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Old 10-03-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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For The Curious/Our Budget, 6 Mos as Full-timers

With the hope it will help those pondering full-timing or be a tool for others already on the full-time adventure, I just thought I would share our costs for our adventure since embarking on this journey in April. While I respect those who keep financial info confidential, I am indifferent and hope the insight helps one make a more informed decision. We are middle of the roaders--not much boondocking, not many high end resorts.

Here is the link. Feel free to bounce anything back to us or request any kind of clarification.
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Read your budget and clarifications. It would be interesting to see how many of us full timers are like you folks in that respect.

With a few variations, we certainly fall into the same budget. But we have never kept a budget like you have. With social security & retirement income fixed it's easy for us to figure out our expenses each month, just look at the balance at the end of the month. We are in our third month of full timing. Sold the bricks, mortar, wood, furniture, everything. Bought a 28 ft car hauler to pull behind. Great closet for my wife. It's my work area and many cave.

I see you guys have not traveled the southeast any. Living is less expensive down there. Especially, in the winter can you save on your budget with warmer temps. Campground's have nice spaces for the $400-600 per month range. You can certainly spend more at some high end resorts.

Thanks for the info.

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Thanks for posting.
For someone like us that dreams of fulltiming, it gives us an idea of real world cost.
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Hey Hallock5. Thanks for the latest budget. I read the first one you published at the 3 month mark. It's all very interesting and helpful. My question is.....how in the heck do you eat for $350.00 or so a month? I'm amazed. We eat out some, about 3-4 times a week, and still spend around $450.00 on food. I'm definitely doing something wrong!!
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Thanks for sharing. I'm sure it will be very helpful both for those contemplating and already on the road full time.

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My question is.....how in the heck do you eat for $350.00 or so a month? I'm amazed. We eat out some, about 3-4 times a week, and still spend around $450.00 on food. I'm definitely doing something wrong!!
I don't know how wide-spread this may be, only reference is Oregon. Almost every major population area (including pretty small) has a Sr. Citizen Center when they do 'hot lunches.' Again, just here, but the suggested 'donation' was $2.85 for a full on meal if you were 65 ("full price," what ever that was if under). And I do mean a full meal, desert included.

Vollied as a Asst Cook for 2.5'ish years here in Medford and we put out an average of 1,000 meals/day. Monthly menu went out so folks would know (Sr Center/Meals on Wheels) what was up and coming. All the meals were out the door by 0830 and on their way to the sub-set distribution sites in Jackson and Josephine Counties. A tad too early in my opinion but the folks knew the logistics involved far better than me.

Anyway, back to the point. Would travel out to the meal centers a couple times per month and had a ball. It was called "Food and Friends" and it was all of that.
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I see you guys have not traveled the southeast any. Living is less expensive down there. Especially, in the winter can you save on your budget with warmer temps. Campground's have nice spaces for the $400-600 per month range. You can certainly spend more at some high end resorts.

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Hey Hallock5. Thanks for the latest budget. I read the first one you published at the 3 month mark. It's all very interesting and helpful. My question is.....how in the heck do you eat for $350.00 or so a month? I'm amazed. We eat out some, about 3-4 times a week, and still spend around $450.00 on food. I'm definitely doing something wrong!!
Groc and eating out 2 different categories, eating out=Entertainment line item. $95 a week +/- has never been a challenge, incl sticks/bricks living, for grocery store run.
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Thanks for posting this. You guys are very fiscally disciplined. I hope that I can get to that point some day.
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Thoughtfull of you to share - thank-you.
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Thanks for sharing! My wife wants to FT, but I can't quite give up the home yet, maybe some day! Good luck, have fun, and God bless!
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Hey Hallock5. Thanks for the latest budget. I read the first one you published at the 3 month mark. It's all very interesting and helpful. My question is.....how in the heck do you eat for $350.00 or so a month? I'm amazed. We eat out some, about 3-4 times a week, and still spend around $450.00 on food. I'm definitely doing something wrong!!
Kinda interested in this category as well. Since January.....9 mo. ending Sept.....we have spent $7,416 ($823p/mo.) on groceries and $3,588 ($400p/mo) on cafes/restaurants. Didn't really appreciate how expensive all those organic vegetables, free range hormone free chickens and decadent cappuccinos had become!
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H..5 tnx for sharing. Your experience, as well as some of the others who posted, pretty much mirror ours. Campsites, fuel, food and entertainment are expenses that bust the budget. Our budget guidlines: don't pay for fun, there's lots of FREE things to do, eat in, never eat out (except for special occasions), weekly grocery sales, take advantage of local farmer's markets, and it's cheaper to park than travel. If we can help w/the SE drop us a note. Take good care. PB
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Thanks for sharing! My wife wants to FT, but I can't quite give up the home yet, maybe some day! Good luck, have fun, and God bless!
Have you considered closing the house and hitting the road for a year or so? Even for 6 or 9 months? I would not sell our house and land unless I tried going FT for at least a year.
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