Here is a breakdown of the basics. I'm not including groceries because that deserves it's own post!
- Rent: We've lived in the same rental house for 7 years. We were paying the ridiculously low price of 600 pesos a month for both house and shop. (50 dollars a month! Shocking isn't it?) But after the owner's visit last month, we will now be paying 600 pesos a month for each. A 100% increase, but still quite a bargain for being so close to El Centro (downtown).
- Phone/Internet: 500 pesos a month. This could be much cheaper, but the way the owner of the house has it set up, we can't get a cheaper deal.
- Electricity: 750 to 1000 pesos every two months. (Covers both house and shop!) Oddly enough, we pay more for electricity in the winter than in the summer.
- Cable: 200 pesos a month.
- Propane: 500 pesos every three months. (That's 166 pesos a month.) Having a stationary tank is much cheaper than the smaller cilindros that cost about 200 pesos each and only last 2 to 3 weeks.
- Gasoline: 250 pesos a month. We live in a small town where EVERYTHING is within walking distance. Hubby only uses the truck to pick-up or deliver furniture and when we go out of town.
A few extras:
- Eating out: We only eat out once a week. While a taco dinner for 6 will cost us 50 pesos, we usually order Chinese take-out and spend 200 pesos a week.
- Entertainment: I can't really put a price on this one. Again, you must remember we live in a small town. Most entertainment is GRATIS (free)! There are no malls, movie theaters or fancy restaurants. Nor do we go out of town often, because Hubby only has one day off (Sunday), which is spent with my in-laws.
- Medical Expenses: We don't pay for doctors or dentists, because they refuse to charge family members. We do buy medication and spend about 300 pesos a month.
Total monthly cost of living (excluding groceries): 4800 pesos (That's a little less than 400 dollars, which is less than what we paid just for our rent back in the U.S.)