Downsizing To Save Money
Y’all are going to kill me but we are moving out of the house we just moved into in Mexico. We made a mistake. Before truly looking at our financial situation and before truly thinking things through, we got a 3 bedroom 3 bath beautiful unfurnished house. When I say unfurnished, I mean completely unfurnished as in: no refrigerator, stove, washing machine, or even light bulbs. Now, if you know Our Story, you know we ended our lease almost a year ago and sold and donated most of our possessions so we could set out on an adventure of a lifetime. We did all that and had an amazing past year visiting 12 states and 3 countries before Falling In Love With Mexico. When we visited Mexico a month ago, we fell in love immediately. The people, food, weather, culture, and friends here drew us in. We knew we wanted to make Mexico home base because after being on the road for most of the past year, we thought we were ready to settle down. WE WERE WRONG!
Weeks passed in our beautiful home, and I struggled to find a way to get if furnished. Money is a lot tighter than I thought it would be at this point. All we have in the house is 3 mattresses, a refrigerator, a washing machine, microwave, and a little stove burner. Basically, we are glamping. I did this because I thought this is what my girls wanted, and in a way, I thought I wanted it too.
However, we quickly realized we were headed right back towards the life we escaped from. We don’t need a bunch of stuff, and we surely do not need a big house! I have been crying to my friends here about my decision and they told me that it looks like I am still living the American Dream just in Mexico. That is not what I want.
Telling The Girls
I was terrified to tell my girls that my heart was no longer aligned with the path we were on. Surprisingly, the girls were happy when I told them we were ending our lease at the end of the month. They were relieved. They miss traveling just like I do and they want to make experiences a priority in our lives over things once again.
Contracts In Mexico
Luckily, in Mexico, you can break a lease pretty easily most of the time. You just pay one month’s rent to break your lease which will be our deposit. I will give away and sell the few items we did get for this place and find someplace small and cheap. I mean super cheap. I am looking to spend no more than $375 for an all-inclusive furnished rental. Really, I would like that to be around $250 because even $375 scares me. Crazy, right? That leaves us room to pay off the Massive Amount Of Debt my divorce left us in. I’m so relieved that I am escaping this life again. I am glad we did this because I think we all needed a reality check. THIS WAS A HUGE REALITY CHECK!
Now, we are back on track for our debt free journey. I cut up my credit cards and everything! Actually, I TRIED TO CUT UP MY CREDIT CARDS AND FAILED!
This goes to show that you can always change your situation. We all make mistakes and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over them. I am so thankful for the other two single mommas here in Guanajuato who have supported me through this whole process. Having this community here has been a game changer for us. I will document this whole journey of digging ourselves out of debt, and I can’t wait to take y’all along on this journey.
Have you ever done something drastic like downsizing to help eliminate debt or to save money? Share your story in the comments.