They Tried To Tell Me...
Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
41Trip End Jun 20, 2012
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You know when you are a kid and your parents tell you don't touch the flame or you'll get burned. But you have to find out for yourself what that means, so you touch the flame and ouch! Well, everyone tried to tell me that Hawaii is expensive. I thought I had prepared myself mentally for the prices, but OMG, I was still in shock.
I'm not just talking about hotels. Basic things cost a lot more. Housing in general and food! I must admit we have been spoiled by Atlanta housing prices. We bought our house at an auction 4 years ago and have a pretty good monthly payment. And even though I spent most of my life in California, Los Angeles area in particular, I had forgotten how high rents can actually be. In Atlanta, $2,000-$2,500 per month would rent a really nice, new, big house. Here in Hawaii, you'd be lucky to find a cute little cottage for that amount
So, how are we cutting our expenses since we are on a budget?
-We found a little studio for a decent price with a kitchenette. We eat most meals at home. I can do a lot with a hot plate: oat grain pancakes and veggie sausage, French toast, scrambled eggs with feta cheese, stir fried veggies and brown rice, multigrain pasta with red sauce, etc. As you can see we are not suffering.
-I bought bulk spices at Down To Earth vegetarian store. I was able to stock up on my favorite spices for a couple of bucks.
-I buy my favorite items when they are on sale. I put off buying Fage Greek yogurt because I didn't want to pay $2.99 for a 6 ounce container, but then it was on sale for $1.50 each and I bought a few.
-I have a Safeway rewards cards. I saved $29 on groceries the other day
-We'll start checking out Farmer's Markets soon.
-Find free activities: we hiked to the lighthouse the other day. Our host has kayaks, so we went kayaking down the channel into the ocean yesterday. Playing at the beach. I'm going swimming in a bit at a free public pool (they have a 50 meter lane!) Thomas has found some sacred sites to hike to. We'll check out snorkeling in the next day or so. We brought Mecca's snorkeling equipment with us, and I'll probably just use my swim goggles. Sightseeing.
-We don't have a car so we walk and take the bus.
-We are going to house sit in February for a month.
It's not Hawaii on a dime, but it's Hawaii kind of reasonably ;)