Even when a fulltimer hits the road, the drudgery of paying bills doesn’t stop. My paperwork got a lot lighter since we sold our business, but I still have to push some around. Especially when we receive a package of mail from Jim’s fabulous sister, who’s handling our PO Box for us.
I’m a fanatic about tracking every cent in Quickbooks Pro, for both our home and our business ventures, spending a couple of days a week keeping our file current. And while it’s not the most exciting way to spend my time, in the long run, it’s going to help us know how long we can afford to keep traveling. Keeping track of spending is critical for someone who wants to take an extended road trip sabbatical.
As CFO, I’m thrilled to report that we are once again under budget for the month of August, 2007, despite some extra expenses, like start up costs for our new StoryBook design and printing business venture .
Being under budget is a relief. Here are some ways we’ve been able to do it:
- make lunch on the road, instead of stopping at every cute diner
- when we do go out to eat, make it breakfast, or a late lunch instead of dinner
- skip bars, and have happy hour at the campground
- buy snacks in the grocery store instead of the c-store
- make a list and a meal plan before shopping for food
- don’t use the cell phone during peak minutes
- boondock in public campgrounds more often
- buy one all-purpose cleaner instead of many – Simple Green is great!
- stay a little longer in new spots we like
- avoid all campgrounds with the word “Resort” in the name
If you have any money-saving ideas, please post them here. Meanwhile, here are our two budget reports (also available on our Resources section), for July and August, 2007.
Also, here are some great resources with more full time RV budget tracking ideas: