Welcome back, Tangerineys. Today, we are tackling a topic ( it’s a lot of t’s). Tangerine Travels tackling a topic. (Giggles) One of the most common questions we get asked on our channel is: What is the cost of living in Mexico? Our cost of living. And before we dive in, we want to give a little “Disclaimer” if you will. We realized that it’s super general to say what is our cost of living in Mexico. Mexico’s a huge country But we do feel like we have a pretty unique perspective on this topic because we’ve been to 39 cities across the country over the course of 16 months. Also, if you’re not familiar, we are currently living in Puerto Morelos; Which is a small beach town in the state of Quintana Roo between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, so a lot of these costs are going to be very specific to this town. Oh, and in case you notice this snazzy Laska shirt that I’m wearing it. Roh! (Laska) This and other designs are finally ready at tangerinetravels.com and I hope you’re saying, finaaally because we’ve been telling you about these t-shirts for, (I don’t know, a year now?) and We got our act together and they’re there: (tangerinetravels.com) To start off we have our rent. We recently moved into a new place It is a two-bedroom one-bath apartment and we are paying five hundred US dollars a month. That includes water and internet. If those were not included in our price what seems to be an average water bill at least in this area is about a hundred and thirty to one hundred and sixty (130 to 160) pesos depending on water usage Yeah, and for Internet, our landlord is paying five hundred pesos a month. We’ve seen internet vary from about two hundred (200) on the low end to five hundred (500) on the high end. Next is electricity. In all the rentals we’ve had throughout Mexico This is the first one where we are the ones responsible for paying the electric and that’s because we haven’t had air conditioning until now and if you don’t have air conditioning Your electric bill is probably going to be dirt cheap. A few things to note on the electricity front It works a little differently here than it does in the US (at least in my experience). We’re only paying every two months instead of monthly (it’s what I’m used to in the US) and also there’s tier pricing So if you hit a certain Kilowatt usage, the price per kilowatt goes way up and then at another tier it goes up even more than that. So it behoves you to conserve electricity and like not blast your air conditioning Yeah. From what we were told in Ajijic, could you explain that? If you reach one of those higher tiers It’s pretty difficult to get back down to the lower tiers You have to show a low usage for quite a few months in order for them to drop you back down. So you can either literally, have a bill that’s like two dollars ($2) or you could have one that’s hundreds of dollars depending on your usage. We have not personally got our first electric bill, but after talking to a neighbor and his experience in town We’re estimating an average bill throughout the cold season and hot season being about seventy-five US dollars ($75) a month, with air conditioning. Something else not included in our rent is gas. And the gas is used for hot water, the stove and if we had a washer and dryer, it might be used for that as well. And this last time we filled up with a thousand pesos for like, what I think is an average sized tank, and depending on usage it could last three to six (3 to 6) months. We cook a lot so I imagine it’s probably gonna be about three (3) months that it’ll last and so that averages out to seventeen forty-seven (17.47) per month. The next section is food. And we’ve broken this down into a bunch of different categories: Groceries, eating out at restaurants, drinking out at restaurants, drinking water, filtered water for at home and Costco membership Starting with the Costco membership We buy a lot of our groceries there and it’s a little over two dollars ($2) a month and it’s much cheaper In Mexico than it is in the US. However, there’s no Costco gas and that’s something a feature I really liked in the US; cheap gas at Costco. The next one is drinking water and us going to like OXXO or the grocery store or anything those big garrafones of water Refilled with purified water and that averages out to about six dollars and 71 cents ($6.71) a month. The first time you buy those, you have to pay a deposit for the plastic bottle itself but every time after that, it’s going to be much cheaper and it’s just that refill cost. Something like 30 pesos or so. The next categories” groceries, eating out, and drinking aloud, drinking aloud? drinking aloud and drinking out Those fluctuate so much for us. Some months We’re basically cooking all at home, other months we’re going out and it also depends on the city. So we’ve tried our best to do some averages here of what we’ve done across the span of 16 months. For eating out we fall typically in between the range of one hundred and five hundred dollars ($100 and $500) a month. It’s a really wide range