I ran out of gas yesterday, so that meant no cooking or hot water until I replaced the tank. A new tank costs about 350 pesos, and I had about 400 in my bank account until payday on the 31st. Clearly, the tank was a necessity, so I was just going to have to make do with about four dollars in cash for five more days. But wait, when the gas truck arrived, the installation team told me that it was now only 291 pesos, thanks to a provision in the plan Felipe Calderón announced a couple of weeks ago, thus doubling my available income until payday. Fantastic news!
The real-world impact of Calderón's counter-crisis stimulus plan: helping middle-class foreigners scrape by!