The cost of things

The clean, fresh smell of limes peaks the senses and disinfects. Lime pie is my favourite desert.

This bowl of Persian limes cost 20 pesos and today that's about one US dollar.

And here is what that same dollar would buy in a supermarket in Georgia, USA - two ugly and a little bit rotten limes.

Yesterday, while reading a blog that I follow, I read about relative costs of living in a village on the outskirts of Merida.

Now with the USA taking the wrong turn, it is also going to set back several other countries...5 •Reply•Share ›TexasBoy • a day agoA missed opportunity for Mexico. Especially if things get much worse here. You need to live in Mexico 5 years, learn the language, and National history. Then you can apply for citizenship. Imagine what in influx of talented and skilled labor could do for them. Along with the US dollars it would bring.3 •Reply•Share ›gaymex1 TexasBoy • a day agoHubby and I are considering applying. On this topic, I ran into three friends yesterday in Costco. All were U.S. citizens who are now considering applying for Mexican citizenship. As with folks who live in the U.S., Trump traumatized a lot of expats yesterday. A Mexican couple from a small nearby village dropped by this morning on their motor scooter. The wife handed me a flower and gave me a big hug and said the village knew that I would be very sad with the election results. She also told me that we will always be safe with them.I'm still crying. •Reply•Share ›TexasBoy gaymex1 • a day agoYou must live very close to the border that the couple could get to your house by scooter. •Reply•Share ›gaymex1 TexasBoy • a day agoI live in the Yucatan. They were from a village even smaller than the one I live in. Husband, wife and two kids--all with helmets--on the same scooter. •Reply•Share ›TexasBoy gaymex1 • a day agoOh, so you are already living there. How do utility costs, insurance costs, property and general living expenses compare to the US. I would imagine it is quite a bit cheaper...but I could be wrong. •Reply•Share ›gaymex1 TexasBoy • a day agoIt's so different from the States. CFE is your electricity provider. It can get expensive if you don't conserve, however, the government often pays half of the bill if you are frugal. It's complicated and different areas have diferent maximums allowed (depending on heat index) before the government labels you as a high user. Without using air conditioning--which I don't like--my bill is about 75USD every two months. My water bill is about 20 USD per year. I don't have a water meter so I usually pay it in advance in January. I also have a pool with the pump running during daylight hours. Insurance is reasonable. Property taxes are loooooowwww. My place is between 4500 and 5000 sq.ft. and my property taxes for it (along with some nearby lots I own) total less than 30 USD/year. Obviously that varies from location to location. We eat most of our meals at home and shop in the local market for products from local vendors. Once a month we go to nearby Merida for large supermarket purchases. All in all, very reasonable. As I'm typing, hubby is dealing with a fish vendor who just stopped in front of the house with freshly caught fish and shrimp. The citrus vendor was here earlier this morning...USD for 50 oranges $1.50. We use about 100 a week for juice. Lots of things come to your door. If we don't drive or walk the 1/2 mile to the center of town for shopping, we pay about 25 cents for a moto taxi (motorcycle with space in back compartment for two or three people.) Gas for a car is a little more expensive, but bottled gas for cooking is quite reasonable and the truck goes by daily. If you buy a house you don't have a house payment and many, many expats live well on just social security. Health care can be reasonable or expensive, depending on what you want. If you are over 60 you buy a senior's card (can't remember the price, but not much at all.) Good for all sorts of discounts, expecially transportation. I used mine last week for museum entrance...entrance fee was approximately 75cents. And on and on. I love it here. The people are simply wonderful. There are very few folks who behave in a spoiled, entitled manner, but you can easily avoid them. If you hang out with a bunch of the spoiled gringos who came to drink their lives away you would not be seeing Mexico and you would probably hate it in short order. My advice to anyone considering relocating is----visit different areas and stay for a few months before you buy property. Take your time.

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