I think HUD has it about right, I charge $15 USD for recreational crew on my boat for their share of food
. I have always felt that about $10 a day is what food
costs average over time it, some places maybe a bit more some a bit less.
This assumes you are not just serving up processed canned meets out of tins and rice! It means frozen or fresh stuff at the beginning of the trip, either meat fish
or poultry as part of the main meal, lots of cheese and fruits, plus lots of nibble stuff for snacks like raisons and nuts. Also, the litres of UHT milk to go with the good quality cerealsat breakfast. To keep the standard of living up when you get into canned goods later, you have to be using some rather expensive specialty items like anchovies and capers, good quality chutneys and such for spicing up what would otherwise be a bland meal. You alsohave to remember you are not eating all of the costs, there is the dishwahing detergent and paper towels etc, it all adds up!
I do not serve premixed soft drinks on board, but I do bring soda water
, and cordials so if they want something bubly they can make their own, (a suprising favorite is the fruit juiices often get mixed with the soda water
as some of the real juice is pretty thick stuff. And of course, the price
does not include alcohol or dinners of the boat.
However $10 a day will not go far if you do not do use a little bit of sense when shopping
in some places. Sometimes beef is a good buy and chicken is too expensive, or it could be pork that is the bargain. The same is with cheeses, if all you will eat is the imported foreign stuff, you will blow the budget
. Get a good quality cheddar, I like the Anchor
brand and buy it in the big 2 kilo blocks and use it for just about everything, I have found it alsmost everywhere at a reasonable, if not inexpenxive, price.
I also do not buy prepackaged dinners, I buy the ingredients and we do the prep and cooking
, for example making pizzas from scratch (dough and sauce) makes the emal taste that much better!