Money For Something

It seems like it’s been a long time since I wrote something for this blog. Whitney has made it her baby, and I was more than happy to let her take it over. She’s done a tremendous job.

So we finally hit the end of our first full month in Dubrovnik, six weeks in total. Honestly, it feels like we have been here for six months. I’m not complaining; it seems like we have just hit our stride here, seen all that we can see, and now are in the groove here. The days and weeks pass quickly.

Most days, we sleep in a little (usually I’m up by nine, while Whitney wakes up….later). Then we usually are at the gym by noon, home by one, and then ready for work by two. I try to put in three hours of work a day, to pay for this damn thing, look for other jobs, find funny videos of cats, etc. You get the idea.

Before I get into the money breakdown, I’d like to mention a couple things I’ve noticed about our Croatian friends:

–       They like to smoke here. A LOT. Croatians smoke basically 24/7. Maybe this is true for all of Europe, I don’t know, but I feel like I’m in an episode of Mad Men.  It’s gotten to the point where I actually like the smell of cigarette smoke, but there have been times when we’ve had to leave places because I couldn’t breathe. God bless them, but I swear everyone here is going to die of lung cancer.

–       I have heard more 80s music than I care to hear ever again in my life.  Phil Collins? Check. Dire Straits “Money for Nothing”? You bet your sweet ass. Huey Lewis and the News? They are alive and well, apparently. It seems like they play the same 20 songs over and over again, and all of them are songs that were “hits” twenty five years ago. The Heart of Rock and Roll is apparently in Dubrovnik.

Okay, with that rant out of the way, let’s talk about money. This month we did pretty good, and assuming that I get paid for one of my remote jobs (a big if at this point), we are under budget for a second month.

We made about $3500 this month. Our expenses break down as follows:

Rent: $531

Food: $945

Entertainment: $871 (includes two trips)

Misc: $917

TOTAL: $3264

So we are under this month by around $250. We were under last month by about $500, so this puts us roughly $750 for the trip. Not bad.

But here’s what I’ve learned about expenses here: while two people can get by for roughly $3000 a month, they can only do that if they don’t travel at all, and basically stay in one place. And never eat out.

If you are planning on doing any sightseeing while in Europe, a much better budget would be $4000 a month. That would still be on the cheap, though.

If you want to really live here, including renting a decent apartment, going out to eat a few times a week, buying clothes and souvenirs, going out to coffee shops and bars, basically to live somewhat well, I would suggest a budget close to $5000 a month for two people.

We are getting by on $3500. Enjoying ourselves, yes, but just getting by. We are hoping that I can pick up a job or two more so we don’t have to live quite so close to the bone. I had thought that I would enjoy being poor, so to speak, but I’m finding that I would prefer to simply not have to worry about money as much as I do.

Until next time!

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