Once again, we had a month where our expenses were over $2,000. This has been a costly winter for us, despite having won the trip to
we considered that we may not have the chance to do that trip again so we
didn’t scrimp on the expenses, within reason.
And as for March, if we remember that we started the month in Cape Town, South Africa, spent time in New York City and Cancun, Mexico, and ended up in our motorhome…we actually did really well in the expense department!
Total expenses for March 2014 came to $2,113.87.
Gasoline: We spent $92.63 at the beginning of the month in the little rental car that we had in
South Africa. Then, when we arrived
at Sherman we
put 1,000 pesos ($88.00) worth of gas in his tank. So a total of $180.63 Gasoline has been rising steadily
here in Mexico
and with the recent decline in the Canadian dollar it now costs around $1.10
per litre. Still cheaper than in Canada, but not the real deal that
it used to be. It’s now more expensive than it is in a lot of the United States.
Toll Roads: $23.14 in total. A couple of small tolls in
South Africa at the beginning of March, and then
the one hefty one for the motorhome here in Mexico last week.
propane tank needed filling. That cost $37.22.
Groceries: $290.40. Not bad. Thought it might have been cheaper, but
Sherman was of course empty of food
when we arrived back in Mexico,
so we had some stocking up to do. We actually did quite well over the winter.
Average monthly grocery bill of $292. Of course some of that is related to the
fact that our entertainment and eating out bill is far higher than it has ever
Alcohol: Higher than normal in March. Again, possibly related to the fact that
was empty of booze when we arrived so we did some stocking up. We spent $169.97
in March, where we typically average around $120 per month.
Miscellaneous: High, at $461.70. Major expenses in this category included backdated storage fees for
($173), donations and fees ($115) Mexico
internet ($43) and New York city
buses and subways ($56).
Entertainment: This is where we typically include any meals out, attractions, shows, tourist stuff, that kind of thing. We spent $365.92 last month. This included part of our
all inclusive stay ($123) as well as thirteen meals out for the two of us!
Overnight: Not bad, at $304.15. Combination of guest house stays,
Cancun all inclusive ($150) and RV park costs. This
amount is also cheap due to help from friends, contacts, and couchsurfing
hosts. Many thanks to all of you!
Motorhome: We have a separate category for motorhome expenses, and there hasn’t been much in it the last two years. That’s because
Sherman hasn’t moved much
the last two years. We’re going to change that this fall as we plan to spend
late 2014 and early 2015 doing some more exploring in the motorhome! We spent
$110 on Sherman’s
new engine battery last month.
Travel: $170.74 for our two airplane tickets from
Cape Town to Johannesburg.
So, a total of $2,113.87. Quite a bit higher than we expected. Good thing we’re going back to work next month! April is also going to be quite high as we fly back to
and then drive to Saskatchewan