It’s Month Two of our life of indefinite travel. We’ve learned a lot over the last month.
We did much better on the budget this month than last overall.
But we had some ‘oops’ too. Let’s start there.
We went shopping.
For shoes of all things, (something I HATE by the way, yet it seems to take up a lot of my time). I learned a hard lesson that old sneakers and slip-on shoes don’t work too well when it’s cold and wet outside. I killed the budget this month by investing in some good quality shoes I can wear no matter what the weather. I haven’t regretted the purchase at all as I know they will last for a while. But, the budget did take a hit on this unexpected expense.
Because of my hasty packing, I only packed a lightweight cardigan and only one top to wear in winter so I needed to stock up a little bit. Although I could layer, it turned out what I did pack were all three-quarter-sleeved tops. So off to the shops I went. I did ditch two tops as a result to keep my packing light.
Grocery shopping – where DID we go wrong?
We’re finally adjusting to buying for two and in smaller quantities. We’ve learned just how much space we have in the car. Turns out we can manage about 3 days’ worth of food. We are eating healthier since we’ve started travelling, but we all know that healthy isn’t always the cheap way to go.
Easter plans through a spanner in the works for groceries too.
We’d asked Natalie what foods she’d been craving since living away from home. The list included fish with risotto, as well as chili. Neither are cheap to make but it was certainly delicious. On the other hand, it could have been all the chocolate we indulged in, it was Easter after all. Hmm…
Speaking of overindulging, our eating out spending was out of control.
I’m kind of surprised by this, because we cooked a lot this month. But when I drilled in, most of our restaurant excursions occurred during our stay in the Southern Highlands. We were still on splurge mode at that point, excited by our first housesit. And, considering how sick we had been, we still weren’t up for cooking that much. Besides, there are some seriously great places to eat in the Southern Highlands and we were tempted by it all!
Petrol continued to surprise us.
The cost of petrol per litre did not go down (still around A$1.44/litre) and we drove more this month than last. The surprising part was our fuel mileage went from 350 km per tank to almost 700km per tank thanks to some long highway stretches. We expected the mileage to improve but certainly not double! Gotta love that!
Accommodation was our big hitter, but we remained under budget. More than $600 under budget to be more precise.
We began and ended the month housesitting and that helped a lot. In fact, 12 days was spent housesitting.
The rest of April was filled with AirBnb stays. Because of school holidays, we were stuck a few times on places to stay, so we needed to pay a little more than the budget allowed for.
The biggest splurge was our stay at a Lighthouse, which was one of the things on our [Living List]. I can’t even tell you how we found this treasure (The Great Google, most likely) but we found it at a budget price of $120/night so we stayed two nights. Totally worth it–we only wish we could have stayed longer!
We also had an Easter getaway that we’d planned with our daughter Natalie before we all went our separate ways. We had booked a 5-night stay in a converted church in the Snowy Mountains. The cost was more than Rich and I would spend normally. But, spending a few days with her and just hanging out? Priceless.