small change toward a rich life

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  1. Our year of radical change

    6 July 2013

    Okay, I went AWOL on Pocketmint again. I’m sorry, but I’m hoping when you hear why, you’ll forgive me. Around the time of my last post, my whole life took an abrupt left turn … and then just kept going. Here are (some of) the major developments from the last three months: 1. Jak got […]

  2. Saving money with Mexican health care

    19 June 2012

    In the pile of mail waiting for us this week was a notice that as of July 1, our monthly health insurance premiums would be increasing by 14%. That’s just the base annual uptick for people with no new claims in the same age bracket. As mostly self-employed people here in the United States, the […]

  3. The cost of food in Mexico: cheap

    31 May 2012

    Having looked at the groceries that are more expensive and about the same, we now come to the exciting part: what are the Mexico food bargains? Cheap The fact that fruits and vegetables are both plentiful and cheap in Mexico was not unexpected; in fact, it was one of the criteria I had in mind […]

  4. The cost of food in Mexico: comparable

    28 May 2012

    Last post, I covered a few imported things that were so frighteningly expensive in Mexico that we will just have to do without. For a majority of items, however, prices are comparable to those in the States. This means that groceries are not going to be our primary source of savings — not given that […]

  5. The cost of food in Mexico: crazy

    26 May 2012

    We’re hoping to reduce our expenses by moving to Mexico, but that doesn’t mean everything is cheaper there — not by a long shot. As a general rule, locally-produced items, including food, are cheaper than or at least similar to U.S. prices. Imports, on the other hand, are expensive … sometimes jaw-droppingly so. This article […]

  6. Buying groceries, Mexico style

    20 May 2012

    Pocketmint is documenting a month of personal finance in Mexico. For the backstory, see this post. Now that I’ve described my usual grocery strategies, here’s how they apply to Mexican shopping: Price tracking: extremely useful in a between-store sense, much less so in an over-time sense, because … Weekly sale ads: don’t exist. There are […]

  7. Converting to Mexico’s cash economy

    21 April 2012

    Pocketmint is documenting a month of personal finance in Mexico. For the backstory, see this post. Where Cash is King At home in Seattle, I almost never use cash. I carry five to ten dollars around in my wallet ‘just in case’ … and it’s the same five or ten dollars for months at a […]

  8. Redefining success; redesigning our lives

    4 April 2012

    Here in middle-class America, there’s a formula you’re supposed to follow in order to be considered a successful adult. With only minor variations, you’re expected to: get a college degree, find a lucrative career, get married, buy a house, fill it with stuff, and have kids … all while continuing to work at that same […]

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