How CHEAP is it to LIVE IN MEXICO?!?
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Welcome back Tangerine Tagalongs! I’m
Jordan and I’m Maddie and we are Tangerine Travels. So, yesterday we asked
you in a pinned comment what video you would like next, and the winner actually
was, “How we make money while traveling in Mexico.” This morning we tried our
darndest to make that video, but what actually happened was we found out that
it is a way more complex topic than we thought it was. So we’re going to have to
postpone that video so that we can gather our thoughts and put them more concisely
for you guys. to really do that video justice. And that’s going to be our 100th
video tomorrow. So we thought that was more fitting anyway. We’ve been traveling
through Mexico for three months now and we’ve been staying at an Airbnb every
single night, but we just moved into our first long-term rental. So excited! So we thought
it’d be a great time to do a tour of our new place, living expenses, and give you
an idea of the cost of living in Mexico. So first we’re gonna do the tour, and the
place that we’re staying right now for the next two months is in a really great
neighborhood. It’s just a few minutes walking distance from a ton of
restaurants, including the very sought after Avenida Chapultepec, where
there’s even more restaurants, and bars, and fun things to do. Without further
delay, first we’re gonna show you here, we have this nice area where Laska can run
around. Over here we have covered parking for our car and it is inside gates as you
can see behind me. Whese are the garage gates. And then we come right this way,
here we have the entrance to our place, unlock, and then we come up this spiral
staircase. AHHH, it’s a wolf! We have a wolf, there’s a wolf. So we come up here this
is a nice living area that we have which looks out on the private balcony, that
overlooks her yard. They’re still doing some gardening back here. She’s working
on planting some things. We come back in here, and then over this way
is the kitchenette. Before we moved in none of this existed, but now we have
a stove, a sink, a refrigerator, some cabinets. And then if we walk up these
stairs this comes right into our bedroom. On the
left here we have a private bathroom that’s attached to it, and it has a
shower here. We have this window which actually opens up to the roof but it
allows nice air flow to come in, so it keeps it nice considering there is no
a/c in this place, just like most rentals in Guadalajara. A nice large bed and it
is incredibly comfy. As you can see, we’ve got another window here so a lot of
light gets let in, and it is incredibly spacious. Before we moved in she was
doing a lot of remodeling in here so the floors are new, it has been repainted.
There’s a lot of really cute details that Ana put into this place, as you
probably noticed, this place has furniture in it. None of that is ours.
This place is completely furnished and all of that is included in the rent
which we’ll be talking about later in the video. Make sure you stick around,
well give you the full cost of everything that we have to buy here in
Mexico. From owning a car and the type of permits that we need. Gas prices here.
What it costs for entertainment things like going to the movies. Rent costs. What
type of phone plan we have. What we’re doing for water. Using Uber, Food,
cocktails, those are all the things that we’re going to be going over. Since we
brought a car here that’s not registered in Mexico, we had to get a Temporary
Vehicle Import Permit or referred to as a TIP, and that was about $460 dollars, it’s good for six months, approximately 400 of
that is refundable whenever we take our car out of the country. That’s going to
vary slightly just depending on the exchange rate. The next
thing that we had to purchase when coming into Mexico was a tourist visa. It
is 500 pesos each and that is good for six months in Mexico. If you’re taking a
car to Mexico you actually need to have two insurance policies, one in the US, and
one in Mexico. We got the highest coverage possible in Mexico and a
12-month plan just because it was the best value, and it costs $439 US dollars for that year. I kept my same policy that I had in the US
with Geico and the lowest coverage you could possibly get which is $60 US
dollars. I’m not actually sure why you need to have two insurances or why you
need to have u.s. insurance if you are in Mexico, and just driving in Mexico, but
them’s the rules and you gotta follow them. Filling up our car. Gas costs about 17 to
19 pesos per liter, which depending on the exchange rate, is about four bucks
per gallon. Thankfully we have a Toyota Prius which gets really good gas mileage.
For us, it’s about 50 to 70 miles to the gallon. So that means we’re not spending a whole
lot on gas. What we do spend a lot on on the road between places is the toll
roads. Depending on where you’re driving, in our experience it’s been between 16
pesos for a toll road and upwards of 250. We encounter toll roads when we’re
driving from city to city, not driving within a city itself. So coming up we are
going to be talking about how much our rent costs in this apartment. Make sure
to stick around for that. If you’re liking this video so far, please consider giving it a
thumbs up and subscribing to our channel to learn more about our travels and
adventures here in Mexico. We also recommend that you GONG THAT BELL so you get notified every
