The Finances of Living in a Truck Camper:
Old Pros as Cabin Hosts
Volunteering 3 days a week and Sasha working full-time
December – old hats at being Cabin Camp Hosts for the Winter
We were becoming old hats at doing the hosting position at the cabin camps. It is a pretty easy job, as long as you make sure that the people clean up after themselves. That is the hardest part. December had lots of parties at the cabin camps, but thankfully, Christmas and New Year’s Day were during the week, so we did not have to work holidays per say.
We went to the Prince William Forest Park holiday party, put on by the employees of the park. It was interesting, I thought there would be more people at the party, but because it cost something to go, I guess some people did not want to pay for it. So not everybody went. It was also at a bowling alley – they had a room upstairs that was pretty nice. It was a sit down dinner, but you had it as a buffet type – just get your food one time.
They also had a DJ and so Sasha and I did dance, we were one of the first on the dance floor. .Unfortunately (or fortunately) we do not have pictures of us dancing.
My Mom and Dad came up to see the cabin camps on December 12, so that they could finally see where we were living (Sasha’s parents had come over in November.) They liked the cabin too.
Sending Resumes & Making Decisions
I was still sending out resumes, this time mostly to Northern Virginia, and Virginia area, while also checking out State and National Parks. I found out that I would have to find something else after the end of March, as they had gotten some other people for the Visitor Center for next year. We knew this was going to happen, but still, it is so nice here at the park.
I had even gotten a call from Kings Canyon (in California) for a full time, temporary position that would start in January and go for 4 months. Now, if Sasha was not working and we were close to retiring – this would be good, we could go out there and have a job for a while. But it was not good for this time in our lives. So I had to decline.
Cabin Camp Groups for Parties
We had two groups come in – one the Friday before Christmas and one the weekend after Christmas, so we were able to be with my family for Christmas time.
Christmas with My Folks
We went down to Williamsburg to be with my folks and had Christmas Eve dinner with my sister and her family. The kids were so cute, getting their presents and so excited about Santa.
My sister made a fabulous dinner (she really is a great cook – I really am not!) I love playing with the kiddies. Plus it was not too cold out, so although we did not play outside, we did light luminaries and enjoyed the great weather. We also found out that my parents found a new home, in Williamsburg. So now, they are only 2 hours away rather than 4 or 5 hours. At least for now.
We had fun in Williamsburg with my folks, had Christmas dinner at a very nice community – although it was buffet – the food was gourmet in a country club-like setting. We had gone there the year before, I believe it was called Kings Mill.
We took the truck down, and was able to use it for helping my parents move some furniture as well as going from place to place. It is a lot easier to fit four tall people in a spacious Ford F350 Super Duty than in a Jeep. You do not have to worry about your knees getting squashed.
Saw Friends from Book Club
I also saw my friends at the Book Club Christmas party, it was just the ladies at the party this time around. We talked and ate great food. It is a little tough for me to get to the other meetings, but I am glad to see everyone is doing great.
Expenses for December 2007
- Food, Food and Household: $343.47
- Food, Out to Eat: $141.43
- Transportation, Car Gas: $92.79
- Transportation, Truck Diesel: $125.71
- Communication, Cell Phone: $60.90
- Communication, Postage: $10.50
- Communication, Internet: $7.47
- Communication, Hosting: $29.97
- Health, Insurance: $134.00
- Health, Health Club: 39.95
- Health, Doctor: $6.40
- Health, Other: $35.19
- Recreation, Gifts: $78.63
- Recreation, Books/CDs: $13.71
Total Expenses = $1,119.12
Explanation of Expenses
All right, some of the prices have gone down, lets see what went down and which ones went up.
Anyway check it out below.
Don’t know if you are seeing the trend, but the food prices are going up. We really have not changed our habits all that much, yet the prices seem to be slightly going up.
Out to eat:
Most of the meals were more expensive and not as many places. We also found Panera Bread. WOW great place, but what is also so nice – free wifi! So will begin our love affair with places that have free wifi – and it seems lots of other people like going here too. And we treated my parents a couple of times going out to eat during Christmas time.
Household – NOTHING! Nice!
We had to pay for gas of my car and diesel for the truck. So Sasha was using the car more for driving back and forth to work which was now bunch more miles. Sasha was filling up the car every couple of days. Gas was now at $2.76 for the low and went up to $2.88. It was going up during this month! Diesel, we did fill up this month as we took it down to Richmond and Williamsburg for the holidays: around 3.16 for a gallon of diesel!
Was for my phone, my cell phone that I used now mostly for personal stuff. For some reason, I did not have to pay this month, we’ll have to figure that one out, maybe next month will give us some clues. OK so it is next month! Found out that I switched to Net10 rather than having Cingular/AT&T which was so much more expensive! Now I get 300 minutes and two months time.
Internet was for the dial up!! that we got while at the cabin. There was NO phone service nor internet service at the cabin in the boonies, but at least we had a telephone to call out (part of the working for 32 hours to live there for free) and from that we could get dial up service.
But we had a bit of postage. I now understand where it is all going, I am applying to jobs within the NPS. Most are paper applications, so you have to send it off and have it dated by a certain time. It would be another year and a half before I would get a job, but that is the way it goes.
I pay for my health insurance, even when I did not have my own business anymore. The reason, it is still cheaper than going on Sasha’s plan. We again have the club membership, so more than likely we did put it on hold for a month.
The other was doctor visits and lab work. Have to try to stay healthy as much as possible. I believe we also got flu shots that month.
We spent a bit more for presents for the kiddies, and we bought a book and a magazine. Do not know which ones, but it was at Wegman’s grocery store, so not a good place to shop for books, but that is the way it goes.
Check out The NEW YEAR – January 2008 (Note to self, remember to do the eight, not the seven!)