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TRAVELS by KRISS on 10 january 2016

FLORIDA ON A BUDGET From the many hours we spent searching for places we might like and we could afford to stay in Florida, we have prepared this post with lots of love and sweat !

A simple search on airbnb for a month stay anywhere in the sunshine state will show you the most affordable areas.
Of course they will be the most remote areas, far from the beaches, both sides, or north of the state closer to Louisiana.
So far as our liking goes we wanted to be as close to the sea as possible and our t-shirt, shorts and flip flops only backpacks committed us to a warmer area than the northern border.
The atlantic coast is very expensive all around Miami and the Keys and also up to Daytona and even St Augustine.
We were lucky to find something between Sarasota and Naples which seems to be a far more reasonable area.
We double checked that info with real estate prices and it checked, at the exception of Sarasota itself and Siesta Keys which are very expensive areas.
Anywhere in Florida during the snow birds season is very sought after and expensive.
Don’t expect rentals below $2000/months if you only rent for a month.
We were extremely lucky to find cheaper than that in Englewood but when we started looking for something in January, absolutely nothing came up under $3000/month, and that is a bare minimum.

As regards to other costs, the states are big and there is absolutely no way you can do anything without a car.
Not even go to a grocery store to buy food.
The cheapest option will set you down around $800/month for a medium family car.
Highways are not expensive and gasoline isn’t either.
You will be able to drive many miles on a budget, I think we barely spent $100 in a whole month and drove around everyday.

Many activities are free or cheap ($6 for 1 car entrance to Myakka state forrest for instance) in this part of Florida and so is parking even in famous beaches such as Siesta Key.
Food though is entirely up to you and that where we spent most of our budget.
You can eat burgers for as little as $1 at McDonalds but perhaps this is a bad idea to run on junk food ! We tried different supermarkets, Publix, Win Dixie, Walmart, and depending on the location they don’t sell the same things and have different offers.
Buying fresh greens and fruits costs a lot until you stick to the local fruits and as surprising as it may sound for such a tropical climate, they aren’t many.
I was disappointed not to find fresh coconuts under $3 or lettuce for about the same price.
Nuts, almonds and dry fruits cost a fortune and so does buckwheat or quinoa.
For 5 people we never managed to get the full cart below $150 and lasted about 5 to 6 days on one cart.
In total with the extras, Florida has set us down $1000 in food and we never really felt that we were eating enough fresh products.

As regards to wine and beer, a bottle of merlot can cost as little as $5 and a 6 pack of any given beer about $8.

Ok, this is our analysis of the place, maybe long term residents have had time and resources to find cheaper and better options than we did but this is how good as it got for us, being very careful about what we spent but in a totally new environment.
We missed a lot our Spanish prices there.

#florida #travels #family #nomadfamily

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ricco on 2016-01-15
don't seem like a budget to me. I live in Portugal and prices already are expensive here, wouldn't even imagine United States.

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