Finances of Living in a Fifth Wheel Toyhauler
Full Time RVing – The Expensive Year
Fall Traveling October
October – Traveling and Having Fun
If all goes according to the plan, we will volunteer in the winter (which will only be a couple of months: January, February, and most of March) and work/volunteer for six months at a National Park. After that, we are not sure, somewhat thinking of going back east for the fall. We shall see!
October 2012 – Where are we – All over visiting friends and family
Expenses: For the Month of October: In Virginia how expensive can it be?
Expenses for October 2012
- Food, Food and Household: $229.92
- , Out to Eat: $195.71
- 5th Wheel: Hotels: $101.05
- Household: Electricity:$90.45
- , Storage: $80.00
- Transportation, Diesel: $129.96
- , Gasoline: $267.60
- , Jeep, Maintenance: $429.81
- , Jeep, Insurance: $60.20
- , Tolls: $31.50
- Communication, InReach: $11.14
- , Postage: $25.20
- , Internet: $59.99
- , Extras/Software: $19.95
- Health, Insurance (L): $58.86
- , Insurance (S): $58.86
- Recreation, Fun Stuff: $69.00
- , Music: $16.01
- , Gifts: $53.77
Total Expenses = $1,991.43
Not too bad in Comparison
OK, October has come and gone, and thankfully is not too bad. Although nothing could be as bad as last month.
Giving Food as Rent
Food: So we bought food especially for being with Parents on both sides so that we could contribute in some way for staying at their homes. Plus some of the food was for eating out when we met with friends from our old neighborhood. Great to see everyone, but we keep forgetting how much it costs to eat out in the metro Washington DC area.
Bills Can Haunt You
5th Wheel & Household: So we paid for our last electricity bill at Grand Canyon NP – I think they also charged us for turning it off. Man, what a rip off! Charge for turning it on, charge for turning it off. sigh, rant over. We needed to store the truck, as we had the Jeep for traveling. We paid for two months storage. It was cheaper than any of the campgrounds and we could get it whenever we needed it.
We stayed in a few more hotels – trying to get to Williamsburg by October 6th, my birthday but also so that we could go down to the Outer Banks with my parents for a final good bye to summer sort of thing.
Transportation: This month we spent more in gasoline than diesel. The mileage was better and the Jeep was more maneuverable in suburbia driveways. We also bought some parts for the Jeep that Sasha would put on later.
Communication: Sold some stuff on Ebay, therefore had to pay for postage (got it back later) But there was eBay fees for selling, which seems to have gone up in recent years.
The other stuff is the same – internet, inReach (even though we are not using it…what a great way to go. No way to stop and start, which is too bad.)
We also got some software for Sasha for add-ons for Aperture. Playing around with that software to make even better pictures.
Health: Is the same. I was getting some doc visits in, but they were covered by working for the federal government, so I did not have to pay for them. Trying to stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Working well and improvements are already starting to help.
Recreation: We got some gifts for my nephew for his birthday (last year before turning into a teenager!!) And I became a member of National Association of Interpreters. I thought it would be good for applying for jobs but looking back now, probably did not help at all. Oh well, live and learn.
Sasha got some music that he has been wanting and waiting for it. Seems good to me.
Present Day Laura: Waiting for things before buying them is a smart way to really make sure you need them.