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Monday, March 04, 2019


As always, thank you so much for all the detailed information. My monthly food budget is so much higher, how do you keep the grocery bill so low?
Also, this may be off topic, how has it been switching from a Diesel engine back to a gas?

Thanks again.

Hi Sherri,
We haven't been as disciplined with out Dining Out budget in the last few years, but in our early years we were just extremely conscious of eating out because it adds up so quickly.

As for our grocery budget, we don't buy higher priced organic foods and we often use store brands rather than name brands. We shop at Walmart a lot which tends to be cheaper, although Linda prefers other options like Kroger, Safeway, etc. when available. In those cases, she has loyalty cards that tend to save us quite a bit on store brands (and that provide us discounts on fuel).

Linda usually buys ingredients for dishes she can prepare that will last us 2, 3, or 4 days, and that really keeps costs down. Other than Linda's coffee pods and an occasional bottle of wine, we don't buy any beverages.

As for switching from Diesel to Gas, we certainly don't have the same power going up hills or over mountain passes, and we no longer have an "exhaust brake" to slow us down on the downhills. But Linda is doing all the driving, and she is much gentler with the motorhome. Plus we're a lot lighter than we were with the fifth wheel and truck. So, we may be slow on the hills, but we haven't encountered anything she couldn't handle. With that said, we would still recommend Diesel for full-timers if it can be worked into the budget when making an RV purchase.

Thank you for your reply.

I now know why I can’t keep my grocery bill as low as others .... organic!! I do not buy everything organic but several fruits and veggies are always on my organic list.

It is amazing to me how expensive shopping the outer aisles of the grocery store can be.

We have a diesel truck and fifth wheel. I do find myself daydreaming about a smaller footprint. You guys seem to have so much fun in your new Class C.

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