Cost of Living in Mexico

by Jose Marc Castro on August 10, 2009

costoflivingMEXICOThe cost of living in Mexico can be quite low if one is resourceful and patient enough to look for the right place and right items. There are several options to choose from when it comes to standard of living. Even in major cities one can have a very comfortable lifestyle. Prices of products significantly less compared to the United Kingdom.

There are definitely upscale places with great neighbors, luxurious surroundings plus a breathtaking view for those who quality living. There are also cheaper and quieter places to stay in nevertheless just as comfortable.

Despite all these options and a fairly affordable cost of living, Mexico remains to be the 12th biggest economy in the world. It has a total GDP of over 1 trillion euros and has a per capita GDP of 11,250 euros which ranks 63rd globally. Mexico has been determined as a newly industrialized country with an upper middle income country. Poverty rates have significantly decreased by over 10%, but there are many problems that still remain. The government has increased its efforts and things are definitely looking brighter for expatriates, locals and foreign visitors.

One of expats last June 26, 2009 has shared in the Mexico Expat Forum:

Mexico is #1 in all Latin America for foreign investment, #4 in the world
Mexico is #5 in the world for oil production
Mexico is #7 in the world for exportation
Mexico is 2nd largest population in all of Latin America, 11th in the world
Mexico is a country which internal reserve actually exceeds its external debt. Currently Mexico’s debt is 34 billion dollars with reserves topping 80 billion
Mexico pays great returns on investments, currently interest rates on Mexican government treasuries are 8.25%
Within the next 10 years, 70 million people will retire. 25-30% of them will make some type of investment in Mexico”

Food and Drinks Costs in Mexico

A single household with four family members spends around 300 euros every month on grocery items. Food and drinks in Mexico are very affordable since the country widely produces agricultural products, livestock and other raw materials. Food production is initially for the citizens although there are also manufacturing companies which aim to deliver to foreign countries primarily.

One can have a full meal of a taco or burrito and a drink for less than a Euro. There are also high-end restaurants that serve Mexican or foreign cuisines at rates averaging one hundred euros. Middle class places can serve meals to full families for under a hundred euros. Prices vary from extremely cheap to high end, with a little knowledge of Spanish helpful in finding the best ones for your needs and budget.

Beef is very cheap in Mexico and it is the most popular meat product among locals. Poultry comes a solid second in terms of purchased grocery items. Mexico also produces several herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits that can be bought at very low prices outside the city.

There are a number of markets in major cities selling agricultural products like bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, rice and beans at low rates or wholesale. Mexican beer is cheap while there are also high quality drinks like tequila, tea and coffee that can cost higher.

As reported by an expat in the Mexico Expat Forum last 20th May 2009, the following are the costs in Mexico in pesos:

“dominos pizza large crunchy 109
walmart top of the line steak 193 pesos per kilo
groceries walmart per month 3,500 pesos
propane for water heater 600 pesos for 3 months

its nice to live down here and not deal with the typical rat race in the usa…..”

Clothing and Accessories Costs in Mexico

Shopping for clothes in Mexico is fairly expensive but there are several great buys in department stores, flea markets and street vendors. The quality of clothes is also good if manufactured locally. There are imported products from the United States, Europe and Asia as well. Products from the latter are quite cheap and are sold in bulk. Prices for traditional Mexican dresses are around 20 euros while shoes cost around 40 euros depending on quality. The average Mexican spends 100 to 150 euros every month on clothes.

Accessories can come cheap at the right places. There are several trinkets and small gadgets for sale at markets and malls. Designer labels from Europe and the United States are usually found in malls and cost relatively the same as in the United Kingdom. Overall, Mexico is a great place to shop for locally made items.

Housing Costs in Mexico

On the average, a single person spends about 150 euros every month on apartment rentals. As the quality and space increases, prices will also become more expensive. Location is also a determining factor in price so spots that are much nearer to the center of towns as major urban area locations will be pricey.

In Acapulco and other big areas, people tend to live in 2-bedroom apartments that are priced at 200 to 250 euros. Living conditions do not include utilities and gas consumption. One can also find very cheap housing and rent outside the city and in nearby villages at 80 to 100 euros a month. Depending on where you are situated, the prices can vary as well as the layout and accommodations between the locales of Chapala, Allende or Mexico City.

