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Archive for April, 2009

Downsize your budget without downsizing your life

USA Today reports yet another recession survival story about Americans coping with the severe economic slump.

But you don't have to become a hermit, or live like the Unabomber, to dramatically cut your living costs. You don't have to downsize your life to downsize your budget.

When buying their own house (or plantation) in Nicaragua, most couples here find they can live a comfortable middle-class life here for around $18,000 to $24,000 a year (including maid service and weekly trips to the movies, high-quality health care, restaurants and the mall). With a budget of $36,000 a year — that's a modest Social Security check — you're living in luxury (including live-in maid service).

Or you can choose to live without those things and live as simply as the Wojtowicz family and save even more  — a lot more. And it's a lot easier to grow crop down here than in Michigan…

It's well past time to Discover Serenity.

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“Recession gardens” sprout in the U.S….why not buy a plantation?

CNN reports that "recession gardens" are sprouting across the U.S. as people try to reduce their food costs by planting fruits and vegetables in their own backyards. Why grow a "recession garden" when you can have a plantation? If you really want to reduce your living costs — not just food costs but your entire cost of living — it's much easier to do that here than in the U.S.

For one thing, land is generally cheaper down here. Also, in areas with perfect 'Goldilocks' climates and rich soil like Matagalpa and Jinotega, the land is incredibly fertile and varied in the fruits and vegetables it can produce, everything from oranges, mangoes and pineapples to avocados, onions and potatoes. The joke around here is, drop anything into the ground and it'll blossom. Also, labor — including caretakers and gardeners — is very affordable, to put it mildly.

Living down here, you get all that that along with many of the creature comforts you're used to back home, including high-speed internet, satellite TV, U.S.-style movie theaters and malls not that far away and, increasingly, well paved roads.

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