Sunday, February 11, 2018

BUDGET UPDATE - January, 2018

Another year (2017) bites the dust!! A challenging and changing one for sure!

So, as we begin the New Year of 2018, a brief explanation for any new folks that might be reading this blog. Mike & I decided to call Puerto Vallarta, MX our home after living in 5 other Latin American countries and 11 towns/villages. (You can read all about our journey by going to the Archives listed on the bottom right of the blog page.) It's now been 4 full years, as of December 15, 2017 that we have lived here.

The posted budget/expenditures are for 2 people and are reflected in US Dollars, since that's the method we get paid in.

As of September 1, 2017, we moved up the hill into Amapas into a condo complex with 11 units and larger pool.  We more than doubled our space and our view increased 1000%. It's a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, fully furnished, with a very large outdoor terrace. We now pay rent in pesos, so our rent fluctuates monthly based on the bank exchange rate with the US Dollar. Our rent includes internet, cable TV, water, and gas. We continue to pay our own electric and $10US more for upgraded internet.

January was an extremely busy month with High Season in full swing and multiple friends from the states that came to see us. We did a fantastic Whale Watching boat trip out on the Bay & Mike went fishing with the guys. We also made a 25% deposit on a 2 week tour that we're taking in March to see the states of Oaxaca & Chiapas in the southern part of MX. Other expenditures were for our pneumonia vaccines ($218). And, Mike's continued knee issues so additional medical/PT expenditures.

Living Expenses:    January
Rent w/util  $       928
Electric  $           9
Cell Phone  $         22
Groceries  $       198
Meals Out  $       463
Drinks Only  $       215
Entertainment  $         35
Massages  $         35
Bus/Taxi  $       112
Dental Cleaning
Incidentals  $         97
Medical Insurance  $       328
TOTAL  $    2,442

TOTAL W/O RENT  $    1,514

Discr Spending:
Clothes/Shoes/Gifts  $       139
Tours  $       263
Home Improve  $         11
Medical  $       218
Trips/Vacations  $       810
TOTAL Discr.  $    1,441

TOTAL ALL  $    3,883

* Meals Out: Jan16x
* Drinks Only: Jan15x
* Taxis/Bus/Uber: Jan 39x
* Trips/Tours & General Rationale for some additional expenditures:
    January: Whale watching, deposit for trip to Oaxaca & Chiapas, extra medical PT for Mike.