Land ownership is possible even in major cities. A single house and lot unit typically costs 20,000 euros. Bigger estates and mansion are also available in luxurious subdivisions for willing foreign owners.

Mexico has a housing authority that provides for the low class citizens. Rental is automatically deducted from taxable income including utilities. Living conditions in Mexico varies just like the price. Expatriates may be most comfortable living in apartments for the first few years before planning to purchase a permanent home or property.

Services Costs in Mexico

Internet service is available from the same company that provides telephone services. Internet rates are around 10 euros every month while annual subscriptions tend to be cheaper. Telephone connections are good and the system functions similarly in the United Kingdom. Transportation is available everywhere at low rates. A full circle around town or to and from work will cost around 8 to 10 euros.

One of the hidden costs is the Mordita, which is a form of “service cost” and is not bribery in the Mexican culture but is considered as gift-giving, roughly translated as a “tip” or “gift”. This is one of the important things you need to dole out to help things get done while down in Mexico.

Mexico also gives utmost importance to the health and security of its people. Health insurance policies are advised to all working individuals while there are several excellent health facilities providing quality care and state-of-the-art technology. Average insurance rates cost around 50 euros every month. There are several compensation benefits provided to insurance policyholders. The government also has a housing authority agency that takes care of poverty and homelessness.

Employment Costs in Mexico

There are regulations for expatriates seeking employment in Mexico. Government employment agencies need to check all documents and legibility before the individual can transfer. As of the present, people cannot simply go to Mexico and look for a job unless there is already an existing company willing to take the person in. The country is primarily trying to provide employment to all locals first before finding foreign skilled workers.

Trade and tourism remains to be the top industries of Mexico and comprises the bulk of its GDP support. The employment rate is estimated to be at 97% and the government foresees a continued decrease in unemployed individuals. The economic boom of Mexico may also be contributed to several citizens working abroad and bringing in dollars from the United States and Europe. If expatriates’ skills match the category in demand at the moment, employment can come easy in the long run.


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erika March 24, 2010 at 8:29 am

I´m from Mexico, and it´s mordida (bite) not mordita and it´s very common in here but we DO consider it bribery not a tip or gift at all. But yes, sadly sometimes we have to do it for our own good.

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Jacob May 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I'm an expat living in Mexico; I've found the "mordida" is huge worry for many Mexicans who are trying to fight the country's corruption. As you said, Erika, it is considered bribery, and many people consider it morally wrong. When they have to do it because of corrupt police or bureaucrats, the feel guilty, helpless and angry that things work this way. The last thing these Mexicans (who are trying to make their country better) need is irresponsible tourists and expats exasperating the problem handing out huge bribes everywhere because they think it's cute or acceptable to the culture. Please – to all expats and tourists in Mexico; DON'T give bribes (or "gifts" or whatever else you want to call it) if you don't absolutely have to. And thank you for clarifying the meaning of "mordida" Erika!

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roberto puebla April 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Hi, I am considering an offer to go back to work Mexico. Your comments are great. Thank you.

Does anybody know the cost of kids private education in the Mexico city at a level comparable to that in North America?

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jesus14390 June 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Consider spending around $380-450 usd/month for private education for each kid 18 and under at top bilingual schools. Bicultural schools might go up to $600-700. It depends on the area and grade, being Santa Fe and Interlomas the most expensive neighborhoods for living and raising kids.

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Lourdes October 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm

It depends what kind of private school you are looking for. I was looking for a private school for my son, but he doesn't speak any Spanish. I will send him to an all English speaking school in Mexico City which will cost about $400 US per month. It isn't bad. There are schools that are extremely expensive for about 15 thousand dollars a year.

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Jana June 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I live in Puebls, two hours west of Mexico city. I have a four year old son and I send him to a private eschool (Montessori) I pay 2500 pesos, aprox: 250 dollars a month

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sveta June 6, 2010 at 5:50 am

I am from India Please tell me Is 8000 USD enough to live in Tampico for a family of 3. Kid is in Class 2.

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Duke June 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm

8K per month- is a very good salary in Mexico! I am living in USA but have been there many times! You should check other benefits- such as bonus on X-mas and paid vacation, these are common as is health insurance, and other small perks- just as in India

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Viswanath Kotamraju September 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Hi

I am from india and i got a job offer in mexico. Could you please let me know how much is cost of living per month for a family of 3.

