Budget: April 2017

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Waaaaaaaah!  Budget?  What budget?  Man, this was a fun month.  And that’s what this life is about, right?  Yeah, that’s what I tell myself when I review this one.  Before you scroll down and see that total, just keep in mind that we shoot for an average of $1000/month ($30/day total).

Reminder:

**In a previous post I explained what I consider and include in our own personal “budget”. For tracking and sharing purposes I am only counting true living expenses and general boat maintenance. (Althought I do note major purchases each month, if we have any) So if I don’t include the boat payment and major purchases, what DO I include? Food, diesel, gas, propane, eating and drinking out, dog stuff, clothes, cell phone/data, toys, land adventures, mooring balls and marinas,and general boat maintenance such as oil changes, watermaker filters, zinc anodes, etc. Pretty much every bit of boat related money we spend other than boat payment and insurance – now that the upgrades are finished. Why don’t I include those? Because they are so variable to you – the person I am tracking this information for. You may or may not have a boat payment, and you may or may not have boat/medical insurance. And if you have either, the costs vary wildly.**

April 2017 Budget

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April Expenses

So how’s that for a budget?  Keep in mind we shoot for an average.  But still.  So glad we have savings – and so glad we had such a fun month!

I admit, the first day we were back I ordered a new Mantus Anchor.  The second day I ordered an ice maker.  Safety and comfort – that’s what April was all about! Er, well.  And playing with friends, staying on the world’s bounciest mooring ball, buying charts, replacing the Danfoss module on the fridge, and scoping out the Keys.  And buying a #creepyvan.  But that’s another blog post/budget altogether…

Did you miss the March Budget post? Check it out!  You can also type Budget in the search bar to pull up ALL THE BUDGETS!

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  • Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor

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    I like the combination of ordering an anchor and an ice maker 🙂

    • Jennifer

      Priorities, Ellen, priorities.

  • Sailing Kittiwake (Elena)

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    Ooooh what sort of ice maker did you order? It doesn’t sound too expensive. How does it work?

    • Jennifer

      Hey Kittiwake!
      It’s just a countertop model – I believe this one is sold as RCA on Amazon, but they all seem to be the exact same model under a variety of names. It works GREAT for 2 or 3 people, as long as it’s sunny and we have plenty of solar filling our batteries. We just put water in, turn it on, and 6 minutes later we have a small batch of ice! We usually make a few batches a day, then store the”extra” in the fridge in case we want a sundowner.

    • Jennifer

      Actually it’s 12v.

      • Sailing Kittiwake (Elena)

        Haha sorry typo! That’s amazing! Hopefully something that’ll be available in Europe soon too (looked on Amazon UK and there aren’t any that are 12v). Enjoy the ice, we’ll be jealous from France 😛

        • Jennifer

          And I responded incorrectly! It’s not 12v. It’s standard – but I have it plugged into our inverter…

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