Motel Living Our Major Expense Getting Away From Nature

Finances of Living in a Fifth Wheel Toyhauler
June 2012

Full Time RVing – Cheaper RVing?

Summer Not So Cheap

June – Our major expense getting away from Nature

Laura & Sasha & The Mountain

Hiking Boundary Trail with 100s pic of flowers

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! 

June 2013 – Where are we – Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Expenses: For the Month of June: Well, we had lots of fun in Portland for our First Four Day weekend, how bad could it be?




Expenses for June 2013

  • Food, Food and Household: $284.70
  •         , Farmer’s Market: $40.00
  •         , Out to Eat: $275.41
  • Clothing, Sasha: $85.94
  • Household, Rent: $61.00*
  •                  , Motel: $660.04
  • 5th Wheel, Insurance: $300.00
  • Transportation, Insurance: $163.00
  • Communication, Cell Phone: $34.97
  •                          , InReach: $11.41
  •                          , Internet: $59.99
  •                          , Compt Upgrade: $149.00
  • Health, Both Insurance: $117.72
  • Recreation, Books/Map: $59.98
  •                  , Gifts: $8.75

Total Expenses = $2,314.01

Its All Relative in terms of expenses

June turned out to be pretty inexpensive even with many nights staying in a motel. The end of June is almost here, and we shall see how low we managed to go. But July will be interesting with some added expenses, just because we do not want to stay up at the monument on our days off.

Out To Eat & Happy Hours

Food: We went out to eat every day (when downtown). So scary but so unbelievably tasty too! We tried to do the happy hours but found that they served less food, and when you are walking so much, we got hungry for more – so an early happy hour and a late dinner. We tried to eat a big breakfast so that we had a late lunch and a later dinner. And

Love Oregon – no sales tax on restaurants and services! So Nice! But there is “bottle Tax” on bottles of cider and cans of soda. So we will have to store the bottles and bring them back later for our refunds. Hmmm an interesting way to get people to recycle. It also cuts down on the garbage of beverage containers.

Clothing: Sasha had pants that were totally ripped up and no matter how much sewing and glueing we did, the pants still ripped. Since he is using those pants for work, he needed some new ones. We were able to get it from the same place as before, Silberman’s Army Navy Surplus Store in New York.

Household/5th Wheel: Still have not been charged for rent, but I imagine it will happen during this next pay period. And it did – $61.00 for a two-week period. I’d say, not bad especially living in an apartment. However, sharing an apartment with two other people (which went down to one – thank all the gods that be) may be part of the reason we run screaming down to Longview or Kelso come July. More on that later.

5th Wheel: No expenses here.

Motels: We stayed at Silver Cloud hotel for three nights. I got a “deal” because I am a Forest Service Ranger which means government rate. But it was still too high for us, so we will not be back here anytime soon.

We went to Vancouver for two nights of the three we had off the next weekend and spent less money. Much less money. I am sure there are hotels/motels in Portland that are cheaper, we need to find them.

Transportation: Did not pay for diesel this month because we paid last month. Park and walk is the best way to go. Insurance for our Truck.

Same old same old expenses that keep coming

Communication: We got Sasha’s phone worked on at the pop of $149 – and got a new iPhone 4 for him. The rest are the normal prices for our internet, cell phones, and InReach.

Health: Thankful here too, just our normal expenses of health insurance and we have been healthy. Probably because we are eating tons of berries as it is the season of the berries.

Recreation: I bought books about website marketing and search engine optimization. I have found (as you might realize too) that we have a ton of pages in this website and the organization is getting a little hard to manage. Present Day Laura: No Site Map but there will be a page called All The Posts. It will be up as soon as I have the expenses for all the years up. Please be patient with us and next time you see this page, I hope to have some truly inspirational web pages up about our experiences.




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