So just to bring us back up to speed, I am posting a copy of the budget as shared in part 1. That way it will be fresh in our minds and close at hand as we go through the rest of it. Let’s get started…
The next area of this budget which usually draws questions is the mention of the items that folks don’t usually find in a typical household budget. In our case they are the RV Passes, Etc. and the Social Media portions. So let’s tackle those two first.
We have already established that we live a non-traditional life being as we are in a constant travel mode in our Skoolie full-time. With this choice we do have to find a place to park the bus when we are not actually driving. For the most part, we do try to use boondocking (which we will cover in a future post). This method keeps our costs at a minimum because our dry camping choices mean no cost to park. We do, however, have a couple of memberships which allow us to enjoy some amenities from time to time. You might look at it as a vacation from our vacation.
We currently have a Thousand Trails membership which, rather than give discounts like a Good Sam or AAA membership, allows us to stay at their RV parks free of charge. We purchased this pass by paying the total purchase price up front so we do not have a monthly fee. By doing this we saved a bit on the monthly processing fees, etc. Plus, we know we won’t miss a payment this way. It shows in our budget as a monthly expense because we are putting those monies aside for renewal next year. By doing this now it won’t be an impossible payment when it comes time to renew and we can save those same monthly processing fees next year.
This segment also reflects some other groups we have joined that offer benefits to boondockers, such as Harvest Hosts, Sams Club, and Good Sam Club. The discounts on gas, diesel, and bulk products along with the variety of alternative boondocking accommodations that many of these groups offer is phenomenal. They are not the only groups or sites we follow though. There are numerous free groups and pages chock full of information that we will cover in future posts as well.
The Social Media section is something that took a while to decide about. We weren’t really sure how much we would use our accounts while traveling, or even if we wanted to. However, we have decided that sharing issues honestly and openly will help others who may be thinking about this lifestyle. Thus, we have costs associated with our upgraded YouTube and WordPress accounts. This covers some extras for Cloud storage of videos and Filmora 9 which we use for video editing also. Again, we pay the full amount at the beginning of the year. The line item is simply indicative of the monies we put aside specifically for the renewal costs for the next year.
The rest of the line items on our budget are probably pretty self explanatory. If you do see anything that puzzles you, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to go into detail with you as they are pretty generalized categories. We would also welcome any comments from you on areas where we may improve or that you feel we might have missed. Please, keep you comments friendly. You may disagree with how we have budgeted our life but, it is OUR life and this budget does address OUR needs. It is not set forth as a set budget that all of us living on the road must follow. Simply as an example of how it is possible to live this lifestyle comfortably even on a limited income. Perhaps even easier to maintain than the traditional situation that many folks find themselves struggling with.
Can’t wait to see y’all on the ByWays!!