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Cost of Living in Ajijic

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Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 100.00 MXN 40.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 400.00 MXN 180.00-600.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 80.00 MXN 50.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 28.66 MXN 15.00-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 MXN 25.00-55.00
Cappuccino (regular) 36.00 MXN 18.00-50.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 13.75 MXN 9.00-20.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 10.55 MXN 4.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 64.35 MXN 45.42-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 22.68 MXN 7.26-31.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7.56 MXN 4.54-9.07
Eggs (regular) (12) 25.44 MXN 15.00-35.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 42.34 MXN 13.61-60.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 32.38 MXN 13.61-54.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 54.43 MXN 36.29-71.67
Apples (1 lb) 15.88 MXN 8.16-20.41
Banana (1 lb) 7.94 MXN 4.54-9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 6.80 MXN 1.81-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 8.16 MXN 4.54-11.79
Potato (1 lb) 10.66 MXN 4.54-14.97
Onion (1 lb) 9.50 MXN 2.27-12.42
Lettuce (1 head) 15.00 MXN 10.00-18.15
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.67 MXN 10.00-19.10
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 120.00 MXN 80.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 18.00 MXN 7.89-25.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 33.33 MXN 15.00-50.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 49.00 MXN 35.00-52.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7.00 MXN 7.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) ?
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 35.00 MXN 12.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 12.87 MXN 4.83-24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 MXN 45.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 73.47 MXN 67.53-77.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 300,000.00 MXN 170,000.00-355,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 309,340.00 MXN 230,000.00-350,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 499.10 MXN 200.00-900.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.26 MXN 0.75-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 505.33 MXN 230.00-850.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 583.33 MXN 350.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 200.00 MXN
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 70.00 MXN 40.00-80.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,614.29 MXN 1,000.00-3,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 48,800.00 MXN 20,000.00-84,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 775.00 MXN 300.00-1,100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 566.67 MXN 180.00-850.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,205.56 MXN 800.00-1,800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,050.00 MXN 450.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,753.60 MXN 6,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,776.00 MXN 4,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 18,000.00 MXN 14,328.00-22,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 15,109.33 MXN 6,000.00-35,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,453.07 MXN 955.19-1,950.95
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,868.00 MXN 1,783.72-1,952.29
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 8,000.00 MXN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 12.00 6.00-12.00

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12 Comments so far

#David on Apr 19, 2019 :
For the most part, When it comes to prices, Ajijic is not as low as most (not all) places in Mexico. Wages for a maid/gardener, on an hourly basis is usually more than the daily minimum wage set by the government. The prices are high because the Gringos/Gringas will pay them.