time we put out a new video. Let’s get back to it. Next on the list is water.
This is something people often ask, and we were worried about before we came. Is
the water in Mexico safe? We didn’t want to take any chances so we got this
product. A water filtration doohickey this little robot called the Berkey, so
that no matter what the rental we were in, where we were at in Mexico, we never
had to worry about it. All we do is grab water from the tap, or from a pond,
or anywhere else. From the toilet if you’re desperate. Pour it in the top here. We also add
a few drops of black walnut and wormwood tincture to kill any bacteria or
parasites. You just put a few drops of that in the top as well. It filters out
everything except for bacteria. And then what you have after it works it’s magical
magic is clean water that comes out. It filters out everything from heavy metals
to fluoride. We’ll put a link to this product down below in the description in
case you would like to buy one for your travels as well. We use, love, and trust
this Berkey. As is the case with a lot of things, when it comes to food your cost
is going to vary a lot on your tastes. If we’re buying groceries we might spend
twenty dollars buying a bunch of produce, and that’s going to last us about a week.
But if you’re one who wants to buy specific brands that you find in the US,
like fruit loops or something, then you might be paying more than that. So for
going out to restaurants for the two of us we almost never pay more than two
hundred pesos for a meal. As far as cocktails go, for the majority of the
time, we are paying between 10 to 80 pesos per drink. And it’s going to be
cheaper than the restaurants, if we’re eating street food, we might be able to
have a full meal for a dollar or two each. and here in Guadalajara specifically,
most of our drinks are in the 30 peso range. Next on the list is
entertainment. To give you an example, last night it was a Friday night, we went
out to the movies. We got two tickets at prime time,
the biggest popcorn we could get, and a large bottle of water, and we paid $13 US
dollars total. Next on our list is Uber and although we do have a car, we like to
park it, and not drive anywhere within the city. For the month of April Uber
cost us $939 pesos, and that was for 22 rides. This was probably the most Uber rides
we’ve ever taken in a single month. Definitely, we walk most place we go.
That comes out to I believe 43 pesos per ride. Next on the list is our cell phone
plan. We had a lot of questions about that before coming here. We use t-mobile
and it’s unlimited text, calling, and data. And for two lines it’s a hundred bucks a
month. But, they won’t let you do that forever,
so, we are nearing the time where we are going to have to buy a Mexican cell
phone plan. From our research, it appears that a comparable plan with Telcel would
be between 200 to 500 pesos per month. We’re not experts on this yet because we
obviously have not made the switch, but as soon as we do, we will post another
video updating you on exactly what the process is like. But please let us know
what your experience is with Mexican carriers. Who do you use? How much do you
pay? And what do you get? Comment below, let us know. You’ve got
mail. Once we decided to come to Mexico, that meant we would no longer have a
u.s. mailing address, so we pay $15 a month for a mail forwarding service
which receives our mail, scans it, and allows us to view everything we get
online. Alrighty, we are getting down to the juicy deets here. Until we decided to stay in
Guadalajara, we were renting Airbnbs per night. The lowest we have ever paid
while here in Mexico for an Airbnb is $7.00 per night. The highest we’ve ever
paid is $66 per night. But on average with weekly discounts, we were usually
paying between $15 to $20 per night and that is per month
between 450 and $600. The last and final thing, what everyone wants to know, how
much we are paying for this new apartment? So this is a one-bedroom
apartment, but it is two levels with a very large living area, kitchen, one
bathroom. It’s definitely the biggest one-bedroom that we have ever seen. So
included in the rent price is water, sewer, trash, gas, electricity, internet,
covered parking, safe neighborhood, close to lots of restaurants, awesome landlord.
We really did get so fortunate with this place. And as we mentioned before, it is
newly remodeled, and fully furnished like we mentioned before.
We kind of got a special deal with this place. We negotiated a different rate
because we were going to be paying for two months, upfront, in cash. And this is
renting from the same landlord that we rented an Airbnb from. Right downstairs. And she is
awesome, so we felt super comfortable renting from her. We are paying 6,000 pesos per month. Before you go, we’d like to ask you a quick favor. If
you enjoyed this video about our cost of living in Mexico, please give it a thumbs
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video about our travels here in Mexico. AHHH! We’ll see in the next one. So obviously we can’t cover everything in this video,
but in general, here in Guadalajara, we pay about a third of the price for
everything that we would have paid for in Phoenix. So for going out to a
restaurant, it will be about a third of the cost. Movies, third of the cost. Rent, third.
Just about everything is a third if you’re in doubt.

