It only just occurred to me that we never posted our January expenses. I think we just had so much going on at the beginning of February, and then we've had poor (or non-existant!) internet a few times during the month.
January was again a little higher than normal for us, but when we break it all down we actually did okay. We spent a total of $2,054 in January.
Gasoline: We spent $225.25 in gasoline for our little 20 year old Ford Laser rental car. Not bad, especially when you consider that gasoline costs averaged $1.40 per litre ($5.30 per gallon).
Toll Roads: Minor detail, but we spent $3.82 on toll roads and toll bridges. There are actually quite a few toll roads in South Africa, but they're pretty cheap.
Groceries: At $299.97 little higher than we figured. But we had done a large shop ($73) right near the end of the month, so February should come in quite a bit cheaper.
Alcohol: $138.53. Pretty much on target.
Miscellaneous: Once again this category bites us in the hand. Including Ruth's $92 doctor visit to have her hand stitched up, we spent a total of $282.37 in this category. Our other major expense was internet at $94. We each have a "dongle" for cellular internet on our laptops, and we had to recharge them twice in January. It's looking like February will be quite a bit cheaper, providing Ruth stays away from sharp glass.
Entertainment: We spent $217.78 on entertainment, and this includes all meals out. There were no major items in this total, mostly lunches that we bought when we were out exploring Cape Town at the beginning of January. Hm. And $18.88 in ice cream? They make these delicious chocolate and almond covered ice cream bars here. We're kind of addicted.
Overnight: Thanks to our many couchsurfing hosts during the month of January (thank you!!), we ended up only paying for eight nights of accommodation. The total came to $288.46, or an average of $36.06 per night. Not bad.
Travel: At $597.77, this is what put our January total quite a bit higher than normal. Our car rental goes into this category. Averaged between two months, our car rental cost us $411.86 for the month. Plus, we had our 21 hour bus ride from Windhoek to Cape Town at $182.26.
So a total of $2,054. February is looking like it's going to be pretty close to the same. Good thing we're going back to work again in May! Oh, some interesting news to tell you about that as well. I'll get to it in the next post!