I try to buy local and support local business and families, and I am not trying to slam anyone. But in the last few years it has become totally foolish to ignore the difference in prices from Belize City to San Pedro.
I bought 2 new tires for my golf cart from Reimer's Service Station in Spanish Lookout and saved $100 per tire. I have done this now twice, the first time was 2 years ago. And I have sent 15 or so different people to them for tires. Each saved AT LEAST $100 per tire, some they saved even more.
When it comes to my golf cart I have a wonderful mechanic who fixes electrical problems and a wonderful welder/mechanic who fixes structural problems. When I needed a muffler last month I first went to Shark's. Price:$575.00, not yet installed. Add $100 for that. I called West Trac in the city and got the smallest car muffler they had in stock, had Flower's the welder modify my cart and boom....cost me $150.00 total, installed. This is an amazing saving and again...it took only a few hours.
I now need 2 back shocks for my cart. I called Shark's and was quoted $87.00 each. I called West Trac and was quoted $58.00 each. Paid thru the bank and put on the Tropic flight the next day saved me $50.00. I know that everyone has to make money, but it seems as though recently it has become to a point of gouging.
I have many parts I need for my golf car rebuilt, like the $999.00 gear box I needed. I had the old one rebuilt for a $40 bearing and $25 labour. And done in a couple of hours. Still running fine 6 months later.
I bought the SMART! dongle for my internet to try it out. I am on the computer about 18 hours a day and my 10 day usage was 2.25 MB. That means I used about $22 in 10 days. Downloading music and videos, I changed nothing about my usage but as long as math has not been totally overhauled since I was in school, that means I will use $66 a month. I have been paying $120 a month for a slower speed. I am returning the CC Vision modem on the 31st and will have high speed internet, wireless at that, for about 2/3rds the cost.
Fultec computers in BC has computer packages that are amazingly close to US prices. I bought a laptop cooler here on middle street that after 2 hours of use my computer shut down due to over heating. The laptop cooler pad threw out almost no air. I called and said I was returning it. I was informed "No Refunds" "It is your fault, you should have checked it out before buying". They would exchange and apply the $40 towards the next one up, costing 3 times more but no refund. After arguing for about 1/2 hour they gave me $30 back out 0f my $40 paid. A "restocking" charge. I will, in a month or so, be buying a new computer and printer and I will be buying it at Fultec, in the city.
I hope this has helped someone out. Sorry to be so long winded, but I thought I would like to share some of the ways I have learned to save money here.