100 thoughts on “How CHEAP is it to LIVE IN MEXICO?!?

  1. Is there anything else you'd like to know about our cost of living in Mexico? Are we overpaying for anything?

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  2. 1/3 the cost sounds about right from being in Arizona and going down to Mexico. Im glad that you found a nice safe place to rent.

  3. Hola chicos! Los invito a conocer el mejor café de Guadalajara
    Visiten "Taller de Espresso" un lugar donde tuestan café mexicano, la dirección es Avenida Hidalgo #1586 colonia americana
    Saludos!!! 😀

  4. You are paying a fair amount in everything, about your phone contract definitely use telcel, they own all of the antenas that cellphones use and rent them to the other companies so they are the best choice. Ask for a plan that’s called 200 , that should be more than enough, it’s about to gigs if I remember correctly and it costs 200 pesos( there are variations of this plan/ contract …400, 500, etc)

  5. You didn't show us the rooftop! (I'm actually just curious to see how you fit through that tiny window lol.)
    Does Jordan still has to carry Laska all the way down and up the spiral staircase? poor guy 🙁
    Nice tour 🙂

  6. Wow you guys seriously covered a lot on this vid. I live in GDL too, planning to make the next big step with my bf in a year, and this made me realize about sooo many things xD

    As for the cellphone matter: I'm not an expert, but I'll tell you I use "weex", wich uses Movistar's infrastructure just like Tmobile does (i think). It's quite cheap and you have a ton of options to choose. – I always buy the pack with Unlimited whatsapp, unlimited calls and 300mb of data (I'm not sure if they are daily since I don't always need them) for less that $100 and unlimited texts for $1 a day.

    That's it. Keep enjoying your days : )

  7. Telcel is a good company but not the best in terms of prices, they offer the best plans and you tend to have really good coverage (for example i had 4G in the middle of the woods super far away from a city), i heard other companies have better plans in terms of prices, but they tend to have bad coverage, you could try AT&T (im not familiar with them), also you can try Virgin Mobile my friend is an uber driver and virgin seems to work pretty good for him in terms of internet and data plans, even though i believe he said virgin removed their stores from the cities and you can only purchase their services online

  8. https://us.telcel.com/secure/ServicePlans?language=en
    I recommend to use telcel america, unlimited in USA and MEXICO for 30 dlls.

  9. We have Telcel pay as you go plans that work great for us. Our particular plan covers all of N. America, i.e., Canada, U.S., and Mexico. We get unlimited talk, text, and social media (i.e., FB) and 1GB of data for 33 days at a cost of 200 pesos, that's about $11 USD. Unbelievable! In the U.S. our post-paid plan with AT&T was running us about $90 USD per line per month.

  10. I think your apartment is a great deal. We haven't shopped for apartments in GDL; however, I do know rents are much higher than that down in 'gringolandia' near Lake Chapala. Your place down here would likely run closer to 10,000 – 12,000 pesos per month, depending upon the exact location. Ajijic tends to be the most expensive, while Chapala and Jocotepec tend to be less expensive.

    PS. CONGRATS on hitting 3,100 subscribers!

  11. I just wrote you in an other video! But i will do it again cause i would love to meet you! I have a house in Mexico city and other on queretaro city and i would love to have you visiting! I hope you read my message i invite you to queretaro to visit a beautifull town!

  12. Thank you for your videos, I've been enjoying a lot watching you guys here in Mexico. I find it really interesting to see my city of Guadalajara through the eyes of foreigners, although at this point I think we can consider you honorary tapatíos.

