Originally Posted by sailorm
[$3000/month]Sounds like plenty to me but then I spent a lot of time in areas of the world where the dollar bought a lot more than it does here or probably the Caribbean
. . . Over all we spent far less than the amount you are speaking of but we did enjoy anchoring
where we were 1/2 mile or more from conveniences.
Mary, my recollection is that you did your cruising in the 70s, possibly the 80s, as well. Keep in mind, the dollar of today is far from the dollar of those times.
For instance, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics own Inflation Calculator, $3000 in 2007 equates to the following:
I, for one, and many others, do not believe the government's methodology for calculating inflation is accurate - they have a vested interest in making inflation look as benign as possible. My suspicion, therefore, is that the figures above are a best case scenario; i.e. the figures above would actually be lower than they are if inflation were calculated accurately.
That said, I do admire the cruising you did "back in the day." And I love the story about leaving the locally produced eggs for the "poor people."