totally depending on how much we cook at home. And we separated out going out for drinks and we think that average is around seventy dollars ($70) a month. Then moving on to groceries, of course, (this is another category) That could just be all over the place if we’re going to local produce markets That’s only about a hundred (100) pesos for a week’s worth of produce, crazy dirt cheap. Whereas if we’re going to store like Chedraui or Costco for more things like, I don’t know milk, greek yogurt, Gluten-free pancake mix (giggles, we just bought that) it’ll be much higher. The average of both of those two we’d say is around sixty-two eighty-eight ($62.88) per month. Next is our cell phone bill. Before coming to Mexico We had t-mobile and they actually have a really good plan for Mexico It’s probably the best plan you can have for someone visiting. For the two of us it was a hundred US dollars ($100) a month, but now we switched to Telcel after a few months in Mexico and that dropped to a little over $31. Granted, it’s not unlimited Unlimited data anymore, but it’s so inexpensive to buy more. We usually get the 300 peso packet and that has two and a half gigabytes (2.5GB) of data, but a lot of times they’re running promotion where you get five gigabytes (5GB). So if we need more we just pay a hundred pesos two hundred pesos get more data, no big deal, still much cheaper than we were paying before. Moving on to car insurance, we actually need insurance both in the US and here in Mexico despite not driving the car in the US you have to have that for some reason I’ve never been totally clear on that actually I think you need it to keep your registration from that state in the US and I think you need it for something to do with Mexican insurance, but I don’t really know. I thought you need it, it’s like an anchor thing. You have to have X type of coverage and up to X amount of coverage in the US to even get… For them to even give you insurance in Mexico. It’s been very unclear. We have seen conflicting information on it. So for Geico, I’m paying about $64 a month and for the Mexican insurance we have a little over $45 a month. Another car-related expense is maintenance and car washes. We’ve been taking our car exclusively to Toyota dealerships and that’s a lot more expensive than if we were to take it to any old mechanic but it’s a hybrid and there aren’t a lot of hybrids in Mexico So we want to take it to dealerships because they’re going to know how to work on the car That comes out to a little over $40 a month. Another car category is gas. First of all, keep in mind that my car is a hybrid So we get between 50 to 75 miles to the gallon, meaning we do not have to fill out that often. Also, my tank is only nine gallons, what we’re generally paying is about $23 per month and that’s filling up basically once a month. Of course, that changes, whether we’re travelling or staying in one spot. This next category ubers and public transportations and stuff like that This was another one that varies a lot for us depending on the city we’re in. For instance when we were in Guadalajara we found the driving to be so chaotic and really stressful we literally parked car unless we absolutely needed to drive it somewhere and we took ubers everywhere because it was pretty inexpensive and it also seemed something like worthwhile to maintain our sanity, to not get in a car accident. And they also had a great bike program in Guadalajara that we used all the time as well. Yeah, in places that are walkable or where we can use other transportation like buses or collectivos or whatever, we’re going to do that over driving, to stay out of the car and let the professionals handle it. (Giggles) So, it totally depends on where we’re at but we figure on average, we spend about ten dollars ($10) a month on uber. Next on our list is laundry. We generally have not had access to our own washer. So we’re having to take it to a Lavanderia, which is a great place where you can pay for full-service laundry: You drop it off, they wash it, they dry it they fold it, you pick it up in a nice little bundle and for us taking our laundry (about every two weeks or so), we’re looking at about $10.50 per month. That’s one of my favourite things about Mexico. I love Lavanderias (giggles), such nice Mexico perk (giggles). Next, are all of our expenses related to Laska: for dog food, treats, toys, vet visits…we’re looking at a little under 20 dollars a month on average and then we have the expense of dog sitting. Again, this is something that varies a lot, month to month for us, basically depending on how much we’re travelling We figure we averaged a little over $30 a month for that. Our next main category is entertainment and activities and within this we put things like, going to the movies, Taking tours, going to cenotes, buying alcohol from the stores, because that goes into something like movie night for us Mexican Netflix and for Netflix in Mexico, we’re paying about five-fifty I think? Yeah, and then adding up all the rest of the things, we think it’s going