Category Archives: How To Be Frugal

Cheap RV Decorating Ideas – NO SEW Bandana Curtains For RVs!

Well folks, I’ve got another one of my cheap rv decorating ideas to share with you – I just made bandana curtains for our camper WITHOUT SEWING! Yeah!!!! I’m not a sewer, but to date every rv we’ve owned (pop up, old travel trailer, newer camper, motorhome, etc.) I’ve made a curtain to the best of my ability, with a sewing machine, while uttering many bad words. Now this tip isn’t for every window in your recreational vehicle (unless they are all tiny), but you might take this idea and come up with more ideas to make it your own to fit larger windows. Here’s how it all started….we have two short and small windows in the kitchen area of our camper. The shades on them were a nightmare, constantly refusing to go up or, even worse, rolling up on their own without warning and making a terrifying sound. We … Continue reading

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Our Cheap RV Living Tips: Paint Your RV Roof Vent And Covers

We had a successful, frugal experiment yesterday – we painted our rv roof vent cover – so we just had to share our cheap rv living tips with you! Wilbur, our 5th wheel, is a bright and sunny camper – which is quite delightful most of the day. However, in Montana during the summer, the sun sets late at night and rises very early. We needed to do something… So this frugal couple (that would be us) decided a few weeks ago we had to finally address the issue – and we just got around to putting our plan in motion yesterday. Here is the scoop…when we bought Wilbur, he came with three, WHITE roof vent covers by Maxxair installed over the normal camper vents…over our bed, in the bathroom and in the kitchen. Now from the outside, for those who like to be color coordinated, having matching white covers … Continue reading


Thinkin’ About The Atlantic Article THE CHEAPEST GENERATION

I found a few articles recently, one in The Atlantic titled “The Cheapest Generation.” As someone who came of age in the tail end of the fabulous 1960s, I have always prided myself on having an open mind. After graduating from high school in a small central Illinois town in 1969, I went to college when the anti-war protests and the counterculture were both booming. I learned that there are many kinds of cultures, many kinds of norms, and that tolerance up to a point is a great virtue. Although I soon left behind the outer signs of being a hippie freak (long hair, granny glasses, bell-bottoms), I felt like each new decade brought new challenges and changes and I always kept up with pop culture, music, technology, and social change as the decades passed. As each generation gets its own name and character, I find that sometimes I feel … Continue reading

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Electric Bills KILL The Full Time RV Budget

Ahhh, the full time rv budget. We love having few bills now and we’ve done a fair job, given the obstacles we’ve faced, of keeping things on the cheap. The loss and hardships that have taken place in the past few years kept us from the ability to go super frugal, like being a camp host, boondocking, etc. because we couldn’t choose our location or commit to being able to stay in one place long. But we found creative ways to live cheaply, even advertised needing a place to park on craigslist, resulting in 5 private, wooded acres to ourself! Yep, not now. “The summer went… Sam Gross Buy This at But even with our hands tied behind our back and being stuck in a very expensive state with few rv parks around (Illinois), we’ve done okay. Then, we didn’t. Enter the joys of the rv parks that charge … Continue reading


Cheap RV Living Tips – How To Get Free DVDs Tip

Here is a tip on how to get free DVDs when livin’ the cheap rv living life. Actually, even if you aren’t rvers, you might like this idea, too! It has nothing to do with downloading, watching online or anything like that. No, it is the prehistoric trend of actually taking a DVD and putting it into a player to watch it! Remember those days? Where you had something tangible you could hold in your hand, with artwork and inserts? Need I say RECORD ALBUMS?!? Ah, that’s a topic for another day (sigh). So let me start by explaining why I even began on this quest of how to get free DVDs. It was quite by accident. You see, even before we became rvers, we weren’t tv folks at all…never watched it. But we did like popcorn and movies, documentaries and the like. Those we would watch in bed on … Continue reading

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RV Living Tips – How To Get Cheap Or Free Dentist Treatment

Taking care of your health on the road can be a challenge, especially when you are living the frugal life. Dental health is sometimes even more of a problem, because it’s easy enough to let it slide and put it off until tomorrow. But I remember when we had dental coverage, and we tended to do the same thing, mostly because it was such a hassle to find a dentist taking new patients, figuring out what the copay was going to be and if you could afford it right now, and then going through with it. Let’s face it, most of us would prefer to avoid the teeth doctors, and with all the complications of dental insurance coverage, it’s no wonder that it’s relatively underused compared to medical insurance. Horse Herbert … Buy This at But as the economic slide in a downhill direction continues and people look for … Continue reading

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RV Boondocking Locations Update – Boondockers Welcome

This is an important update to this boondocking post regarding Boondockers Welcome – Be My Guest RV Parking. The site, which has been growing by leaps and bounds, is an absolute must for those considering the cheap rv lifestyle. The list of members who allow free boondocking stays has exceeded 600. When you look at their map of locations, you can barely make out the continental US because it is covered in site markers. In addition, North America is saturated with sites as well…and even some around the world! You just cannot ignore this opportunity if you plan to experience rv boondocking. It is a membership site, but one year costs less than one night in a campground. If you have a boondocking site to offer, then it is $19.95/year or $44.95/3 years. If you don’t have a boondock location to offer, it is only $24.95/year or $59.95/3 years. The … Continue reading

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Really Cheap RV Microwave Replacement – No Special Oven Needed!!

At the beginning of summer, our RV microwave oven was killed by an electrician who installed the wrong outlet in our campsite. Giving our poor motorhome, Joey, double the juice he was designed to handle, the microwave (and a few other items) made scary sounds and then faded to black. I just got around to doing this post now, in the fall, because the job wasn’t complete yet. You see, our gigantic oven that fit into a customized rectangular box above the stove was now gone, revealing walls that were never painted during our cheap camper remodel we did back in 2011.   We refused to waste a fortune on OCD issues such as needing the EXACT same size microwave, one that is MADE for rvs, to fit EXACTLY in the rectangle-shaped eyesore now looking at us over coffee each morning. Nope, just had to think outside of the box. … Continue reading


We Found Cheap Campgrounds In Central Illinois For RV Camping

Finding cheap rv campgrounds means different things to rvers. For us, there are two types of cheap rving we do – we set up shop for months in one location, and hope to find an affordable place to park our Bounder OR we are in travel mode and are trying to do it as cost effectively as possible. Both scenarios require a lot of planning, research, phone calls and reviewing. We recently left our site in Mahomet, Illinois (a private, wooded 5 acre site we found by advertising our needs on craigslist!) to visit family over Labor Day in Effingham, Illinois. We had to stay at a campground one night to have mobile rv repair done…so “cheap” options were limited, but the next day it was family time.   When we arrived in Effingham, we stayed in our family’s driveway for the weekend. Our destination at the end of the … Continue reading


Our Camper Remodeling Ideas – RV Dinette Cushions And More

Ok…time to get organized on our cheap rv blog. Before this site was up and running, I was writing a lot on article sites…sharing tips, telling stories and what not. Not knowing if I could ever pull off a blog all by my lonesome, I started on these sites with a BANG…and a bang it was, because two of my most popular articles that are searched by rvers are NOT ON MY BLOG! Live and learn, live and learn… Anyway, one of our proudest accomplishments was buying this Fleetwood Bounder motorhome, dull, dusty, dingy and drab interior and all, and turning it into an aesthetically pleasing haven for very little money. THAT is what cheap rv living is all about, right? Yeah…problem is, again, that these articles are on other sites, getting tons of traffic daily! So this post is a way to “get organized” – for those who have … Continue reading