Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Roadrunner Financials - March 2013

Roadrunner Recap
During March, stayed at campgrounds in:

  • Lake Griffin State Park 
  • Falling Waters State Park  
  • Pensacola Naval Air Station 
  • Hurlburt Field FL FamCamp (Fort Walton Beach)
  • Destin FL Army Recreation Area Campground 
  • Tyndall AFB FL FamCamp (Panama City)
  • Tallahassee (Tallahassee RV Park)
  • Kings Bay Submarine Base GA

We were able to see a lot of Florida and check out some great historical places.  It has been a fun month.  The bonus is that we were able to see friends in a number of places including DeBary, Pensacola, Destin and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
Good News Areas We Are Under Budget
Nothing real big in this area as we ended up $262.62 under.  We did best in three areas:

  • RV and Car Maintenance. I keep a placeholder here and used $342 to pay for a battery solenoid.
  • Campgrounds. We were still under our budget though we didn't stay anywhere for very long.
  • Groceries.  For just the two of us for the month, we were please with this number.
  • Household Items.  We saw a good deal on a sturdy beach umbrella and bought a new coffee pot that was leaking.  

Biggest Expenses
Our biggest expenses continue to be eating out.  But we saw a lot of friends and decided it was worth it and were glad we did.
  • Diesel.  We obviously moved around a lot during the month.  I didn't keep track of mileage but we hovered around 7 mpg.
  • Eating Out.  Need to add this to the budget for year 5.
  • Misc (Entertainment).  Biggest drivers here were 5 rounds of golf, a boat tour and we bought some hats and a new pair of shoes.
  • 1 Time Costs - Got our income taxes done and owed a little.  That plus preparation fees accounted for that number.

Large One Time Cost Items
Income taxes and fees were the biggest item, followed by the solenoid.

Monthly Average
We are happy to be under budget this month.  That makes the tenth month in a row for Year 3 (two more months left) that we have been under budget.  Our cumulative monthly average shows us $840 under budget.

That is a recap of where our money went last month.  Thanks for taking a look at the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...


  1. Thank you for your financial list. It's always interesting to see how other people handle things since we're still fairly new to this lifestyle.

    1. Hey Candy - thanks for the note. That is my one of my goals: to provide a glimpse into how we are able to do it. It was such a mystery when we started researching this life style. How to people afford it? There are so many ways to do it, this just happens to work for us.

  2. We,too, like to see what other folks do. We were doing real well this year until Hubby landed in hospital. Still would not trade this lifestyle.

    1. Hope he is OK. - Yes! We would not trade this either. We get to see family and friends and make new friends and see lots of different parts of the country. Unexpected stays in the hospital or high cost maintenance items make it a challenge at times.

  3. Looking good!
    We need to start keeping track again, it is work, but the end picture is worth it.
    Glad you saw so much and had a fun time in Florida.