Jun 26 2013

Our May 2013 Cost of Living

Of course, when you go away on vacation, you still have all of your major expenses back at home – rent, utilities, health insurance, and your other normal expenses before and after your trip. For May, we thought we’d show the portion of our monthly expenses that went towards the vacation, and the portion that went to our expenses back home in Costa Rica (19 out of 31 days). Take a look at the breakdown on the right to see how it shakes out for May.

Groceries and Transportation (our consumables) were, naturally, lower as they covered only 2/3 of the month. Utilities didn’t go down as we had people living in the house during our absence. And Miscellaneous was a bit higher as we had a few business expenses.

Because our vacation spanned portions of both May and June, the “Mexico Trip” expenses include only those incurred in May. We’ll show the rest in next month’s budget, though the entire vacation breakdown is in our article, “Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Vacation the Retire for Less Way!”

As usual, to help put things into perspective, here are our expenses for the previous two months:

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