Thursday, February 13, 2014

Roadrunner Financials - January 2014

During January we traveled from Seal Beach, CA to the Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ.  We spent time in California seeing nephews during the month and then saw friends in Redlands before going to "Tiffin Happening 2014" in Quartzsite, AZ.  Then we stayed a few days in the very nice Escapees Park in Yuma.  We also traveled to Gila Bend for an excursion to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and then onto Tucson.

Roadrunner Recap

Specifically during January, we traveled almost 600 miles spent time in the following locations:
  • A - Seal Beach Seabreeze Campground (Seal Beach, CA)
  • B - March Air Reserve Base FamCamp (Moreno Valley, CA)
  • C - La Posa BLM Long Term Visit Area (Quartzsite, AZ)
  • D - Kofa Ko-Op Escapees Park (Yuma, AZ)
  • E - Gila Bend Air Force Aux Field FamCamp (Gila Bend, AZ)
  • F - Agave Gulch FamCamp Davis-Monthan AFB (Tucson, AZ)
Good News Areas We Are Under Budget
RV Insurance. We changed our RV insurance which accounts for being under budget in that category each month.  
Diesel. We only had to fill up once this month with diesel, so we were under budget in that category also.  
Gas - Car. We didn't have a lot of day trips so that accounts for the 'savings' in gas for the car. 
Campgrounds.  Boondocking in the desert really brought our monthly campground fees down and for the last 8 months, the average is $24.05.
Misc and Household items.  Despite buying a few things at the RV show in Quartzsite, these two categories came out fine.

Biggest Expenses
We filled up with propane to prepare for our time boondocking in the desert at Quartzsite and were a little over budget on our Computer Accessories and groceries for the month.  We spent $4.00 over budget on laundry also.

Large One Time Cost Item
New DH Satellite TV system.  We decided to 'go for it' and get a Winegard Traveler HD dish and the Genie DVR system.  It was almost $2495.  But worth every penny!

Monthly Average

Realistically, it doesn't look like we are going to be able to recoup the $1600.36 over budget in the remaining four months of our fiscal year which ends in May.  We will see how it goes.

That's a look at our spending in January.  If you'd like a sample copy of my spreadsheet, I'd be glad to email it to you, just let me know.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...


  1. We're pretty much in line with you on expenses. Guess we're doing something right. We do pay about $25 more a month in RV/Car insurance. We're SD "residents" so maybe that explains the difference.

    We sure are glad to have Tricare and I just got my disability rating from the VA, so I'll have lifetime medical care through them, too. Second smartest thing I did (after marrying my wife) was joining and retiring from the Coast Guard. :c)

  2. Except for the capital investment (antenna) looks like you had a good month. $4200/mo for living and traveling seems very good to me.

  3. I would love to keep our grocery budget to $400 - how do you do it? I cannot get under $600.

  4. Look like you do very well with your budget, and you can enjoy a comfortable life on the road.

    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

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