Let me start by saying, we love that you follow along with our adventures and are curious about the cost to live in Spain. You really keep us motivated to keep up with our writing. I have to admit I do love that people actually read my boring budget stuff. It’s great fun to play with spreadsheets, look for the best travel deals, and plan away. I can’t believe there are other people out there that like this stuff too. They don’t even include any exciting photos, but these budget posts are popular!
Update: October 2017 – Keep in mind these expenses were for the full year of 2013. Part of the trade-off of living in Spain as an American is dealing with an ever-changing exchange rate. In 2013 the exchange rate average was 1 Euro to $1.38 USD. As of October 2017 the exchange rate average was 1 Euro to $1.20 USD. What does that mean? Our spend in euros remains about the same after nearly 5 years, but the exchange rate fluctuates.
In 2013 1000 Euros = $1380 USD and in 2017 1000 Euros = $1200, so just from the change in exchange rate alone it is a $180 USD savings per 1000 Euros spent! Bottom line = It is currently cheaper for you to Live in Spain or your $ will go a lot further than it used to.
The road to obtaining a Spanish drivers license has been a rough, frustrating process. It worked out for us in the end, but now that we have our license, I figured it was worthwhile to explain what we did, the process we went through, and my general frustrations with the whole process.
Well it is official, we received our notification of approval and paid our fees. Fingerprints and passport photos have been taken, so in a few weeks we will have our new Spanish Resident Cards, valid for another two years! Will we stay that long? Who knows, but we can if we want to. Woo Hooo!
So let me catch you up on what’s going on with us recently. We will also detail the entire process for the Spanish Resident Card Renewal. I know you are excited!