I knew in advance that I will be staying with my aunt and sons so this helps average out the number. I also knew that I couldn't be paying for expensive lodging each night, going out to eat a lot. On the other had if I wanted to do something I would do it. I just totaled the January numbers and the costs are in for the 15 days on the road,
Miles driven 2041
Fuel costs $560.73
$66.99 per day
I would have made it closer to the $50 per day if it wasn't for the misc. that averaged $8.27 per day
Once I get to CA and I stay relatively still and I am not buying gas every day my costs will stabilize a bit.
Overall I feel good about my cost management so far.
It certainly has helped with gas prices near $3.00 for a few segments of the trip. CA will be a different story.