Cost of Living and Other Info From Jerry In The Chapala Area

Cost of Living Info

Mexico Jerry kindly supplied me with the info that prompted my article for today and even supplied us with cost of living info in his area.

Hey Cathy, I told you that my readers are usually very happy to share their experiences!  

Jerry has sure proved my point and has not let me down!  Jerry also confirms my writtings! Sometimes people find the cost of living in Mexico a bit unbeliveable, but, well, read for yourself below.

Not too much more to add, other than, you will surely notice he’s not concerned a bit with his safety.  Things are truly getting worse in Mexico…it’s spread all over our TV and newspapers…impossible to ignore!

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Bike - a usual sight

But, I just discovered a most interesting fact, and I know it’s important to all of you:  that 98% of the crime in Mexico is criminal against criminal.  But that left over 2% is a big figure if it happens to involve you or your family. Now, the crime is spreading to include the good people who are fighting the drug lord situation – it is a war.  Just be careful, and be aware…everyplace.  Another reason to not flash cash – don’t wear showey/expensive jewelry – don’t leave big tips – don’t wonder into unfamiliar areas by yourself – etc., etc., etc. – use your common sense!

Now, read some major reasons you should move to Mexico – especially in retirement with Mexico’s good cost of living – if you follow our cheap / frugal folks’ rules:

E-mail from Cathy, to (Mexico) Jerry’s first blog response, cc’d to me:

Hello Jerry,

I’ve been doing some research on different areas of Mexico.  I’ve also been in contact with a couple that moved to Merida and have been there for a couple of years and love it! I find the culture exciting and hope to experience it as they have.

I would have some cash to live on for a while, but would have to find a way to make some money after a few months.  We all start somewhere, and it is great that people like you are willing to share what you have learned along the way.  Maybe I’ll be able to do the same for someone else someday.

Any information you can share is much appreciated. Thanks, Cathy

Jerry Draughon’s reponse to Cathy, cc’d to me, including info on his cost of living::

Cathy, you don’t need much to live on here.

I walk to the plaza and get two tacos for just 6 pesos each.  That is often my supper  I might  just have a hamburger or a hot dog. Yes, I go out to nice restaurants too, it’s just not that expensive

Food is cheap, especially if you shop where the Mexicans shop. (Barbie’s note – which I stress constantly in my articles)  I guarantee that your veggies will probably be more flavorful and tastier than the ones that you buy where you live.  Most farmers here don’t have the extra money to pay for chemicals to throw on their gardens.

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Mountain view

Dr’s are cheap and highly trained.  My Dr charges me 100 peso’s for a visit.  He speaks English too.  You can go to the central salude (clinic)  for nothing or next to nothing.

Prescriptions are much cheaper here.  I leave all my stuff like TV, lights and fans on all day long well into the night and my electric bill is VERY high, it never (so far ) has gone over $40 USD per month.  You pay the electric every two months and as you use more, you will be charged the highest rate per kWh.  I am in the high usage and you see what I pay.

I have a friend that moved to Meridia and she tells me that it is both very hot there, as it is sea level, and very expensive. I lived a year in Mazatlan and while it was very pretty, when summer came, all the gringos left for cooler climes.  That’s why I came to the Chapala area as it is the same height as Denver, Co.  She also told me that it is very pretty too.

I hope you find what you are looking for but don’t be too caught up on how much money you have.  I know people who live here on  a SS check of $350 USD per month.

Write me if you need more info. Nos vmos ( see ya!)  Jerry

January of 2012 – Jerry has since moved on and now lives in the Eastern part of the world and is enjoying lots of new experiences! 

So, for cost of living info, and a whole lot of goodwill, you and I can almost always count on my Expat readers ! I thank them from the bottom of my heart!

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22 Responses to Cost of Living and Other Info From Jerry In The Chapala Area

  1. gwen bain

    August 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    hi – gwen bain salt lake city , utah i want to rent something between chapala and ixtlahuacan de los membreious between december 26th 2010 and march 30 2011 – would like 2 bedrm and a kitchenette – sky – and internet ( for my laptop) – for under $400 us – want for 6 weeks to 2 months – i was in ajijic this june and july too much $$$$ – i do not mind riding the buses – need to be within walking distance of a bus stop – can anyone help me? PLEASE – LOVE MEXICO – want to retire there soon – gwen

  2. Jackie Martinez

    September 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I’ve just discovered your website and you have a lot of helpful information. My husband and I are just beginning our research into retiring in Mexico. He’s a Mexican citizen (although he has live in California for over 45 years) I’m an American citizen. I really like the Patzcuaro and Merida area. Can you give me any information on these areas.
    Of course I have more concerns than my husband does especially about my rights. I will continue to read all of the information on this site. Any information you can provide will be appreciation.
    Thanks Jackie

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  4. BABS

    November 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    One of your articles had the heading of being able to live for $83/month in Mexico; but I did not see or read anything that talked about this! I am VERY interested to learn more!!

