Workamper Living On One Salary

The Finances of Living in a Truck Camper
May 2008

Workamper Living On One Salary

Workamper Laura & Full Employment Sasha

May – Living on One Salary and Saving Fools

Our RV Spot

Our RV Spot

OK May was an interesting month. Slightly crazing in the beginning for sure.

May 2008 – Full-time RVing and learning how to be a workamper. And Sasha is dealing with a large commute.




Expenses for May 2008

  • Food, Food and Household: $327.65
  • Food, Out to Eat: $429.24
  • Clothing, All: $3.63
  • Transportation, Car Gas: $164.68
  • Transportation, Diesel: $0.00
  • Motorcycle, Gas: $123.47
  • Camper Expenses: Equip/Services: $51.61
  • Communication, PO Box: $21.41
  • Communication, Hosting: $23.72
  • Health, Insurance (L): $134.00
  • Recreation, Books/CDs: $15.00

Total Expenses = $1,294.48

Well, this month was certainly less expensive than the last, partly because last month was so expensive. We really cut down. And since food and gas/diesel prices went up, this was a perfect time to be somewhat frugal.

Food and Diesel Went Up, Time to be Frugal

Well, this month was certainly less expensive than the last, partly because last month was so expensive. We really cut down. And since food and gas/diesel prices went up, this was a perfect time to be somewhat frugal.

Healthy Food Means Unhealthy Prices?

Food/Household expenses were higher because we went to a Pick Your Own farm to pick strawberries. The berries have been luscious, and so we had gone over five times to pick! Now, the berry prices are lower than the stores but we have been eating the berries like no tomorrow.  We paid over $38 for pounds and pounds of strawberries – and that was around the middle to late May, as the berries were not good and ripe until then.

The rest of the Food/Household was from normal eating, but also from stocking up. Got coffee, oatmeal, dried berries, and honey for later. I am sure the prices will continue to rise, so might as well get stocked up, then we can eat our stores of food rather than paying the high prices later. Present Day – I later called this stocking up as Provisions, and had it as a separate category. But during 2007 and 2008 I did not, it was just counted into the same place. Even though we did not eat it until later.

The Out to Eat is high this month because of Mother’s Day, as we took both sets of parents out to eat. We went to a fancy place and the prices reflected that. I think that is going to be the last time in a long time to go to a place like that. The FI 1 (Financial Independence = FI; 1 = Is it worth it?) we spent a lot of life energy for very little return. The only positive thing was that we got both sets of parents together, and as they haven’t seen each other in a while, that was a great thing.

Higher Gas Prices but NO Refills on Diesel!

The Gas Prices are reflected in the prices of gas, the last fill-up was $3.86 a gallon! Moving out here is great for many reasons but the commute in is tough, at least the gas prices are cheaper out here than closer into work. I saw in Sterling, gas prices at $4.00 a gallon and more.

Shopping at Thrift Stores

For Clothing, well, it was not really clothing, I got a small purse at the Salvation Army. It was discounted and then I went during a sale day. So it was really inexpensive. And it is reused.

Thanks TC People at the Truck Camper Rally

The Camper Expenses were things like a water filter, hooks for our keys and hats (thanks Truck Camper People, we took some of your ideas and did some things to our camper!), we also put the owl up high to scare off the birds (it does not seem to be working too well, they still are around and still pooping on the tables!) and a few other things for the camper.

Keeping Expenses Low by Making Changes

Communication: The Post Office box dues came in, so we paid for 6 months and I switched my hosting from a business package (don’t have a business no more!) to a home package so that price is hosting for 6 months.

Health Insurance remains the same, and we were pretty healthy this month.

Recreation was just the library membership. We saw family mostly and that was our fun times.

Hitting a Milestone in Finances

We are very excited about this month as we reached one of our major goals financially speaking. It is the first month that we have reached it, so I am hopeful that we can sustain it for the months ahead. Even though the interest rates are at an all time low, I believe they will be going back up. When they do, we are positioned to scoop up some good rates for the CDs. ** Present Day – Gosh what we know now and shoulda coulda woulda done bites me every time….We were earning over 5% on CDs and 30-Year Treasuries during May 2008. I was hoping for higher but instead we went lower. Live and Learn of course.**

As my computer was still working, I will not get another laptop until it goes completely. They are expensive and as much as I like the Mac computers, there is a bunch to learn. So until I can take some classes and really figure out if it is right for us, we will hold off that purchase. *** Present Day – Talk about long term waiting! It would not be until 2010 that I would ultimately buy a MacBook Pro that I still have today as of 2017! ***




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