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#463709 - 05/05/13 07:27 AM Current Cost of Living In San Pedro  
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If we chose to live in San Pedro and bought our vegetables at the fruit stands; what would our grocery bill be for these items....
Powdered milk
beans--any kind
rice
chicken
flour
tortillas
eggs
We would get cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and other veggies from the farmers while we are waiting to establish our own garden. We will also be raising chickens and rabbits (possibly) and who knows, a goat or two.

I know there are some really great Belizean cooks that sell flour tortillas out of their homes. We hear prices from .10-.20 cents each to 20 for 1.00. We are not fond of American style processed foods and would eat mostly local dishes.


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#464552 - 05/17/13 07:48 AM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: DogLady]  
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i think the real question you are getting at is: How much would it cost to live and eat like a local, not an expat?

A pack of homemade tortillas is about $1.25 bzd for 4. Eggs range from $.10 per to $.30 per egg based on whatever the menonites feel they should charge at any given time...

rice, beans, and the like are a couple dollars a pound, let's say $3 bzd as a good jumping off point.

Net net: if you eat completely local, you can expect to spend about $75 bzd a week on food per person. I eat like a local expat, and i spend about twice that... cheese is a killer to the budget, but i cannot live without cheese.

#464557 - 05/17/13 08:33 AM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: LaraTravelBelize]  
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I have found that establishing a garden here is tough going - the sea salt spray and often poor quality soil (never mind the crabs and other critters!). I do grow herbs and a few items like papaya, bananas, spinach and peppers. Some have tried greenhouses, just not sure how successful this has been....

Living on the mainland is MUCH better on the budget!

#464559 - 05/17/13 08:38 AM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: DogLady]  
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You can also get excellent corn tortillas ---- they are sold by the pound (don't ask them for a dozen, they will think you are crazy). $1.25 - 1.50 Bz per pound - fresh and wonderful.

#464575 - 05/17/13 02:39 PM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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Slightly off topic: Where can I get a pound of good corn tortillas?
Thanks

#464577 - 05/17/13 03:00 PM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: Dawghed]  
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#464609 - 05/18/13 07:14 AM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: Dawghed]  
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Originally Posted by Dawghed
Slightly off topic: Where can I get a pound of good corn tortillas?
Thanks


Tortilla factory on back street. Fresh off the griddle at mid-day.

#465236 - 05/26/13 06:15 AM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: DogLady]  
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raising a goat would be exceedingly difficult in that climate. You would have to import hay from the mainland (which is not always available and can be expensive) and feed (if you want a dairy goat, this is a must).

#465239 - 05/26/13 06:45 AM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: DogLady]  
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Goats?? lovely Stream of consciousness!
Goat milk yuck, That's how I was punished as a child :-)
$7.bz to 10bz will usually buy a wonderful plate of stewed chicken with beans and rice and potato salad. You could almost call it the National Dish.

Raise Goats, ha


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#466212 - 06/08/13 01:03 PM Re: Current Cost of Living In San Pedro [Re: Dawghed]  
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Originally Posted by Dawghed
Slightly off topic: Where can I get a pound of good corn tortillas?
Thanks


Domingo's Popular Tortilla on Back Street. Friendly folks and delicious, FRESH tortillas. Still warm when we got 'em home!


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