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jesus14390 June 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Are you talking about 8000 usd/moth or 8000 usd/year?
You will do fine with 8000 usd/month in Tampico, living by the sea, spending around 1000 usd in a great house 3-4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, private garden, etc. Consider spending around 200-300 usd/month for private education for each kid 18 and under (during 12 months).

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goyi June 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Waooooooooooo, 200-300 USA $ for private education? For Mexico that is a lot of money to pay for private education. If that is the case, every mexican citizen will be opening a private school and every citizen will want to be a teacher! Teach your kid at home, and have an expert educator from India, Via de internet, it will be less expensive. For Spanish, higher a Mexican a teacher to care and educate your kids.

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omram August 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm

hi i am from nepal
i want to come in visit and study visa in mexico.
pls any one tell me about mexico and what is the cost for full course sutdy in mexico in diploma level
and what is the living cost for normally
and what is the fooding cost for normaly
you can send me reply email= hkgautam_11@yahoo.com.sg

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wendell August 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I live off of disability, and am wondering where a good, cheap, safe town would be in Mexico for a single 55 yr. old. simple but with all utilities. and an estimate on the cost. Thanks

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helene policinski August 17, 2010 at 1:43 am

I am in a similar situation to Wendall. At age 64 i am on American disabilaty with medicare. I recieve $1300 a month. i could work at unskilled work or use my RN education as well as social worker …all part time.I am a 1 year cancer survivor. I just want to LIVE and stop worrying about every penny. What can i do?

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Jenny October 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

Hi i got a teaching job in Mexico. They are prepared to pay 9000 pesos. Is that enough for me? How about the cost of living there? Will i be able to save something with this salary?

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Tadeo January 10, 2011 at 3:00 am

I'm Mexican and I can tell you it is an upper-middle salary, you can live quite well depending on which part of México you're going to, you also have to consider services, taxes and most of all what kind of benefits such as healthcare and others they're offering you. I live in the Northeast part of the country and I can tell that it is expensive when compared with the rest of the nation, but with a salary like that, you'll be fine and if you are a smart spender you can save a lot of money!

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Linda Dodge October 21, 2010 at 8:10 am

I am from the US and getting ready to retire. I will not have enough in my retirement to live in the United States. Can anyone tell me if 2,000. UDS in enough to live in Madera Mexico. There would be 3 adults, and 2 children. Please reply to msladodge@aol.com

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Andy November 3, 2010 at 11:52 am

Hi
I plan to move to Mexico City next year with work. I have 2 kids (6 and 2).
Can you recommend schools to teach the UK system as well has give them spanish skills? And what is the cost per month? Many thanks

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Sudeep November 16, 2010 at 6:36 am

Hi,

Is 2300 USD good enough to live in mexico. My friend says that his expenses are around 800 USD and rest are savings.

Would that be true?

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westcoastbabe December 12, 2010 at 11:38 pm

i am a single women… in my 50's with a dog and a cat and i have had it with Canada. Tell me how much would it cost me to be in a nice little cottage on the beach…. with a market close by where i would be safe.

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MCM February 6, 2011 at 4:46 am

It really depends where you go. Cabo is $2000-$3000 a month but go to San Blas or Barre de Navidad You'll be closer to $1500-$2000
You can buy a small condo in Cabo right now for less than $125k and have monthly expenses of $1000 or less if you're frugal.

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sarah December 14, 2010 at 2:27 am

For a single person teaching English in Jaliso or Mexico City. What is the average spending a month? in pesos or Eu is fine.

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michelle4p December 29, 2010 at 4:46 am

Are the high end clothes in Mexico less expensive than in the States? I will be traveling to major cities in Mexico and may want to by from high end brands since I can't afford them here.

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MCM February 6, 2011 at 4:43 am

no – they are more expensive. Often way more expensive.

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gio October 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

def not, they are about the same if not higher

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James February 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Me and my partner have been offered jobs in Mexico city at 38,000 pesos a month between us with accomodation include is this enough to live off? We aren't sure about the cost of living in Mexico. Help!

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Butch Bene' February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

Ok, how bout this figure Last year was the deadliest since the Calderon anti-crime offensive began, with 8,928people killed, according to Reforma. So far this year, 2,904people have died, the newspaper said. The AP said the report put the toll at 9,635 last year and 3,365 in January through March this year. It was unclear why there were discrepancies in the report's figures. 38,000 pesos, for every death in that HELL HOLE, LOL.