  13. Dont go for telcel, im from here in Guadalajara, check at&t and movistar plans, they are more honest

  14. I use movistar and i pay $100 pesos every 25 or 26 days and i get unlimited minutes and text to mex,us and canada plus unlimited social media but i only get like 1 gb data and ive never had any coverage problems since they use the same anthenas as telcel.

  15. Hi, if you want to save on cinema ticket prices you should get the cinepolis app and buy them 3 days before you're Goin to the movies and you'll save 50% off sometimes

  16. Just one suggestion, when you mention costs of living, could you pls also mention how it compares with your hometown. I’m from some other place in Mexico (mty), but I live in the Netherlands and a lot of people ask me if Mexico is cheaper but I really don’t have any reference. Keep it up, I think you are doing an awesome job!

  17. Telcel it's in the end expensive, yes it has good reception but if you are no travel outside Jalisco the best option it's at&t.

  18. Since you guys are going to have to change to a mexican carrier. I really recommend AT&T(nextel)my plan is around 500 pesos p/month no contract with 5gb per month includes unlimited social media like insta, twitter,snap,uber and unlimited calls and text, plus you can use it in the us for as much time as you want. I am currently in texas for uni and is what I have been using for around a year now.

  19. None of mexican cellphones companies offer unlimited plans. You can go about with the 200 or 300 pesos telcel plan, the only thing you can't really afford to do with a data plan is to watch youtube videos

  20. Hey guys. We canceled our U.S. auto insurance once we crossed the border. We had to go back to TX last week to renew our visas and just paid for the first month on a 6 month policy with Progressive, then canceled again when we came back to MX with no issue. We have Mexico auto insurance through Lewis and Lewis (who I'm not a huge fan of). Where did you read that we still needed U.S. coverage? What MX insurance company do you use? We are hoping to register here soon. After three trips, we don't want to make a 4,000 mile drive ever again!

  21. I miss our T-mobile service. We are on Telcel now. I always forget to connect to wifi and I run out of data real fast. It's not my favorite service, but it works. We also had to tell our friends and family two different variations of our new Mexican phone numbers – one for texting and one for calling.

  22. You should get a AT&T plan. They have month to month plans for like 200 pesos and it's unlimited text and talk and like 1gb of data. You can pay more for more data 🙂 I think it's a better value than Telcel

  23. I love your videos guys. Keep it up. I work in Telcel, i recomend You guys get the $399 plan, it has unlimited texts and calls, 3000 MB for internet and social media Is unlimited too. Saludos desde chihuahua!

  24. hi, Great video with excellent content. I have a question: What mail forwarding service do you use? Thanks I "liked" subscribed and belled! P.S. dog your awesome:-)

  25. It would probably be easier to get a metro pcs sim card. cheaper plans (but still part of the tmobile network) and calls to and from Mexico are only 5$ per month

  26. You should probably consider getting an AT&T mobile plan. Personally I think is much better than Telcel.
    If u get one u have service in all of North America, I went to NYC years ago and to Canada 1 year ago and it worked PERFECTLY👏🏻

    I pay $580 (pesos) a month and I get 3 gb, unlimited calls and texts (no one ever texts anymore) plus unlimited social media (facebook, twitter and whatsapp). Normally I would pay only $400 but I also got an insurance for my phone.
    There’s actually cheapest plans so you should do a little reasearch.

    Love u guys❤️🇲🇽😍

  27. I used to use Telcel $7 dollars at month
    I like yours videos, given the true about México and not the stereo type.

