Konyaaltı Beach at Antalya, Turkiye.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Antalya, Turkiye.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Paris, France on May 1st.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

May Expense report... just under budget. Sort of.

We had a budget of $2,650 CAD for the month of May, and we spent $2,455 CAD ($1,808 USD, €1,700). 

Pretty happy with that, considering we started the month in Spain, we brought Max on a 28 hour boat ride, we toured the entire south coast of Ireland, then drove all the way across the country and spent a couple of days touring Dublin. I'd say we did really well!

But I said "sort of", because the credit card bill will actually be quite a lot higher. I bought our flights back to Canada, but they won't get expensed here until we actually use them at the end of August and the middle of October. It gives a more accurate representation of our costs this way. 

In the meantime, lets look at how everything broke down. The following figures are in $CAD...

Fuel: We spent $231 on diesel fuel for Max. Not bad. But he's down to 1/3 of a tank so June will likely be higher.

The sun sets for the last time this month.

Toll Roads: Our biggest expense of the month was the ferry from Spain to Ireland at a cost of $579, then there were some minor road and tunnel tolls that brought the total in this category to $599.

Propane: We had to fill both tanks, so a total cost of $47.

Groceries: Better than expected! We are finding grocery prices to be not bad here in Ireland. We spent a total of $435 for the month which is below our average for a "western" country. But, we did have a couple of meals on the ferry, and a couple of meals at the wedding, so that would make a bit of a difference.

Meals Out: A total of $68, all for meals consumed on the ferry. Yes, we'll make it out for an Irish pub meal at some point in June!

Alcohol: We spent $99 stocking up on cheap beer and wine before we left Spain. We've been pacing ourselves with it, and it'll last us a couple of more weeks yet!

Miscellaneous: A total of $270 which is higher than normal. We bought a fare amount of clothing. Besides our charity shop wedding outfits, I bought a pair of hiking pants. And we spent $60 on cellular internet access, and $38 on laundry!

Entertainment: $20 on two drinks at the bar prior to the wedding.

Overnight: A total of $450, mostly because of our two night hotel stay at $210 a night. We also spent $30 on two nights of motorhome parking throughout the month. Otherwise we free camped.

Motorhome: Speaking of which, we include here a $235 monthly fee for our motorhome registration, insurance, and roadside assistance. We paid this in advance last year, but include it as a monthly fee to more accurately reflect our expenses of living and traveling by motorhome.

So, a total of $2,455 CAD.

We have a planned budget of $1,490 CAD for the month of June as we continue our motorhome adventure in Ireland.

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