Finances of Living in a Fifth Wheel Toyhauler
Full Time RVing – RVing at 3 NPS Parks
Summer Health & Truck Expenses
August – Health and Truck
So the plan has changed a little bit: Volunteering in the winter (happened!) during January, February, and a little of March; working in Canyonlands National Park (sort of!) during a little bit of March, almost all of April; working in Grand Canyon National Park (unexpected!) during last bit of April, May, June, July, August and September. After that, we are thinking of heading back to Lake Mead for the late fall through next winter. We shall see!
August 2011 – Where are we – We are in Grand Canyon National Park, Desert View in Arizona.
Expenses: For the Month of August: Who Knows, we certainly can’t predict the future!
Expenses for August 2011
- Food, Food and Household: $268.77
- , Provisions: 7.88
- , Farmer’s Market: $36.75
- , Out to Eat: $207.06
- Clothing, Sasha: $11.90
- , Laura: $10.38
- Transportation, Motorcycle Gas: $10.81
- , Truck, Maintenance $1,075.61
- Household, Propane: $0
- , Laundry: $7.75
- , Electricity: $69.53
- , Rent: $150.00
- , Tools: $438.18
- Camper, Upgrades: $94.96
- , Motels: $58.20
- Communication, Cell Phones: $67.18
- , Internet: $62.77
- , Postage: $84.46
- Health, Doctor: $135.00
- , Meds & Test: $491.96
- , Doc 2nd Visit: $75.00
- Recreation, Map: $10.19
- , Camping Gear: $12.08
Total Expenses = $3,386.10
Truck and Health Issues
OK, August is gone, so, I will put the explanations in as well. This month is more expensive than last, but that is because we did some maintenance on a few things, so overall, not too bad.
Food: We did not spend as much this month as last on grocery items. Nor as much on Provisions or Farmer’s Market, but more on out to eat. The reason we had expensive out to eat stuff, was because of several reasons, us going on a couple of overnights and I went out to eat with “the girls of Desert View”, we had a fun dinner at El Tovar, one of the expensive restaurants here in Grand Canyon.
Thrift Stores Still Rule But Not Always Good
Clothing: We both got some clothing, nothing major but not at a thrift store. The thrift stores around here are not that great. Not as good as the ones in Moab, anyway.
Need Some Stuff for Inside & Outside
Household: Spent a bit with the household, partly as some of it is rental, some laundry, and electricity. We spent one night in Flagstaff, so paid for a motel. It was probably one of the cheapest that still had free internet. We actually spent a bit of time downloading music/ movies and uploading my website pages.
Tools were expensive, but needed, for Sasha’s Bike, yet again. But the biggest expense for the tools was ramps, so that we can put the bike or scooter up on the truck bed. It came in handy next month for bringing the little scooter to the shop for new tires.
When we camped this month in the Forest Service free areas, we took our chairs. Well, mine was on its last legs and then it was without a seat. So when we went into Flagstaff, we found a couple of nice camping chairs, they looked like the last ones. So we got them, in green and purple. Same exact chair, but I got purple and Sasha got green.
We also got a coffee grinder, not for coffee, but for flax. We are eating it more often, and it is better if it is ground than eating the full seeds.
Stopping Is Very Important for RVing
Transportation: The biggest expense within transportation was the rear brakes. Always good idea to get the brakes done when you need them, and not put them off. We had a couple of people here at Desert View that waited until they were going to leave and then found out there was something wrong with their truck. They had to rush around on a Sunday to try to get it fixed. Why waste money and time doing it that way? Might as well get it done so that you can forget about it until the next time.
We also got gas for Sasha’s bike when he went for a ride.
That Stuff is Heavy!
Communication: We spent a bit in postage, because of sending stuff to family, selling the old wheels of his motorcycle (he got new wheels), and returning an item for the motorcycle.
We both got more minutes on our cell phones and internet of Verizon. At least we did not go over the minutes.
I Wish Insurance Covered Everything
Health: I have been having a digestive problem. So I went to a naturapathic doctor to see what was wrong, the visit was $135 no insurance for it. I took a test to see what was going on in there, and that cost $305, no insurance, and then I got some supplements, plus another visit for another $75. Yet as I write this, in October, I am still not well. So I think there will be more testing and more doc visits in October.
Green Laser Pointer Creates WOW Factor
Recreation: We also got some maps from the Forest Service (Can you tell, Sasha likes maps.) I got a water bottle from GCA, as I was without one, and I needed it for the hike I was going on. I totally forgot it. And we also got camping towels to use for when we go camping again. They are super absorbent, and small to carry with us.
Present Day Laura: We were eating healthy, but I was still having problems. I had IBS for over a year and was taking Tums and other stuff constantly. By going to a doctor for preventive care rather than symptom care, we figured out the problem and what I needed to do.