The Transnistria parliament building with a statue of Lenin out front. In the city of Tiraspol, Transnistria. Photo taken December 9, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Monday, February 1, 2016

January Expenses

Wow, another month done already. Only three months from today and we will be back at Cabri Park in Saskatchewan. Time flies when you're having fun!

Okay, on to our January expense report. It wasn't a bad month, although we overspent in just about every category. Not by much, but a little in each category adds up! We spent a total of $1,506 CAD for the month.

(Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are in Canadian dollars. For USD equivalent you can subtract about 30%.)

Gasoline: We spent $237 on gasoline for a one time fill up. Fortunately, we didn't drive very far in the month, so most of that gasoline is still in the tank! Gasoline is relatively expensive here in Mexico just now because the price is regulated by the government. Currently at 13.15 pesos per litre. ($1.04 CAD per litre, or $2.75 USD per gallon).

Toll roads: $0...we generally try to avoid the expensive toll roads unless paying the toll results in a better driving experience. Often the free roads are in better condition than the toll roads and you see more of Mexico. We'll be doing some more toll roads during the month of February as we often take toll highways on the routes that are planned for the caravan we will be leading.

Propane: We spent $75 on propane in January. We had a mishap at the beginning of the month and we didn't receive the amount that we had paid for. We weren't there to control it at the time, so nothing we could do about it. So then we had to fill up again a couple of weeks ago. But suffice to say that in the future we will make sure we are always standing there when the propane tank is refilled.

Groceries: Normally, we can get by on $250 a month in this category while in Mexico. In January, we spent $305. I think it was that big hunk of filet mignon that put us over the top! But we're glad that we bought it. We got five good meals out of that piece of high end beef, and it's probably the most tender we've ever had. We're having filet mignon steaks for dinner tonight!

Alcohol: Okay, so we drank too much in January. We spent $193 on booze, which considering that booze is fairly cheap in Mexico, the total is too high. Our average tends to be around $150, so we'll try and cut back a bit in February!

Miscellaneous: Not bad in this category, coming in at $194. Of that, $82 is internet. The rest is laundry, taxis, local buses, and Ruth bought some clothing. Still, we like to try and keep this category under $150.

Entertainment: This category includes meals out. We try to keep it under $100, and we came in at $107 for January so that's not bad.

Overnight: Usually we are well under $200 a month while we're in Mexico. We don't stay in many typical "RV Parks", but this time we wanted to explore the city of Queretaro and the best place to do that from was the RV parking area of the relatively expensive Flamingo Inn Hotel, a twenty minute walk from the downtown core. We were there for nine nights at 250 pesos ($20.50 per night) so that took up a big part of the total $336 that we spent during the month.

Motorhome: We spent $59 getting Sherman's new front curtains made.

So, a total of $1,506 for the month. Not bad, but higher than expected. Fortunately, many of you bought from our Amazon links during the month and contributed an income of $356 USD which is also higher than expected, because January is typically a slow month for Amazon sales. So thank you for that! It makes a big difference to us, and we appreciate it!

February should be quite a bit lower, but it's also going to be very different for our expenses because we'll be spending much of the month leading the caravan group.

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20 comments:

  1. The booze column is a bit high, probably because you had some Canadian guests sampling your rum punch and wine. Funny how someone elses booze tastes so much better. Teehee.

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    1. We enjoyed sharing our booze with you!

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  2. Interesting.
    Are you normally with a caravan group? or is this something different you wanted to try?
    Also, the booze bill -lol hubby laughed. I dont drink and he only has beer and wine.. but we haven't had a separate total running for it.Have added it into the cost of the groceries. Also the dog gets food and treats that we added into our grocery total as well. I think keeping totals and an account of what we spend keeps us in check of where we ARE spending.

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    1. No, we have never been with an RV caravan group before. We are actually leading this caravan through part of Mexico for four weeks.

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  3. Booze would of been higher had we been with you, so you made a saving really.

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    1. Yes, probably! But I'm sure we'll make up for that saving in early April!

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  4. Spoke with someone who has been in a caravan group in Mexico and they also had someone at the back making sure everyone was there.

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    1. Yes, we will have that person (the tailgunner) as well.

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  5. I think you did rather well. Sometimes it is worth paying for a spot to park and sometimes that steak is worth buying - enjoy it tonight.

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    1. We really enjoyed our time in Queretaro, so it was well worth the extra dollars. The steaks were delicious by the way!

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  6. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
    Nise to treat yourself once in a while.

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    1. Yes, it is too short and you can't take the money with you once you have left this world.

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  7. I filled up the other day at $.996 so I guess my gas was cheaper. Who would have thunk it?

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    1. When you fill a motorhome that price would make a difference. I will be interesting to see how long it will stay so cheap.

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  8. What do you sell on Amazon. It all sounds like a great time not to high a monthly budget as long as you are not supporting two households

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    1. Susan, we don't sell anything on Amazon. We simply make a commission for *anything* you purchase on Amazon when visiting their site via our links.

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  9. Holy moly...$150/mth avg! And I thought I drank a lot...mind you that's for two. Jean drinks very little and I've cut back since the heart attack. Enjoy your caravan. Will join you in Cabri for sure....you can give me the lowdown. Jean says hi from S'toon.

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    1. That's a wintertime average...we don't drink at all during the summer.

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    2. I was thinking Kevin, you should consider making your own mash in the summers. Maybe vodka from potatoes. We pay only $4 U.S. for a bottle of vodka and good quality Mexican wines run $5.50 a bottle.

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    3. Chris, it is not only because of the cost that we don't drink in the summer but it is also because we are on call 24/7. Anyways it gives our systems a break after a winter of consuming a little more than we probably should. ;-)

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