Still, it's, IMO, much better than NOB/
#Julia Schneider on Jul 03, 2018 :
Pemex verde gasoline is now at $19.09 per liter. I would add at least 10% to most of the prices listed. Rents have gone up even more.
#Scott on May 18, 2018 :
As of May 18, 2018:
Gasoline = $MXN 18.63/liter
Internet/phone = $MXN 800/month
#Kate on Mar 20, 2018 :
I've lived in Ajijic for 2 years and the rents have risen steadily, along with the vast numbers of expats moving there. The traffic is snarled and the village's small town charm is fading. Infrastructure isn't keeping up with the population increase. I couldn't find a good 2-bedroom rental for under $1000 US per month, and I expect that to be more in another year or two. While I could find some rentals for less than that, they were far below my standards. One bedroom out of town--$750 or more for a nice one. So I think your rent numbers are way off for apartments or houses that would suit western tastes. The rental market is super-tight and finding anything nice at those prices depends on timing and luck. If you are house-hunting in the late summer or fall, just forget it; everything is full until the spring. Even that is changing because the snowbirds are finding they cannot get a winter rental as easily as they once could and are forced to rent year round if they want a place to come to in the fall.
#Margo Morado on Feb 19, 2018 :
I think that the information underestimates the cost of rentals in ajijic. I am not in the town center and have a tiny apartment in a working-class neighborhood that costs me 380 US dollars a month (approx. 7000 pesos) I consider myself very lucky to have found it and the people know agree. You can find virtually nothing for less than $500 a month in Ajijic unless you come just during off season and do not live here full time.
#Anonymous on Feb 10, 2018 :
I live about 200km from Guad and Ajijic and prices tend to be a bit than in Guadalajara. Gas is now over 17 pesos a liter, and rents, especially seasonal or short term are rising quickly. Biggest problem is the traffic... getting really bad. I have lived in my community for over 5 years, and we have never been 'broken' into. Most break-ins are crimes of opportunity caused by poor security. Leave an unbarred window open for the 'fresh air' or a sliding patio door unlatched... expect your dinero to be gone in the morning. Security bars are not an option, and they can be quite attractive if done right. Security lighting is not an option. Locking doors at night is not an option. Locking and arming your car security system is not an option, and you do it every night... you get the picture. Prices are still far less than NOB...especially Canada. A bottle of good scotch here is 1/4 the price in Canada. I moved to Mexico because I could no longer afford to live in Canada.
#Anonymous on Apr 09, 2017 :
Rents have increased since this report, actually everything is more expensive than reported in these lists
#Sophia Rose on Jan 25, 2017 :
I'm moving to Ajijic this week and never saw rents this cheap. I've looked for rentals in previous years too, for a month at a time. Also, Ajijic is the most expensive "village" perhaps, due to proximity to everything expats need and like, and being able to walk many places.
#chris schlear on Apr 01, 2016 :
We have bin broken into 5 times in 3 years, house next to us 2 times this year.Gas and electic a lot more than us,and road tolls.food a little cheaper for some things.Overall may be 10% cheaper. Than pa.
#Anonymous on Apr 01, 2016 :
Gas is a lot more than us and tolls are too. we have bin broken into 5 times 1 more back to pa. chris&anne Chapala 3years next house to us 2 times this year.
#chris schlear on Feb 24, 2016 :
gas is a lot more in mexico than usa and beer is three times and electic two times more.
#Anonymous on Nov 17, 2015 :
Today is Nov 17, 2015, Retired couple here. Moved here last May. This is a good idea you have here, except this spread sheet could be revamped for more accuracy. Ajijic has very little apartments. Same for the near by villages. Most of the dwellings are 2-3 bedroom casas and 1-2 bedroom casitas. Then it can make a difference between living in renting in a gated community or not, and which community, buying vs. renting, many are fully furnished, and those that are not furnished understand that Mexican thinking is different than American and Canadian, as unfurnished many times means even no light fixtures no light bulbs, no refrigerator, no nothing. There are hardly any fast foods here. There is no McDonalds around lake Chapala anywhere here. There is one Walmart in San Antonio, one Domino Pizza, one SubWay Sandwhich all in the San Antonio area of Lake Chapala. Those are the sum of junk food restaurants near Ajijic. The utilities on this spread sheet could be separated and not lumped all into one. There is no need for heating, as this area is well known for its year round spring weather. If it does get chilly most casas have a fire place or two, gas or wood burning. Rentals vary from $450 to $1,200 plus a month, many include a gardener, some include maid service, some offer all utilities all-inclusive, more time only include certain utilities. Then there is a difference between short term and long term renting, and rental costs per month can vary upon high season and low season. We have a 2 year rental agreement for a small to medium size one level two bedroom casa with a large mirador on the rooftop, no fire place, in a gated community, 24/7 security, access to pool, gym, and tennis court, and pay $900 USD per month, includes electricity, water, sati lite tv service, high speed internet, garbage, community fees, and the gardener. we pay for maid to come in once a week at $200 pesos to help her with her transportation cost, and we pay for the gas, yet better deals for fully furnished rentals and for larger casa can be found for less than $900 with a gardener and some utilities included, tv service, and maybe internet service too. Oh, and water does not always mean there is a water purification system throughout the casa, so if there isn't a system in place you will have to have bottled water delivery. Some areas here have well water, and not all have sewage system in the community, casas near the lake all have septic system and cost can apply depending on your rental agreement. It's best to have a legal rental agreement drawn up and not by landlord as we have. Also, many rentals do not allow pets or certain pets. Those that do have a pet deposit cost.