Financial Expenses of First Four Years
You Too Can Become a Full Time RVer
March 19, 2017
Our Expenses of Laura & Sasha’s Excellent Adventure
We have always kept a record of what we spend each month and post it on the website.
In the beginning, we followed the principles of Your Money or Your Life, Transforming Your Relationship with Money (YMOYL). While we still use the guidelines of YMOYL, we do not show our income online. It should not feel weird, but it does.
We were able to live an RVing Lifestyle because we sold our stick&brick home in 2007, and moved into our Truck Camper. Sasha worked for two more years and we were able to save a camper full of money. When he retired from his career as an AudioVisual Designer, he was 52. In our circles, that age was way too young.
However, who really retires? Do you retire from the rat race of consumer living, of working for the man, whomever that is? The dictionaries get the word retire wrong: to cease to work, to leave one’s job, to withdraw from, to cancel, to retreat. All very negative words.
Instead, let’s say we are financially independent (FI) from a 9-5 job. We may work during the summer so that we can have the winter to explore. Others might work part-time at something they enjoy. I think the enjoying part of whatever you do is the real crux of the issue.
Now some people might do a job they hate, so that they can make loads of money. What happens to yourself, your body, your spirit, your soul, whatever, if you follow that path? Do you become a scrooge, or a…dread the word…Consumer? Or do you save as much as possible, so that you can leave that job in a few years to do what you really want to do?
What I found is I enjoy reporting about our financials, our expenses, to show other that they too can have an RVing Lifestyle. Our Laura & Sasha’s Excellent Adventure can be yours too.
Unfortunately, I did not have spreadsheets in 2005 and 2006, only really started with them in 2007. So far I have the expenses for the first four years.
- 2007: Living in a House to Full-Timing in an RV
- 2008: Cabin Camping, Workamping, and Living in an Apartment
- 2009: Sasha’s Retirement and National Park Living
- 2010: Headed East and West
- 2011: Volunteering and Living
- 2012: Of Jeeps and Visiting Family
- 2013: Trying Something New
- 2014: Of Nonprofits and Giving
- 2015: Working Hard and Having Fun
- 2016: 10 Years and Counting!
- 2017: Laura & Sasha’s Excellent Adventure Continues
The Below Table shows our regular expenses for each year. The first four years show a definite pattern. Food and clothing stay about the same, Shelter is high in the beginning. But really the two biggest expenditures that keep rising are Communication and Health. At least that is what I see from the first four years.
Would you consider putting your own expenses out there for the world to see? Someday, I might get the guts to show our income too. If you go to each of these pages: 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, you will see the total expenses And what we were able to save each year.
We are in Nevada now, Sunday, March 19, in the afternoon. We came “home” to our domicile to finally use our health care benefits and go to the doctor this Monday. We will let you know how it goes.