Mention to someone that you live fulltime in an RV and you can count on the standard set of questions: Do you like it? (Yes, that is usually the first question!) How do you get your mail? Do you own a home somewhere? Do you have a home base? And…
Does it cost less to live fulltime in an RV instead of a house? Or its variant: How much does it cost?
I don’t know what the minimum is, though I know that many fulltime adventures are financed by social security. For us, our annual “cost of living” is probably very close to what it would be if we lived in a house – groceries, insurance, health care, maintenance, repairs, utilities (instead, we pay site rental and purchase fuel). We drink the same amount of wine, Odel continues to play golf, I buy books.
What we spend on “disposable income” is the BIG difference. What do I mean by that? Anything that takes up space and can’t be consumed. Furniture. Art. Stuff to fill walls and shelves. Kitchen gadgets and appliances. Clothing (though we replace t-shirts, our standard uniform, at a fast clip). Not to mention yard care and ornamentation.
This is foremost in my mind today, the day after Art in the Park in upscale Petoskey, MI. What an event! Gorgeous, beautiful, fabulous: paintings, photographs, weavings, silk scarves, garden art, turned wood, basketry, ceramics, jewelry. I perused each and every booth and came away with… nothing. What did Odel buy? A hot dog (Habitat for Humanity fundraising booth).
I like supporting the work of artists. In our prior life, I could have spent a couple hundred dollars on some of the many beautiful objects offered. Now, what little space we have for art is already occupied, and furniture is out of the question. I don’t need another wooden spoon, even beautifully handmade of exotic woods, and have no room for a colorful, whimsical ceramic teapot with matching cups (can’t even buy another mug until one I already own breaks). I DO often purchase earrings, but not this time.
No doubt about it, life costs less in 300 square feet!