Nov 21, 2007, 7:47 AM
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Re: [roni_smith] John Bleazard: Is It Really Cheaper to Live in Mexico?
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Let me join the group that find it cheaper to live in Mexico than in the United States.
I am a widower and have lived here in Jerez de Garcia Salinas, Mexico for some 18 years and have built my own house so I no longer have to pay rent. I do not have Mexican health insurance.
My retirement income is such that I never have to worry about it, which is a great relief, of course. But even when I was paying rent monthly etc, etc, I have always tried to keep my Mexican expenses below $1000 us dollars a month. Most of the time except for special problems such as a week recently in a local hospital with pneumonia, I have managed to meet that goal. And that goal includes much aid and gifts to my friends who do not have the resources that I have, as well as expensive week-end dinners for friends and myself at different restaurants in Zacatecas City, occasional musical and theatrical performances for them and myself, and many vacation trips within Mexico for myself and the Mexican couple who are my two best friends. For example a 4 day trip by car to Oaxaca City to visit Monte Albán. That $1000 us dollar goal also includes a three or four day trip to the USA every three months to visit my heart specialist and pick up medicines which I cannot buy here in Mexico. It includes all costs here in Mexico but does not include the cost of the medical visits or the medicines. Those are US purchases and not part of my Mexico expenses.
As I am very tall and skinny I cannot find shoe and clothing sizes here in Mexico. So all my clothing is bought in the USA and is not included in that $1000 us dollar Mexican goal.
I also have a 6 hour per day (except Sunday and 2hour Saturday) housekeeper-cook whose salary I pay weekly as well as the Health insurance for herself and her two children. She has now worked for me for over 16 years and during that time has learned how to cook after I have paid and sent her to at least 7 different cooking schools.
So, the basic question: "Is it cheaper to live in México?"
Yes, definitely so in my case. That happens to be also true for most of my US friends who live here in Mexico, including the expensive cities of Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende. I know nothing about Bucerias, Puerto Vallarta or other Tourist towns on the coast.
But, I cannot reccomend that a person move to Mexico just because it is cheaper to live here. That person MUST be adaptable and accept different attitudes, different customs, different laws, and be willing to learn Spanish. Whoever you might be, you MUST be open minded and curious, and want to learn.