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I lived in an all-inclusive resort for a month to find out if it was cheaper than paying rent and buying groceries – here’s what I discovered

A Seattle man fed up with the rising costs of rent and groceries has decided to find out whether it would be cheaper to live at an all-inclusive resort.

Ben Keenan was able to put the theory into practice after Expedia saw his post about it on TikTok and covered his costs.

The vlogger documented his month-long stay at the Ocean Riviera Paradise resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

For 27 days, he uploaded videos showing his daily routine and estimated costs. He followed a routine from Monday to Friday to keep it comparable to his normal life.

Costs include lodging, food, drinks, events and amenities such as gym membership.

A Seattle man fed up with skyrocketing rent and grocery costs decided to find out if it would be cheaper to live in an all-inclusive resort

A Seattle man fed up with skyrocketing rent and grocery costs decided to find out if it would be cheaper to live in an all-inclusive resort

The content creator noted that his room had the same square footage as his regular Seattle apartment.

Keenan estimated that in normal life he would spend about $4,100 per month. This included $2,300 in rent, $200 in utilities and $270 in car payment.

At the end of his trip, Keenan’s total cost at the resort, not including airfare, was $4,900.

However, he indicated that you can save money if you book in advance.

“If you look directly on paper, what I paid for was $800 more expensive to live in Mexico,” he said.

‘Mine was quite last minute though, if I had booked earlier I would have saved another $400.

“The whole idea is that you want to be flexible with what you do. You can book whenever you want, the price changes.”

Ben Keenan managed to put theory into practice at the Ocean Riviera Paradise resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Ben Keenan managed to put the theory to the test at the Ocean Riviera Paradise resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Costs include lodging, food, drinks, events and amenities such as gym memberships

Costs include lodging, food, drinks, events and amenities such as gym memberships

He also pointed out that the resort offers benefits such as events, a swimming pool, room service and housekeeping.

“It wasn’t cheaper for me, but I can’t say whether it would be cheaper for you or not,” he added.

US inflation fell slightly to 3.3 percent last month, but household budgets are still under pressure.

According to Zillow, the average rent in the U.S. is currently $2,129, down $6 from a year ago.

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