Well, it was an expensive one, so we're going to get April out of the way quickly so that we can concentrate on May!
We knew April would be higher than normal. Travel months always are. But we didn't really expect it to add up to this much.
We spent $2,134 for the month. Everything is justifiable, and everything was necessary. Not much in the way of discretionary expenses. Thankfully, the next five months will each be FAR lower than that. Here's how it all broke down...
Gasoline: When Ruth asked at the beginning of the month how much it would cost to drive the little blue car from the center of Mexico to the center of Saskatchewan, I had it sort of figured out to around $350 worth of fuel. How much did we spend? $352.37. Pretty close guess, I'd say! We drove about 4,500 kms (2,790 miles). I guess I could sit down and figure out our fuel mileage, but suffice to say the little blue car does pretty well in that department.
Toll Roads: I have to admit, I didn't think the tolls would have been this much. We spent $76.60 getting through Mexico to the U.S. border. Yes, we could have taken the free roads, but we had such a long drive ahead of us, I didn't want to extend it if I didn't have to. Discretionary? Somewhat, I suppose.
Groceries: It's not easy to plan meals or shop for bargains when you're basically living out of a car for three weeks. Plus, we stocked up on a few items that are cheaper in the U.S., and then when we got here we had to stock a kitchen basically from scratch. We spent $520.49 in groceries. But the fridge is fairly well stocked, so hopefully May will be cheaper. We're sort of figuring $400 a month in this department for the next five months.
Alcohol: A little below average, at $103.14. The next five months will be WELL below average as we are not going to participate in the game of Rape the Consumer that is played with the Canadian alcohol prices. $50 for a box of beer? I can't believe there hasn't been a revolt of some kind.
Miscellaneous: This is where it hurt. Just a whole lot of little things that came up. For example, reinstating the Canadian insurance on the little blue car. That was $150 or so. Kevin's new hiking boots at $99. The exhaust repair on the little blue car for $84. We finally had to pay for those stolen tourist permits when we exited Mexico. Another $50 there. In total, we spent $683.87. It just kept adding up.
Entertainment: Considering we were on the road for three weeks and bought quite a few meals out, we actually did pretty good here coming in at $154.86. Not bad.
Overnight: We spent $243.09 to stay a total of six nights in hotels and motels. Not bad at an average of about $40 a night. Oh, and a big THANK YOU goes out to all of our couchsurfing and blog reading hosts. It wasn't only that you helped us save money in this category. More importantly, we so much enjoyed meeting each and every one of you!
So that all adds up to $2,134. Like I said, the next five months will be much cheaper. We're figuring around $600 per month on average. Really, our only expenses are food, internet, gas, and car insurance.