We’ve now cleared one month in Canada and Craig has consistently stuck to his guns with the budgeting. He’s not religious but if he were, the money book would be his bible. Here is what us, Two Scots, have spent in one month in British Colombia.
Countries Visited: 1 – Staying put in Canada until January
Flights: 0. Plenty of ferry, bus and bike rides though
We are currently living in a caravan in the back garden of a hostel on the Sunshine Coast and in return for this kindness we help out around the B&B. Our accommodation outgoing is naturally very low this month! However we have visited Vancouver and paid for a double room in a hostel for two nights, hostels in Canada are super expensive in comparison to South America. We also crashed at our friends’ apartment for one night (thanks Karen and Craig!) Check out how we travel and work to save money.
Craig is dumbstruck at how much we are spending on food but not on our meals, on our junk food purchases! I think we got a bit over excited by choice after three weeks in Cuba. North Americans eat gelato not ice cream and I’ve just found out how much more calorific it is! I am currently playing at being a non meat eater (only fish) and Craig is generally eating the same meals as me so we’re saving a bit by not buying meat. *Disclaimer my parents bought many of our meals when we were with them.
Total: £555 (junk food £169)
Craig needed a few alcoholic beverages to get him through the Grease sing-along in Stanley Park! We have drunk a fair bit this month but my parents were over on holiday and it would be rude not to join them… A healthy month ahead? Maybe not since our Scottish friends are visiting us this weekend. Slow travel is benefiting us though.
So many buses! The good thing about buses in Vancouver is that you can buy at $4 ticket which you can use in two zones within ninety minutes. A one way journey in zone one is $2.75 which really isn’t bad at all. Journeys on the Sunshine Coast are a bit cheaper at $2.25. We’ve also taken the ferry to Van and back (and it had WiFi and ice cream!) I continue to bang on about how good transport is in the up and coming monthly round ups!
Wow, we’ve not paid for any trips. We are working with Vancouver Tourism so many of our escapades are covered by our media pass. Looking forward to telling you about our Van adventures. No, I didn’t get a name badge or queue jump!
Total: £0 (?!)
I went shopping! By shopping I mean I spent ten minutes in H&M and came out with a hoodie. It’s grey with black seams. It felt sooooo nice to buy something new. I am such a capitalist baby. No idea what the rest of the money went on, Craig..?
- Two Scots Partnerships
- SloCat Harbour Tour – two passes for Two Scots
- Vancouver Tourism
- Molly’s Reach Restaurant, Gibsons (article is work in action.)
And my Granny and Grandad Murphy sent us $100 over – thanks Murphs 🙂
PS. The bear is Grinder from Grouse Mountain. No back garden bear sightings, yet. Two snake sightings though, one at the beach and one at a park (argh!)
Any budgeting tips you can share?