My Tiny House Monthly Expenses

Jenna Spesard

As many of you know, I’m a travel addict. But how I’m able to visit 5-10 new countries a year on the wages of a part-time blogger? It’s simple really, my monthly expenses are ridiculously low! How low exactly? Let me break it down for you…

Or watch this video explaining my Tiny House Monthly Expenses



My house is paid off. If you’re interested in the total cost of my build, click here.


Paying rent for a parking spot is probably the biggest expense most Tiny Housers will face. While I’ve written an article on the trials and tribulations of Tiny House Parking, I’ve never explained my current situation in detail. I’ve been stationary for over a year, parking full time at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village. What is Mt. Hood Tiny House Village? It’s an RV resort that has been around for decades, and they recently decided to promote and embrace the Tiny House movement.

The resort itself is massive, welcoming hundreds of RVers every year. The park management has dedicated one area of the park for Tiny Homes, cabins, and park models. There are currently five Tiny Houses available for nightly rentals on the property, and these tinies are owned and managed by the park itself. There are also five privately-owned Tiny Homes parked there as well, and they pay a montly rental fee.

My home is one of the five privately owned Tiny Homes at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village. Rent is approximately $500 a month (depending on your spot), and it includes amenities such as access to the gym, hot tub, and pool. A few utilities are also included, namely water and trash. Gas and electric are metered at each spot, so these utilities not included in the rental price. Cable and internet can also be added for an additional cost.

You can find cheaper parking elsewhere, sure. But, in my experience, you get what you pay for. Whenever I see RV parks charging $300 or less per month, I know I won’t be happy with the parking spot or the amenities. Many RV parks are falling apart with poor management and/or located in less desirable areas. Of course, you can also choose not to park in an RV park. Read this article for more parking options.

What do I pay per month for rent? I do a work exchange, and in return, they wave my rental fee. I pay $0 for rent.


As I mentioned above, trash and water are included in my parking spot. Electricity is also included with my specific agreement, but I do have a few utilities that I pay for monthly: gas and internet.

Tiny House monthly expenses
Propane Water Heater


I use a propane water heater and a propane stove top in my Tiny House. I fill my 15lb propane tank about every three months. It costs about $7 a month on average because I usually choose to refill the tanks at a gas station (rather than doing an exchange). I also have a 3-way refrigerator, which uses propane when I’m off-grid. Currently, I’m plugged into a hefty electrical outlet, so I’m running my fridge on electricity.

Monthly Gas Cost: $7


I use a local internet provider for high-speed internet in my house. I have a router and modem, like a regular home. My bill is $55 a month. I do not have cable, as that would be extra. When I was traveling with my Tiny House, I had a large data plan with Verizon Wireless and tethered my iPhone to my computer. This was very expensive, and I always blew through my data. I was spending about $130 a month on my Verizon bill.

Monthly Internet Cost: $55


I do have insurance on my Tiny House, and I’ve written an in-depth insurance article about my experience (good and bad) with different policies. My current policy allows for renters because, when I’m traveling, I do rent my Tiny House out (call 877-570-2267 or visit this website and book the “Journey” Tiny House).

My insurance costs $878.80 a year, and I pay it in full. For the purpose of this article, I’ll divide it out to a monthly cost.

Monthly Insurance Cost: $74


I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t experienced much home maintenance in the last two years. I repaired my water heater two winters ago when it broke due to user error. That cost me about $250. That same year, I replaced all four tires because I had traveled over 25,000 miles (for the monthly cost of towing a Tiny House, click here). I also replaced my electric space heater after it died on me, which cost about $50. Last year, I installed a winter skirt for around $100, and I purchased a few items specifically for winter living (click here to see my favorite winter appliances).

I haven’t spent more than a few hundred dollars on maintenance since parking at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village last summer. So, let’s estimate my monthly maintenance cost to be $30, on the high end. Normally, it’s zero.

Monthly Insurance Cost: $30


That’s it. $166 is all I pay monthly for home expenses. Of course, I have other expenses such as student debt, car insurance, a car loan payment, health insurance, groceries, gas, contributing to my retirement fund, etc. I do not consider these expenses to be Tiny House related, so I am not going to disclose them in this article.

With all of the money I’m saving on my monthly expenses, I’m able to support myself with a part-time job that I love – writing for this blog and making YouTube videos! I am also paying down my debts (I’m hoping to be debt-free by the end of next year), and I use my extra income to travel about 3-months out of the year. I don’t consider myself wealthy. My yearly income might even shock some people. But I’ve redesigned my life so that I can do the things I love now, not in 40 years when I’m retired.

I live with less, but my life is richer. How about you?




  1. JDA3 WI
    June 23, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Has anyone used the “incinerator” type toilets?

    • June 26, 2018 / 8:49 am

      Yes. I hear mixed reviews. Mostly I hear it uses a lot of electricity and it smells.

  2. Nancy Merrifield
    February 19, 2018 / 6:30 am

    Thank you so much for the practical information!!!! helpful to me as I consider the future!!

  3. Patricia Chandler
    January 18, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    I had no idea that parking in an RV park was an option for tiny houses. Can you tell me what I would search to find lists of RV parks that would allow this? It would be so awesome to live in a place for a month and move on to another. I would call my self The Slow Nomad.

    • January 29, 2018 / 11:41 am

      Hi there! I don’t have a list of RV parks that accept Tiny Houses, especially for full time. Rules are also changing constantly, so any list shouldn’t be trusted. The best thing to do is decide where you want to go and call ahead.

  4. Zarah
    November 21, 2017 / 8:22 am

    What construction experience did you have before beginning your tiny home? I’m currently residing in a 1972 Winnebago Brave and would love to renovate into a tiny home but do not have the knowledge or construction skills. I’ve even contemplated going back to college for building but that would put me into further student loan debt. Thank you for sharing!

    • November 21, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Hi there! I had zero construction experience. Many tiny housers start this way. You can do it!

  5. November 11, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I love these reports. So inspiring. What sorts of work do you do in exchange? Thats an amazing arrangement.

    • November 15, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Marketing and open houses mostly. Some photography. And I answer questions when people come knocking on my door!

  6. November 9, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    That’s cool that you can do a work exchange for your rent. How many hours a week do you have to work for that? I’d really love to know what do you do with your doggie when you travel? That’s something I’m struggling with right now, because one of my biggest hurdles to traveling and doing some of the adventures I want to do is who will take care of my 3 dogs when I’m away.

    • November 15, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      I pay someone to watch my dog, or I ask a friend. It can be difficult and expensive. I’m sure it would be harder with three dogs! As for work exchange, it’s not really based on hourly.

      • December 14, 2017 / 11:45 pm

        You might could find someone who is thinking about living in a tiny house and go onto,, and many others, to find someone to comes for free to take care of pets. I go to Switzerland every year for 2.5 months and I have had the most interesting and nice sitters. I live in Phoenix so the only disadvantage is I travel to Switzerland in the winter so the sitters can enjoy our beautiful winter weather. Without my dog I would of course leave Phoenix in the summer, but my dog is worth it.

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