Expenses For November While on the Road

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Another month come and gone...and here are our expenses while on the road.
Keeping in mind we pretty much stayed within one area and did not travel out of the city limits. Mostly did dry camping to keep expenses down there. All expenses in USD.

Camping fees: $25
Laundry: $32.50 (only includes washes and dry- not soap, etc)
Take Out: $48.67 ( I do try to use coupons but will also say Gerry DOES eat more than me and ups the bill-LOL)
Water and dumps for the RV: $45
Gas RV- $170
Propane: $62.46
SUV Gas: $80
Groceries: $485.76

Gas will be up for December as we head to Las Vegas to meet with daughter and her boyfriend...and also a possible trip to the Mexican border for dental.

A US Thanksgiving At River Island State Park, Arizona

Friday, November 29, 2019

It's always been a welcoming place for us when traveling .... River Island State Park, Arizona.

This year we're spending a US Thanksgiving at the park, with other fellow campers.

Can't beat this scenery!

River Island State Park is a clean, quiet and off the main highway,between Lake Havasu City and Parker, Arizona.

The day started off not too bad, but by mid afternoon it was quite windy, cooler and started storming by evening! 

We had stayed in site #4 which is a nice big spot on the end but no cell service or signal for me to hang out on the lap top. If you walk around you can pick up a signal near the washrooms as an FYI, if you need to use your phone.

Jake loved the puppy park because he had it to himself for a few minutes ! We usually have to leave though when the big dogs want to also come in. Alot of people use it for their dogs, and the park was full this Thanksgiving.

If your in the area be sure to check it out....

2019 Holiday Gift Ideas For The Home

Find the perfect present for every personality with our holiday gift guide "Ideas for the Home".


Have them cozy up with this premium throw blanket ideal for the baby or big kid in the family. Even nice for mom and dad!  Large enough for superior cuddles and soft enough for cozy nap times.

·      High filament microplush blanket with ultra-soft texture 
·      Hem stitched on all sides for smooth edges and durability
·      Measures 50"x60" 
·      Machine washable, tumble dry low
Recommended retail: $19.95

This vacuum saves up to 50% more space in the kitchen, while maintaining the same amount of vacuum sealing power as a larger appliance. The appliance keeps food fresh up to 5X longer and helps prevent freezer burn (compared to ordinary storage methods); easy bag alignment tool prevents bag waste by ensuring correct placement every time; and easy cleanup with removable drip tray. Available on Amazon

Rubbermaid® Brilliance are a state-of-the-art food storage container that is 100% leak proof guaranteed and serves as an ultra-durable, easy care solution for everyday demands. The product also features stain resistant material, crystal clear material splatter-resistant microwaving innovation, BPA free, and stacks perfectly with other Brilliance containers. Available on Amazon 

This coffee machine takes the guesswork out of pour over with an on-screen step by step guide that walks you through the pour over process. An integrated auto-measure scale automatically calculates the right amount of coffee and water, and tells you just how much to add for a consistently great tasting cup of pour over coffee.

The new removeable crisping lid allows for a crispy finish to be added to all dishes – including rotisserie chicken, ribs and more! Some great meals will be made with you in mind as the gift giver!

The new Calphalon Contemporary™ SharpIN™ Nonstick Cutlery Set features a unique blade design with a nonstick coating to prevent food from sticking to the knife, speeding up preparation time and making cleanup quick and easy. The set also features SharpIN Technology, allowing the knives to stay sharp for a lifetime.

Bake fluffier goodies faster! With gentle warm air that softens batter with heat while mixing, HeatSoft Technology brings cold butter to room temperature 12X faster than leaving it out on the counter. No need to wait to bake with the Oster® Hand Mixer with HeatSoft. It delivers creamy batter and better tasting baked goods.

Micro Cotton-

Micro Cotton’s Noble Excellence Elite bath towels, available at Dillard's, are made with 600 GSM superior extra-fine-long-staple cotton, so they’re built to last and keep those you love, warm all season long. The best part? They’re durable, meaning they’re made to maintain their softness wash after wash and they create almost zero lint and pill, so they won’t clog your washer or dryer. These would make a lovely gift addition to any home for the holidays.

Classic Slipcovers -

Slipcovered furniture telegraphs casual ease, making it a good choice for busy, hardworking spaces. The unfussy vibe encourages relaxing and helps make guests feel at home. Their covers  will transform a room in an instant! With fast and easy installation you can cover your old, tired furniture and make it look new. Whether your current set is looking worn out, or you’re just ready for a change, why not give slipcovers a try? They’re far less expensive than springing for a whole new set of chairs and can completely alter the look of your dining room.
What to do when crayon-wielding kids and muddy-pawed dogs make a regular appearance in your living room? Use slipcovers! Two sets of slipcovers made from machine-washable fabrics, to be specific — so you’re covered even when one is in the wash.
Covering an heirloom or new-to-you antique or vintage piece with a slipcover can help it blend with your existing furniture. This is especially a plus if most of your pieces are in a very different style. And if wear and tear are a concern, keeping a beloved antique piece slipcovered will help prolong its life while still showing off its shape.
Seasonal changes: You can’t go wrong with crisp white slipcovers. They look light, simple and refreshing after the deep colors and thick fabrics of winter. Perfect for holiday gifting to someone who's sofa/ loveseat may need a new look! 

