Here’s how we do it…
Our monthly expenses: When we travel, we are looking to experience RVing from a ‘resort approach’ which can be done cost effectively. We would be remiss not to mention our money saving tips to think about to stretch your travel dollar. Budget, book early and save $$! In order to save money to increase our travel, we launched a new budgeting strategy several years ago. We began our plan, believe it or not, by shifting our yearly spending. It all began in the fall of 2008 when we completed our holiday spending several months early… by the end of October! Honestly, this is a terrific idea as you will find that most Black Friday Deals have the same pricing for sales offered in October. Seriously! By putting this away early allows us to begin to save and prepare for the following year’s travel season ahead of time. We then start to save money from November through January to use for RV travel! We are always ahead of the game! We book our vacations early and ask for “Early Bird Specials”/ AAA/ Good Sam Member/ or Military Specials for trips we plan to take starting in March and we plan trips through October. We find most RV resorts typically only require that you put a small deposit down and we are still able to lock in great prices, keep on budget, and we usually can guarantee a prime site as well. In addition, we are also on several emailing lists for different RV Resorts. You would not believe the offers we get throughout the year, particularly on Black Friday, to book for the following year. As a result, we save hundreds staying at luxurious RV resorts.
We did take a look at last year’s expenses when we vacationed for 42 days total for 6 people. Here was the breakdown:
- Miscellaneous (dinner, groceries, fun etc): $3500
- RV Park Fees: $100 per night= $4200
- Gas: $1400
- Warranty payment: $1063
- Insurance: $1700
- Repairs: $800
Total= 12,663.00/ 42 days =301.50 per day
It is important for us to remember that 7 days at an all-inclusive resort for 6 people can easily cost this much! We got so much more…six weeks in our own RV!
Be sure to click on this link to read more about what other “RV experts” are doing! It’s so fascinating and will surely motivate you to get out there and follow your dreams!
Glamp on friends!