Part of getting food
costs down is watching the prices and knowing which store has the lowest prices on different things. Of course using simple or raw foods and not frozen dinners cut down on costs a lot.
Though they add to prep time. Dumping the car, car insurance
, slip and living on the hook is about the only way I know. Plus I don't smoke or drink so that cuts lots right there. Plus no health insurance
Really at $500 a month your looking at food
and maybe phone
My basic costs per month are
Food = $150-$170
cat costs = $50 (food, litter)
= $50 ish (sometimes more sometimes less
= $60 (includes haul out
every 3-4 years and basic repairs
/ maintenance). I believe on using the best paint
I can find for the area I'm in.
Slip (2 x one night per month) =$50 (not at the higher end marina's either) Actually the inland areas of the SF bay
area have some pretty cheap
rates so you have to shop around.
misc. = $50 (cloths, makeup, hair, propane
Clothes are goodwill or really good clearance sale price
Food for me is generally hamburger, rice, onions, garlic, lettuce, potato's, tomato sauce. coconut milk (for curries), pasta, bread, flour, milk, butter, celery, spices. Plus some canned chicken, roast beef or ham sometimes. Maybe some fish
if they are biting but I'm a not so great fisher
woman. Oh some cheese too. Bell peppers when they are on sale
for 3 @ $1.00.
That plus spices and I'm pretty much good to go. Most meats are off the table as they are just too much $$$ for a $500 a month budget
I shop in two or three different places and shop prices. You can easily spend over twice what I do for the exact same things depending on where you shop.
Lots of curries and gumbo's on this girls boat.
If I was no careful about where I shopped or if I kept the boat in a pricey marina, my costs would be $1100-$1200 a month easy. Add a car, car insurance, phone
, cable, dinner out, movies, etc. and the costs go up and up.