Originally Posted by ben oregon
REMEMBER Chip's budget included 3 children. You think that's cheap?
Originally Posted by SantiagoDR
Also, my monthly internet/cell/vonage bill of $150 could be cut down more than half easily.
We had to let go of our housekeeper and I'm helping with the chores.
Originally Posted by SKing
You people sound like my mum!
As long as I have enough cash set aside for a MEDEVAC and enough to buy a car and rent a decent apartment back home should everything cave in then the rest is gravy.
I am still feeling lucky and happy that me and the family are still alive, however.
That still feels sooooo good - I think it has adjusted my priorities a little.
I guess the sensible gene will kick in soon enough.
I totally respect Chip for budgeting well, taking care of his kids and looking out for their future. That is what my parents did for me and that is totally irreplaceable.
For this very reason I think he deserves a little more of the good stuff in life.
Chip, I raised 3 boys overseas a long time ago. Wherever we lived we ate what nutritionists say is the best diet in the world, which also happens to be the Dominican diet, furthermore organic:
fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and white meats.
Chicken and fish for the white meat, and beans and rice for the whole grains.
I can't think of a better dish than my frojoles negros with tons of garlic and onion.
Dominicans are all getting fat and unhealthy like Puerto Ricans because of the good economy, Americanized with Tostitos, Papitas and refined sugar saturated processed foods. They also cut out the fruit and veggies and beans and rice in favor of the easy platanos which screws up the balance. But the old standard is the best in the world.
El Tigre de DR1 - Moderator
You can do a lot better at the remodled restaurant on la called del sol in front of the monument. I wish I knew the name. Food was great and reasonable for such a touristy area and great atmosphere.
Originally Posted by El Tigre
Last edited by Chip; 05-10-2010 at 11:43 AM.
I recently retired from the Postal Service here in the states. Will be moving to the DR later this year. Really been doing my homework and I know I can easily live better on my pension in the DR. That is due mostly to the cheaper rents and fresh local foods. And that would be living around the north coast. In Santiago the rents are much cheaper for much nicer apartments but I prefer being closer to the coast. Plan on buying a used car/SUV and small scooter. I will have plenty of disposable income after expenses considering my lifestyle.