Jan 21, 2010, 12:54 AM
Post #7 of 14
Hi, is that 6000 dollars what you have now with you working or 6000 from you husband's disability allowance alone? If it is just his disability allowance, I am surprised at how substantial it is. I do not mean to imply that what you and your husband have suffered is not worth it. I am just surprised that the government would give such a large amount, being the government and all.
Anyways, moving all the way to Mexico seems like a big change for the problem you have. Have you looked fully into ways of alleviating your situation while staying in the US? I mean, if a person can't live on 6 grand a month in the US, I am shocked. That would seem like plenty to me, but I don't have a large family myself so certainly am no authority. Are there ways you could cut costs in the US as opposed to packing up and shipping off to Mexico?
Having said that, if you really do need to improve your situation, I would totally back your idea of moving to Mexico. Don't worry too much about what your family and friends say. They likely have no clue of what they are talking about when it comes to Mexico and have lived inside a comfortable box all their life. Mexico is not far. They can visit and so can you. No biggie. Don't worry about your kids. They will adjust just fine. Kids are way better at it than we are.
I find that although Mexicans may not have as much disposable cash, they have a better lifestyle than us. Life is a bit slower. Family and friends are appreciated more. There is more of a sense of community. Mexico does have its drawbacks though. There is injustice, corruption, pollution and a general lack of security in the country. However, if you are living in Detroit, you are probably no worse off (or perhaps better) in Mexico depending on where you settle.
Really, what do you have to lose? Try it and if you don't like it, move back. You wont lose anything. You may gain everything.
Six thousand is a lot to live on in Mexico. You could have a great lifestyle with that kind of money.
You could probably rent a nice place depending where you are for around 5000 pesos. A private school will run you around 3000 pesos a month per child. Car insurance is cheap. Gas is cheap. Food and clothes are cheaper if you know where to shop. You can sign up for the public health care coverage (literally costs like only a few hundred dollars a year). You could also get a private health care plan at a fraction of the cost in the US. Friend of mine recently was offered a comprehensive plan for 14 000 pesos a year. You may have full coverage in the US for serious illness anyways, so that may be moot.
I would throw out a rough estimate of 40,000 pesos a month and that is a lot (with public health care plan). You could do it cheaper if you wanted to. Someone else here could probably give you a better estimate, but Im probably not far off. That comes to around 3300 US. Leaves you almost 3000 US to play with. Not bad at all.
You should do some more research, though, about where you will go. There are a lot of great choices in Mexico. It is a very diverse country and conditions on the ground can vary greatly from place to place.