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Benefits of Living Simply and Affordably in Mexico

Some people living in Mexico come to simplify their life situations, and are experiencing the attractions and benefits a simpler lifestyle can provide

Rooftop view in Mexico

When foreign residents are asked why they moved to Mexico, among the most common reasons they cite is “a desire to simplify our lifestyle.”  And when people who have moved here to fulfill that intention reflect on their choice, they usually discover in hindsight that the complexity built-in to their previous life situations was more costly than they realized, and having less ‘stuff’ gives them space to live more abundantly, with less stress.

Benefits of a simple lifestyle in Mexico

Simple living is concerned with identifying your priorities, and defining what is most important in your life.  Common priorities which tend to emerge through this lifestyle choice tend to be matters related to

  • better health;
  • reviewing work routines;
  • letting-go of unimportant pursuits to create more space for sharing with family and close friends;
  • reducing stress; and
  • reducing ‘clutter’—material and situational.

A key principle of simple living is to improve your quality of life through practices which bring about material simplicity: considering your true needs and being aware of how much is “enough.”

A by-product of simplicity is the reduction of financial costs, although the benefits of living simply extend beyond finances.  (You may of course, move to Mexico, live a lavish lifestyle, and spend more than you do in your home country.)  Many people who come here in search of a new life situation also come to learn about  the attractions and benefits simpler lifestyles provide.

You don’t have to wait for retirement

In addition to people approaching, or planning for, retirement, we’re receiving an increasing number of inquiries from working-age people, particularly those working independently, who are considering relocating to Mexico as part of a life and work-style change.  Modern communications, and particularly the internet, makes teleworking from Mexico a viable possibility for working-age professionals with portable skills.

Simpler living for retirees in Mexico

If you are thinking about or actively planning for your retirement, Mexico continues to be one of the world’s most popular places for foreign retirees and you can learn more by reading our extensive articles and guides to retirement in Mexico. Provided you meet the financial criteria required to obtain a residency permit, retirement is one of the most straightforward ways to attain legal residency in Mexico.

Simplifying your home life

Land and property prices continue to be affordable in Mexico and the affordability continues even after your purchase, because ownership costs are lower in Mexico than in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Read more about the advantages of lower property ownership costs in Mexico and if you plan to rent a home, you’ll find that Mexico can offer good value to renters, too.  Download our free eBook guide to real estate in Mexico to learn more about property rental and purchase here and browse selected property options on our Mexico Home Life section.

An affordable lifestyle in Mexico

While financial considerations are only part of the criteria people consider as they explore relocation, finances remain a cornerstone of the decision-making process.  For working-age people, lower costs can translate into additional income available for retirement or other savings; and for retirees on fixed incomes, Mexico’s lower basic living costs can make your retirement income stretch further.  Actual living costs will depend on your lifestyle choices and expectations: our Guide to the Cost of Living in Mexico will help you to create a detailed budget based on your individual circumstances.

Resources for living & lifestyle in Mexico

Mexperience offers you a comprehensive online resource of information and local knowledge to help you discover Mexico, explore choices, find opportunities and plan a new life in Mexico.  Our resources include:

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  1. William Anderson says

    Like living in the countryside. I’m wondering how safe one would be if one were living alone. I’m 74, American. I would try to rent a cottage and some land where I ould grow fruits for myself. Somewhere in a political, low humidity climate. I have heard there are kidnappers, thieves, and false friends looking to befriend you only to rob ot take advantage, or give information to others who will do so. Thanks

    • Eve m says

      You’re speaking of the U.S., right? All that taking advantage speak….?

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