Well we successfully came in under budget for the 2nd month in a row! I write down our expenses so I can keep track of what we spend but also because it is hard to find up to date information about how much a country actually costs. Costa Rica was much more expensive than I had imagined, Panama was more manageable but still in the "normal" range. I always thought that since our dollar was so strong that our money would go a lot farther in other parts of the world. I obviously didn't do enough research on that because in Panama they use US dollars! It was so strange to get here and see the same money circulating as at home. Upon further investigation on Federal Reserve website, I found that about 60% of US dollars are actually in circulation OUTSIDE of the US! How crazy is that!
In any case, the numbers are in! Check out our spread sheet below to see how much Panama really costs.