Health Insurance and Medicare

Health Insurance and Medicare

Just a short (I’ll try, really I will) note, in response to an email questioning medical insurance and Medicare in Mexico: Dick retired at 62 – and I’m 4 years younger than he.  We understand completely the fear of the medical costs in that scary period between leaving work – starting your retirement – and […]

Dentistry in Algodones, Mexico

Dentistry in Algodones, Mexico

Another Story About Mexican Dentists for My Readers to Enjoy: Dick and I traveled to Algodones, Mexico, a little while ago because Dick had chipped one of his teeth and though he had no pain, he wanted it fixed.  So one day we decided we needed a break from the daily grind and decided to […]

Purchasing Property in Mexico

Purchasing Property in Mexico

Currently, In Order to Purchase Property In Mexico, You Must Have: A valid passport A valid credit card (the bank trust charges are currently charged to this credit card) And if you are in Mexico, the tourist visa issued by the Mexican government when you entered the country. You have to possess an FM-3 Resident […]

Working in Mexico

Working in Mexico

Retirees Working in Mexico Many of you have questioned me about working in Mexico after retirement… The Mexican Government feels no responsibility to see that foreigners who move to their country are “taken care” of. I personally have no problem with that. And, you, as a retiree, must prove a specific income before you are permitted […]

Time Marches On – To a mighty fast beat!

Time Marches On – To a mighty fast beat!

Tax season, and every season for that matter, seems to hurdle towards us even faster with each passing year! At this writing, I actually have less than two weeks to get our tax report to the government. For the past several years, I’ve taken our little pile of financial information, our 1099’s, etc., to the AARP Tax Preparation site. […]

Heading to Mexico

Heading to Mexico

I’m sure a lot of you who are interested in checking Mexico out for retirement or for investing in property for future vacations or retirement, will probably choose to fly to your chosen destination. Personally, I prefer the more relaxed and slower way, if possible and practical – the good old family car. We can […]

Your Social Security

Your Social Security

Hi Everyone, Just a short message today, but very pertinent – I received an email regarding our Social Security, quite a while ago. I didn’t want to share it with anyone until I had a chance to check the math. So, I put it in a file and just thought about it again today – […]

Everyday Behavior and Language

Everyday Behavior and Language

I want to stress some everyday behavior, appropriate for Gringos in Mexico: • Be polite to everyone. • Don’t assume just because someone doesn’t have a formal education they are not smart as someone who does. • Treat others as you would want to be treated… …. And that pretty well covers it as far […]

Medical Facilities Nearby

Medical Facilities Nearby

Time seems to fly… …and the decisions we, as retirees, will face so soon, may seem daunting to some. One of the most important things people should consider prior to retirement is the availability of medical facilities located in the area where they are planning to live. In the states, you will usually find good […]

Financial Worries In Retirement

Financial Worries In Retirement

Another thing that can be like the dragon in the closet…   …or the elephant in the room – to some, is the financial worry. Do you really think you have enough money put away to afford to retire? That was one of Dick’s and my first dragons to tackle. Now, if you’re soon going […]

Mexico Utility Costs and Social Security

Mexico Utility Costs and Social Security

It’s true. According to an in-depth investigation by Money magazine, “250,000 Americans are leaving the country for good every year – (BP: and many are heading to Mexico!)  And millions more are seriously considering it.” Why? Sad but true, many people can no longer afford to retire in the U.S. U.S. Social Security reports that […]

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 […]

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 […]