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gio October 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

you would comment somethng like that with that name lol

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jim February 13, 2011 at 5:17 am

Jam55 single male retired dont get alot 12hundred a mouth could rent onebed rm,live in Mexico /?

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Richard February 15, 2011 at 7:30 am

Memo to WestCoastBabe, Yes living is significantly cheaper than Vancouver… 40 to 50% in most cases and they've developed a quaint custom that is different than Canada… the price you see is the price you actually pay… no added VAT… HST or whatever. I live in a house that costs $250/mo..and the well stocked Wallmart here in Toluca has prices that are generally much lower than Canada…often for exactly the same products. The ATM's give a good exchange rate so just bring your bank card or Credit Card … Canadian cards work fine here PROVIDED they are preauthorize to be used in Mexico beforehand. Bring your laptop… wireless is everywhere in Mexico, and arrangements can usually be made to connect to somewhere …to keep in touch via Skype or email … get a Magicjack module for free phone calls home… works slick… people are often amazed.

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oerganix March 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

Can someone tell me the approximate cost of living in Merida or a small town nearby? Two adults, one of whom works from home online, so need dependable fast internet. The other is an experienced massage therapist. Are they licensed like in the States? We speak Spanish and live parsimoniously.

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USteacherinMX March 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I got a teaching job offer in Mexico, I was wondering if it would be feasible to keep my car back in the US if my car payment and insurance is around $475 total. They are offering to pay 8,000 pesos. What is the average for utility bills?

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Kaustav Ghosh March 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi,
Please can someone help me with the query –
What would be the average monthly expense for couple in Mexico City(in USD) under the following heads?
- Rented apartment within 5 km radius from Chapultepec or Miguel Hidalgo
- Medical Expenses for doctor visits
- Utilities (Gas, Electricity and Water)
- Communications(Internet, Phone, TV)
- Transport (Public- Tube, Bus and Taxi)
- Groceries (Veg and Chicken twice weekly)
- Movies
- Eating Out(Middle class to High class)
- McDonald's / KFC meals
- Household maids
- Any other expenses you feel is relevant
- Baby Birth Cost in a Good Hospital

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Kaustav Ghosh March 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Hi,
Please can someone help me with the query –
What would be the average monthly expense for couple in Mexico City(in USD) under the following heads?
- Rented apartment(2 bedroom) within 6 km radius from Chapultepec or Miguel Hidalgo
- Medical Expenses for doctor visits
- Utilities (Gas, Electricity and Water)
- Communications(Internet, Phone, TV)
- Transport (Public- Tube, Bus and Taxi)
- Groceries (Veg and Chicken twice weekly)
- Movies
- Eating Out(Middle class to High class)
- McDonald's / KFC meals
- Household maids
- Any other expenses you feel is relevant
- Baby Birth Cost in a Good Hospital

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Leopold Marcelle April 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

hi i am from Haiti
i want to come in visit and study visa in mexico.
pls any one tell me about mexico and what is the cost for full course sutdy in mexico in diploma level
and what is the living cost for normally
and what is the fooding cost for normaly
you can send me reply email

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Gloria April 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I am a single woman living on disability, approx. 1200 USD a month (13,999 MXN). What cities would be good, cheap, safe would be in Mexico for a single 59 yr. old.? A simple house is fine. What would be the cost of all utilities?

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Michael April 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

Living frugally it is possible to enjoy an attractive, friendly, interesting, relatively safe place with a very nice climate: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Although we own a piece of land there we rent a furnished 2br apartment very conveniently located for $300 a month. Electricity is inexpensive for us (about $10 a month, which is unusually low). You can get a 1br cheaper. There is a big expat community there, a decent library, dozens of pretty good restaurants, schools, galleries, and events. There are lots of things to do. While some hard-core expats shun the English-speaking community in favor of Mexican flavor, others find solace in being able to communicate in their native language.

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Khan May 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

@helene policinsk: go to pakistan. u can lead a luxurious life and keep one servant to help u in $1300 per month

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Lynn July 7, 2011 at 1:59 am

It seems that the land of milk and honey has,or is turning to a land of PISS and VINEGAR.
Just to think that the people that I came from were the origional inhabitants of this land.
I'm becoming more and more disenchanted with life in these United States.
You work hard all your life and what is your reward?
A life of poverty…………………………..
What happened to the Constitution? It, the same as the BIBLE seem to have been thrown away!!!!!!!

