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Old 07-28-2011, 01:56 PM   #15
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You don't have to go that high...

I full-timed it for awhile last fall and winter in a Casita (about 5 months), and my expenses were way lower than that. Of course, I boondocked, so take away all the RV space rent. But if you're out West, where I am, you can stay way cheaper by boondocking or staying in BLM and State park campgrounds.

I spent a lot less on gas, also, by staying in one place for a week or longer. I even camped in an exclusive rural subdivision for several days waiting for the high winds to stop so I could move on - they hadn't sold one lot and I had the entire place to myself, gorgeous views. I went up into B.C. Canada and did the same (one of the side benefits of the housing crash). Nobody seemed to notice or care.

Groceries weren't any more than at home, maybe less, as I tended to eat out less (i.e., none). My propane expense was low (even in the cold, it was 15 below several nights in W. CO) and I had no electricity.

I think I lived on less than $800/month - just me and four dogs. That included $100 for cell and wireless internet (air card). And we did fine, we ate well. I just never bought anything extra, like souvenirs or books (no room anyway).

Just pointing out that you can live WAY cheap if you boondock. I'm in W. Colorado/E. Utah, so it's easy here, but I was also in Idaho, Montana, and Canada, and it's the same.
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:14 PM   #16
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I full-timed it for awhile last fall and winter in a Casita (about 5 months), and my expenses were way lower than that. Of course, I boondocked, so take away all the RV space rent. But if you're out West, where I am, you can stay way cheaper by boondocking or staying in BLM and State park campgrounds.

I spent a lot less on gas, also, by staying in one place for a week or longer. I even camped in an exclusive rural subdivision for several days waiting for the high winds to stop so I could move on - they hadn't sold one lot and I had the entire place to myself, gorgeous views. I went up into B.C. Canada and did the same (one of the side benefits of the housing crash). Nobody seemed to notice or care.

Groceries weren't any more than at home, maybe less, as I tended to eat out less (i.e., none). My propane expense was low (even in the cold, it was 15 below several nights in W. CO) and I had no electricity.

I think I lived on less than $800/month - just me and four dogs. That included $100 for cell and wireless internet (air card). And we did fine, we ate well. I just never bought anything extra, like souvenirs or books (no room anyway).

Just pointing out that you can live WAY cheap if you boondock. I'm in W. Colorado/E. Utah, so it's easy here, but I was also in Idaho, Montana, and Canada, and it's the same.
Sounds like very relevant costs and probably similar to mine. Just me and no pets so that does simplify things. Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:10 PM   #17
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Sounds like very relevant costs and probably similar to mine. Just me and no pets so that does simplify things. Thanks.
I attempted to attach our functional Excel spreadsheet. Unfortunately the web site doesn't permit attaching it. If anyone want a working spreadsheet please drop me a Personal Message. It automatically calculates each expense and lets you know how much you have left to spend on a daily basis.

It is the rare month that we exceed our budget. It's purpose is not to limit spending but rather to make us conscious of spending.

A review of our budget will show a lot of places where expenses could be cut. I'd actually like to try a minimal budget for a month. Maybe Ginny and I will do that one of these months as a test.
April Expenses




MonthYearAuto/RVTrailer Insurance39468
Auto Insurance65780
Tolls10120
Fuel3003600
Repairs50600
Registration10120FoodGroceries3003600
Restaurants2503000HousingRV Sites6007200
Propane15180
Entertainment50600
Phone60720
Internet60720
Sat TV60720
Laundry25300PersonalMed Part B1772124
Medigap3514212
Drugs52622
Life Insurance50600
Clothing30360
Gifts1501800
Books, Mag, Newspaper50600
Postage20240
Memberships15180
Misc. Spending1501800
Total293935266
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:16 PM   #18
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Total293935266
Yah, I'm guessing you could find ways to cut back from the total 2,939,352.66
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Yikes

I've attached the monthly and yearly totals as a word document. At least it's now readible. Again any one who wants a functional spreadsheet simply needs to send me a PM

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