Let’s be honest, traveling can really squeeze a budget dry. Whether you’ve spent years saving for your motorhome living or you’re on a summer vacation with the family, no one is upset about having a little more money in their bank. And isn’t the whole point of RV living to slow down, relax and take in the scenery without major worries? Today we’re bringing you our top 4 tips on how to save while Rving. Some of these ideas might sound a little foreign to you at first, but we promise as soon as you make them apart of your everyday living, you’ll see the monetary benefit right away.
Rule #1: Try not to buy your drinking water
Sounds impossible right? If you’re an avid National Park or State Park visitor, this is hardly the case. Every park has ‘filling stations.’ Bring your reusable canteens as well as 10 gallon jugs and refill at every station. If you plan on boondocking, fill up your containers at gas stations. Not only will this help you save a fortune on bottled water, you can help the environment by reducing your impact of single use plastic.
Rule #2: Pay for a one time National Parks Annual Pass
While we’re on the topic of National Parks, did you know that one annual National Parks pass is only $80? That means no more $35 entry fees to The Grand Canyon! With this pass, you can come and go as you please for an entire 12 months. This has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars over the course of the year. And that’s not even the best part. There are spaces for two names on the pass, so you’re really only spending $40 if you and a friend share it. It’s a great option for those wanting to see the natural wonders of our country on a tight budget.
Rule #3: Use your phone as a hotspot
This is a great option if you’re working from your RV but don’t want to pay for extra wifi or deal with the spotty service. All you have to do is turn on the hotspot option in ‘settings’ on your phone and you’re ready to work. This is a great way to use the internet while driving down the road.
Rule #4: Don’t pay for entertainment
Here’s the joy about travel, the land is your entertainer! If you’re trying to keep expenses down, google “free entertainment” at your destination. Big cities often feature some sort of free concert (especially in the summer), movie on the lawn or if you’re on the coast, bringing your friends and family to the beach is an excellent way to stay entertained all day. Reading is also a great way to unwind and enjoy. If you’re looking for a new book, check out our summer reading list here.
Do you have any tips or tricks on how to save when RVing? Let us know in the comment section!