  28. Easy:

    In Mexico, for a prepaid cellphone line the best is Movistar and AT&T. But there’s a carrier called Unefon, owned by AT&T who gives unlimited data (fully unlimited high speed data for 1 moth for 300 pesos + unlimited texting and voice, also international calls unlimited)

    For a contract one: AT&T or Telcel

    AT&T has the best signal quality, their LTE signal is the best

    But Telcel LTE has the best coverage in all the country (perfect if you’re planning on hitting the road and visit small cities and pueblos that normally only have Telcel service)

    I would say that, unless you’re traveling to a small community, to pueblos or very rural areas, pick AT&T. If you want coverage and don’t mind to have slow or poor signal sometimes but be able to have service in remote areas, pick Telcel

  29. Is funny how the USA insurance companies steal your money even when you’re not even going to have an accident there cause you’re in another country, ripoff 😂

  30. In Chicago I pay $500.00 dollars for a stupid room in a dark basement, no bathroom, no kitchen plus bills, cable and internet are extra bills, not fair you only pay $300 for all of that😂😭😭

  31. Thanks for the useful info. My husband and I will be moving to Mexico in a few months. Can you please tell me how to find that mail forwarding service you guys use?

  32. Maddie and Jordan your videos contain a lot of valuable content. I am planning to move to Mazatlan in July / Aug time frame. I am still in the getting rid of 90% of my material garbage phase. Did you bring the Berkey Water Filter with you in the car or buy it locally? Are you able to get replacement filters there? What were those drops you added to the water? Keep up the good work!

  33. Hello guys, I live in Guadalajara and I'm enjoying your videos a lot. I'd like to recommend you a cool place to have a meal and have fun. It's called "la madriguera" the special thing is they have board games you can borrow as you are consuming food or beverages, they have so many games!! And if you don't know them they will explain you how to play.

  34. Two tips for your phone telcel plan and or just buying a chip for your own phones prepaid cards for instance 100 pesos gives you unlimited calls and text 1000mb internet however you get to use unlimited messenger fb email not you tube watch for this.

  35. My husband and I are looking to rent in the area for at least a month. Could I get contact information on your landlord if their additional rentals?

  36. fuck Guadalajara is very cheap and yeah, depending in the state you live in USA your living expenses are higher than here. I made the math and is like 70% higher, that's why they pay you more there, but literally your expenses are kinda the same if you are an employ, if you are an entrepreneur or nomad the best thing to do is live in a cheap country lol.

  37. do you know where I can fine a room for 2weeks in august in Guadalajara and how much is it. tks. It to do my first trip in mexico to go to leave there next year.I am frensh canadien sorry for the mistake I did.

  38. Maybe not ur subject … but can you speak about employment for Americans in Mexico? Very interested in moving andI am doing various kinds of research- but would love ur input. Just a general picture of what you see as possible opportunities or lack of? Thanks for great videos!🤗

  39. Congrats on your new place! (Which I guess is old by now since this video is 3 months old.) I'm researching into moving my family to Mazatlan. Do you think it's worth it to have a car since you'll have to make the long drive back every 6 month and ubers and public transport are so cheap?

  40. Have you ever considered setting people up down there, or being like a middle man between Mexico and the US., for people who want to move there? Seems to me like there could be some money in it and a service well needed by people like me.

  41. Thanks guys! Your vid has been the most comprehensive as for actual living and traveling in Mexico I've seen so far. Yeah, really surprised about how prices are trending up. Especially in the Ajijic Lake Chapala area since a lot of videos sound like there is a surplus of $350-$450 USD rentals all over the place. Hopefully when my wife and I are ready to retire in a few years it won't price us out of the area. Although the prices are actually for us insanely low being from California. Thanks you again for the " real world report" and looking forward to many more vids from you for updates. I subbed… Have fun and stay safe 👍🏽✌🏽️😎.

  42. You can drop your Geico insurance. Also get the insurance for a few days then once you get into the country away from border cities and go to a Mexican company and for liability it is $400 pesos to $500 pesos per month but they offer deals for 3 or more months at a time.

  43. You can't pay me to live in that Mexico sshithole. If you like Mexico so much please stay there. All I see is your apartment is a lot bars everywhere. Security makes me wonder what kind of neighborhood you're living in, if you say it's a safe. I see you like to take Uber a lot that must be so you don't get pulled over by the federales where they can molest you and take your money lucky to get away with your life. Let's not talk about the crime and how the cartel rules there. I will just stay here in the good old USA…

  44. I would be looking for a 2 bedroom in GDL or Tlaquepaque furnished and utilities with a max budget of $11,000 mx cheaper the better of course

  45. I have long thought about relocating out of the U.S. but I cannot walk so that complicates things for some places I learned as a more able bodied traveler in my previous expats. My question is how wheel chair assessable is the area?

