My Expenses While Living in an RV Full Time

Due to an overwhelming amount of requests (1 email), I’ve decided that I’ll share my last few months’ spending with everyone.  I actually just wanted to track where my money has been going, and I figured this would be a good idea to get a breakdown of my expenses.

I broke down my spending for July and August.  I spent July in Portland and August in Seattle.

These numbers do include every last penny that I spent on my lifestyle.  This includes health insurance, food, gas, gym, entertainment, bus, taxi, etc.  This does not include money spent to operate my business (marketing, contract labor, hosting, domains, etc.).

Here is the breakdown:

July:

Cash (ATM Withdrawls, likely spent mostly on Food/Entertainment/Beer/Bus/Taxis): $740

Food/Entertainment: $507

Phone: $127

Gas/Propane/RV Dumps: $26

Car Insurance: $0 (Prepaid)

Health Insurance: $100.10

Gym: $58

Other (Shoes, clothing, supplements, etc): $218

$1,777 Total

August:

Cash (ATM Withdrawls, likely spent mostly on Food/Entertainment/Beer/Bus/Taxis): $605

Food/Entertainment: $653

Phone: $127

Gas/Propane/RV Dumps: $187

Car Insurance: $52

Health Insurance: $100.10

Gym: $70

Other (Shoes, clothing, supplements, etc): $288

$2,082 Total

Cutting Costs:

Clearly a large portion of my monthly expenses is dedicated to Food/Entertainment.  I have a big appetite and eat out at least once per day, usually twice.  If you were interested in living in an RV, you could probably get away with doing it for less than half of what I spend.

 

20 Week Update

20 weeks of living in an RV is no laughing matter.

Actually it is.  I can’t tell you how many jokes I’ve made/been a part of due to my living situation.  Its close to a “That’s what she said” scenario.  Any opportunity to make a jab about how I live in a car is exploited, and we always have a good laugh.

“Tommy, do you want a ride home?”

“Yes”

“Where did you park your house today?”

Here are a few thoughts I’ve had recently:

  1. It has been 3 weeks since I have seen anyone I have known for more than 3 weeks.  I forget what it’s like to hang out with people that you have known for more than a month.
  2. It is pretty emotionally draining to make friends for a month and then leave only to start over again somewhere new.  While it is fun and exciting, it also requires immense energy and positivity, which can be hard to keep up all the time.
  3. I’d like to spend more than a month in each location if I really like the place.  I wanted to spent more time in Portland and Minneapolis, but I’ve been on a schedule to make it to Delaware for a wedding in October.  After the wedding, my schedule will open up, and I’ll be able to spend longer in each location.  I’m thinking maybe 2 months in the bigger cities with more to do.
  4. I need a new fridge.  I’m sick of mine freezing everything.  I hate it when all I want is a bowl of cereal, and my gallon of milk is just one giant ice block.
  5. I have to start watching my energy consumption in the winter.  There were a few days here when my solar panels didn’t pull their weight because of heavy rain and clouds all day.  Maybe I’ll get better/more batteries to help store more power when it is sunny out.  Worst case, I can just turn the engine on.
  6. It has been 3 weeks since I have seen anyone I have known for more than 3 weeks.  I forget what it’s like to hang out with people that you have known for more than a month.
  7. There are LA Fitnesses EVERYWHERE.  I don’t know why they don’t just call it US Fitness.
  8. I miss In N Out.  Everybody here misunderstands me when I say that I’m dieing to have in n out animal style.
  9. I’m still paying California Income tax.  Thanks Arnold.  I’ll mail in my deposits from the other side of the country for you.
  10. I used to think people that did work on their laptops in coffee shops were losers.  Now I’m one of those losers every day.
  11. My business is still continuing to grow because I’m working smarter rather than harder/longer.  I spend more time on the important stuff and simply ignore the unimportant time-wasting activities I used to fill my days with.  Last month was actually my best month ever!
  12. I’m sick of telling new people that I meet what my deal is.  It takes 5 minutes to explain my living/travel situation is, and 50% of the time, that’s the first and last thing we talk about.  How annoying.  I should wait to explain myself until they first prove worthy of my friendship.

I’m planning to go to Boston immediately after the wedding in Delaware.  I’ll stay there in my RV until it starts to get too cold.  After that, I have 3 options:

  1. Park the RV long-term and do a sublet for a few months in NY.
  2. Park the RV long-term and fly to South America/South East Asia/Australia/Japan/Hawaii/???/Europe for the winter.
  3. Drive the RV south to escape the cold winter.
 

Made it to Minneapolis!

Just made it to Minneapolis today.  Found plenty of level street parking around the Uptown area.  The LA fitness is only a few blocks away!  Minneapolis has public wifi that is only $20 for 30 days.  Signed up for that and now I don’t have to mess with connecting through my phone!