Cheap Places For $195/mo In Mexico

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I just love getting email from expats. They are always inspiring and they just show how more and more people are making a new life in Mexico, and living far better on less!

Hi,Barbie, My husband and I (and our dogs and cats) have moved  just outside of Ajijic since Sept. AND WE ARE LOVING IT!!

The Mexican people are so friendly, and the support from the expats and the local clubs, like LCS, are great.

I think our children and other relatives first thought their parents were crazy, but more and more we hear from everybody how much happier we sound since we no longer deal with all the issues in the States!

The big question has always been “yea, but what about crime?”  Well, we feel much safer here in Ajijic, than in Little Rock, AR!  Maria W.

Expats watching Acapulco Cliff Diver contemplating the water

Acapulco Cliff Diver contemplating the water

I have, in some of the newsletters and reports stated that most problems are at the border towns, and Expats, as a rule, are not associated with the drug scene.

Border towns are creatures apart from most of Mexico.  However, I do also try to tell people to be cautious;  don’t flash cash, don’t wear great watches, etc.  And don’t have anything to do with anyone who would even consider doing drugs – there are millions of us out here… we have lots of good company!

Hi Barbie,
Tim W. here.  I now live in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

I live where the Mexicans live and rent, utilities, food are very affordable (I drink bottled water).

All the girls here want to get married (that’s not much different than the USA).

Social Security claims to be more understanding and will deposit my money in any bank except in barred countries (like China).

I have cable internet (as most expats do – Barbie) now with hyper cable (pronounced hyper cowly).

There are very nice 2 bed, 1 bath new homes here on the outer part of Neuvo, Laredo, Mx.  They sell for $195/mo.  If a person learns Spanish it would be a great place for  expats to live.  No one there speaks English and I have to take along someone bilingual.

Are there places in that price range in Mazatlan?  A one room place where I can see the water way off in the distance (or not) will be fine.  (I answered – maybe not within view of the water)

Everyone in Mexico thinks USA types have money, so I keep one hand on my wallet at all times.

Final note from Barbie: Dick and I have never felt threatened – anyplace –we always try to be careful and wise and well prepared in the first place.  So, taking unnecessary chances – just not part of our lives…we’ll leave that to the Acapulco cliff divers.

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70 Responses to Cheap Places For $195/mo In Mexico

  1. Lizzz

    October 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Hello, I have read about San Blas but was put off by the “bugs” that inhabit the beach and get under your skin. What can you tell me about this and is there a “bugs spray” that will keep them of of you?
    I hear that San Blas has the best shrimp in all of Mexico.

  2. Barbie


    October 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Lizzz, Yep, San Blas is pretty much synonomous with bugs. They are mostly the little “no-see-‘ums” – actually small sand flies, called jejenes. They bite, and some people are allergic to their bites, which will then turn into a big itchy red sore. To keep them away from you, take plenty of bug repellant that has DEET in it, and use it!
    Actually that reminds me of the yucky tiny tube worms that at some seasons, just carpet the beaches in Hilton Head, South Carolina. They don’t really hurt you, but I wouldn’t go in the water without sufficient water shoes on my feet! The water comes in, and just as it’s going out, if it’s the season, you will see millions of tiny, clear – don’t know what else to call them – but – tube worms sticking out of the sand then they dissappear into the sand and the whole process repeats with every little wave – yuck! But, they haven’t stopped millions of people from enjoying Hilton Head either. So, gather your repelant and enjoy.

  3. Barbie

    October 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Lizz – Jerry just reminded me about Avon’s Skin So Soft. Yes – bet that will handle those little buggers! Our sons used to carry that on all their Boy Scout trips – all the scouts did! It really worked! Then, I hadn’t used it for several years and we moved to Louisiana – oh boy – mosquitoes love me! So, got a brand new supply of Skin So Soft – saved me again! So, get a bottle of that – it’s a bit oily, but, hey with the old dry skin, you get two benefits for one :) Barbie

  4. lisa

    November 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    i am new to the site..i have been checking into moving to the cancun area..i am going there for vacation in feb.2012..i am interested in a tourist destination.
    i am thinking of going to massage therapy school here
    in florida..i also want to buy a home that i can do vacation rentals..for the company employees i will leave advice is appreciated..

  5. Barbie


    November 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I guess my answer is “Why Not?” Do all the research that is necessary and go.

  6. Ron Karch

    December 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Hi Barbie, again, I really enjoy your website, very informing, especially for those who have never traveled to Mx. before. The weather here in No. Indiana has just turned nasty, cold and snow, and we are on our way to Puerto Valalrta soon for the winter. Looking forward to the sandy beach’s and warm balmy breeze’s from Banderes Bay. We also get dental work done while there, as it is very reasonable, and well done by friendly professionals..MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and Jerry..:) PS..We are renting from a Mexican friend we met a few years ago, and this is for sure the best way to find the deals..

