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3 Weeks Ago 11:13 AM
Minnesail
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Originally Posted by newhaul View Post
Here's something I got in my email today looks like a great way to light the cockpit in the evening on the hook Big 5 Sporting Goods
I bought one of those at the State Fair this year! I had a coupon, I think it was $10 or $12.



Anyway, I've only used it once on the boat, but it was kinda neat. It has loops on the top and bottom. I tied a light line to the bottom loop and tied it off to the boat and let it float around off the stern. It added a nice ambience. It was also fun to toss it around the cockpit and cabin kind of like a little glowing beach ball.

I meant to take it with me on my recent charter trip and tie it off the same way. I figured it would make it easier to find the right boat when dinghying back at night, and would provide just a little illumination for tying up the dinghy and getting back on board, but alas I forgot to pack it.

I think I'm going to get a couple more.
3 Weeks Ago 09:22 PM
newhaul
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Here's something I got in my email today looks like a great way to light the cockpit in the evening on the hook Big 5 Sporting Goods
3 Weeks Ago 03:39 PM
newhaul
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Good vid but what does it have to do with frugal cruising its all about the "evils of" mass marketing and has little to do with frugal living
3 Weeks Ago 03:02 PM
Bob142
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Another reason to live simply...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM
3 Weeks Ago 01:35 PM
pinayreefer
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I really do wish all houses appreciate in value, but after 2008.......... it just ain't so.
I recall telling a friend that I was going to Paris to visit and that I'd found a campground within site of the Eiffel Tower to stay. She told me that if she couldn't stay in a 5 star hotel, she wouldn't even go! Stay home and watch it on tv then! Now don't think I won't spend money on things that really, I mean really enhance my life. I love tent camping, and when I discovered a nice open celled sleeping pad, it was worth the cost, as it made my nights sleeping and staying warm so much better. Many other things can be just so much junk though.
3 Weeks Ago 12:56 PM
dwedeking
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

It's impressive how successful the marketing/societal pressures work on how you must fit in, conform, and 'need' more than you need. I went from living a "normal" life in 2008 to downsizing to a pretty minimalistic lifestyle in 2014. For me (and this is a personal item, and your mileage might vary) but living well under my means has increased the quality of life vs trying to have what everyone else has.

It's interesting to look at how many services people purchase in Suburbia USA that cost $50 - $100 a month. When I talk to friends/family members in the States about budgets (as the minimalistic freak is always a conversation starter lol) you'd be amazed at how these services they don't even think about easily make up the $500/mo budget we're talking about here.

Don, has every right to choose to live the way he lives, and is willing to trade where he lives, where he works, and the sacrifices he makes to achieve that dream. In my opinion, for myself, I'd be sucking on a tequilla bottle every night and end up eating a bullett if I had to go back to living in a cubicle house, working in a cubicle job, etc. There's just people out there that don't fit in to that scenario.

With my limited means (I make medium money by US standards) I can't afford to have a house/single location and do all the traveling/moving that my personality demands of me. So I had to choose.

Technology allows me to work remotely, which means I can pick locations that fit my particular point of the journey. Currently I'm living in Mexico, at under $1000/month budget, with my extra income going towards purchasing a boat. The location is so/so (I like living on the beach but prefer more tropical) but the cost of living is so low it will allow me to build a cruising kitty.

My reason for purchasing a boat (other than love of the sea) is because I enjoy moving to new locations every 2 or 3 years. Currently I rent furnished places where I want to live, but owning a boat will allow me to move without either paying shipping costs/moving costs or having to start over at each new location (pots/pans etc, things that are borderline on whether the expense of new items is too much vs dragging them onto a plane). So there are practical choices I've made (am making) to why a sailboat works for my circumstances/personality.

One thing, that I don't think non-minimalists get, is how you look at purchases differently. When I was in normal society, I would look at "can I afford this? yes - I want, must buy. no - damn, I need to get more $$ so I can buy". Now, I look at something and think "that will make things a little easier, will buy" but then I usually turn back within a couple of aisles and put it back, thinking "ahh, that regular tool will work for now".

In regards to provisions, to help with a budget you really need to "eat locally". American has a wonderful luxury of being able to walk into a grocery store and shop by "chinese food section", "mexican food section" and get the ingredients for dishes from all over the world. When you live in different spots you'll find those items are cost prohibitive. When I lived in Hawaii I ate a lot of stirfry, as the large asian population make these the items grown locally. You could get almost anything, but a lot of exotic stuff was shipped from the Mainland and so cost more. Or those items aren't to be found. In Mexico I can't find thick cut pepper bacon like you can in almost any supermarket in the states. So you choose to live without it and use local items instead. Thinking that your going to move around the world and find your brand of XYZ product at every location and stay in a budget is not logical.

One thing I haven't seen is how are people working taxes (if you have passive income or work online like I do)? I know I did a year stay in Las Vegas to set up residency there (no income tax at state level) which is a couple $100 a month into the kitty.
4 Weeks Ago 05:26 PM
newhaul
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Uhhh, not necessarily...

There are many instances where gizmos such as computers and having internet access can easily lead to cost savings over the long run...

Electronic charts, for those comfortable relying on them instead of paper, is but one example that comes to mind...
that's very true here is a good link for the USA
NOAA announces free nautical 'BookletCharts' for boaters
4 Weeks Ago 05:22 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Originally Posted by Don0190 View Post
well, go simple and get rid of all these computer and electronic "things"

isn't that the thread?
Uhhh, not necessarily...

There are many instances where gizmos such as computers and having internet access can easily lead to cost savings over the long run...

Electronic charts, for those comfortable relying on them instead of paper, is but one example that comes to mind...
4 Weeks Ago 05:21 PM
newhaul
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

nope that's the why use a depth sounder thread
4 Weeks Ago 04:55 PM
Don0190
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

well, go simple and get rid of all these computer and electronic "things"

isn't that the thread?
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