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  1. My interview to apply for residency is tentatively scheduled for January 3rd. I'll let you know what they say, at least at that place and on that day.
  2. Thanks for the info. I don't see anything from the links to indicate he's selling CBD but...ohhhhh...that could be intentional. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more.
  3. I don't use CBD oil but my wife does. I'm not against it - just don't have anything for which it is medically indicated. From this thread, it sounds like there are no local purveyors in the area. Is that the case? If so, that's disappointing. I hope the trend towards marijuana legalization in Mexico increases the availability of CBD oil, too.
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    Charles Schwab???

    Sorry to resurrect the thread, but has anyone else had ridiculous problems with their Schwab card? I recently obtained one and spent the last three days trying to activate it and set a PIN. Their system was effectively locked over the weekend, it didn't recognize my card yesterday, and today it stated my security number (which is on back of the damn thing) wasn't correct. Their operator is now sending a temporary PIN in the mail but I'm not getting the warm and fuzzies about dealing with this kind of stuff on a regular basis. Once it's operational - presuming it's ever operational - should I anticipate further problems or has it been pretty reliable for those using it? I'd rather pay ATM fees than have my life consumed by this type of stuff.
  5. Go to www.reddit.com and search "NFL Streams". Boom! Every game, every week. Sometimes, you have to check out a couple of the links and/or switch in the middle of the game but, overall, it's fairly reliable. Amazon Prime is also now streaming the occasional game - I think the ones on Thursday. It's much better quality than last year. Edit: I should clarify - this works in the US and I presumed it would in Mexico, too, but am not certain. Maybe with a VPN?
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    IMSS vs. SP

    If the part about denials for any pre-existing condition is true, then I presume it's shifting enrollment into SP?
  7. I'd be interested what the current (i.e., summer/fall 2018) time periods are for temporary and permanent residencies in Chapala and Guadalajara.
  8. Trust me: I'm listening and appreciate all the advice. It sounds like postponing the trip is the only practical avenue. I knew the rental market was tough but didn't expect it to expand into the hotel/Airbnb market. The high season must be something (we've generally visited on the fringes or in low season). It sounded inconceivable to have to book accommodations five months in advance. But, the market has spoken.
  9. I've appreciated the comments here. However, does anyone have input on the likely availability of hotels/Airbnbs from Jan-March? Is the area really saturated to the point where there is, almost literally, no room at the inn for weary travelers? If so, that would really frustrate a visit to make arrangements for a later move. I guess we could cancel the pre-visit and just book a trip in the off-season in the belief we'll find something but, damn, that seems even more risky.
  10. Thanks for the input and pms. I did mean 2019 - not sure how 2018 has gone by so quickly. We're looking for a smallish place, 1-2 bedrooms and 1-2 bathrooms, somewhere between West Ajijic and Chapala for about $800 - $1,200 a month. I didn't realize my trip was set for the peak season, but see that you're right. This may be rougher than anticipated. I may have to break my social media boycott and get on facebook...
  11. I'm planning a two-to-four week trip to the Lakeside area starting sometime between late January and mid February 2018. My goal is to, within that time, locate and procure a long-term rental to start that summer (i.e., June or July). I've been to the area before and stayed at Airbnbs. Seems like a good plan, right? Fairly long visit, pretty far in advance, and flexible timing on everything. Here's the thing: just about all the Airbnbs and hotels are already booked up. I'm seeing a few options starting a little later in February, but even those are saying "HURRY! ONLY ONE LEFT!" I guess this is my question: is it really that jammed up or is there something going on here? Am I trying to book too early? Are the travel sites trying to leverage me into impulse buying? Is internet booking just not the way things are done around there? I'd appreciate any input or tips on where I'm going wrong or what I could do to improve the odds of success here. Thanks!
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    HSB ATM fees

    I keep hearing about the Schwab account. It sounds like a great recommendation to avoid this problem of increased/inconsistent/high ATM fees. To clarify, though, is it the "Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking Account" at https://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/banking_lending/checking_account ? If so, does anyone know the minimum amount you have to deposit in a linked Schwab One brokerage account to waive the monthly fee? The footnote says the minimum balance to qualify for interest is $0.01 but I have a hard time believing you can drop one penny into it and avoid a monthly charge. Anyway, I'm happy with what my investment guy is doing but wouldn't have a problem moving $20-30k over to Schwab if it meant no ATM fees or foreign transaction costs.
  13. I'm cool with people appreciating or not appreciating the discussion. No problem. For my part, I've found the responses useful. Others may have their own routines or just not be interested - and that's fine, too. My shopping habits in Mexico have differed from when I've lived in the US or (admittedly, for much shorter periods of time) France, England, Germany, or Italy. It's helpful for me to learn from people who have been here a while. So please indulge, or forgive, my ignorance.
  14. Thank you all for the input and insight. I've generally preferred the mercados in other areas of Mexico but, from what I recall, written prices were hit or miss. I'm much more comfortable reading Spanish than hearing it. But it sounds like written prices are the norm (or at least more common) lakeside. I can see an occasional trip to Wal-Mart or Costco, etc. being very useful, too, though. And, bottom line, I just need to improve my oral/audible Spanish.
  15. Is there a consensus on whether grocery shopping (particularly for the staples) is cheaper, easier, better, etc. at the big grocery stores, the corner stores, or the local mercados/tianguis? I guess the best example of the "big" grocery stores in the area would be Wal-Mart. There are smaller grocery stores on every other corner. I'm not as sure about the mercados/tianguis. I presume Chapala would have a standing mercado - but maybe not, I've not been to one. And the weekly tianguis are an option. So, what do you you guys do? Why? And what would you recommend to new expats who habla un poquito espanol? I like the (written) marked prices in the big stores but presume they're probably more expensive than the other options. Thanks in advance for any input or advice.
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