  7. Lizzz

    December 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Barbie, I noticed that all the posts you have about pricing are from 2010. Do you have any posts more recent. Where do you consider a good “homebase” while looking for a place to rent? I realize that word of mouth is the best. Is Charlie still giving advise? Please give him my email address so I can ask him some questions. Thank you, your site is always so helpful!

  8. larry gorski

    December 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Mexicojerry now lives in thailand near the the golden triangle, We stay in touch and said that it is much cheaper there than Mexico.

  9. Paul

    December 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Barbie,
    Great blog with lots of useful info!

    Have done a certain amount of research and am planning a trip during this summer (to see if I can handle the humidity) in the mountains between Veracruz and Mexico City. (I already know me and the Gulf Coast of MX will NOT get along during the summer!) My goal is to retire & move (maybe within 2yrs or so) and/or possibly have a place to use when the weather in the NE US is vile. Size of the place is not important. Low crime and low cost is. Would prefer to rent. I speak some Spanish already so that is not a problem (as long as the locals’ Spanish has some relationship to textbook Spanish). One area I want to check out is around Jalapa. Do you or any of your readers know anything about the area or any contacts I should visit while I am there?
    Muchas gracias por su ayuda! Hasta luego!
    (For those of you who are “spanish-challenged”, that is “many thanks for your help! Until later!)

  10. Paul

    December 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Barbie,

    Great blog with lots of good info.
    Am planning a summer trip (to see if I can handle humidity during the wet) to check out mt areas outside cities between Veracruz & Mexico City (Puebla, Jalapa, etc.) & beach areas away from the cities. Do you or any of your readers know anything about the area? Thank you very much for your help.

  11. Barbie


    December 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Lizzz – Sadly Charlie passed away. Pricing has not changed that much. Barbie

  12. Lizzzz

    December 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Oh Barbie, so sad to hear this…I am sorry for your loss.

  13. Lizzzz

    December 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Oh Barbie, so sad to hear this…I am sorry for your loss.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  14. thomas myers

    February 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Just returned from Los Barrites. Enjoyed the fishing and met a few expats. Some have lived there for twenty years or more and have stories to share. The local prices also reflect the fact of a stable economy. However, prices are still less than one would find the USA.

  15. Jose

    February 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I’m thinking about moving into the Oaxaca area. Does anyone have any information/experiences about this area in the pacific

  16. Charles

    March 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Barbie,
    I am in my 60s (hard to believe-time flies!), Very interesting about all the folks who have found paradise in Mexico.
    I congratulate Jerry on finding such a nice place at such a low rent. Amazing! I suspect such places are much easier to find if you speak Spanish. Mine is so-so and I will be working on it before I go.
    Most of your info seems to be about the Pacific coastal areas and around Guadalajara. What about the areas in the Yucatan (such as Merida), areas along the Gulf Coast (from the US border to Veracruz) or the areas in the mountains (west of the Gulf Coast and not near Mexico City)? I plan to retire within the next few years so I plan to visit down there later this year and see how me and the humidity get along.
    One place I have heard good things about is Xalapa. This is a city inland NW of Veracruz.
    It supposedly never gets very hot or very cold and is not a desert.
    Does anyone know anything about these places?
    Any info would be greatly appreciated and reciprocated if I find anything which might interest any of you.
    Regards to all.

  17. Barbie


    March 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Hi – just one sentence from my site: “…we need to find a location where we can get the most bang for our buck. Many other locations are quite “Gringified” (like it?) such as Lake Chapala, Ajijic, P.V., etc. so we had been considering places, for example, like Oaxaca which seems quite far but perhaps more affordable.”

  18. Barbie


    March 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    One Sentence from my site: …we need to find a location where we can get the most bang for our buck. Many other locations are quite “Gringified” (like it?) such as Lake Chapala, Ajijic, P.V., etc. so we had been considering places, for example, like Oaxaca which seems quite far but perhaps more affordable.” Barbie

  19. Sid Gosvenor

    December 11, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Hi Barbi, I’m a long term fan, I’ve lived full time at Lake Chapala for almost 10 years now. people should not be afraid to relocate here because they think it’s too costly.

    It can be costly just like anywhere can be especially if you want to live in one of the fancy gated communities full of other gringos, but
    many live here among the Mexican people at very low prices.

    The perfect weather year around and the fact that Spanish is not needed nearly as much as the other places gringos settle. Our area has a large number of retired vets and most of them do not have large pensions. They take advantage of the largest American Legion post outside the USA which is in the heart of Chapala just a few blocks from the Lake and it’s pretty Malecon.

    Thanks for all your years of helping gringos find their version of paradise in Mexico, Tu amigo, Sid Grosvenor

  20. Barbie


    December 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Sid – good to hear from you!! First of all, thank you very much for the personal input and info!! Secondly, You are very welcomed, it has been my pleasure. Sincerely, Barbie

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