Bill in Nebraska asked how our costs while traveling compare with our costs while at home. I picked an arbitrary 170 day period in 2011 and here are the results. It is kind of a hard comparison to make. We did not use the motorhome at all last summer except as an extra bedroom for guests. I flew out to Ontario by myself to visit my sister in June and show those expenses.
Our entertainment expenses at home are always centered around dinner parties so these costs are hidden in “Groceries”. We entertain quite a bit but very seldom “go out”. Canada has almost zero tolerance drinking driving laws and we are a large cab fare from town. I am limited to one small glass of wine if I have to drive. As a result, our dining out in Canada is mainly breakfasts out.
“I” do not buy much liquor in Canada because it is so expensive. Norma buys more than me but that does not make it into Quicken. The “extras” that Canada Customs lets me bring back from the USA last me through the summer.
At home expenses of course include all the house expenses like repairs, maintenance and taxes. I did not include these because wear and tear happen all year but just get worked on and paid for in the summer.
I did not include ferry costs in any of the columns. It costs us $250 each way on and off the Island with the motorhome and $60 if we just take the car. We hardly ever leave the Island except for our winter trips.
The biggest differences are gas and RV parks (which are much cheaper if rented for the whole season). If we did like most of our friends do and stay in one place all winter, our winter expenses would be greatly reduced!
|ITEM||2010/11 USA||2011/12 Mexico||170 Days at Home (2011)||COMMENTS (at home only)|
|Fuel (Motorhome)||4302||4503||47||Added gas to run generator while parked at home|
|Dining||3770||1843||464||Mostly breakfast out while at home, dinner out on the road.|
|Entertainment||1077||95||189||Fishing trip with my son.|
|Groceries (Inc. Liquor)||3606||3896||2463||We used up liquor brought back to Canada We always have leftover liquor from trip.|
|Groceries bought by Norma (estimate)||800||She sneaks groceries in that do not get recorded in Quicken.|
|Admissions & Tours||155||26||0|
|RV Parks||3080||3077||0||Motorhome stayed parked all summer.|
|Hotels||422||0||155||Trip to Kitchener to visit my sister|
|Taxis, buses, Limo Service||68||22||100||Trip to Kitchener to visit my sister|
|Travel (Other)||808||152||512||Trip to Kitchener to visit my sister|
|Cell Phone||331||180||184||Pay As You Go 7-11 phone|
|Heat and Light||1321||Included with RV park costs when traveling|
|TOTALS||$18,231||$14,977||$6,794||$107.25/day in USA, $88.10 in Mexico, $39.97 at home|