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brian July 21, 2011 at 4:13 am

mexico is great I moved to puerto vallarta mexico from usa about 5 years ago and opened a bar/resturant. business is great and I am making more money then i every dreamed about in america.

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MFM July 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Great post and discussion …. I got a job opportunity in Mexico. My Office will be in Santa Fe. I will be glad if anyone can give me an idea about the cost of living in good neighborhood for foreign expatriates, near Santa Fe or better areas in Mexico city. I would need small apartment – I am single.

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Besty July 29, 2011 at 9:48 am

I've been offered a job based in Santa Fe, could anyone advise what the salary expectation should be for a Manager in a Telecommunications Company there? I've had a look on different websites but the information is misleading.

If anyone has a link for a decent realtor that does apartment rentals I would appreciate the info.

Thanks

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agapito August 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

depends on many things but anywhere from 13,000 to 20,000 pesos like I said depending ?? per month good luck amiga

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joshua August 14, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I am a christian on disability who wants a more free life in a cheaper way… I want to move to Mexico. Can Im live there on 800 us a month? Where is a good peacefull place (Mountains, friendly people)that is safe?

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sasha September 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I've been offered a job based in mexico city , and i have been offered 30,000 pesos . Could anybody advise if this would be enough for a single person to live in mexico city.

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antonio January 9, 2012 at 2:40 am

hi there my response would be, yes and no it depends on what your lifestyle is!, and also in what neighborhood you want to live in,check craigslist mexico city to find out how much you would need for housing expenses and such,do you have friends there?you mention the job is based in mexico city but do you have to live in mexico city to do the job?, it could be enough if you are a smart expender and if frugality is what you practice you could make it with that much money, best of luck to you feel free to drop me a letter or two im glad to help.antonio cruz zavaleta

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nematode November 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Beef is cheap in Mexico? For whom?? Minimum wage is $58 pesos per DAY (USD $5), while the "kilo" (1/2 pound) of meat is $80 pesos, a family of four, living on one minimum wage salary cannot live, but they survive in Mexico.

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Ric February 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

a kilo is 2.2 lbs amigo

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lopez December 20, 2011 at 4:10 am

how much does a sonographer in michoacan mexico make a year

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antonio January 9, 2012 at 2:26 am

i am going to trow a couple of thoughts here, being mexican myself, this has been my most resent experience, after living in new york for 20 years i has a stroke caused by an emorragic aneurism, a brain aneurism that is,,i went back to mexico so i could relearn to walk in a more friendly climatei spent about 400 us dollars a month, being very carefull about how i spent the money an where frugality is the rule uf you want to stretch your pennies, iam a vegetarian and cooked all of my mealsand choosed the cheapest places when i went out to eat i found out that it is better to live in aless turistic place rather than big cities like lets say mexico city, next time i would choose a rather smal village close enough to a city and with a little once a week street marketwith the weather it is easy to fall for a beer or two when hot a mistake i must saygo to a small town make friend with the locals and youll find someone to rent you a small place for cheap, however if you expect to find the same features of a house in any us city you aree screwed but if you are smart you will find a way to make your life confortable eat well sleep well and live well but you need to learn to do so, i will be happy to give you some leads if you write to me oaxaca city and nearby towns is what i know best i might be anle to find someone willing to rent you a room with acces to kitchen and bathroomin a safe town near the city and near a good market where you would be able to find good food mostly pesticide free and cheap,also with the oportunity to meet expats living in the area, drop me a word or two and lets talk about it, best wishes.antonio

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Mike January 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

Hi Antonio. I will be going to study at the Univerdidad del Mar, Campus Huatulco from July this year. I will need a basic and simple accomodation too far from the campus. I am still learning a lot about the place and will appreciate any tips you can give me. I am presently in Nigeria working with the Embassy of Mexico here. I hope we can continue a correspondence that will satisfy all my curiosity on the basic details i need to know about living there. Thanks. Mike

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Anamika January 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hi,

Can someone please suggest me what is the basic cost of living in Mexico city per month. What is the average salary a person of 10years of work experience should look at.

Please advice

Thanks

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Deepak February 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Hi
I have offer of 6500USD monthly in mexico .

Can anybody help me out about the expenses in mexico & living culture of local society there.

Seeking ur positive reply

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big March 2, 2012 at 5:04 am

With 6500 U.S.D a month you will live like a king. Go for it.

