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  1. One set of family from Sydney flew via a cheap flights to the US west coast SFO then a cheap flight to I think Las Vegas and then a mexican airline flight Vegas to GDL, 2014 and I think it ran them about $1800 US each for RT.  Another set of young people came thru Europe via a Australian vacation company flights and I think it was Sydney to Thailand to Germany to London to MExico City to Guadalajara and that too was about $1800.

     

    Be creative. 

     

    There is a more than one website that regularly post incrredible flight deals, find those and track them.

     

     

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  2. For years we have paid our house, vehicle and medical insurances with a credit card in US Dollars.  The AXA policies, in Spanish, have premiums in USD in the total column.  Last year we took out two policies on a friends behalf with the same company AXA and indicated we didn't want those on our card and the agent could pick up the premium.  Those policies were written with MXN premium amounts. 

    Just tell them to write it in pesos.  They probably figure you want it in USD.

     

  3. We are VERY glad to hear that the music start time has been pushed to further in the evening.  We do not enjoy band music with our meals and conversation.  Our last 3 trips there we had to drive on by and go to Tango.  Once it was just the 2 of us, once we were a party of 6 and last week a party of 5.  Dining out is getting harder to find.  Pedro's GO now has music twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday.  At least he's left some nights for dining with conversation.

     

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  4. 2 hours ago, Floradude said:

    Has anyone heard if they are planning on re-opening?

    Meanwhile any other similar places (especially ironing) around the area?

    If you are in Ajijic I know a women who irons at your house and might be wanting more work.  There is also an organized  group of women in San Antonio who iron but you must drop off the items to them.  I do not know how to reach them other than to wander the street and ask the ladies walking.  ITs been a while but I know hear that they are still working. 

  5. We moved here from the midwest.  Over a decade ago it was usual to find people mostly from high cost of living areas, primarily the west coast.  They would just gab on and on about how much less, 30 to 50% less, it cost them to live here and how much house they could buy compared to wherever they came from in CA, WA or OR. 

    We found that for our style of living it was a lateral move for our daily living costs.  Our moving here savings were in mortgage and property taxes along with state income taxes.  Of course those savings go along with the reduced retirement income level.

    I am beginning to see a high level of dissatisfaction in friends who are living here on meager means.  It seems that in the last 5 years their expenses have increased for everything and they are feeling the pinch.  One has equated the changes here to having moved into a decent yet downtrodden area of town only to have it gentrify quickly and beyond his means.  They aren't able to keep up monetarily, doctors appts used to be $60-100 pesos are now at least $300 and electric has skyrocketed.  If they purchased a modest house it ages fast here and repairs are more costly.  Several complain of doubled air fares to see family.  Transportation is expensive with the rising gasoline and repairs are not as resonable as they used to be.  As more and more population moves here from Guadalajara it has become highly suburbanized.  The prices are not as flexible or competitive as they are in a small town where you could dicker for a deal.

    Our insurance agent was here the other day and he mentioned that he has clients leaving because of the rising cost of living and primarily the rise in their medical insurance rates. It stands to reason that as people age they price themselves out of the private market and going "public helath services' here is possible but you must be of the personality to trod thru crap to get what you need.  Just so you have a comparison a full coverage policy for a F age 60 and male age 68 is $83,000.00 pesos per year and an expectation of 20-25% increases per year would be prudent.

     

    This is a nice place to live.  It is also a nice place to visit.  Give it a try before you make the commitment.  There are more people who come here to see and never return than there are who come for good.

     

     

     

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  6. The WEA representatives in other countries have told me this week that their premium increases were known 90 days ahead and that not notifying clients that the previous year premium was miscalculated is reason to change agencies.  WEA is available on the internet from several companies.  A personal policy is oftentimes less expensive than a group.  Since Boomers doesn't offer any agent handholding as a matter of course just buying off the rack seems just as good.

     

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