Membership Programs – Our Fulltiming Membership Arsenal

There are hundreds of membership programs available to suit the individual lifestyle of fulltimers. We’re still in the process of finding out which work for us. Some of our memberships save us money, others entertain us; either way, the cost must fit in our frugal budget.

As working-age fulltimers, our criteria for selecting membership programs is different from retirees. We enjoy being mobile, staying in one town for no longer than a month. We enjoy the amenities of RV parks and resorts, but we also seek the solitude of boondocking. As for entertainment, we prefer streaming music and movies over pickle-ball and craft classes.

These are the memberships we’re currently enrolled in, and their payoff for us:

National Park Annual Pass

  • Cost: $80/year
  • Payoff: Approximately $200 in savings after three month of use
  • Pros: We love touring America’s National Park System. It’s great entering the parks for free. As we drive through the admission gate, we’re always amazed at the cost to enter without a pass. The pass is good for National Forests, Recreation Areas, Reclamation Areas, BLM, and Fish & Wildlife Service as well. In addition, camping rates at Army Corps of Engineer sites are half price!
  • Cons: Camping rates at National Parks aren’t discounted.
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Passport America

  • Cost: $44/year
  • Payoff: $332 in savings after only two weeks of use!
  • Pros: Our budget for campsites is $25 a day. Passport America allows us to stay under budget when camping in tourist towns that don’t offer state or national parks. It’s awesome to camp with full hookups for half price. They offer a user friendly park locator on their website and through an iPhone app.
  • Cons: The sites that offer the PA discount are very much like retirement communities. This isn’t a bad thing, but we’re not always in the mood to camp in these environments.
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Escapees / Xscapers

  • Cost: $40/year
  • Payoff: We haven’t had any savings generated from this membership yet. However, their branch Xscapers has connected us with other likeminded fulltimers.
  • Pros: Escapees does a lot of advocacy work for fulltimers. The Xscapers branch is right up our alley; connecting us with a large network of working-age fulltimers.
  • Cons: The website is bulky. There are multiple links that lead to error messages.
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Good Sam Roadside Assistance

  • Cost: $80/year
  • Payoff: Peace-of-Mind is the largest payoff yet. We haven’t had to use the roadside assistance and hope not to. We’ve saved about $25 on the 10% campground discount offered at many parks throughout the nation.
  • Pros: We purchased this membership for added insurance. The huge coverage area and network Good Sam has was the selling point. A handful of options are available, all with both positive and negative reviews.
  • Cons: None, yet
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Amazon Prime

  • Cost: $99/year
  • Payoff: We’ve saved about $30 in shipping in one month.
  • Pros: As fulltimers who move pretty often, Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping is a huge asset. Packages always arrive on time and we can easily track their progress.
  • Cons: In order to “save money” we have to order stuff. This isn’t a huge problem because most of the orders are business necessities – but, we do shop for fun sometimes.
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Spotify

  • Cost: $10/month
  • Payoff: No financial savings. Entertainment only
  • Pros: Music is a simple pleasure of ours. Spotify gives us access to almost every song in the modern world. Using a digital streaming service frees up physical space (no cds) and digital space (memory on the laptop or phone).
  • Cons: If we don’t have internet access, we won’t have access to the huge library of music.
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Netflix

  • Cost: $8/month
  • Payoff: No financial savings. Entertainment only
  • Pros: We love binge watching (occasionally). The price is right and the options are endless for the rate which we watch.
  • Cons: Must have internet connection. We really wish there was a temporary download so we could watch a movie or two when we had no connection.
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Tunein Radio

  • Cost: $10/month
  • Payoff: No financial savings. Entertainment only
  • Pros: Many times the Tunein Service is the only way I can listen to football games. Every single college and NFL game is available to live stream. Along with sporting, Tunein offers music radio, audio books, and podcasts.
  • Cons: $10 a month is steep for only using this service on the weekends.
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Those are all the membership programs we’re enrolled in currently. We’re always looking for cost savings and economical entertainment. Please share the programs you’re a part of in the comments section.

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2 thoughts on “Membership Programs – Our Fulltiming Membership Arsenal

  1. Finding it nice that we have almost the identical memberships and we are in our 60’s and 70’s. We use Hulu Plus instead of Netflix and don’t have the music memberships. See your posts frequently on the Egg Camping site!

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