There is a misconception out there that living in an RV automatically means you live a very inexpensive lifestyle and while that is entirely possible, it’s not actually the norm for full-timers. Traveling in a rig can get very expensive very quickly! If you’re like me and live on a tight budget, but also travel quite a bit, this list of money saving tips will come in handy. Not all of these are just for the RV lifestyle either, a lot of these ‘tips’ are something I’ve carried through with me from my home-dwelling days. Read on to discover some money saving RV tips, and comment with your favorite tip (or if you have another one for me!) You can also read about my debt-free journey and debt-free living tips here! Camping Savings Camping is a huge expense! After our RV payment, it’s our biggest monthly expense. I use a lot of tips and tricks to get cheaper campgrounds, and we dry camp when we can, however I’m a fan of having hookups. Here are just a few tricks I’ve found, some you may have heard about, some may be new! HipCamp On my gosh do I love HipCamp. It’s like AirBNB but for camping, and it’s magic. People with space for campers list their spaces, some are rustic and beautiful and some are full mini campgrounds! When planning my travel route, I almost always look to see if there are HipCamps available before looking for a typical campground or […]
How I clean out my closet and add to my wallet!
Ever since I started my debt-free journey, clothes have been at the absolute bottom of the list for new purchases. Along with that, in 2019 I also tried to be as eco-conscience as I could, which meant saying goodbye to fast fashion. Fast fashion, if you haven’t heard that term before, means “inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.” It’s not good for the planet, and with its low prices, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of buying more clothes and feeling like you’re not breaking the bank. No clothes for 1 year. I didn’t buy any clothes for all of 2019 unless it was a necessity. I did get some clothes as gifts for my birthday, so I wasn’t in a complete dry spell, but I didn’t spend money on new clothes. With one exception! I had a rule where if I want something new that isn’t a necessity, I have to sell something I already own. This not only helps me keep the clutter to a minimum, but it keeps me on my debt-free journey. I’ve used a few techniques the past year to sell my clothes/items to buy new (new to me!) Facebook Marketplace I have used Facebook marketplace to sell mostly home items, and have tried selling clothes on here. Marketplace is very saturated so to stand out you need to have good photos and something that is more unique. For example, there may be 100 […]
Debt-Free Journey: 1 Year In
When I look back on this year, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. As cheesy and cliche as that may sound, it’s truly been a transformative year..and it all started with my relationship with money. Money, Money, and Less Money. In January of 2019, I was broke. And I mean b-r-o-k-e. I was up to my eyeballs in credit-card debt, student loans, and was the lucky owner of a new home mortgage. Not only that, but my spending habits were less than desirable. I didn’t think that I was bad with money, growing up I had always been responsible; I saved like crazy as a kid, I paid for everything I needed in college, and I bought my own first car. Then real-life adulthood struck me, and things got stressful. I stopped cooking and started eating out for “ease”, buying $4 coffee on the reg, and indulged in late-night Amazon stress shopping. Haven’t we all? When my credit cards started sending me alerts that I was almost maxed out, I had an ugly wake up call. Not only that, but I was borrowing money left and right from people, only to keep myself afloat. I knew I had to take a deep look at how I was spending and living and reevaluate everything. One morning, I sat down and combed through it all…three times in a row. I wrote down every cent I made in a month and made a list of every bill and expense I had, including […]