I wanted to share our expenses from 6 months in Mexico
to give others an idea of what they might spend. This post is mainly a paraphrase of our post on Aboard Astraea Cruising Expenses
Over the course of 6 months, from November 19 to May 9 our cost to cruise
was $11,974.30. How much anyone else wants to spend is up to their tastes. We spent most of our time anchored out except when we had visitors Aboard Astraea. When that happened we pulled into a marina to make it easier for them.
Our bank does online graphs that show how we spent our money
. Here are the big expenses.
$4250 in atm withdrawals. We used cash to pay for almost everything.
$2700 for "Entertainment" That includes $100 on kindle books
, $662 for Marinas
and $1200 for boat maintenance
stuff, $700 for dry boat storage
$230 for insurance
$1000 for general stuff from WalMart (includes some groceries)
$1020 on fuel
for main engine diesel
$850 for bus and plane tickets home after the season for 3 people
$390 on the credit card for groceries. We used lots of cash for groceries each month. We estimate about $400 cash for groceries
$330 for electronics
$325 for cellphone service
in the USA and text messaging on our DeLorme InReach satellite
messenger ($50/month). We paid about $30 cash each month for cell phone
$189 for online services
$175 for our car back home
$145 for restaurants in the USA and at resorts in Mexico
. We paid lots in cash to eat out. Most dinners out were about $15 US. We kept it cheap
by eating at taco shops
$125 for clothes
$75 for taxes
We could have paid less in Mexico by staying up in the sea of cortez
and not eating out as much but it was a great first six months and we're looking forward to going back in October!
Anyone else spend more or less