Our February expenses were the lowest since we began this journey. We had some great successes and a few financial short-comings.
Here’s the breakdown:
In January we bought a used Honda 2000 generator for $600. The intent of this purchase was to extend our boondocking opportunities, saving us “campground expenses” over the course of 2016. We took full advantage of the generator in February (being in southern Arizona with tons of BLM land helped too)!
We camped at seven different locations – 26 days of free camping, 15 days of dry camping, one day of full hookups, and 3 days of paid camping. We were able to barter 9 days of camping at La Siesta Campground, trading our services for an electric & water hookup.
- Total Camping Fees: $35
- Daily Average: $1.21
Olivia & I were so proud of the amount we were saving on camping fees that we treated ourselves to a few extra restaurant meals. It didn’t help that Tucson offered a ton of great eats! We enjoyed Indian Fry Bread, a vegetarian buffet, and Mexican food galore. However, we really missed an opportunity to save money by eating out more than usual.
- Total Food Cost: $724
- Daily Average: $24.97
We love low gas prices, and Arizona had some of the lowest we’ve seen! Even though we traveled a fair distance and used about 15 gallons of gas for the generator, we finished February spending less on gas than our prior months!
- Total Gas Cost: $180
- Daily Average: $6.20
We kept a watchful eye on our expenses this month and limited our “other expenses” category to an oil change and a few auto supplies.
- Total Other Expenses: $83
- Daily Average: $2.86
We consider February an overall success for our expense report. Keeping food cost down in the upcoming months will help the budget, but we try not to limit our experiences either.
- February Overall Expenses: $1022
- Fixed Expenses (Insurance, Bills, Etc): $400
The Cost of RV Living for February: $1422
In January we spent a total of $1692 ($270 in savings month over month)
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