As with any trip or vacation, going on an RV trip means you’re going to need to properly budget yourself for all of your expenses.
RV trips may (usually) be a cheaper travel option versus flying and staying in a hotel room, but they can still be pricey, and setting a budget is really the only way to guarantee that you’re not spending any money you don’t have.
Here are five tips for creating a budget for your Plano Texas RV trip:
1 – Budget Ahead Of Time
You’ll be making a huge mistake if you begin to put together your budget in the days before your trip. Ideally, you’ll want to budget weeks or months ahead of time. You should already have the money saved up at that point as well, so you know full well what you can afford and what you cannot.
2 – Create A Spreadsheet
You shouldn’t just try to remember all of the details of your budget in your mind. Instead, actually jot it down, ideally in an Excel-type spreadsheet for ease of organization. This step isn’t merely rudimentary. It’s actually good for keeping stress levels down and having a clear sense of mind about where your money is going.
3 – Include All Of Your Expenses
Obviously, your budget is going to need to include all of your expenses. You’re going to need to figure out the daily cost to rent an RV in Plano (Outdoorsy can help you out with that), your security deposit and reservation fee, estimated fuel costs, fees to stay at your RV park or campground, food, and miscellaneous expenses to name a few things.
4 – Keep Some Money Left Over
You always want to have a little bit of wiggle room left in your budget for unexpected expenses incurred on your trip. For example, gas may end up costing a little bit more than you anticipated. Or maybe you’ll have a tire blowout en route and have to get a replacement at a tire store. It’s these kind of things that can pop up that you want to be prepared for.
5 – Don’t Feel You Have To Spend What’s Leftover
If there’s money left over in your budget at the end of your trip, don’t feel like you have to or should blow it all away. If anything, you should congratulate yourself instead for staying under budget.
As long as there’s any money left over, use it for either of two things: as part of your savings for your next trip, or for any other expenses that you have pop up in life. Simply spending it at the end of your trip on needless things won’t be the wisest move.
Creating A Budget For Your RV Trip
No, it may not be the most fun thing to do, but creating a budget is a vitally important step for any RV trip.