  5. Barbie


    November 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Hi – I just checked – I simply put “$83” in my search box, and up came – it’s working fine. Try again.

  6. Brenda Rollison

    February 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for your newsletters. They are very informative and also articles from retirees. My husband and I are ages 69 and 73 and we are tired of the cold winters and high fuel bills. We would like to go someplace where it is warm. We have lived overseas and are familiar with being “American’s overseas.” The most important question right now to us would be, Can you use your Medicare Card and the supplemental secondary health insurance there in Mexico? I have heard that one cannot use Medicare in a foreign land. Please advise. We are researching Mexico and other countries as well but Mexico is closer to the family, I do believe. Good days Brenda

  7. Barbie


    March 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hi – no, Medicare is for in the United States only. Please read all the info I have – it’s so easy – put in health insurance in the search, and read all of that! or/and scroll down on the right and pick the subject you’re interested in…………read all the info!!!!!!! Best to you, Barbie

  8. carlton

    September 18, 2011 at 5:47 am

    We live about 45 minutes from Merida on the beach. If you look you can find small cheap places to live and if you can not stand the heat (very hot in summer) you will have high electric bills (A/C). You have some rights in Mexico as a US citizen but not many. If you come to Mexico, come expecting things to be higher than you expected and expect possibly the same treatment as a Mexican. It is very safe here, but use common sense. I have been here for 2 years and if you need any info, ask me and I will try to find it for you.

  9. Jackie Martinez

    September 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thanks Carlton for the reply. I have done a lot of research in the past year. I read lots of blogs. I still like Merida, but I’m not sure if I would like the humidity. My husband is an avid fishermen so he would love living near the beach.
    I know no place is “perfect”. My husband and I just want a simple lifestyle, we don’t need much. I’m working hard on learning Spanish which I know will make things easier.
    Any information about your life in Merida you would like to share, would be appreciated.
    Thanks Jackie

  10. carlton

    September 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I could give lots of info but it is better if your questions were specific. One that everyone asks about is your visa. It is easy to get and here it has gotten to be quite simple. You can do it now in only 2 trips and much easier than it was before. You now have to fill out a form online, take the number it gives you to IMN along with your passport and bank records for 3 months. On the next appt. you take your pictures in along with the receipt from the bank for the payment of the fees. Much easier than before.

  11. Barbie


    September 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    All about Visas:

  12. Barbie


    September 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm

  13. Barbie


    September 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Carlton, I love the way you are willing to help!! Thanks so much, from me, and I’m sure from my readers! Have a great day! Barbie

  14. Barbie


    September 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Mexico Jerry has moved from Mexico to another country – one he visited last year. I wish him the best, and hope to hear from him! Thanks for your info Jerry! All the best to you, Barbie

  15. Virginia Mayhew

    October 18, 2011 at 7:51 am

    We are looking to move to Mexico for the cheaper living. We would like to be close to water, but don’t want the warmest spot. We would need a/c. I want to play bridge and my husband wants the water. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks,Ginni

  16. ken schwarz

    November 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Hi This will be my second attempt to move to Mexico. I had to take care of a few health problems before I headed south. I will probably hang around the north Pacific coast this winter and then go south. Its me and two dogs with not much money but I’ll make it. I’ll read your newsletter along with other travel guides. Ken

  17. Barbie


    December 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Best of Luck to you Ken! Let us know how your move proceeds! Barbie

  18. Laurie Wel

    December 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I moved to Baja in july…it is wonderful! Inexpensive and very close to family.My dog loves the beach,and i love my neighbors.the summers are like san diego,as well as the winters.Try punta banda baja just outside of ensenada,or “La Jolla”….all on the road to La Buffadora…not a fancy resort area…just a beachy farming community with a lovely beach!

  19. Jeff

    January 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Hello Jerry,
    Your website is great but where did you move next??? Thanks for your reply

  20. barb

    March 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Dear Readers – Jerry has moved from Mexico – he felt the area he was in was no longer as safe for him as he had once felt. He has found another wonderful place to retire – far, far from the U.S. We wish him the very best! And thank him for all the info he provided in the past.

  21. sean

    April 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I juust want to know,what the cost of living is in merida,and compared to lake chapala if you know.I have planned to move to merida,but would like to knoe if you can live well on 1500.00 a month. Thank you SM

  22. Barbie


    April 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Sean, Totally depends on whether you will be renting, or if you plan to buy, also depends on your spending habits! People are living on that amount, and less.
    Read these:
    Hope that helps you a bit. Barbie

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