Monday, May 18, 2015

Why We Live in an RV!

The looks I get when people first find out we live in an RV never ceases to amuse me. The number one question I am asked is, "Why??" There are a large number of reasons why we have chosen this lifestyle. I have narrowed it down to the most important 2.

1. We have made it a goal to become debt free ASAP.
2. It is very important to my little family that we stay together as a family.




First things first, for those of you who have not learned about Dave Ramsey, I highly recommend visiting his WEBSITE and learning more about the journey to financial freedom! We are currently working on the baby steps and trying to become completely debt free. It is amazing how easy it was for us to give up all of our worldly things and move into our camping trailer. Yes it was hard at first, but keeping the end goal in mind made it a lot easier. I want to share with you a spreadsheet of the difference between our cost while living in our 1,900 sq. foot house vs. our expenses now in a fifth wheel, which will explain how this lifestyle is helping us achieve our goal of becoming debt free!

Monthly fees:

House (2013)                            RV (2014)

Mortgage  $1200                       RV Payment  $250
Electric  $100                            Site Rent  $300
Water  $100                               Maint.  $50
Garbage  $20                             Insurance  $10
Yard Maint.  $50                       Propane  $50
House Maint.  $50
Insurance  $55

Total: $1,575                            Total: $660

The difference is $915 a month! Now I know moving into an RV is not an option for everyone. There were several events that led up to us making the decisions that we did. There are, however, several ways that those who do not live in an RV can still cut back and save enormously!

Several things that we did before moving into the trailer to increase our savings were; Introducing the Envelope System, disconnecting TV and Internet services, cutting up our credit cards to prevent spending, sell the things you do not need or can go without, etc. Also visit my post on Lower Your Grocery Bill, which might help you save more than you'd think. It seems harsh, but if you really desire debt freedom, it will be well worth it! Since starting this journey we have paid off 3 credit cards, a cargo trailer loan, and a car loan.



To address the second reason... My husband is an Apprentice Power Lineman. This is a job that requires A LOT of traveling. He started his apprenticeship in January of 2014 (15 months ago) and we have currently moved 9 times! Why you ask? The company he works for builds power lines that stretch across entire states. So as they progress, we move along the power line, reducing everyones commute to work.

There are several families in this line of work who send their husbands out so that they can work,  keep kids in school, stay close to family, etc. However, we have chosen that for our family we prefer to stay together. Our son is young and we are enjoying traveling! We are constantly meeting new people, seeing exciting things, and learning so much. This lifestyle is not for everyone, but it is something that we love.

Sure we could always rent an apartment or house on a month to month lease. It would not be easy, however, to pack up boxes and a U-Haul every few months and try to find the next place to live. Our "home" is always ready to go. Which I find extremely convenient when my husband comes home on Friday or Saturday night and informs me that we are to be moved and ready to work at the next site on Monday morning!

I really hope this has helped to understand our crazy life and why we do it. I also hope it has inspired others to make it a life goal to become debt free and enjoy the freedoms that it can provide! Thanks for letting me share, and as always, I would love to hear your input, thoughts, and ideas!


13 comments:

  1. You are very inspiring! Such a great sense of family togetherness. You should be very proud!
    Great to be co-hosting WW with you!
    -Shannon Crossin
    www.dailydiyer.blogspot.com

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  2. I love this post because I can relate to it so much. You are living how I dream of living, sometime down the road. Good for you, figuring out what you want and what works for you & your family. Isn't it funny, how people react to something our society deems as weird. LOL. I get similar reactions to different things I do with my family. I look forwards to more posts. Thanks for co-hosting WW.
    Sarah-Ann @ Living Intentionally Simple

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  3. I believe in Dave Ramsey as well and have gone through his progam twice now and have paid off a few things as well. You have some very good reasons to live in an RV, if I were in your situation, I would too. It's a win, win for you. Thanks for co-hosting OMHG WW. See you next week.

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  4. I wondered why you were always on the move! Very cool. I love your flexibility! We are HUGE Dave Ramsey fans. Many feel like a budget is restricting, but it is so freeing!! We have been debt free (except the mortgage) for probably, 10 years now. Proud of you for "living like no one else, so you can live like no one else" ;-)

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  5. I would love to do something like this. Sometimes I get so busy and we are running around I feel like I don't even get to spend quality time with my family. I would like to get them all together and go off somewhere together, even if for a few months.

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  6. Sounds like a great start for your family. What wonderful memories you are making.

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  7. True, this isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy it, that's awesome! What a great way to see the country and experience different things! (: When your son gets old enough to go to school do you think you'll settle down or home-school and continue traveling?

    Amanda
    www.blissfulgal.com

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  8. I think it is awesome that you live in an RV and are saving money and making great memories!

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  9. This is so interesting! I am impressed that you were brave enough to make the change, but what a great idea!
    Good for you and your family!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Domething to Talk Anout!
    Have a great holiday weekend.
    Karen

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  10. I would love to live in an RV! Unfortunately my husband just thinks I'm crazy. It takes a lot of courage to go against what people think is "normal".

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  11. Hello beautiful! Great post. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

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  12. So proud of you! Good job. Always inspiring.

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  13. This is awesome i am so glad you have a blog I cant wait to read all your tips and tricks it is always helpful to find another Mommy following the same lifestyle as me and my family!

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