  46. Am gonna save 10k and leave to Mexico even tho my dads family is very wealthy in Mexico i wanna make my own living with no one's help 😊

  47. If you are moving to Mexico you obviously don't need to keep paying Geico, they are ripping you off :/ Tell them to shove it.

  48. Hi there! Love your channel and have been binge watching a bit lately. I’m leaving the US at the end of 2019 and doing a ton of research and considering Mexico! Is the forwarding and scan service through USPS?! Thank you!!

  49. Hola Tangerinis! I love watching your videos to learn about your experiences and also compare them to my own. We rent a 2-bedroom 2-bath apartment in a "luxury" (really I would call it upper-middle class) apartment complex with pool, gym and excellent security in a nice, quiet residential area of Cancun for about US$500/month, but it's not furnished and doesn't include any utilities except condo fees/maintenance. Electric, gas, water and internet all together come to about US$50/month, but with the air on almost constantly during the summer, that goes up to about $75. For phone service, I still have my AT&T plan from the US and can use unlimited talk/text and up to 10 GB of data a month for the same price as if I were in the US. I signed up for the service "Habla Mexico" so that I could get a virtual Mexican cell number that rings on my US phone for about US$10/month. The only drawback is that people can't text my virtual Mexican number – but that isn't really a problem since almost everybody I know uses Whatsapp and/or Facebook messenger. Our grocery bills run anywhere from US$50-100/week, but that includes a lot of name-brand packaged foods, meat, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. That same very full shopping cart would easily cost $200-300 or more in the US. We also have a cleaning lady come in once a week and pay her 400 pesos (about US$20), but I'm told that's a little on the high side and most people pay 300 pesos unless they have a really large house or ask the cleaning lady to do extra things like laundry, cooking, running errands, etc. (which we do). I don't have a car so I can't tell you for sure about insurance, but from what I understand, it IS mandatory and that if you get into an accident and don't have insurance, the police WILL arrest you and hold you and your car until they determine whether you owe the other party for any damages or injuries AND make sure that you've paid them. How do you guys handle health insurance and/or expenses? I have thought about getting private Mexican insurance but haven't yet. My Blue Cross/Blue Shield theoretically has international coverage, but the deductible is so high and I have to jump through hoops to get reimbursed. Instead, I use my health savings account (HSA) for medical expenses in Mexico, which is allowed as long as the services and medications are legal in both Mexico and the US.

  50. I've been watching your videos and you guys have really open my eyes on what is like to travel across Mexico. Keep it up and will continue watching, thanks.

  51. Just watched a video from Merida guy from LA he is paying 10 peso a day, unlimited everything, says he pays his bill at oxxo

  52. Hello, what are the names of the neighbourhoods that you state in Guadalajara, in one of your videos you said the area want that great.

  53. how do you find air bnb's? were planning a vacation to Zapopan Guadalajara. I will jump off the third story balcony into the arroyo if I have to stay with my husband's parents.

  54. Wow, I’m so excited! I could actually retire there right now! I can’t believe how affordable it is! I could live a lot better too! …take this job and…oops, lol getting carried away! 😂🤣 Thanks so much for this eye opener!

  55. Im from Albuquerque New Mexico .. Now living in San Luis Mexicob.. I love it here paying less then half of what i use to pay .. My total bills equel 234.00 dollars and thats everything .. Rent light water propane and phone .. I kept my phone from new mexico its a metro pcs nothings changed on that .. I hope you two have q great time god bless..

  56. How hard was it to find a rental that would take pets? Do you have a video about bringing your dog with you? where do you walk your dog? Is there regular brands of dog food in mexico? when you went to the movie was it in english or spanish?

  57. are most all rentals on two floors? I am in a wheelchair and want to know if I can get a rental on one floor. Thank you for all your videos I enjoy them.

  58. Would you elaborate more on the mail scanning service? Which one do you guys use? What is the process to get it set up? Price? Do they scan junk mail too? Gracias!

  59. Omg my jaw dropped when I heard the price. I’m paying around 1,400-1,500 every month for rent + utilities in MN.
    I need to convince my girlfriend to move to Mexico.

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