Home Cost of Living in Mexico Mexico’s Low Cost of Living

Mexico’s Low Cost of Living

by Erin May

mexico cost of livingIf you talk to any expat or retiree who has moved to Mexico, they will boast about just how low their cost of living is, without having to change the quality of life they were used to back home in Canada or the U.S.

The truth is, goods and services cost significantly less in Mexico, allowing expats and retirees the ability to afford the luxuries that only the wealthy get to enjoy in Canada and the United States.   

Here's a breakdown of an average monthly budget in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico for two people:

Home Owners Association Fees

$250

Utilities (Electricity, Gas Water, Phone, TV, Internet)

$175

Groceries

$340

Entertainment (dining out and activities)

$290

Health care

$140

Maid Service (3 times/week)

$180

Incidentals

$200

Monthly total

$1,575

Obviously everyone has different lifestyles and interests, and your budget may be less or more than this, but not by much.  

You can live like a king or queen on an amazingly low budget while relaxing in a warm and slow paced environment with a rich cultural history and welcoming local community.    

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erinmay
erinmay May 18, 2013 - 3:31 pm

🙂

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Maxine February 13, 2014 - 3:36 am

In your monthly cost is medical $112 – is that a pre-purchased medical plan from home or a Mexican medical plan?

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Erin May
Erin May February 14, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Hi Maxine, this is monthly costs for your at home medical plan.

Cheers,

Erin

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Arun Kumar April 13, 2016 - 10:23 am

in usd

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Cathy McNeil September 10, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Are you sure $300. is an accurate figure for monthly groceries? It seems very low.
We will be in Puerto Escondido for 4 months this winter and were wondering about groceries and other costs.

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brentmay
brentmay September 10, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Hi Cathy, thank you for your comment. We’ve lived in Puerto Angel the past 3 years and find it very inexpensive for groceries. Especially when purchasing fruits and vegetables at the market. To give you one example, I spend $25 pesos for 20 oranges in Puerto Angel. Very cheap! I can fill a grocery bag of products for $15 CAD. Meats are slightly cheaper as well at the butcher shops.

Check out our article https://www.ownmexico.org/cost-of-living-in-mexico-food-dining-out/. It compares Canadian prices to prices in Oaxaca.

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Best Places to Retire - Why Mexico is Top Rated | Own MexicoOwn Mexico May 18, 2013 - 3:26 pm

[…] they would in Canada or the U.S. without sacrificing the luxuries they are used to.  The average cost of living per month is between $1500-$1700 CDN. […]

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jamie November 28, 2014 - 11:31 pm

hey erin. is that total $1722 in MXN or USD? thank you!

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brentmay
brentmay December 1, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Hi Jamie, this breakdown is in USD.

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Tony Sarra January 9, 2015 - 1:13 am

Hello Erin and Brent

What are the starting price for a Condo in your area. I will be coming down to Huatulco on Jan 13 th for a week. I will be staying at Secrets . Can I contact you once i’m there for more info.

Tony

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brentmay
brentmay January 11, 2015 - 8:13 pm

Hi Tony,

Yes, please contact us via email at brent.may@ownmexico.org or you can call us:

Canadian landline/office (this reaches us here in Mexico) – 587-329-2100
Brent’s cell: (+52 1) 958-109-9771

Our office is located in Santa Cruz. You will see our sign to the left of the Maria Bonita jewelery store right on the Marina.

We look forward to meeting you during your stay and helping you start the process of looking for real estate in Huatulco.

Regards,

Erin May
Bayside Real Estate
https://www.ownmexico.org

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Tony Sarra January 9, 2015 - 1:15 am

Hi Brent and Erin

I will be down on Jan 13 for a week. Can I get some info from you.

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brentmay
brentmay January 11, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Hi Tony,

Sure, what kind of information are you looking for?

Cheers,

Brent + Erin

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Elisabeth January 11, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Hello Erin and Brent,

We would like to Rent for a month next year.
We will be in Huatulco Jan 13-20(next week)) and would like to to meet you or a representative to make arrangements and discuss options if possible.
Elisabeth and Tony
Will have our cell with us, please email at your earliest convenience.

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brentmay
brentmay January 11, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Hi Elisabeth,

We’d love to help you find a long term rental for next season. I sent you an email this morning. Please respond and we can arrange a day/time to meet up during your stay in Huatulco.

Regards,

Erin

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