donot stay in usa. your money
goes lots farther outside of inflation and overpriced ville.
i have been cruising mexico
, i eat filet mignon, tenderloin pork and other yummies but i prefer the local mexican cuisine. i can afford to eat decently and buy parts
for my ketch
for travelling. hell i can even afford to hire workers to assist in my refit
i do this full time and permanent. own no house anywhere, and have a 17.2 pound maine
coon mix who eats fish
and fancy feast and an occasional bird and gekko tails.
i make do on 1500 usd monthly.
in usa, that money
goes no where---might last half month to 2/3 month.
here is just right. exchange rate helps.
if you use your brains you can do well on little money. is a matter of comparison shopping
, avoidance of expensive chandleries, and intelligent purchasing
had engine runaway diesel
, rebuilt it and injector pump
in pair a dice, no problem. less than 4000 usd total. had mizzenboom show rot
after 40 yrs, replaced it with perota, aka ipe, aka huanacaxtle wood for 1200 pesos, at 16 pesos to one usdollar. . (plus the 1500 pesos taken by a gringo con man for nothing). is still within reason.
i was even able to help re-roof homes after furycame patricia hit us hard. AND buy fuel
at 6 usd per gallon for travelling.
life is what you take from it and what you put into it.\
if you lead a mac n cheese kinda life, it will be more pricey out here as you must seek the mac n cheese. that stuff aint cheap
out here. (all gringo foods are pricey and harder to find)
if you are flexible and can bend with the regional diets and occurrences, you do much better than if you come out with a rigid mindset.
i have met folks with zero income
out here having a wonderful time,and i have met folks out here with unlimited credit card and high income
having crap times. is all what you put into this lifestyle. if it isnt a lifestyle, you wont do as well as if you make it so.
many folks do 6 month or 3 month cruise
years and return to their homes during the hot season.
turistica visas here are 6 month. migration is fun to watch. life opens up after the migratory snowbirds leave. prices drop like stones. crossing streets becomes much easier.
if you are not full time permanent cruisers, you must figure in the prices of transportation round trip between boat and your home. that can get pricey.
i only return for my dead brother, and he is already dead. therefore, i donot have to return to usa for anything. keeps costs way down.
i found on my dead brother trip that air travel is pricey--895 usd to get to phx from manzanillo. short notice. return was only 386 usd. these figures must be included, as , for many, these figures are semi annual necessities. i avoid that. the entire week i spent in phx cost me 3000 usd, which is more than i spend normally in 2.5 months.
i use marinas
in summer for cane season, as they are safer than anchoring
out in a semi protected bay during such excitement. some folks anchor
out year round, which reduces their outflow of dollars by 350- 500 usd monthly.
it all depends on what you prefer, and what you can afford.
mandatory expenses, documentation
, are also must includes to the annual budget-- add them to find your annual cost--mine is under 350 usd.
this is not rocket science.
how you live ¨normally¨ makes what you need to cruise
. you donot leave your desires and self at home when ye cruise-- that cannot change.
what you do is what you are, and each is different. how long can you comfortably stuff your champagne tastes into a beer
bottle or recycled water bottle budget
?? how long will you be content??? it is all up to you , yourself, and no one can make it in your shoes but you.
the answer to your question is-- one can live on less than i do by only eating certain foods, only sailing, not using engine, and by cutting off nose to spite face. but, how long will you be successful? folks have enjoyed this lifestyle on less than 500 usd, and on more than 3000 per month.
it is your call, no one else´s.