Feb 21, 2005, 11:24 PM
Post #35 of 37
For the large majority of people in Mexico, 12,000 pesos a month -- or 13,000 or whatever -- would be a dream.
Just as for people with larger incomes, whether you get by depends a lot on how flexible you are in terms of local customs. Just moreso.
My wife's uncle & aunt get a pension check from IMSS: 1450 pesos per month! They were smart enough to buy real estate, it seems, back when mortgages could be had in pesos. Nowadays, home & auto loans are strictly quoted in dollars. The average Wal-Mart clerk might get 150 pesos per day (MN$4500/month).
Something like 10,000,000 Mexicans are living on less than 20 pesos per day. (I quote from an ad in the Mexicana Vuelos magazine) The most amazing thing is the lack of panhandlers, relatively speaking (given the typical income), compared to the USA, and the generosity of the people. I can't get tio Dani to take a centavo in cash. I drag down bottles of cognac & champagne (both prohibitively expensive for most Mexicans, they toast New Years with sparkling cider), toys, lottery tickets (big favorite), whatever, as gifts, this preserves my conscience and their dignidad.
If you can learn to live like a typical middle class Mexican . 12,000 pesos per month is a nice pile.
Ned Carlson Triode Electronics Chicago,IL USA
Fighting bad sound and electronic ignorance since
1985 (sorry, folks, it's taking a little longer than I thought)