Well, in keeping with our budget goal of $1,000 a month, we are pleased to report record low spending for the month of October! Living expenses came in at a total of $707.14.
We know from past experience that we can live well in Mexico for $1,000 a month or less, but October came in quite a bit below that. Partly because we were well stocked up on some food items coming off what was a very expensive September. And, it helps that we stayed in one spot for a whole month. It also helps us that the Canadian dollar versus Mexico peso exchange rate is at is best ever value from a Canadian perspective.
We only spent $54.55 on gasoline. Of course gas is cheaper here anyhow, at about $0.74 per litre ($2.80 per gallon).
We finally had to fill up our propane, and that was $27.00.
We only spent $168.69 on groceries. This is partly because we ate out a few times more than we normally do, and also because we were well stocked up on some items we had bought in September. Still, it is exceptionally low.
Spent $108.57 on alcohol, but $50 of that was for a few items we stocked up on while in Guadalajara that we haven't even touched.
Our miscellaneous expenses were a record low $55.38! This is the one category where something always seems to come up, and this month nothing did. This is for our cellular internet access, laundry, and Whiskey's tree...that's it!
$74.55 on entertainment, and this category includes meals out. And we ate out more than we ever do, but eating out can be pretty cheap here in Mexico if you go to the right places.
And, 2,800 pesos ($218.40) for our month long stay here at Hacienda Contreras. We will actually have to pay our electricity bill (all sites are metered) when we leave here, but that's only going to be another 180 pesos ($14.00) or so and will be expensed in November because that's when we'll pay it.