September 2018 found us traveling from Burbank, Washington through Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming and ending in Payson, Utah. We toured Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, viewed waterfalls, explored museums, went sightseeing in the mountains along with making several new friends from Boondockers Welcome stays.
Even with over 42 percent of our September spending going toward gasoline for the car and RV we still were under our average spending for the month at $1,355. Fuel prices were high this month with a range from $2.97 to $3.21 a gallon and with traveling almost 2500 miles between the two vehicles we burned a considerable amount of fuel. This high travel mileage will slow down over the next few months as we make our way to Arizona for the winter.
July 1-7, 2019 — During the first week of July we continued on our eastern journey, going as far east as the United States would
June 15-21, 2019 — The third week of June found us leaving Wisconsin and heading north, first to Michigan then crossing the US border to
June 8-14, 2019 — Wow where does the time go? It seems like we just returned to the Midwest and now we’re getting ready to
Monthly Expense Breakdown
Below is a breakdown of our monthly expenses along with an explanation of what is included in each category. We track our spending via the free app “PERSONAL CAPITAL” and publicly share it to help others estimate their potential expenses for life on the road.
*Note – Includes all expenses incurred except for health insurance which we wish the details to remain private.
Detailed Expense Breakdown
Campground Fees – $86
Expenses include two nights at Hood Park COE ($13/night) in Burbank, WA and four nights at Gros Ventre Campground ($15/night) in Grand Teton National Park. The remaining nights were free stays with one night at a casino, three nights at Harvest Hosts locations, seven nights at Walmart and thirteen nights at Boondockers Welcome host sites.
Communication – $127
Verizon phone plan shared with family, unlimited data plan with AT&T and UPS mail box are included in this category.
Entertainment – $43
Expenses include entrance fees to Shoshone Falls ($3), the Museum of Clean ($12), the Potato Museum ($8), Three Island State Park ($5) and our monthly Netflix plan.
Food – $318
Includes all food, alcohol and restaurant expenses. $13.72 was spent on food purchased out and $304.74 was spent at grocery stores for food prepared in the RV.
Gas (Car) – $123
Total miles driven in the Kia Soul for the month was 1,282. Fuel prices ranged from $2.97 to $3.21 a gallon.
Gas (RV) – $448
Total miles driven in the Thor Vegas RV was 1,190. Fuel is also used to operate the on-board generator.
General – $43
Purchases included AA and AAA batteries (remotes, flashlights, computer mouse, etc.) and miscellaneous household items such as toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies.
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Laundry – $10
One visit to the laundromat this month. Washers were $2.00-2.75 and dryers were $0.25 for eight minutes.
License/Insurance – $108
Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing.
Medical/Dental – $8
Expense included over the counter allergy medication not covered by insurance.
RV/Auto – $13
Expenses this month included a car wash and several packages of stainless steel screws to replace rusting ones holding the covers of the tail lights and front marker lights on the RV.
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Utilities – $28
Expense includes a two pack of one pound propane tanks for the Buddy heater ($6.61) and a propane fill at the Love’s in Springville, Utah. 6.7 gallons at $2.99/gallon. Propane is used for the cook stove, water heater and furnace.
2018 By Month
- Last Six Months of 2017 – $9,054
- 2018 YTD – $13,398
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