sweatshirt/inside jacket that I wore to death. I mean I bought it at least in 2004 so 9 years ago. I just loved it to death – the pockets were blasted out, the sleeves were shorter, and being white, it had all these little pills on it that I could not get off.
Because I am now an affiliate with Zazzle at my store: LauraNSasha, and before I told others about them, we got ourselves two great products:
- Mine is the zippered jacket. It is white and it has our logo on the upper left side. The printing and the picture turned out great.
- Sasha got the Crack of Noon Club t-shirt in long sleeve 2XL. We ARE the Crack of Noon Club but others are welcome to join. You just need a t-shirt to make it happen. We’ve already washed this shirt and it still is looking good. It was perfect for Sasha’s work too, because it was gray, but you can get it in whatever color you want.
Household/Shelter: So I pay for rent – $126 for the month. But now we also have $475 rent for the RV for the weekends. I know, it seems high but it comes with Electricity! and Wifi that actually works!
We found out why the internet does not work all the time, and now, when it seems slow, we can go out and check it. Amazing but other people do not complain about the internet, I guess they are watching TV instead.
We also bought some more tools for work on the rig in October as September was raining. These tools are also for fixing the water heater dripping problem.
5th Wheel Maintenance: The rig’s water heater is working fine, it is just that water is coming out because we are connected to the campground’s high pressure water system. It goes through the pipes fine, and is warmed up using their electricity, but the overflow valve for the hot water heater has a leak, it only leaks when we are connected to high pressure water. Sasha fixed it by having the water go to the outside rather than inside. It is a quick fix for now. When we are boondocking we do not have the problem.
Transportation: We filled our smaller tank for diesel, that is why it is not a crazed price. But that messes up our mileage but we are trying to be frugal. Plus we do not drive that much anyway.
We also bought gas for my parents as we were driving their car as we were touring around. It seemed fair to do that.
We got Auto Parts to use on the truck. I am not sure what they are but it is most likely for the maintenance of the truck.
Communication: We put in a little extra for the phones this month. A great thing to do when you don’t have internet available. We were able to increase the phone minutes and the data plan, but will decrease it in October. I love this pay as you go system.
Finally, onto Software: We got a few apps for the iPad.
Health: Thankful here too, just our normal expenses of health insurance and we have been healthy. But we decided it was time to get new glasses. I am trying out bifocals. I really have a hard time going between reading something (not computer) and looking out and I keep taking off my glasses to do so. If I had bifocals, I probably would be able to work better but I am not sure.
** Present Day Laura: Actually it turned out it was not bifocals but transition focus. Kind of bifocals but not as jarring.**
So we got the cheapest ones available, and Sasha got sunglasses. Once they come in we will review them and let you know if they are any good. Present Day Laura: While we never did review them, we still had them four years later!
Recreation: Fun Stuff – I want to let the driving world know of our website, and for now, the best way to do so is with a truck magnet. Ultimately, we will get something for the back, but right now that is not possible. We have to get the graphics off before we put new ones on.
We also bought a wedding gift for our friend, she had asked us to go to her wedding but since it was clear across the country, we were not able to attend. So we got her a place setting. She was our “groomsperson” in our wedding – she was a great friend of Sasha’s and so I had no problem with her being in the wedding on his side. And she looked great in a tuxedo too.
September was the second cheapest month even with some added expenses. But most of those expenses were basic necessities – food, clothing, health, and maintenance of our vehicle and RV.
October (Winter) is coming, and with the economic shutdown (and government shutdown) happening, what does that mean for our expenses? Will be not go out at all? We probably won’t spend much. We shall see…