Saving is better than Spending
When we were both working, spending small sums of money here and there hardly warranted consideration. Now that we’re out cruising though, without a steady income, each dollar saved is another day that we get to stay out here (well, it would take more than a dollar, but you get my point).
Shortly after checking in to customs here, Rebecca and I went out for a walk to do a bit of shopping. One item on our shopping list was a courtesy flag for Antigua. I think I may have mentioned this before but courtesy flags, the small flags that boats raise after clearing in to a new country, are largely a non-issue down here. We, and many others, had stressed about their necessity, especially given that each flag purchased new is in the $20.00 US range. We ultimately said screw it and purchased only a couple for countries that we knew we’d be spending time in.
Now, because we do plan on hanging out here in Antigua for a while, coughing up a bit of money for a flag wouldn’t be unreasonable, right? We thought so anyway. Isn’t it cool then, that while out for that walk, potentially to buy one of those flags, that we found exactly what we needed on the side of the road? Yes, lying in the ditch, partially covered by mud, was an Antiguan flag, one of the nylon ones on a plastic stick that people fly from their car windows. Score! We stuck it in our bag and when back to the boat, cleaned it up, attached a couple of grommets to it (we keep a bag of these on board) and voila, we had a perfect courtesy flag, for free!
That same day, given that my recently-shortened hair was starting to look not-quite-so-short again, Rebecca mustered up the courage (or perhaps it was me who mustered up the courage) to attempt cutting my hair. During her trip to California last month, she purchased some inexpensive hair clippers so she was all set with the proper tools, but being as this was the first time that she had done this, neither of us were entirely too sure of what the outcome would be. But how bad could it really end up, right? In spite of the fact that she did the job on the transom of our boat, at anchor, with the odd little speed boat zipping by and throwing wake at us, I think she did an awesome job, given the subject she had to work with of course. Do you think she’d let me cut hers now?
The time invested in those two events was minimal but the money saved would definitely keep us sailing for a few days. We’ll be keeping our eyes open for more such opportunities.