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Cost of living in Baja Mexico in 2022?

  • Cost of living in Baja Mexico in 2022?

    Posted by AndyP on October 27, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    It’s no secret that Mexico has a cheaper cost of living but I just started to pencil in a budget forecast once we retire and with the post pandemic inflation these past several months, I am just a bit curious as to what to really expect?

    I have a pretty good idea on many of the common expense items and there is some good info online but it’s mostly for the mainland retirement communities. I wondered if Baja is any different?

    I’d appreciate your best estimates for the average monthly costs today in Baja for common things like:

    1. Average electric bill

    2. Cost for LPG gas for cooking, hot water and dryer

    2. Landline phone, cellular and internet

    3. Groceries for 2 people with exotic tastes and who like to entertain

    4. Gardener (twice a week)

    5. Housekeeper (full day 3X a week)

    TIA

    laguera replied 3 weeks, 4 days ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • DB-Baja

    Member
    October 27, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Not sure on most of those items except for the propane. I have found that just about everywhere we go down there, it’s usually about 10 dollars to fill a 5 gallon LPG tank. So, based on your monthly consumption, you can figure from that.

  • BajaGringo

    Organizer
    October 28, 2022 at 7:58 am

    These are good questions Andy but be aware that the answers will not only vary from areas on the mainland but here in Baja as well.

    Here in the San Quintin area:

    1. Average electric bill
    CFE will bill you bimonthly for your electric consumption and an average house here that uses gas for cooking and drying clothes runs around 800 -1000 pesos per billing cycle or about 20-25 dollars per month.

    2. Cost for LPG gas for cooking, hot water and dryer
    LPG usage varies a lot from home to home and if I were to guess a monthly average here I would put it at around 40 dollars per month if you have gas in the kitchen and laundry.

    2. Landline phone, cellular and internet
    Telnor here offers tiered service for phone and internet with packages ranging from 25 dollars per month that gives you 50Mbps service up to 75 dollars per month for 1000Mbps service. Cell phone service also comes with many different package options and one of the most popular costs just 10 dollars per month that includes unlimited calling to the US, Canada and Mexico with unlimited access to social media + 4 GB of web surfing.

    3. Groceries for 2 people with exotic tastes and who like to entertain
    This is also based on what you like to eat and whether you need to buy a lot of imported items. An average couple here spends around 200 dollars each month on groceries but with more expensive tastes I would say 350 up to even 500 dollars is possible, based on how much local vs imported.

    4. Gardener (twice a week)
    Figure around 150 to 200 dollars per month.

    5. Housekeeper (full day 3X a week)
    Somewhere between 250 to 300 dollars, based on hours and work type/load.

  • laguera

    Member
    November 6, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    It sounds like the numbers @BajaGringo listed sound about right for his area but up closer to the border in Ensenada, expect for rents and home prices to be significantly higher, food in general about 20% higher and any direct labor expenses (maid/gardener) to be about 30-40% higher on average. But with those higher costs comes access to more services than what may be available in San Quintin.

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