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Shrirang March 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

I am an Indian based in Mumbai and is being offered a job in Mexico city. Presently my expenditure per month is Rs. 1 Lacs in INR. I have 2 sons with elder one in 10th & younger one in 5th. For four of us what should be a resonable expediture in Mexico city considering –
1. 2 -3 Bedroom hall Kitchen flat in decent locality on rent
2. A Chauffer driven car
3. Education in International school
4. For further education I intend to send my elder son for graduation to US
Request some feedback on what should be the salary in which i will be comforable & will be able to save some money.

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Sean March 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hello,
I am from Philippines, and I want visit a Fiance In Jalisco in Mexico.
Can anybody please tell me how much i will need to come with, that will last me for 3 months? Also, if we agree to marry each other, is it possible for me to get a Job there? Thank you.

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keithc2608 March 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Hi Im from England and wanting to move out to Mexico with my wife, how much would I need a month to live including rent, food and utility bills. Wouldn't want a big home, something with two bedrooms. But could get away with one.

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carl June 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

It really depends – at the high end you can easily pay 1000 pounds a month rent or more, and spend 100 pound a week on food in a supermarket, utility bills including sky tv internet and phone could be 100 pounds a month – a meal out in a good restaurant for two with bottle of wine will be 100 pounds, you can also just as easily find a decent apartment for less than half of that, spend half the amount on groceries and both eat out for a tenner

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Tas May 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Hi, I have got an offer to Maxito City in a telecom company. Curious to know about the culture and the city. I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Is there any problem for a muslim to leave there ? If the salary is 5000 USD per month at Maxico city and I go with my wife there to live, how much can we save approx leaving with minimum/moderate living standard? Is the public transport available everywhere or I have to know the driving ? What is the weather condition? I heard it is around between 2 degree to 35 degree celcious ? Is it ? We don't know spanish. Is the english understandble everywher or we have to learn the spanish ? our main food is rice and meat/fish/vegetable ? what is the main food there ? how much rent it would be in approx for rent a house where i can live with my wife in mexico city ? I have asked lots of question here…but any answer or comment would be highly appreciated….thanks/// Tas

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Giovanni Ávila June 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Hello Tas. I will try to answer all your questions.

1.- No problem about the fact that you are muslim. Just try to be respectful about the preferences of the rest of people.
2.- 5000 USD per month? You can live very well with that money. Depends of your way of living but 2000 USD is enough to have a moderate living standard.
3.- The public transport is good and cheap but if you want to enjoy your time in Mexico City, its advisable to have at least a small car.
4.- The english is used just in business places or touristic places. Learn spanish is a must. But you can survive with english for a while.
5.- There are a great availability of rice fish and fresh fruits vegetables at cheap prices.
6.- Depends of the place but with 1000 USD is more than enough for a medium class apartment.

This webapage is very good: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result….

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komjohnth August 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

please tell me about cost living and WiFi internet service in Juchitan, Oaxaca, Please reply to komjohnth@hotmail.com
Thank you

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Jaladhi February 6, 2013 at 6:10 am

Hi, I am from India, and have been offered a job in Mexico city. Please advice if 2000 USD is enough for a family of four if the company provides housing and car? What is the cost of education in a private school, for a 3yr old?

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Guest March 3, 2013 at 3:44 am

family of 4 for that price is really, really pushing it. If you live in Puerto Vallarta off that income you're going to live in San Jose, or Los Calas. You can get rent for 200 but don't expect much.

If you're in Mexico City good luck.

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Helena Handbasket May 19, 2013 at 2:43 am

I lived in Oaxaca for one year in 2009, and I was able to live comfortably (no frills) for just under $500 US per month. (I was an English teacher, and this was my salary – sometimes less due to holidays.) This included renting a small but nice furnished apartment, good food (much cheaper in Mexico), and entertainment. There are many transportation options, so traveling around a bit is still possible even on a tight budget, if you are willing to sacrifice comfort. Clothes, electronics, and utilities can be just as expensive as in the U.S. On the whole, I would say I was living a comfortable middle-class lifestyle. After a while, you find out where to find the cheapest deals. I really lucked out on my apartment; I met ex-pats who were paying far more money than me, mostly for a "prime" location. I had a wonderful experience.

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Santosh July 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Is 25-30 USD per day enough to survive alone with a decent life in Mexico city?

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