Thursday, October 1, 2015

3 year recap

Heartland Campground
Campbellsville, KY

Wow, we can't believe that 3 years ago today,
we took off from Pennsylvania on this full-time adventure.

For our own records, and to help out any
future full-timers,
we've recapped a few things:

Total miles towing to date - 20,913
Total miles driven to date - 42,329

We've stayed in 31 states.

7 workamping jobs helped with our budget.

For the past fiscal year we spent:

Fuel $3819.06

Campground Fees $821.12

Repairs & Maintenance (Truck & RV) $10,125.48*
*Two major repairs on truck - transfer case seal, alternator; fuel injectors,
and maintenance on trailer.

Cell phones/Internet/TV $3,961.54

Groceries/Entertainment/Dining Out $10,267.21

Insurance - Truck/RV $1620.00
- Health $2,860.56

Medical bills  $2,317.25

Obviously we have other categories,
 these are just the major expense categories.

We save fuel and campground fees by workamping.
Looks like we need to work on lowering our food costs :-)

Health insurance costs were helped by Obamacare,
and George started Medicare on July 1, 2015.
Our medical expenses were so high due to
an ER visit in 2013 that I was still paying on,
and another one in 2015 that I'm currently paying on!

This year's Amazon earnings will help replenish
our savings account, and help us to get a few things paid off.
We'll continue to look for more paying jobs after we finish Amazon.


  1. IT's great you posted this, you'll go back to check it several times in the future. I can't believe you've been on the road three year!! Congrats.

  2. We have been pretty good this year at tracking our expenses every month, and I will blog about it in January. It is amazing at how quickly eating out adds up. We have been cooking more, which is good for the budget and the waistline!

  3. It's kind of hard to control some costs, but if you'd just stop eating, you could eliminate your food costs... ;c)

    Impressive that you've kept track of those expenses over all the years, it really helps folks planning on hitting the road. Great job!

  4. Nice job Laurie. I'm glad to hear that the affordable care act has helped you two. All we seem to hear about is the Republicans wanting to get rid of it. Hope your next 3 years have fewer ER visits to pay on and just are just as wonderful as your first 3.

  5. You have done very well. I wish I had kept better records when we were in a house, but I know we are not spending as much while on the road as we did there. We stay in commercial and state parks for the most part and do not work camp at all. The class A diesel has cost us more in maintenance and insurance than your fifth wheel and truck. Although we have not had any major medical expenses, the dental costs of getting older have been high, even with using Mexican dentists.

    If I wrote about what we spend, I'm sure I would get blasted. All I can say is we are living within our means, and I think that is what you are doing as well. I'm glad you have found jobs that work for you.

    We also appreciate the affordable care act, even though we are not eligible for it and are among the lucky that don't need it.

    Happy trails ..

  6. I've kept a spreadsheet since day one on the road. One of these days we might really get lucky and live UNDER budget.