Gasoline at $2.07 a gallon – less at Costco ($1.97). Avocados are 3 for a dollar at the trendy Sprouts grocery store – cheaper at the farmer’s market. Pineapples are 88 cents each. Most fruit and veggies seem free. Ribeye steaks are $4.99 ($3.99 on sale) a pound and lean ground round is at 99 cents a pound. Cucumbers at 50 cents each. A full week’s groceries lacking nothing in the way of good, nutritious food of the highest quality, all-in: $85.00. Same ‘basket of goods’ in Campbell River? Easily $200 plus.
The golf cart sports 6 x 12 volt shiny, new-looking Trojan batteries. Hardly ever used. Still, they are swapped out every three years to ensure performance. The ‘cart guy’ comes with a truck, loads the cart, takes it away, services everything, replaces the ‘power pack’ with brand new batteries and returns it two days later for $800.00. Couldn’t be done for twice that back home.
The golf cart guy said, “Hey! Just so you know, Fry’s has a sale on beer. Thirty six large cans for $19.00.”
This very well built, attractive 3 bedroom home, nicely landscaped in a beautiful, safe neighbourhood is $200K (30 year fixed rate at 4% = (with taxes) under $1,000 a month). And you get to deduct your mortgage payments from your already-lower income taxes in the US. IF you had US income.
The golf courses are green. Car washes (automatic, drive through) are $3.00.
Can someone explain to me why Trump thinks NAFTA ain’t workin’ for ‘Mericans?
And let us not delude ourselves, fellow Canucks. The pineapples came from Costa Rica, the avocados came from Guatemala and a good portion of the gasoline came from Canada. But, once the product is on the truck from Central America, it is just one or two more days of driving to get to Canada. So, extra distance and currency exchange simply does NOT account for the price difference of an avocado at C$2.49 and a C$5.00 pineapple in BC. Nor our gasoline prices at $1.15 a liter.
And we have way higher taxes.
I am not a cowboy. Deserts aren’t my thing. I don’t get flat and straight. Seriously…I get disoriented. It all looks the same. And dry is weird to me. But I hafta say, the snowbird phenomena now makes some, if not more, sense than ever before. At the very least, you save in living expenses what you spend in getting here. More, if you stay three months like many do. It’s a wash, financially speaking. And it is sunny and pleasant when a Canadian winter is extra bleak.
Fuggedabout ‘vacationing’…this is NOT that….this is just living cheaper and in better weather.
And, while Trump is poisoning the planet politically and making me sick to my stomach, he is no more offensive viewed from here rather than there. And it is not like Trudeau didn’t just renege on the promise that got him elected. Or Clark admitting that all her BS has amounted to nought. Politics sucks all over.
But, like most places I have visited around the world, the people here have been, with no exceptions so far, pleasant and friendly. Even the idjut MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hat seller at the local market was in a happy (tho obviously demented) mood.
No bugs, either.
Don’t get me wrong. I will not be reviewing Arizona for the local tourist bureau. Wouldn’t have anything to say, really. In a vacation sense, it is dull. In an alternative winter lifestyle sense, however, it is turning out to be great! In a demonstration of friendship kinda way (our stay was a gift), it is over-the-top generous and wonderful.