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  1. Online purchases using debit cards are risky anymore with all the ID theft in the world, and if there's a problem with the transaction the other party already has the funds from your bank account . Credit cards offer a lot more protection/recourse, especially in problematic transactions as they are not drawing directly from your checking or savings account, plus you can file a dispute when things go awry.

    If you need to make online debit card purchases, keep relatively small amounts of money in that account and make sure it's not linked to a savings or other account from that same bank. In so doing, the worst that can happen is someone could empty out an account( with not a lot of money in it) and you can then have the bank cancel that card and issue you a new one with a totally different number. (with a chip).

    Another person mentioned a refillable VISA card. Better than a debit card as it isn't linked to your bank accounts.

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  2. 3 hours ago, RVGRINGO said:

    I think that situation would only be applicable for a veteran who was a tourist, traveling abroad and needing unexpected care or to replace lost medications, or medications for longer than a 90 day stay, etc.

    I use the VA in the USA, but do not know of any way to use VA Medical as a resident abroad, with the exception of service-connected disability, which I do not have.

    Otherwise, in the USA, you would need to be more than a specified distance, or travel time, from the nearest VA facility, as I recall.

    RV,  you are indeed correct. The ONLY coverage for VA Medical outside the US is for your service-connected disability. The last line of your post refers to the Choice program, specifically 40 miles or more from the nearest VA facility or if VA cannot schedule you with an appointment within 30 days. They then, by law, have to refer you to a non-VA provider. I have been seen by several Choice/Tricare providers since this became law several years ago.

  3. 1 hour ago, modeeper said:

    If the meds are in their original flask and that label has your name on it you can bring all you want to Mexico.  Been there done that.

    My old housemate left the US for Ireland and forgot his meds.  I boxed them up and went to the Post Office.  They said, NO WAY.  So I stuffed the containers with cotton so the pills wouldn't rattle, and labeled the package as Hot Rails (those little toy racing cars) cause they come in a plastic tube as well.  The package arrived.

    Shrewd...but they do randomly x-ray packages.

  4. 5 hours ago, blankletmusic said:

    Big difference in price. Are the Uber taxis regulated like the Guad. airport taxis? Do you pay for them first at the kiosk inside the terminal like the other airport taxis and give the receipt to the driver?

    Big difference in price, but 420 pesos that the lady quoted at today's rate is $22.54 USD. Not too bad for a 30 plus mile ride IMO. I was recently quoted $65-70 USD (plus a tip) for a 21 mile ride in the US. 

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  5. 10 minutes ago, sputnik said:

    Satisfied absolutely.  We have GNP, one of the best with the best hospitals and choice of doctors, even covers accidents in the U.S.

    only one deductable per illness.  $220 US. per month, age 59 and 63.  If something happens we just call the insurance agent, he makes all the calls for us even goes to Guadalajara with us to arrange everything.  Have not had major problems yet.  But know first hand the quality.  Had eye lenses replaced in the states.  Saw doctor for 2 minutes before surgery.  Husband had done here in GDL, doctor spent 2 hours with him talking and explaining, gave cell.  Spent considerable time taking prescription for eyes.  Cost one third the cost of mine in the states and he can see MUCH better !!

    Great, glad to hear it. Can anyone else share their experiences?

  6. It seems to me after reading these very informative replies that the whole thing is pretty simple: The exchange rate has basically doubled since 2006 

    (10 pesos to the USD vs. 19 now) and a lot of prices (not all) have also doubled since then. Take the rotisserie chicken, tortillas and salad. 50 pesos

    about 10 yrs. ago, 95 pesos now.

    It seems to me that it's pretty much a wash. Your buying power now is pretty much the same as it was then which is great, actually. But it's only because of the weakened peso vs. the dollar. If it were still 10 to the dollar Lakeside would be on par pricewise with much of the overpriced US.

  7. Thanks for your feedback. Can any more of the oldtimers on the board offer their opinions?

    BTW, I remember gas (Magna) being very close to the $3/gal. mark back then. I could be wrong, though. Didn't really matter as we didn't drive very much.

    Just out of curiosity, one of our go-to meals back then was 1/2 chicken, a stack of corn tortillas, a salad similar to coleslaw( but with less mayo than the US version) with elbow macaroni and cucumbers marinated in lime juice that we bought on the carreterra in Ajijic (or Hidalgo in Chapala) for 30 pesos. Cheap, delicious and

    healthy eating! What does this meal cost now? 



  8. I see the peso today is 19.07 to the USD. When I lived there (2006)  we only got about 10.5 pesos per USD .

    How much purchasing power do you have now with 19.07 vs. the 10.5 pesos /USD then( as I know what I paid for a lot of things in 2006 but really don't know how the prices have increased since then). 

    This question is for the people that have lived there since at least 2006 BTW.

    Do you have more buying power now (as the peso conversion rate is nearly double) or have the price increases in the past 11 years negated a good deal of the higher exchange rate?

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