2016 Prius Travel Expenses Graph
My goal for my Travels this year (2016) was to spend less than last year with my Prius and be under $4,000 for my total expenses.
2016 Travel Expenses by Percentage
The fact that the price of gas was significantly less this year did help but this was offset by my use of the Prius to provide heat and cooling to maintain a better living environment in the Prius. So my MPG was reduced from 52 to 46. Either way I had less cost for fuel by about $100.00.
The big savings was in lodging. Last year (2015) I spent $774 in lodging and this year I only paid to stay one might at two different National Parks for less than $20. Lodging doesn't even register as a category this year and is grouped under other.
I did spend time with family:
- Monterey, CA (1 week - same as last year)
- Park City, UT (1 week - same as last year)
- Las Vegas/So. UT/No. AZ (1 week addition to last year)
- Elkridge, MD (1 week - same as last year)
Staying with family does help with some expenses but some expenses remain.
The big savings came into play by not paying to stay/camp at very many places at all. I learned over the previous two years how and where to park and to camp and save money.
2016 Travel Expenses by Cost
Last year (2015) I did have an accident by hitting the curb and I needed to replace both front tires as they were bith getting close to wear bars.
This year (2016) I did get a flat that needed to be replaced but I had newer tires and only had to replace one tire so auto service was higher last year by $150
This year's cost of $3116 for 117 days is $26.63 per day cost. This is so much better than my goal the first year of $50/day that I over spent.
Staying under $4000 ($1000/month) was possible this year and I can fit this in my budget. Since I did so well on saving I could foresee using my Tacoma with a light-weight camper is possible too.
The other place I saved this year was paying for a shower once s week vs every couple of days. I did this by fully washing every day in the Prius between showers. I will be posting on how I wash in the Prius in a separate post.
Below is the data for my 2015 Prius Travels so you can see the comparison on my spending.
Comparison to prior year:
2015 Travel Expenses by Percentage