**Watch this spot for more gift ideas for the home.

Healthy Habits That Will Lower Household Bills

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Healthy habits are an essential base on which good money-saving habits are built. These behaviors keep us feeling energized, focused, and positive, which makes living frugally possible. We could all do with extra money to play with, just like everyone could live healthier too. Despite the common misconception, it is possible to achieve both. In fact, living life healthily can improve your finances too. With that in mind, here are six healthy habits that will lower household bills.

1. Ditch The Smoking Habit
Everyone knows that smoking is an unhealthy habit. Unfortunately, it’s highly addictive too. In just a short time, you can go from being a social smoker to finishing entire packs every day. What makes this worse is how expensive cigarettes are. A full-time smoker can spend hundreds on tobacco products in less than a month. Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but the benefits are worth it.

2. Cook Your Own Meals
Healthy food doesn’t cost more than junk. Cooking your own meals is not only cheaper than ordering takeout but is much more nutritious too. Just a little research can help you cook foods you’d never considered attempting yourself before. You could even learn tips for cooking baby back ribs on the grill. Growing your own ingredients, like vegetables, will lower costs further. 

3. Walk That Daily Commute
An active lifestyle offers many health benefits. It allows you to maintain a healthy weight, fights feelings of stress, and can also improve heart health. Many people don’t exercise nearly enough because they can’t afford gym memberships or don’t have time for workouts. Walking to work is a great solution. Doing this will start your day with exercise, as well as cut motoring expenses. 

4. Head To Bed Earlier
Although exercise is important, a good night’s sleep is necessary for healthy living too. Sleeping longer at night will benefit your health in many ways, along with cutting household costs. After all, the longer you sleep at night, the less time you will spend eating, drinking, online shopping, and watching television. If you struggle to get to sleep, you should try adopting healthy sleep habits. 

5. Limit Any Alcohol Consumption
Drinking alcohol might be enjoyable, but it isn’t healthy. Although a glass or two won’t harm you, binge drinking every night will negatively impact your health. What’s more, your finances will be affected too. That is why you should limit any alcohol consumption. Instead of drinking several beers or wines in a row, you should add soft drinks to the mix, as well as glasses of water. 

6. Book Regular Check-Ups
A busy schedule can make attending health check-ups difficult. When you can’t see anything physically wrong with you, speak to a doctor seems like a waste of time. However, many serious health problems don’t show symptoms until they get worse. Booking regular check-ups will allow your doctor to monitor your health and give them a chance to spot issues before that happens.

A healthy lifestyle will benefit your bank balance just as much as your body. Hopefully, with the advice above, you can improve your physical, mental, and financial health.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Are you looking for great gift ideas for her this holiday season?
We have found some great ideas this year ......

Mom Bombs-

Mom Bomb CBD Calm Bombs have a wonderful eucalyptus aroma that will fill the entire room with a spa-like experience. Calm Bombs are made with 25 MG of high-quality CBD and proprietary ingredients that allow pores to open for maximum CBD absorption. Helpful in reducing symptoms of pain and anxiety, they do not have any psychoactive effects. Buy bombs help moms! A portion of each sale will go directly to our giving organization that helps moms in need, as a way to spread the love to those who need it most! So give the gift that gives twice this holiday season!

Mom Bomb Classic Gift Set are the perfect gift of relaxation for any beauty lover on your list. The organic Argan oil will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth and you can relax, knowing that for each box sold, a portion will go directly to our giving organization that helps moms in need, as a way to spread the love to those who need it most!Each Classic box comes with 6 different bath bombs, each creating their own unique bathing experience.

Scout - The hidden camera finder -

The Scout hidden camera detector is a great gift for women who are concerned about their privacy when traveling and staying in Airbnbs. Every day, there are new stories of hidden cameras found in Airbnbs, hotels, and public restrooms. Scout detects camera lenses, ensuring privacy and making sure a stranger isn’t recording anything that’s happening in your private moments.

*** Watch this spot for more great gift ideas coming soon!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Family

The holiday season is upon us, and if your looking for the perfect gift idea to gift for a "family" gift, we have some ideas for you:

Half Price Books-

Half Price Books is the nation’s largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain, with 126 stores in 17 states. Our website,, boasts a selection of more than 150 million books, music and movies. Half Price Books offers unique, affordable gifts for everyone in your life, whether it be a solar power robot for a science-loving kid, or a pair of Harry Potter socks for the wizard in your life. Visit our Perfect Gifts page for a variety of fun gifts for the book lover in your life.

**Watch this spot for more great family gift ideas!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Happy Camper

This year I've decided to add a Happy Camper Gift Guide as one of our themes. Being that we ourselves live on the road 6+ months of the year, I thought it would be appropriate and know there are alot of "us" out there! I've collected Christmas gift ideas for families who enjoy tenting, RV camping, and more...

