Our second month on the road has gone past in the blink of an eye. It has been a little more laid back than our first month on the road was.
NEXTGEN OWNERS GROUP
We were very excited to be able to host the NextGen Owners Group Meet-up in Cowra. It is lots of fun being involved in our Owners Group and we really enjoyed organising this meet-up.
We spent five days staying at the Cowra Van Park which is just an awesome place to stay. We had a couple of great days out exploring the local area, before returning each evening for ‘Happy Hour’. I think it’s safe to say that a great time was had by all!
MANAGING A CARAVAN PARK
Straight after the Owners Group finished we headed back to Cootamundra Caravan Park for our first official management stint. We had a great time. It was quite busy some days with lots of people coming and going.
The best thing though was all the other travellers we got to meet and chat to. We even made some new friends that we plan on doing some travel with next year.
This was also a good opportunity to recoup some money. With no accommodation or fuel expenses plus income as well it has made for a better month.
FREE CAMPING AT BETHUNGRA DAM
There is no doubt that our first few weeks on the road have been a lot more hectic than what we thought they would be. So after we had finished at Cootamundra we thought we deserved a little break.
So we headed 20 kilometres down the road to a free camp at Bethungra Dam. We stayed there for 6 nights and it was just bliss. The weather was lousy most days – cool and very windy. But we caught up on some work, went for walks when we could and generally just relaxed.
I even ventured into the tiny village of Bethungra and enjoyed morning tea at The Olde School T House. Here you will find an eclectic collection of new and second hand goods plus good coffee and tasty treats.
You can find more info about Bethungra Dam on WikiCamps.
One thing we weren’t expecting was for Brenden to find more work so quickly. While we were at Cootamundra he got chatting to a guest and found out about the possibility of some harvest work.
He went through the application and screening process and got a start the week after we finished at Cootamundra. He is working in a tiny village called Grong Grong at the local silo there. At this time we are unsure of how long the work will last, as due to the drought there are not as many crops being harvested.
We have been staying at Coolamon Caravan Park for the last week and it’s an awesome little caravan park in a small, but friendly town.
I should have probably mentioned income in last months post but didn’t think of it. However, we did still have some money coming in as Brenden had some annual leave owing to him and they were happy to pay this out over the course of 4 weeks.
This month our combined income was:-
- Income (all sources) – $2,998.00
Our outgoing and ongoing expenses were as follows:
- Groceries $666.58
- Fuel $286.18
- Workboots $278.95
- Health Insurance $252.85 (ongoing and not prepared to let it go although we did change providers just before we left to make it cheaper)
- Website Hosting (1 year) $199.00
- Caravan Accessories/Modifications $187.20 (still getting a few things set up the way we want them)
- Caravan Park $180.00
- Car Insurance $159.24 (ongoing)
- Alcohol $155.45
- Eating Out $240.10
- Phones $68.40 (ongoing)
- Laundry $34.00
- Medical $39.00
- Tours/Entry Fee $10.00 (Junee Chocolate Factory)
- Misc $20.60
That’s a total of $2,491.37 or close enough to $623 a week – $123 over my $500 a week budget.
The other thing that I didn’t mention in my last post is that we are actually still paying our van off. When the sale of our house settled we had enough money left over to pay the van off completely but this would have meant we had zero money in the bank. So we made the decision to keep a portion aside to get us going. So we also have a $1213.17 van repayment each month for the next few months.
Brenden is happy to work for a few weeks and if we move to a bigger town I will look for some casual work as well. Obviously we have had some expenses that we weren’t expecting, but all other expenses are about where I thought they would be. Of course Christmas is coming so might spend a little more next month.