Budget #7- Time to get a job!

BUDGET FOR THE MONTH OF JULY…

WE SPENT HOW MUCH?!!

COUNTRIES VISITED: Columbia, Ecuador, Peru

For those of you who follow along on Facebook, you may already know that we have decided to stop in Huanchaco, Peru for a few months and try to find some work.  After this past month we realized that it was time to take a break and make some money.  So here it is folks…
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Budget #5

BUDGET FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

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COUNTRIES VISITED- Costa Rica, Panama

What a great month. As our time in Central America slowly slips away I cannot believe that in a matter of hours we will be arriving in a new continent.  I am excited to see what South America has to offer and the new adventures that lie before us. We will miss you, Central America and all of the truly amazing people that we have met along the way.  Here is the last budget for Central America complete with the first set of fees for shipping the car around the Darien Gap.

SHIPPING FEES-$1011

This fee is for a 40ft container that we are sharing with our friends from adventuretheamericas.com/.  We were lucky enough to have Kevin help out with the paperwork and did not have to hire a “guide” to help us through the process. This saved us around $300.

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION- $843.10

Includes plane tickets to Columbia (around $350/person), train ride from the port when we dropped off our car ($25/person), tolls, taxis, parking fees, etc

GROCERIES- $304.95

EATING OUT- $266.34

ALCOHOL-$126

MECHANIC- $500

We needed a new fuel pump among other things… It was expensive, but the mechanic was great and had it done in a day.

CAR STUFF- $40

Fixing the a/c, new o2 sensor, new internals for the starter

BORDER CROSSING- $18

LODGING- $309

We have been camped out in a hotel for the past week and a half while sorting out the oh so fun process of shipping the car and exploring Panama City.

PARK FEES/ CAMP GROUND FEES – $145

We went to a trout farm (which was a bit pricey) but not only did James finally catch some fish, Jarod, from LifeRemotely.com also chefed up a delicious Thai Curry with freshly caught trout for dinner. Totally worth it.

GAS- $241.06

ENTERTAINMENT- $25

Yoga in Atenas with Sheena, from drivenachodrive.com and Jill, from www.anywherethatswild.org, tickets to the Panama Canal and a trip to the movies to see the Avengers with the boys from adventuretheamericas.com. .  Good times had by all!

Misc- $61.52

Laundry, a new pair of $3 shoes, and supplies for a ghettofied rain tarp for the car!  We will post pictures when we get a chance to rig it up

Aaaaand the GRAND TOTAL IS….

$3890.97

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Month #4 Expenses

EXPENSES FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

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COUNTRIES VISITED – Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica

This month was a bit of a rough patch for the budget. During our race against time to meet up with our family in Costa Rica, we moved much faster than we normally would and as a result spent more in the process.  We did not have as many opportunities to camp as we would have hoped and spent a lot on accommodations. This also marks the beginning of the whirlwind of family visits (in the most expensive country in Central America), where we partied it up Tico style and indulged in a few more costly activities than we normally would have. It was a hell of a month, and we had a blast :)

GAS-$545.75

I shed a tear for our budget every time we have to fill up the tank… lol

BORDER FEES- $170.79

This includes our super sketchy border crossing into Nicaragua

ACCOMMODATIONS- $399.31

 

CAR EXPENSES- $105.90

New brake-line for the truck, carwash, oil, and other various car stuff

TOLLS, TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING- $61.35

This cost is pretty high for the month because it includes our ferry crossings to and from Isla Ometepe
GROCERIES- $435.53
DINING OUT-  $295.36

 

BEER AND LIQUOR- $109.54

ENTERTAINMENT, TOURS, PARK ENTRANCE FEES – $93.00
Entry fee and a night tour at Volcan Masaya, butterfly garden and a night tour in Monte Verde (we really like the night tours!), and park entrance fee in Puerto Viejo

MISC – $33.70

Mainly toiletries and stocking up on some essential items for the car

GRAND TOTAL- $2250.23

~$75/day

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Month #3 Expenses

EXPENSES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

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COUNTRIES VISITED – Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua

I am sure that some of you may be wondering what the hell we have been spending for the last few months, since the budget update is looong overdue. I would love to say that I have simply been too busy with family and other important obligations to post anything, but seeing as James has shown me up by posting many times over the past couple of months, I would like to come clean and say it was purely out of sheer laziness. That being said, I have FINALLY decided to stop procrastinating and get this thing up to date!

MECHANICO- $837.63

Rebuild Power steering pump, Rebuild power steering box, Add-a-leaf to spring pack, Repair punctured gas tank, Repair A/C leak, Remove/Clean Oil pan and replace oil pan gasket, Remove and repair CV boots, Replace front/rear brake pads/drums, Oil change, Tire rotation.

This actually accounts for almost half of our expenses for the month. Luckily we had amazing hosts while our baby was getting fixed up and did not have to pay a dime for the  two weeks we were camped out at their house. Thanks again Karina and Julio!

GAS- $71.19

We were at school for most of the month, and pretty much walked everywhere. Gas was fortunately a very low cost

SCHOOL- $150

This was for one on one classes for 20 hours a week

ACCOMMODATIONS- $76

This was mostly for lodging out our amazing school, Corazon Maya

GROCERIES- $332.19

EATING OUT- $172.41

TOLLS, TRANSPORTATION, PARKING-$5.86

LIQUOR AND BEER- $136.62

Not too shabby!

ENTERTAINMENT- 11.60

Notice how this number is very low. We use drinking as our main source of entertainment :)

MISC ITEMS -$37.52

Laundry, supplies for the car, maps, bathroom fees, sunscreen, etc

GRAND TOTAL- $1831.02

~ $61/Day

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