It has been nearly five years since we left our sticks and bricks house in Texas and I am amazed we are still on the road. I really didn’t expect to travel by RV and live the fulltime lifestyle more than about 3 or 4 years. Yet, here we are approaching the end of year five and we are not yet ready to stop what we are doing.
Over the years we have occasionally presented our budget and tried looking at it from different perspectives. Budgets for this lifestyle are as varied as are budgets for any lifestyle. Depending whether you prefer caviar and champagne or cheap beer and hotdogs there will be a different total number for the budget.
However, there are so many commonalities about what each fulltimer must buy that the totals aren’t the important information. The important part of budgeting for this lifestyle is knowing what changes your sticks and bricks budget will undergo once you transition into a fulltime RV lifestyle. While one may spend less in this lifestyle some will likely spend more.
Every time I wrote a blog about our budget I received a lot of questions and requests for what tool I used for our budget. Over the years I tried to field as many questions as I could and offered advice when asked. I finally decided to spend some time formalizing all that advice as well as cleaning up my budgeting spreadsheet for more general use. This was a great exercise while we have been sitting during this extended stay. The culmination of all this gathering of information and retooling of my spreadsheet is this Ebook – Budgeting for Full Time RV’er.
I planned to offer this book for free at first but realized that I would likely have to personally answer a few questions about the spreadsheet for each person receiving the Ebook. Given that I would need to be available to follow-up with further explanation I decided to publish the Ebook through Amazon and charge for it. In looking at Amazon’s Ebook publishing tools it appears the lowest I can charge is $1.99. I feel this is a fair price for this Ebook especially since the spreadsheet alone would be very helpful to someone wanting to take control of their budget.
My intent is to offer this Ebook to all the aspiring full timers and to those who are fulltiming now but need some organization for their budgeting. The Ebook discusses the various budget categories we felt were significant and there are tips scattered through out the Ebook about ways to reduce costs in some of the expense categories. My hope is that this Ebook and spreadsheet will assist those in need and is my way of giving back some of the things we have learned during our last (almost) five years of traveling on the road.
Purchasers of the Ebook will need to email us with a request for the spreadsheet. Just send us the request along with proof of purchase from Amazon and we will send the accompanying spreadsheet. If you have any questions about the book or spreadsheet just ask us and we will gladly reply as quickly as we can!
Happy budgeting on the Road of Retirement…