Many people have asked us how we are managing to spend a year on-the-road, traveling the USA to help people.
The long answer is a combination of sacrifice (we sold EVERYTHING, remember?), preparation, and grace. The short answer is: we live very frugally.
Tim is planning to write a breakdown of the financial side of our expedition over at GiveEveryDay.com soon. For now, I’ll just say that we are really only spending money on the bare necessities: fuel, groceries, cell phones, insurance, and our health care co-op.
We rarely eat out. We wear hand-me-downs. We don’t own a TV. Right now, we’re staying at a free camping site at a county park in Tomball, TX (which is surprisingly wonderful, by the way).
We also use electric heaters to help offset the cost of propane. Honeywell sent us their new EnergySmart Cool Touch Heater ($49.99) back in January and it’s been a great addition to our RV. It’s small, portable, and super simple to use. We especially love that it’s cool to the touch so curious little fingers can’t be burned. According to the Honeywell website, “EnergySmart™ Technology regulates power consumption to help save up to 35% on energy bills vs. conventional heaters.”
How do you live frugally? Share your top tips.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a Honeywell EnergySmart Heater ($49.99)! To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, March 15th at 11:59 p.m. All generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified. Winner must provide a US mailing address.
* Honeywell sent me a sample for review purposes and is also providing 1 product for the giveaway.
*UPDATE* The winner is #51 Annette D. Congratulations!