Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mail, and Family

Probably the most common question we get from people who are curious about the full time RV life is, "how do you get your mail and pay your bills?"  Well, first of all we cut out a lot of bills just by selling our house! We have no more electric, gas, or cable bills.  We don't get Colorado Prime (meat) deliveries any more.  We don't have a car payment, and only have a small Motorhome payment monthly.  We  pay all our bills online, and have arranged for e-bills rather than paper bills to be sent to us.  Wherever possible we opt for payments to be paid automatically each month by our bank. So the only monthly payment we typically have to deal with is one credit card payment.

Our mail is handled by a mail service run by the Escapees in Livingston, TX. A couple of times each month I call them up and ask to have our mail forwarded to wherever we are. We pay an annual fee for this service plus pastage to send our mail. It has been nice being in one place for December because we have a mailbox here at the campground where we can receive mail directly; in other places it is sent to general mail at a local post office.

Yesterday Bob and I got together with sister Gail and brother in law Mark for some thrift store shopping. I was able to find a tiny electric rice cooker, like new for $6.50, and I love it. It takes up little space and makes three cups of rice at a time. Since we don't pay for electricity at many campgrounds this will save on propane.  I also found a tiny vase for cut flowers--perfect for my bathroom.

After thrift shopping we went to our niece and her fiancĂ©'s home, before heading back out for a bit of grocery shopping and to pick up dinner from Casa Messa, a local Mexican restaurant.  Ooh, good food! We had quesadillas with cheese, flautas, guacamole, salsa and fresh tortilla chips, rice and beans, chicken, and fried zucchini. Gail and I also picked a couple of oranges from an orange tree that hangs over the wall.  How cool to have oranges growing in your yard!

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