Have you decided that 2015 is going to be the year you finally start living the RV lifestyle? Is this the year you begin living life on the road and see the country? If you’re planning on buying an RV this year or upgrading to a newer model, you’re likely working on saving money. We put together some tips to help you save money and make your dream of RV living a reality.
Loose Change | Have you ever gotten change back from a purchase and just tossed it in your coin holder? That loose change is worth a lot in the long run. In fact, saving just fifty cents a day can save 40% up a $500 savings. This can go toward a down payment for your next RV or accessories you might find yourself in need of.
Eat In | Eating out is one of the biggest budget busters. Opt to eat in while you’re saving for your RV. Each time you want to go out to eat take the money you’d spend and transfer it to your savings account. Not only will your savings get fatter, your waist line will probably shrink, since outside meals tend to deliver lots of unnecessary calories.
Use In Network ATMs | ATM fees can cost anywhere from $3-5 bucks a pop. That adds up in the end. Plan ahead and make it a point to know where all your in network ATMs are so you aren’t stuck paying withdrawal fees.
Limit Outings | While you’re saving for your RV, you can save a ton of money by doing low cost or free activities. Go for a walk at your favorite park and pack a picnic for date night. Most zoos offer discounted admission during winter hours. Limiting what you spend in the present only increases your spending power in the future.
Meal Swaps | since groceries are often a large part of a family’s budget consider hosting a meal swap, where you cook in bulk and swap meals with other families. This promises variety and can save time and money. Just be sure you know whether anyone has food allergies or dietary restrictions.
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