Workman Publishing-

Workman Publishing is a proud publisher of a wide variety of books that are quirky, definitive, well-crafted, and commercial. From parenting books to kids activity books, Workman has something for the whole family. Books are wonderful to have too when out camping! They offer a great read, knew knowledge and entertainment. Workman Publishing has books written by authors who are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, making each title both an entertaining and educational experience. Committed to quality and innovation, Workman books encourage curiosity and joy in readers everywhere... take a book camping today. 

GoSili Silicone Sandwich Bags-

Say goodbye to disposable sandwich bags — these reusable silicone snack bags are 100% BPA-free, microwave and dishwasher safe, a perfect holiday gift for happy campers! Write on them with a washable marker, use them to take along your favorite grab and go snack.

• 100% European-grade silicone
• BPA, BPS, phthalate, PVC, and lead free
• Includes two bags

• Dishwasher and microwave safe
Also available for sale on Amazon

Contigo Luxe Tumbler-

The new Contigo® LUXE Collection is elegantly designed to stop spills. The Luxe Tumbler features a fully sealed lid and straw to guarantee a 100% spill-proof experience. The unique straw has a built-in valve that ensures no spills will occur if accidentally tipped or dropped. Lid and straw come apart for easy and thorough cleaning and is completely dishwasher safe.

**Watch this spot for more great gift ideas coming soon.

How to Stretch Your Budget When Traveling in Europe

Monday, November 25, 2019

Is traveling to Europe on your bucket list? A lot of people want to travel to France, Germany and England, but these are three of the more expensive places to travel to in Europe. Sure, you can watch the changing of the guard and visit castles in England, and you can take that once-in-a-lifetime photo at the Eiffel Tower.
But there are definitely cheaper places in Europe that offer great sights, food and are rich in history.
A few of the cheaper countries to visit are:
-Czech Republic

When traveling on a budget and trying to maximize your vacation in Europe, you can:
Go to Non-tourist Destinations

If you land in Rome, you’ll find that the prices are sky high and that tourists are everywhere. Vendors, hotels and restaurants know that they can charge tourists more money, so you’ll spend far more money in these locations than in Puglia or other regions of Italy.
The same goes for London, Berlin and Paris, where prices for everything are inflated.
Take to the road less traveled, and you’ll find that there are still plenty of great areas to explore, sights to see and history all around you.
You'll want to do your research on places east of Germany due to some areas being potentially unsafe.
Go on the Off-Season

If you’re not planning to go on a beach vacation, choose to visit Europe during the off season. Hotels and B&Bs will charge lower off-season prices, cutting your costs in the process. Off-season offers:
-Cheaper flights
-Cheaper hotels
-Cheaper food (in some cases)
You'll also be able to beat the tourist crowds at top destinations. The off-season, especially when it’s close to the end of peak season, may be two weeks or a month from when you would normally go. September, for example, offers better prices than the last week or August.
Be Cautious of ATM Fees

ATM fees can add up quickly when traveling in Europe. Consult with your bank to see if international fees are waived. If you have to take out money from an ATM, take out more money to help offset unnecessary fees.
Consider a Hostel

If you feel safe and comfortable staying in a hostel, you can spend $15 to $30 a night (on average) during your stay. Hostels are great for the solo traveler, and they can cut back drastically on your accommodation costs.
Limit Eating Out

You’ll want to try local cuisine – most people do. You'll be able to try local foods that you would never have the opportunity to try in your own country. But you don’t need to go to a restaurant for every meal.
If you rent an Airbnb or apartment, you can go to a local grocery store and purchase goods.
Lidl and Aldi have stores across Europe that offer great good at an affordable price.
Mass Transit May Be a Great Option

I often like to rent a car when I go on vacation, but if you’re planning on just going to big cities, skip the car rental and consider a transit card. You can pay as little as €1.40 a ticket with a transit card in Brussels using the MOBIB card.
Just keep in mind that transit lines close, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re on schedule and cognizant of the time mass transit closes.
Groups Can Save When Driving
If you have a large group, four or more people, you may save money by driving rather than paying for rail passes or other options. Keeping track of everyone and what they want to do is easier when you’re all close together in a car or van.
But don’t try driving around in large cities.
A lot of travelers will rent a car and never use it because it’s easier to walk, use a rail or hail a taxi rather than drive in a hectic city center.

Take Out Travel Insurance Just in Case

Yes, you’ll spend more money on travel insurance, but if you’re pre-booking everything, travel insurance can save your trip. Imagine losing all of your luggage or potentially being injured and not being able to go on your once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Travel insurance can offer you peace of mind if something goes wrong and you’re unable to make or complete your trip.
Injuries can also occur when you’re on vacation. An offshore injury may be covered by maritime laws, but an onshore injury can be very complicated. Every country has its own injury laws, and your medical insurance will likely not follow you overseas.
Travel insurance may have emergency medical coverage included if you need medical assistance during your travels.
You have to be creative when traveling to Europe. Try traveling the road less taken, travel during off-seasons and make sure to see what mass transit options are available.
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