Monday, May 20, 2019

Moving to Mexico For a Better Quality of Life


I've been going through a lot of health issues, mental and physical, in the past few months. It has me thinking that maybe I need to start thinking about making big changes in my life, maybe even moving to another country altogether.

Why Mexico?

I've thought about moving to Mexico for a long time. The cost of living is getting so high here that I'm having a harder time making ends meet every month. Rents are going up to the point where I'm stuck in this apartment, because the lowest rent I can find in a decent apartment close to amenities is $700. My rent goes up every year, but only about $10 or so, at least it has. They just raised the new tenant rent up by $50 over what I'm paying, so my thoughts about moving to a 2-bedroom are squashed. 

I've done some figuring, and in Mexico, I can live the same lifestyle I live here for about half of the cost. It won't be a luxury lifestyle, but I'll have money left over at the end of the month, and I can even live in a beach town. The same food we get here from Mexico, I can buy there for 1/4 of the price and it's ripe, not shipped green. It has more vitamins since it hasn't sat in a warehouse or a truck for sometimes weeks before it gets to our stores. Everything is just so much cheaper there.

The people in Mexico are lovely, helpful, generous and kind. If you treat them fairly and return their kindness, you will be blessed with wonderful friends for life. I've had a hard time making friends here, because the whole town turns around people who have cars. Most people in Mexico don't own cars, so public transportation is excellent and very cheap. Even taxicabs in Mexico are incredibly cheap. Still, most people live close to what they need and walk to most places. I love to walk, so that suits me just fine.

A Quality of Life Upgrade



I don't have a lot of good years left, and my quality of life here is really below par. I'm restricted as to how much money I can make to keep my healthcare, so I can't really enjoy much of life. Except for my gardening, and a yearly visit from my son, I really don't have much quality of life. I'm restricted by income as to what I can do, and where I can go. I'd love to have a car, but if I get one, I'd have to make so much money to support it, that I'd love my healthcare. 

In Mexico, healthcare is cheap, which is why a lot of Americans go there to have dental and medical procedures done. They have great doctors, in fact, many Mexican specialists are flown up to the hospitals in Houston on weekends to work. Natural medicine is prominent in Mexico, and doctors are more concerned with wellness than pushing drugs on you. 

If I don't have to worry so much about healthcare, I can use my money to enjoy my life. The stress of worrying about staying healthy here is making me ill. 

How Much Does It Cost to Move to Mexico?


I'll go over some of the costs as I go along with my plan, but here are a few of the upfront costs I'll be discussing:
  • Visa - to get a visa, you have to go to a Mexican consulate in the US. My closest one is in Orlando, so I'll have to pay for transportation to Orlando, probably a hotel for one night, plus the fees for my Visa. More about the types of visas and costs later.
  • Transportation - I'll fly into the place I think I'd be most happy in and travel from there. Since public transportation is so cheap, my air fare will be my biggest expense. 
  • Housing - It's hard to arrange housing in advance, and the cheapest places are locally owned, so you have to go there and just beat the streets looking for cheap rentals. Most people get an AirBNB for a month while they do their shopping, but you can usually get a studio or 1-bedroom for $200-400 a month with all utilities furnished. Many times, the landlord owns several properties, and you can find a long-term rental from them. 
  • Food - food is very cheap in Mexico. I'm used to eating on $164/mth as my SNAP budget here, and I can eat for less than that in Mexico if I shop wisely and cook most of my meals myself. I'll have to do that anyway, because with my reflux, I can't eat the very spicy foods most of the restaurants serve. Food cost will include water in most places, because public water is not safe to drink.
  • Miscellaneous - I'll be going on a 6-month visitor visa at first, to make sure I like Mexico enough to actually move there. Because of how my lease runs, I'll probably have to put things in storage while I'm checking things out, because I definitely can't afford to pay rent in two places.


So there you have it. Yes, I'm learning Spanish, which is a bit easier for me, since I studied it for two years in high school, and already know the pronunciations and basics. I'm using Duolingo for now, but may switch to a more advanced program later. 

If my son is reading this blog, which I doubt, since he doesn't like to read long things, he'll just laugh and shake his head and think this is just another pipe dream, like van dwelling, and not pay much attention, but we'll see. Maybe I won't tell him when I leave. Maybe I'll just call him and say "I moved to Mexico" once it's done, then he will have a beautiful place to visit in the winter.

 

That's it. It's not a dream, it's a plan, and I'm going to make it happen. In the meantime, I'll be posting about getting rid of most everything I own and how I'm going on a strict budget to save enough money to move to Mexico. Maybe you'll pick up some good frugal tips along the way. 

 

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