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The Frugal Expat

  This post was originally published as a guest post on Tightwad on August 25,2010 When we lived in California we lived a frugal lifestyle. Almost everything in our house was second hand; even our pets came from the pound. When we made the decision to move to Mexico we didn’t think that our habits would change that much. Now after six years, I can say that we’re still frugal but not in the same ways. I use my blender more than I ever did nob (north of the border). I still shop sales but that means that I know that the supermarkets have specials on vegetables on Wednesday .We buy our generic medications at Farmacias Similares on Mondays between 10am and 1pm and again from 5pm to 7pm, because that is when they offer an additional 25% discount. I know that the chain stores are more likely to run specials from the 8th of the month to the 14th, ...

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Scrambled brains

All these blog post ideas are competing for space in my brain. I want to write about my impressions of Mérida after being gone for a month. I want to write about new projects and the fact that my camera seems to be DOA. There’s this mishmash of thoughts competing for space in my mind, so this may be one of my most disorganized blog posts ever, hang on, strap in, Consider it free association without the intellectual challenge of Ulysses (James Joyce not the Greek Odysseus). We went out to dinner last night to celebrate my return home. Husband wanted to go to La Habichuela, but I was lukewarm. I have wanted to go there for years, but somehow I had gotten the impression that it was Spanish cuisine. When I learned that it wasn’t,I lost my enthusiasm, not that the menu isn’t tempting or interesting. We ended up taking a taxi to Slavia, which was nice, intimate and ...

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