We slacked last month and didn’t get our budget out as promised. Perhaps we’re sliding into manana time down here in Mexico? This post will therefore give the rundown for both our October and November expenses.
Click here to see our Budget page with previous months’ breakdowns.
|October and November Monthly Expenses|
|Oct 2012||Nov 2012||Monthly Averages (since July 2012)||Notes|
|Food & Alcohol|
|Alcohol||$35||$65||$76||We’re loving the tequilla|
|Bar||$38||$15||$53||It’s getting hard to find a cold beer on the sea!|
|Groceries||$566||$305||$394||Luckily fresh fish plays a central role here|
|Dining Out||$81||$47||$53||We’re surveying the fish taco stands when we can|
|Water||$4||$5||$5||Nope, can’t drink the free stuff|
|Consumables||$0||$59||$69||Paint, wd-40, etc|
|Engine Fuel||$47||$54||$23||Hopefully it’s all downwind from here|
|Cook Fuel||$17||$0||$5||Propane and charcoal|
|Marina||$27||$81||$54||Luxury is tied to a dock after a long passage|
|Clothing||$10||$0||$17||We keep going through the sunglasses…|
|Internet||$19||$12||$26||Lots of internet cafes|
|Sporting Goods||$56||$0||$37||Just hooks and feathers from here on out|
|Misc||$74||$8||$54||The odds and ends|
|Totals||$1,063||$651||$1,145||We’re still hoping to keep our monthly cruising budget to under $600, we’re getting close.|
After spending more than expected on the refit, we’re still a bit behind on the overall budget, but overall it’s looking good. In October we had friends in town, so we treated ourselves a bit more, and in November we bought two new batteries, which wiped out the maintenance budget. We also stayed tied to a dock (albeit a rickety $13 a day dock) in Santa Rosalia for a week, but it allowed us to really see that bizarre little mining town, and do a big reprovisioning with ease.
It is looking like we can eat and drink for a month, including Wylie, for around $400. That’s like one trip to Costco back home. Our diesel usage is pretty meager as well at around $50 a month. That’s less than a tank of gas that might last us a week back home.
We’re going to continue to shave where we can, without sacrificing our diet or our occasional happy hour libations. We’re not here to live like total ascetics after all.