Breaking ground on the new house!

Breaking ground on the new house!

This week we officially broke ground on our new house! I mentioned last week that we finally got all of the building licenses and permits, then we finished up the contracts with the builder, and now work has begun! Clearing and hauling away First up is clearing the...
House building permits completed!

House building permits completed!

It took a while, but we finally have the necessary permits to start building our house! It was early August when we closed on the land, so it certainly took a while to get our permits. Construction License Costs A number of people had asked about building costs. So...
Hurricane Season 2020

Hurricane Season 2020

The hurricane season here normally lasts from June through November. It’s been quite a season so far. From Wikipedia: The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is an ongoing tropical cyclone season which has featured tropical cyclone formation at a record-breaking...
Home Internet Upgrades – including fiber optic

Home Internet Upgrades – including fiber optic

Ever since the COVID-19 quarantine has started, our home internet with Izzi has had reliability problems. Izzi woes The speed with Izzi was good, when it was there. But we would get frequent, short drops throughout the day. 10 seconds here, 20 seconds there, a minute...
Traveling Mailbox has added a VPN Service

Traveling Mailbox has added a VPN Service

I’m a big fan of Traveling Mailbox. it makes dealing with mail soooo much easier. See our full review at Dealing with Snail Mail while living in Mexico. I also like using a VPN service – especially when I want to work around accessing geo-restricted...
Global Entry while living in Mexico

Global Entry while living in Mexico

Years ago, when we were still living in the US, we were approved for Global Entry. Recently, it was time to renew our Global Entry (you need to renew every 5 years or so).  But, now that we’re living in Mexico – would that be a problem? What is Global...
Expat Taxes – the Foreign Housing Exclusion

Expat Taxes – the Foreign Housing Exclusion

In the last post, I discussed the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE), and how it can save you a boatload of money. In addition, us US expats can also take advantage of the Foreign Housing Exclusion. The Foreign Housing Exclusion allows you to deduct the excess of...