The Finances of Living in a Truck Camper:
Working at Campground & Sasha working full-time
April – First Month Working for a Campground
Moving to Candy Hill Campground and learning how to be a workcamper. But Sasha is still working at his job so the expenses will be high for transportation. Plus we traveled to the Truck Camper Rally.
Expenses for April 2008
- Food, Food and Household: $239.16
- Food, Out to Eat: $227.59
- Clothing, All: $10.00
- Transportation, Car Gas: $184.10
- Transportation, Diesel: $300.87
- Motorcycle, Gas: $81.23
- Transportation, Maintenance for all, $241.97
- Utilities, Wood: $16.00
- Camper Expenses: Services: $22.62
- Communication, Cell Phones: $60.90
- Communication, Hosting: $29.97
- Health, Insurance: $134.00
- Recreation, Fun Stuff: $256.18
- Recreation, Books/CDs: $14.65
- Recreation, Toys Gear: $371.35
- Recreation, Gifts: $30.11
- Taxes, Accountant: $375.00
Total Expenses = $2,595.70
Fun Rally, Expensive Diesel
Like I said, it was an expensive month. Partly because we moved and were checking out the area, checking out dinner in some restaurants, driving a bit more and also going to the Truck Camper Rally. The diesel prices are pretty high, and going to Sanford MD for the rally is the reason for the $300 for diesel. We also broke down and bought a T-shirt for Sasha for the Rally, but I think he is putting it to good use. Transportation costs are high because of a longer commute but now Sasha is using the bike more, so that expense will hopefully go down next month.
Working at a Campground, Gets Us Utilities for Free But
We bought wood at the Rally, and now have to pay for laundry, so that is the Camper Expenses Services. Since we do not have a phone hook up at the camper, we are paying for the cell minutes, but that is not too bad, but we both upped it in April.
Fun Stuff Galore Wouldn’t Be Able to Do Before
The Fun Stuff included the camping fees at the Rally, tolls to get there, ice for the cooler, and the wine before the Rally (had to have some for the trip!) They also included the new battery for the computer, a computer game, and the Rolling Stones’ IMAX show at the Udvar-Hazy Museum in Dulles. We got there, no food, and only could bring in water. We left (Sasha really enjoyed it) and went out to dinner a little late. Both the show and the place we went for dinner was dead – no one around. 10 people at the show, and only us at the restaurant for dinner. BAD ECONOMY – YES! Thank God we do not have a stick & brick anymore, or we would not be doing the fun things that we can do.
Different Categories Similar Expenses
We also got some more Toys Gear – Sasha went over a nail while on the bike, so had to first plug the leak, then buy a new tire. I had to deal with an oil change, State inspection, and the hood latch not working on my car for the Transportation Maintenance.
Fun Times When Semi-Retired
One of my nieces had a birthday, and so I went down to Richmond to celebrate it with her. I just spent the day there and we had loads of fun. It is so nice to be able to do that. Just go down and visit when you can. While working on the weekends can be tough sometimes, other times it is great because you can do things like that.
We Wanted To Make Sure We Did It Correctly
An accountant did our taxes for last year. We figured that selling the house, donating tons of stuff, me closing my business, and volunteering deserved an accountant. So that was a big chunk there too. Hopefully the expenses will be down next month, as we get to understanding this area and what it can offer.