They Left the U.S. to ‘Live the Beach Life and Save Money’

In 2016, my family and I left Chicago to start a life outside of the U.S. We spent two years in Mazatlán, Mexico, and now live in Antigua, an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea.

A lot of people dream of doing what we did, but don’t feel ready to make the jump. They often ask what it’s like to live the beach life. I tell them about how much we enjoy the slower pace of life.

We’ve since fallen into a beautiful flow centered around our children and passions. While it’s impossible to document everything, here’s what we do, eat and spend in a typical week:

With kids, the weekdays are pretty busy

Once my alarm goes off at 5 a.m., I try to start my day with either a walk or a jog along the beach. I love the cool island breeze and watching the sunrise.
A morning walk or run on Dickenson Bay Beach soothes the soul.

Of course, with three kids (ages 8, 9 and 10), the mornings are always busy. We have a simple breakfast at home — cereal, scrambled eggs and some fruit. We spend an average of $150 per week on groceries and try to eat most of our meals at home.


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