Truck Camping Budget July, 2016

July 1- July 31, 2016 Budget
Spent Budgeted
Food 80.08 120.00 39.92
Camping, Laundry 178.00 45.00 (133.00)
Entertainment 14.24 30.00 15.76
Gasoline 42.58 152.00 109.42

The entertainment was for a breakfast in the Sipapu Lodge and a breakfast in Taos. I didn’t count any of my non smoking celebration, it was from “gift” money. The camping expense was way higher than budgeted.  I spent a couple of weeks in National Forest Campgrounds. They were lovely and cost about $9.00/night with my Senior Access card. The joys of getting older!  I still managed to save $32.10 over the budget, even splurging on camping.

I don’t think I will stay in the National Forest campgrounds again. I found that within a few miles of any of these campgrounds I could find a free spot. Here is a spot that is about ten miles from the Junebug campground. Up about 3/4 mile on a single lane dirt road. Free and next to a beautiful stream and 1/4 mile to a great hiking trail. Next time!boondocking

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7 Responses to Truck Camping Budget July, 2016

  1. Stephanie Bennett says:

    how do you eat on $80 a month?


    • Mas Prema says:

      Not too well, but enough. Lots of crackers, cans of beans, peanut butter, hot sauce, and fruit cups. I seem to have lost interest in the food, so eating once a day seems enough. But I must have coffee!


  2. Abase says:

    Can you explain how you find “free” spots? What do you look for when searching for free spots? How do you replenish your fresh water tanks? Thanks.


    • Mas Prema says:

      Sent from the very smart telephone



    • Mas Prema says:

      Hmm. I tried to respond by phone. Didn’t work. Sorry. Most rewarding on the free sites has been the National Forest MVU maps. I just drive around and look. I want a place that is somewhat out of the way, clean enough (no more than one garbage bag of trash). Some concerns are wind, shade and wildlife. I want some kind of wind break, some shade and lots of wild life.


  3. Mas Prema says:

    Thanks for your kind comments, Fred. It is a fun game to make it all woprk. Satisfying on so many levels!


  4. Fred says:

    It is so impressive as to how you make this all work. The art of fulfillment You bring a life time of practice.


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