Comes from being a tightwad and trying to make do with less. It's become a game my wife and I play, seeing how cheaply we can achieve a goal. It doesn't always work in our favor, but provides much entertainment.
Lots of people use Escapess for short term. Except for annual cost, you only get charged when you order mail forwarded. Get it set up, have mail forded to it while you travel, get mail sent to you once or twice, then go home, get final shipment, then it is on hold until you travel again. Why not give them a call and discuss options with them.