|ITEM||2010/11 USA||2011/12 Mexico||COMMENTS|
|Fuel (Car)||494||212||We drove the motorhome more and the car less in MX|
|Fuel (Motorhome)||4302||4503||Cheaper gas in MX but we drove much further in MX|
|Dining||3770||1843||Gulf Coast restaurants! We probably dined out almost as much in MX but restaurants are cheaper there.|
|Entertainment||1077||95||New Orleans, Beale St, Key West, Cruise Ship, etc.|
|Groceries (inc. Liquor)||3606||3896||Everything we buy in a grocery store. Soap, replacement drinking glasses, books, etc.|
|Admissions & Tours||155||26|
|RV Parks||3080||3077||RV Parks are cheaper in MX but we boondocked much more in USA (Walmarts, etc.). Free parking for one month at friends in FL.|
|Hotels||422||0||Key West hotel for four nights (that took some shopping!)|
|Tolls||5||845||Mexican toll roads|
|Travel (Other)||808||152||Cruise to the Bahamas|
|Cell Phone||331||180||We use Skype more in Mexico|
|$18,231||$14,977||$107.25/day in USA and $88.10 in Mexico|
Wow! That is a little shocking! We visited a lot of famous cities in the USA and tried out some expensive, famous restaurants. The side trip to the Bahamas was fun but a little costly. The USA required a few expensive RV parks ($60/night in both New Orleans and Savannah) while Mexico RV parks average $20/night. Gas is much cheaper in Mexico but we put a lot more miles on down there.
If the weather was a little warmer on the USA side of the border we would probably spend more time there but I just do not like the cold and it got down to freezing on too many nights and some days it was actually colder that it was back home! If we did stay NOB we would have to find a bit of a cheaper way to do it but how can you drive all the way to Savannah, GA and NOT go to Paula Dean’s (or try the beignets in New Orleans)
We also went a little nuts on entertainment in the USA year. I am a blues music fan and had to visit all the clubs in Clarksdale and Memphis. Normally our “entertainment” is going out for dinner and appears as a “dining” expense. New Orleans’ Bourbon Street is also something everyone has to experience once in a lifetime!
The Canadian dollar was worth slightly more in the Mexico year so that probably cut expenses by about 4% that year.
Not included in the above is maintenance and repairs on the vehicles which is about $1000 in both years and medical insurance which was almost $1500 each year.
NOTE: I made a huge addition error the first time I posted this so the difference is now not quite so shocking! Thanks for pointing it out, Kevin! One of the things that saved us a lot of money in the USA year was being able to park for a whole month at our friend’s place in Florida where RV parks are extremely expensive.