Category Archives: How To Be Frugal

Cheap RVing Is Healthy In An Unhealthy Society – A GREAT Article Found!

Often, when in “normal” social settings, it seems we spend a lot of time explaining ourselves to others – our cheap rv life, disconnecting from societal norms, etc. But we aren’t alone because even rvers with large bank accounts and deluxe motorhomes can feel they don’t fit in at times – as society tilts the head, giving a quizzical look, wanting to know “why are you doing this? where is all your stuff?” But in our opinions, it is “mainstream” society that should be questioned (and, no…”everybody’s doing it” would not be an acceptable answer). Yes, we unconventional folks are under society’s microscope, but if aliens visited from another planet…who do you think they would consider to be “odd”… Those living simply in the now, with few fancy things but a lifetime of “free time” Those putting off living until 65, buying lots of stuff they don’t use because they … Continue reading

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What Crisis 2012? No Better Time To Be In An RV Than Now

We’ve been doing this fulltime RVing thing now for almost 3 years, starting back in the fall of 2009. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we’ve never regretted our decision to simplify our lives and live in a different way than we did in the past. We have downgraded in nearly every way we possibly can, and we are as frugal as we can be without being miserably thrifty. We’re not misers – we eat out a couple of times a week and have a few creature comforts now and then – but being frugal means that you eat at places where you know how to get by cheaply. We pay cash for everything we buy, and we don’t buy anything we don’t need. We are driving a disposable car, and we only drive at all when absolutely necessary. We try to buy clothes when we need them at … Continue reading

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RV Boondocking In Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, California

Well…after featuring Frugal RV Travel as our site of the month for May 2012, we ended up developing great rapport with Marianne and Randy – leading us smack dab into their rv boondocking guides. I hadn’t viewed/read them at the time of our article, given everything else there is to take in on their site…but now I have. All I can say is…”wow!” I kid you not, you cannot believe the detail and amount of work put into these e books. These are THEIR experiences, step by step, and go above and beyond merely pointing out locations…they tell you EVERYTHING… Click here to visit Frugal Shunpikers Guides to RV Boondocking. Before getting into more detail, no matter which area of the country you are headed, you will find a one month itinerary that will outline where to camp, what to see – with fees for camping totaling between $100-130 for … Continue reading

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Cost Of RV Living Tips – Propane Expenses In Our Motorhome

There are 2 possible sources of energy in a camper or motorhome – propane and electricity. When we decided to winter in Illinois we had to think from a frugal RVer’s point of view about which way to go to keep warm and do other things that require energy. We could depend on our propane furnace, use electric heaters, or use a combination. Our motorhome is a relatively small space, and we had some previous experience with small electric heaters in our travel trailer. They seem to do a good job of keeping an area warm, but they do soak up the kilowatts if overused, and the bigger ones can pull too many amps for the system we have (30 amp service only). You also have to have at least 2 of them, one for the front and one for the back. There are many different styles and sizes available, … Continue reading

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Cheap Prescriptions – The Walmart $4 List – Find Your Rx And Save Big!

We are on a mission to gather any tips we can on our cheap rving blog, to give you ideas on how to be frugal where health care is concerned. One such tip is how to save money on basic prescriptions, for you or your pets (hint one: ask your vet to write prescriptions to be filled at your pharmacy! If they won’t, find another vet…). Medication Posters by prawny Buy custom poster online at Zazzle. Fortunately, we rarely have need for prescriptions – we are usually successful treating infections with “natural antibiotics” like garlic, maitake mushroom or oregano oil. Having allergies to many antibiotics (or finding myself sicker after taking them) this was a necessary switch for us. That said, there are times when an rx will be necessary. ***oh, oh…hint two: the key to cheap rv life is to be prepared for the “will be” part, not to … Continue reading

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Udi’s Coupons For Gluten Free Living In An RV

Our entire family has been living gluten free for a very long time, but Udi’s coupons have made it more affordable. Whether you have celiac disease like my daughter has had since she was two, are allergic to wheat (like me) or have chosen to avoid wheat for the numerous health benefits, you know that replacing wheat and gluten comes at great cost. When my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1996, there was no substitute available that you could stomach without gagging. It was an awful time and I tried desperately to learn how to provide her with bread alternatives that often were the equivalent of cardboard. As time went on, Atkins took off and wheat allergies became more recognized as the reason so many suffer with gastrointestinal distress, food manufacturers and restaurants got on board and began offering gluten free products that actually tasted like real food. … Continue reading

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How Do We Define Prudent? Printable Coupons!

If you look to define prudent, you will be full of common sense, careful, practical and manage your future with care. You need to be prudent when living the cheap rv lifestyle, meaning the days of grabbing for credit cards, overspending and mismanaging your finances are over. Aside from being more responsible, you need to stop overlooking ways to save money. Enter printable coupons into the picture…. Remember the days when you needed an oil change and you’d just pull into a quick lube on your way home? Who cares if another oil change business in your town charges ten dollars less on a daily basis, you’ve got a credit card! However, if you only had 37 dollars in your wallet, would you have pulled in there without making a few quick phone calls to compare prices? Absolutely not! MEMO TO SELF: YOU NEED TO LIVE LIKE THIS EVERY DAY … Continue reading

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Why We Love Swagbucks – We Make Extra Money Doing Nothing

We love Swagbucks, plain and simple. That said, this is a frugal rv living tip that is so easy and has the potential to be used in ways to make a lot more than we currently do from the website. You can do much, much better than us, for sure! This isn’t one of those “here’s how much we earned this month” because we aren’t doing much of anything at all…just don’t have the time right now, while working on other online projects (so WHERE is this post going, you ask?). This post is about getting a little extra spending cash for doing nothing through Swagbucks. Yep, that about sums it up! We do have a goal to use it more in the future, because there are so many ways to save money via their great coupons and deals, contests and other earning opportunities – but for now we really … Continue reading

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You’re Stingy! Meaning What? Define Stingy…

When you do research to define stingy, the contradictions can be overwhelming. On the one hand, stingy meaning can describe a person who is reluctant to spend money, keeping it close at hand. So, yeah…guess we’re stingy in our cheap rv living lifestyle, right? But wait…it gets kinda ugly as you read on…ungenerous? ungiving? selfish? Now wait a minute, that is NOT us. So how does the frugal rver get through this sea of negativity, keeping self esteem intact? Here are some of our thoughts about stinginess when cheap rving or living frugally in general, to help you sort it out: You Have To Be Somewhat Stingy When Living Frugally In An RV Living in an rv on a limited budget means you do need to be reluctant about spending your money. If you throw around cash every day without much thought, you are going to run into trouble. Sometimes … Continue reading

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More Frugal RV Living Tips – Buy A Cheap, Used Car, Truck or Van

Everyday, we experience more frugal rv living tips to share. For those of you with 5th wheels or travel trailers, this may not apply…but we traveled 2 years in a travel trailer before buying a used motorhome, and we think our 1993 Fleetwood Bounder was a wiser decision. Life is not only easier rving in a motorhome, where there is no unhooking or setting up involved, it seems more cost effective to us, too. We no longer have to worry about two separate vehicles/trailers needing new parts, tires, etc. The gas mileage driving across the country was virtually the same, to our surprise, and felt much more stable than pulling the travel trailer in windy conditions. For those of you who haven’t followed our rv blog, we are cheap rv living, which means we aren’t wealthy or living off a savings account, etc. RVing all over the country is extremely … Continue reading

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