RETIREMENT INCOME – DO IT RIGHT

RETIREMENT INCOME – DO IT RIGHT

If your employer offers retirement savings plans – take advantage of them – they are taken out of your pay before taxes – and the savings will earn interest, and you won’t be taxed until you – usually in retirement – take the distributions. And, believe me, in retirement, most of us have a lower […]

Email Warning

Email Warning

What a great Christmas! Everyone was here, including Grandkids!  Lots of food, lots of talk, lots of gifts.  All in all a lovely day!  Today, I’m already missing all the Christmas music from the TV and the radio.  Love all those beautiful songs.  Maybe appreciate them even more because they only come around once a […]

Mexico and the Language

Mexico and the Language

Hi!  So, how are you doing with your Spanish?  Learning some, little by little I hope?  But, remember you don’t need to worry too much if you don’t know much because so many people in Mexico know enough English that you will not feel completely lost.  But, also, knowing just a few words will give […]

Retirement Finances and Expat Email!

Retirement Finances and Expat Email!

FACT: More than 70 million boomers approaching retirement age don’t have enough money saved for a comfortable retirement in the U.S. No wonder more and more retirees are moving overseas to make their retirement income stretch… In fact, over the past few decades, the number of S.S. benefit checks for people living in other countries […]

Buckle Your Seatbelts, We’re Heading South of the Border!

Buckle Your Seatbelts, We’re Heading South of the Border!

Welcome to Mexico! Unlike American highways that have limited access – no bikes, etc. allowed – in Mexico you see just about everything on the roads. You will also notice a huge amount of people walking. I don’t mean just in the towns, but way out in the boondocks you see people walking along the […]

Retirement – That Day is Coming Closer and Closer!

Retirement – That Day is Coming Closer and Closer!

From the first day the realization comes to you that – hey, I am getting near the age that I can retire, until you make your final decision as to just where you’re going to spend the best years of your life, you need information. Just as in real estate investing, where the most important […]

When In Mexico

When In Mexico

Not everybody will want to drive to Mexico… It’s a long trip and you really have to plan ahead. We often go across the border for dental work, but we usually park our car at a parking lot on the U.S. side of the border and walk over. It’s faster and easier… Gas is considerably […]

Mexico Property Taxes and Video

Mexico Property Taxes and Video

Property taxes in Mexico are so low in comparison to the States! Property taxes are based on the assessed value of your property, not the purchase price. You may be eligible for several discounts. These discounts are 50% off if you live in the property, an additional 10% off if you pay early – January, […]

Figures for Your Retirement Haven

Figures for Your Retirement Haven

If you and your partner have an income of $36,500 a year, $100 a day, and taxes (city, county, etc) amount to 25 percent, you still have a disposable income of about $2280 a month.   Now, if you do not own a home free and clear, and want to buy instead of renting, you […]

Mexico Is A Great Possibility

Mexico Is A Great Possibility

In my many articles on this site, I have introduced you to many of the pros and cons of retiring to beautiful, sunny Mexico. You have been led through the process of actually preparing for retirement. You have learned about many of the necessities for living well and how you can get them for less. […]

What Not to Miss in Cancun!

What Not to Miss in Cancun!

This blog, by Guest Contributor Deepika Garg, is presented to all who are searching for a great place to take a vacation check out an area for possible retirement, but especially for all of you who have been considering combining medical procedures or dental work with a vacation – “Medical Tourism”. I want to extend […]

Email & Expenses

Email & Expenses

Hi Everyone, It looks as though you did enjoy, and hopefully pulled information out of my recent article series, “Mazatlan Trip”. That’s wonderful, but today, I want to share some more email from folks who are already living in Mexico, or have serious plans to move there, for their retirement. I want you all to […]

Dentists and Insurance

Dentists and Insurance

First, about dentists: I recently recevied a question about getting dental work done in Mexico. Yes, indeed. It is the place to go. You can save a lot of money even if you have to fly to Arizona and then drive. Let me explain. Dick and I go to Algodones – that is just past […]

Spanish and English: Both Tricky!

Spanish and English: Both Tricky!

Just wondering…how is everyone’s Spanish coming along? Have you been able to at least catch enough Spanish in conversation to be able to give a somewhat intelligent answer? Natives in Mexico appreciate anyone who even attempts to use their language. They mostly will be patient with you, and try to help you understand. But, if […]

Retire to England? Maybe NOT!

Retire to England?  Maybe NOT!

London, England I asked a friend who lives in the United States six months, and in London, England six months a year to please gather up some prices, because some readers might find the comparisons interesting. Our friend, a widow for about two years now, must live only 6 months in the U.S.  That’s what […]

Renting vs. Buying – Part Two

Renting vs. Buying – Part Two

Okay – Continuing on with the question as to buy or rent. We relegated, in this budget, $600 toward monthly living expense. If you can find a home in the U.S. or where ever you’ve decided to retire, for $600 a month to rent, then you are fine…and you can find a home, with just […]