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We have completed our second month of full time RV living while travelling the U.S.  We spent a month in North Carolina and this past month in Tennessee. This month (December 2019) we did much better at sticking to the $2,500 budget.

This of course is in thanks to the fact that we weren’t driving all the way across the U.S. and our truck didn’t break down.

$865 Over Budget

We still had a spending overage of $865 due to:

  1. $580 to register our new truck in Montana
  2. Overages in groceries, eating out and entertainment – hey we had to go to Dollywood

Download My Budget Spreadsheet

I have had a couple people ask me for my budget spreadsheet, so here it is. Zach and I put all of our receipts in a basket and I go through each adding them to the spreadsheet.

What we need to do to be better at not overspending is to actually visit what we have been spending each week. Right now we are just spending as we wish and looking at our spending at the end of the month. At least we are trying.

How December played out

Goal Actual
Gym $22.00  $22.00
Camper Payment $235.00  $235.00
Vehicle Insurance $186.00  $186.00
Cell Phone $144.00  $144.00
Animals $100.00  $      –
Supplies $80.00  $121.96
Entertainment $130.00  $389.92
Eating Out $240.00  $319.92
Flex Spending $200.00 $734.03
Groceries $400.00 $542.46
Propane $30.00 $        –
Camp Spots $500.00 $475.00
Gasoline  $250.00 $212.00
$2,517.00  $3,382.29
$ (865.29)

Changes to Our Budget

In January we will be adding $100 for giving/tithing. We give at church and to GoFundMe pages when someone we know is in need.

I also moved $100 of our animal budget to groceries because I buy my dog food when I buy our food and don’t see the need to separate those expenses out.

Beaches and Free Entertainment

We are about ready to pack up and head to Gulf Shores, Alabama. We don’t have any plans for entertainment other than the beach. We had 82 degree weather in Tennessee last weekend so we are hoping for some unusual highs while in Alabama too.

Other ideas for free fun:

  • Church Services
  • Dog park
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Bike Rides (we have yet to find a good bike riding spot)
  • Push up contest
  • Planning our trip to Europe!
  • Seeing friends – we have some in Alabama!

Gastro-consumption-ism

Zach and I have made huge changes in our gastro-consumption-ism. So far in January, our eating out bill has gone WAY down, but our grocery bill has increased.

Plant-based

I am eating a plant based diet, to see if it will help me with my physical fitness.

We are both tracking our daily calories and consuming less. We are buying fresh foods, so shopping at least once per week. With our higher fiber diets, we are regular – so that means more $ on toilet paper 😉

Our campground owners gave us a Christmas stocking.

We walked around Gatlinburg (free) and had a Running From Winter sign made ($35).

We took a tour of the Mastercraft and Supra/Moomba factories. Free!

Tennessee Volunteers game $100. Volunteers socks $12.