to be around a hundred dollars ($100) per month. Obviously, like all these other categories, some months we’re doing a lot more, other months, not so much. So, that’s about the average that we think is fair in Mexico A lot of it depends on where we’re living. For example, when we were in Guadalajara, we went to the movies all the time (giggles) Because there is a movie theatre right by us. Yeah. Whereas here, we can’t go as often. Next, we have shopping and this is a very low category for us. We tend to value experiences a lot more than we value possessions and we can’t take a lot of stuff with us because everything has to fit into the car, so shopping will come in at around twenty dollars ($20) a month on average. I’d rather wear my clothes until they have holes in them before going shopping because I just distinctly hate going shopping. (giggles) I especially hate going shopping in a foreign language. It’s just an even more stressful and flustering situation for me She hated shopping in the U.S. I literally will buy everything from Amazon. I don’t care how fashionable it is because I don’t want to interact with people. I don’t want to go to the store I don’t want to fuss with hangers. I want to go in there. I just don’t like it. Yeah. (Giggles) The next big category on our list is health medical and dental. First of all, we do not have health insurance in Mexico. We don’t have any health insurance at all And for the 16 months that we’ve been here We have spent five hundred and fifty dollars ($550) for everything; all of our dental cleanings, a few cavities we had taken care of, all of the stuff that we had to do: taking Jordan to the ER, twice. Here in Quintana Roo and before in Jalisco. But why don’t we have health insurance? (Because we are stupid?) You might think that we’re pretty dumb (but why don’t you share our reason behind that). If we were to get health insurance, the cheapest, the absolute cheapest I found is three to four hundred dollars ($300-$400) a month. Our most expensive month of medical services, that would have been covered on there, under the umbrella of health insurance was about the cost of one month’s premium. So unless something catastrophic were to happen, it makes no financial sense whatsoever to have it. We’re both fairly healthy adults, so it’s not like we need treatments or medications every month. That said, travelling to other countries is a totally different ballgame and we would not be risking it in that case. The next expense we have, our visas. And we switched over from the tourist visa to temporary residency and with all the government fees and all the costs involved in that, it averages out to about $17.50 a month. However, it’s paid, it was paid at the time or it’s paid annually It’s not like you’re paying monthly payments. And this one’s a little tricky because the cost varies from year to year. The next thing on our list is housekeeping. This is something that we could not afford back in the U.S whatsoever because one cleaning for an average sized apartment, it’s like a hundred dollars ($100). It’s just you know, totally out of the question for like our budget at least. (Mm-hmm) Here in Mexico, on the other hand, we have enjoyed this luxury a few times when we’re staying in places long term Yeah So with two cleanings a month, that comes in about twenty-one dollars ($21). And just to give you a frame of reference, when we were in Ajijic, we had a house cleaner come in, this is when we were staying in that really big house and two stories, like really, like pretty sizable house and she cleaned the place, set the price: 200 pesos per cleaning. The last thing on our list it’s definitely a luxury item that we are thankful that we can afford here in Mexico, and that is massages. We try to get maybe about one a month just to keep our stress levels low and stay healthy and here in Puerto Morelos, we are paying 58 dollars ($58) a month, for us to get one a month each. Yeah, that’s one thing that I thought would be more affordable throughout Mexico. All right, so stick with us for just a second before we get to the total. We do want to mention that there are some ways to get this (the cost of living), these monthly costs, down a lot. First and foremost being, do not have a car if we didn’t have Laska and need to transport her and where she wouldn’t have to be in the carnival, But bus or a plane, we would not have the car, extremely expensive, huge hassle. Just, if you don’t, (if you don’t need one), don’t. The transportation system throughout Mexico is amazing. You can get by with buses, planes, taxi drivers colectivos, you don’t need a car. Other things that we would take out would be obviously like, house (house cleaner) massages, buying alcohol. (eating out) Going out to eat because it would be so so inexpensive if we just bought all of our own produce and cooked everything at home compared to going out to eat. Those are just some of the things that can lower these costs down a lot. Thank you for watching to this point. 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