What Does it Cost to Go Cruising?

Why is it that everyone seems to give such vague answers to this seemingly simple question? Maybe they have a fortune stashed away in some offshore bank account to fund their trip and don’t want the IRS to catch wind of it, or they’ve discovered some get-rich-quick scheme that actually works and aren’t interested in…

Baby Blue’s Outfitting Expenses

It’s a little late, but after getting a lot of questions about how much it cost us to go cruising, we decided we should share our initial outfitting costs along with our monthly expenses. Some of these prices are estimates and I’m sure we’re forgetting a few things, but it should be pretty accurate. We’d…

Just another hole in the water

I don’t know, maybe I’ve said this before, but this boating thing is expensive. Boats are kind of like weddings that way. If any ordinary item is to be used on a boat (or in a wedding) it is suddenly twice as expensive as it would otherwise be. Our bank account has been bleeding like…

No Turning Back Now

After tons of planning and hard work we have finally made it to the end of the first phase in our big scheme, and from here there’s no turning back. Jon quit his job at the end of March to finish up our house projects and my last day of work was yesterday. Today we…

Debt Free

I paid off my student loan today! Jon paid his off earlier this summer and we are now officially debt free. All it took was selling my motorcycle…and Jon’s motorcycle before that, and countless other things that at the time seemed difficult to part with but I’ve since forgotten about. If everything goes according to…

Budgeting Buzzkill

In November of last year we created a budget and have been keeping track of our expenses since then. I must say that I’m doing a great job keeping track of how much we spend, and not such a great job actually sticking to the budget. Each month so far we’ve come up with some reason to go way…

Dropping Out of the Car Culture

I made the first big lifestyle change and sold my truck. It’s been two weeks now without my truck and this morning I woke up to a few inches of fresh snow on the ground. Not only did selling the truck instantly knock three thousand dollars off of our debt but it is also a…

Progress

One of the quickest ways we thought we could make some extra cash without taking on second jobs, was selling stuff we no longer need (meanwhile benefiting from the feng shui of an uncluttered house). Having never had a well paying job and being very afraid of credit card debt, I don’t have much of value. But I…