Welcome to my Update From the Road post! My family of seven is living full-time in a 5th wheel for the next year on a budget of $3,000/month. If you’re new here, you can read about our adventure in my roadschooling post.
We have had an eventful week! We are making the most of our new full-time RV life by seeing all the sights in and around San Antonio. Our first stop? A peach orchard in Fredericksburg, Texas.
I wasn’t much of a peach fan when I lived in Michigan. But Texas peaches are a whole different experience! Sweet, plump and tender, they are unlike anything I ever tasted in my prior yankee life. Yum!
While I was there, I chatted a little with the orchard owners, and learned a thing or two about peaches. Did you know you should never wash a peach until you’re ready to eat it? It’s true! Keeping them dry prolongs their shelf life. Also, if you want to find a perfect ripe peach, look at the yellow. The yellow shade is the true indication of ripeness. If you see lighter yellow or even greenish hue, it’s not ready to eat. Look for a deep golden color. I was under the impression that softness and/or redness were indicators of a ripe fruit, but they’re not!
While in Fredericksburg, we made a quick stop to visit a popular German sausage store where my husband picked up a rare treat for himself!
Later in the week, we visited The Alamo, and the Riverwalk, two popular tourist attractions that offer free admission. For more FREE & cheap ways to explore San Antonio, head over to my travel blog for a list of my faves.
Many of you have asked how we are able to afford this trip, so I thought I’d give you a monthly behind-the-scenes look.
While traveling, our income will consist of my blog earnings and ebook income, along with workamping my husband will be doing. Two years of saving means we have enough set aside to supplement our monthly incomes, and pay for maintenance and emergencies. To stay on budget, we must spend no more than $3,000 per month. In a future blog post, I’ll share our money-saving secrets for accomplishing this. For now, here is how our last month went.
RV Lot Rent: $450
Food & Household: $920
Clothing & Misc: $0
Total Spent: $2177 ($823 left over)
Included in the Food & Household category is $40 for half a bushel of peaches, and $27 for sausage from our Fredericksburg visit (don’t you judge me). Since we are still close to home, our gas expense is very minimal, but I expect this will go up quite a bit in the future. Our insurance expenses have been paid ahead, so they are not included here.
As you may have guessed by now, the bulk of the expense for this trip was covered before we ever left our home. We paid off debt. We established a savings. We paid cash for the 5th wheel, bought the homeschooling supplies, paid for insurance in advance and so on. So now, we are able to live very minimally on a tiny budget without feeling the pinch of it. We will both still be working while traveling, so it won’t exactly be a year-long vacation. And we are totally fine with that!