Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Cost of Living

Unfortunately, the morning began with Billy waking with a migraine. So, first order of business was to call our maid and cancel her work for the day (4 hours). Being who we are, we put her pay (35 pesos per hour -- about $2.60 US) in an envelope. After getting presentable I ventured off to our maid's mother's workplace to drop off today's pay. She wasn't there.

So, I went off to have breakfast at our favorite cafe where they serve "gringo" breakfasts and lunches. I had David's Muffin for the very first time in the two years that we have lived in Ajijic. Forget McDonald's Egg McMuffin -- this was a masterpiece of fresh scrabbled eggs, bacon, and cheese on a homemade biscuit. On the side of the plate was about 1 1/2 cups of fresh fruit (strawberry, papaya, apple, banana). Cost? 37 pesos or about $2.75 US. Try buying that great breakfast in Michigan for that price.

Next, a haircut. 40 pesos or about $3.00 US.

And, as I left the barbershop I met our maid and her mother. Task accomplished.

Then, off to visit our friend Polo -- Dr. Polo Ibarra. We talked. And talked. We are friends so for the hour or so that we visited we each received "brief therapy" from one another. Cost? Zero pesos/zero dollars.


My final jaunt was to the grocery store. There, I purchased some comfort foods for Billy and a few other things to tide us over for a day since once back home my agoraphobia would kick in and I'd be stuck in the house until Billy drags me out in the morning. There at El Torito's many grocery items are imported from the United States. The prices of those goods are ridiculous. For example, a can of Campbell's French Onion soup imported from Texas costs a tad over 40 pesos or about $3.00 US. A can of Sopa de Cebolla (French Onion) produced by the Campbell Soup Company, Mexico costs only 16 pesos or about $1.16 US. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which can to buy. Yep, pay an arm and a leg for familiar foods or learn some Spanish and buy Mexican products and fresh foods and save money.

Living in Paradise -- Priceless.

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1 comment:

MarmiteToasty said...

Always always best to buy local stuff :)..... when we have been on holiday abroad, we always eat at the places the locals eat at, and buy the local produce....

Hope billy got himself sussed and sorted....