Well On budgets, I'm pushing $600 a month at the moment. But that includes $65 per month for haulout and maintenance
. If I haul out
this fall it will be 4 years since the last job. So figure this fall or next spring. No real hard stuff on the hull
, but getting more soft growth now. So soon on the bottom job.
The Cat is up to $60 a month but I'm finding ways to cut his fancy non tracking cat litter costs down a little.. That will drop $10 a month by buying
bulk. Oh and maybe another $7 savings from buying
bulk dry cat food
. Caned cat food
is tricky for Mr. I don't like this cat food this week.
So my costs per month average:
Slip =$125, 4 to 5 days a month, for trash, laundry
, food runs, water
, and a long hot showers.
Food =$200 ish, I aim for $170 but then need odds and ends and sundrys
=$40, Some months a little more, some months a little less
medical/drugs $30, no medical insurance
, have not seen a doctor in 5 years.
Cat = $60, cat food, cat litter
= $65, average with money
for haul out
misc =$40 (entertainment, restaurants, clothing
, odds and ends) Entertainment is normally a few cheap
ebooks to supplement the free ebooks I read. Clothing
is goodwill or the 70% off clearance racks. two pairs of flip flops per year, etc.
Now that's for me cruising the California Delta
to the bay and back. Though I expect that will be doable say on the east coast
on the US and central america
Whats not included:
things I don't use: coffee, alcohol, beer
, wine, cigs, etc.
things I don't need: car, house, cable, HOA dues, medical
insurance, car or house insurance, yacht club dues, etc. etc.
Food items include, potato's, rice, onion, bread, milk, butter, flour, hamburger, lettuce, spices, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, baking power, tea, tomato sauce, coconut milk (when cheep) cheese, etc. canned chicken, pasta, canned roast beef, popcorn.
I'll buy bulk and split into smaller plastic bags, things like rice or beans (not big on beans). Generally make most meals
from scratch, cookies too. Nothing expensive, even fresh chicken is too pricey for me.
If I drop the boat insurance and cat I would be right at $500. Though even $600 is pretty good now a days, what with inflation and all.
is about $10 a month, but I just use the quarters I get back in change. It sort of comes out of the food budget
and well everything else too. Quarters go in the laundry jar (plastic of course). So not really a budget item. Note: I also use the bucket and plunger too for laundry.
Pay a diver on $20 every 6-9 months to replace the prop zinc. Have not paid to have the bottom cleaned since 2009. Zinc's have been coming out of boat stores, but only have a few left. I move around enough that the soft growth falls off with the ablative paint
I use. Though the paint
is looking a little shabby nowadays...
So that's it in a nut shell for me anyway. As DOJ
implied, your mileage will vary. I expect most peoples bar bill to be bigger them my monthly food bill for example.
OK not cruising far off areas, least wise not yet. but still doable in northern cali anyway.