5 Budgeting Tips for Your RV Trip
If you’re dreaming of a lovely RV trek across the scenic Pacific Northwest this summer, don’t let budget constraints kill your vision. It’s altogether possible to plan a fun, exciting summer trip full of memorable adventures that doesn’t break the bank!
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1. Closer To Home: Save on Gas
If you think about it, gas is really your road rental fee. You have to pay a certain amount to travel the road for so many miles. The longer the distance you travel, the higher the cost of your trip. Consider a vacation destination that is closer to home to cut down on gas expenses. Lots of money can be saved by simply limiting your optional RV destinations to a shorter mile radius from home.
2. Meals: Home Economics On The Go
Eating out consistently can be a huge expense. Even fast food can steadily rack up a big bill. A four-member family can easily eat up the budget. If a four member family eats out twice a day with an average meal value of ten dollars apiece, the total will eventually climb to upwards of $1,000 over the course of two weeks!
Planning to cook your own meals in your RV, conveniently equipped with all of the necessary amenities, will save gobs of money in the long run. While it can be fun to eat out every once in a while, keeping it from becoming a norm will subtract hundreds of dollars from your bottom line.
3. Buy On Sale: Bulk, Discount, Coupons, etc.
When planning your own meals, be sure to think ahead. Proper planning can save lots of money. If you know which items you want to buy at least 1-2 months before your trip, you can watch for deals, discounts, and coupons. Also, buying these items ahead of time will stretch out the hit to the bank account over a longer period, making the expenses easier to manage.
Make sure to consider buying in bulk, especially when it comes to commonly consumed foods like cereal, meat, cheese, bread, butter, coffee etc. Vacations also tend to necessitate a lot of snacky foods that can be purchased in larger quantities as well.
4. Split the Cost: Bring Some Friends
If you have a family of three, but your RV can accommodate up to six or seven occupants, consider inviting some good friends to vacation with you! Ask to split the cost of meals, travel expenses, and campground/resort fees. If you’re lucky, they may even be willing to split the drive time!
5. Plan For Some Extra: Miscellaneous Expenses
When preparing for a fun, summer trip, it’s difficult to meet a budget exactly. Hence, we would recommend actually budgeting to exceed your budget! Plan a miscellaneous category into your budget to accommodate those last minute or emergency expenses. We would recommend that you take the overall estimate and add another 20% for extra food, souvenirs, new clothes, unexpected RV maintenance, and other emergency expenses. It is, of course, better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
Because we have found great RVs for rock-bottom prices, we can pass those great savings onto our customers. We understand your need to stick to a budget, so make sure you have a conversation with us before you make your final decision! We have helped numerous vacationers find their ideal RV at a great price.
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