Monday, December 8, 2014

Cost to not cruise - November 2014

And here we are, November.  Kristi and I are out of Minnesota (but still talking with the folks about the -3 and -11 temperatures - not to worry, it did get over 20 for a few days..), and making our way back to Washington and Viking Star.  The Cost to Not-Cruise for November looks like this:

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November was 'Move Month' for us, and this is reflected in almost all the line items:
  • Groceries are low - we eat out a lot while traveling across country.
  • Dining Out is high - we eat out a lot while traveling across country.
  • Personal is high - we spent 4 days in San Fransisco!
  • Transportation reflects the gas for the car to drive cross country
  • Misc reflect costs for Hotels, as well as $135 or so for shipping of our items back to Washington.
  • Misc also contained the Utility bills while we were in Storden.

What can I glean from the above?
  • Well, 1st - the categories selected for life afloat do not align well with life on land.  (Utilities, hotel, etc all in Misc). 
  • Dining Out, despite being costly, is not THAT much more so vs. purchasing groceries for each day??
  • Access to Shopping is a BAD THING!  (But then we already knew this, as we noted a spike in our costs when ever we anchored near a city)
 We will do one more month of Cost to Not Cruise; and start the new year back in the Blue so to speak. And at that point will do some thoughts around the whole "How do costs on land vs. what it costs to cruise full time" - well, at least for us.


And now here is the standard explanation: If this is your 1st time looking at costs on our blog, and want some more background on why we are reporting what it costs to not-cruise on a cruising blog - well, we took a break by moving back to Minnesota to help out Kristi's folks January of 2014.  And we thought it would be interesting to be able to compare our costs on Land vs. on Sea., see more here:

For reference here is a summary of what it did cost us to cruise last year:

For Reference, Costs for Cruising in 2013
Again, following the link above will give you access to more details, or you can click on the Costs label to the right for even more cost data.

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