Nov 12, 2007, 9:11 PM
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OK I am a Newbe Expat here in Cozumel. Granted this is a "tourist"area, but I still am in much better shape financially than i was in NW Fl Pensacola. My house in Fl cost me just under $1000 a month mortgage, Insurance had become almost impossible to find much less afford, my electric bill budget payment was at 176 and climbing, water bill $50+, Cable bill higher every 6 months with less service, my internet not cheap. My auto insurance much higher, and food costs about 30% higher.
Re: [jreboll] Is It Really Cheaper to Live in Mexico?
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Granted The house I rent here for 3,500 MP is 1 bedroom and 1 bath smaller, ( it is a 2 bedroom 1 bath vs my 3 bedroom 2 bath) but the rooms I have are extremely large and I have not lost much sq footage. My electric bill for 2 months using a/c and every fan in the house for my first month, before I learned how to conserve without suffering was high for here...but way lower than Fl. 198 MP I expect the next one will be 1/3 to 1/2 lower as I do not need a/c now, the Island breezes are great at night and early evening, and I no longer run fans if I am not using that room. My wireless internet was an initial 2000 mp for equipment and I now pay 250 mp a month for service that works great, combined with skype and vonage for cheap phone service. Trash pick up is free, water bill is 50 mp a month, auto insurance for the year is less then my 1 month premiums stateside, and my cable with american channels is less than it was NOB.
I shop at the Mercado for fruits and Veggies, some meats and fish, and do the rest at at local supermarkets. Even my Vice of smoking is almost 1/2 the price. Medical care is good here, most expensive visit was $250 mp, a blood type test was 70mp which as an RN I know the cost of lab work NOB is horrible. I had $8,400 worth of high tech dental care done by my Mexican dentist whom I have used even as a tourist for 7 years, and the cost was $2,400 US and on top of that, he let me run a tab....try that NOB...either payup or suffer. Samewith my computer repair...CHEAP, but again he carried part of the bill until my check day.
There is no way I could survive back NOB unless I went to live with my Kids...here I have great friends and neighbors, walk my dog safely at night, recieve greetings from strangers and friends alike as I run errands...people call to check on me if I am missing for a few days, as when I took a quick trip to Cancun for a few days.
Bus service is excellent and inexpensive, clean affordable hotels and B&Bs abound for travel. I could go on and on. Both financially and Life quality here in Mexico is much better for me.
I have $1100 USD SSDI a month and manage very well here. Bills paid, inexpensive meals out a few times a week with maybe a splurge on an upscale night once a month, inexpensive beautiful rustico furniture, shelves etc made to order, and still enough left over to pay for a flight to my kids everey 3-4 months, and send my 2 University attending Son's a bit of spending money.
And if I have to wait 5 days to have my electriction come repair something.well when he gets it fixed my bill is 150 MP and not $150 USD.
As far as Medicaid part B...I opted out because I am a V>A> patient and can return to Atlanta VA for major medical, and ungoing care if needed.
This is just my experience so far...and I am quite pleased with it.
(This post was edited by scubabride on Nov 12, 2007, 9:17 PM)