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Cost of Living in Mexico:
A Grocery List

So you've decided to live or retire in Mexico? As you plan for your dream you'll need some real data about the cost of living in Mexico. Below is a grocery list of real prices for items purchased at "Mega" in Cuernavaca, Morelos during August of 2007.

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Item Description Amount Unit Price in Pesos Unit Price in U.S. Dollars*
Oreo cookies 750 g box 32.64 2.94
 1 small bar unsalted butter 90 g 6.30 .57
ground cinnamon ~50 g 10.80 .97
dried basil 12 oz. 18.47 1.66
disposable razors 5 ea. 34.90 3.14
eggs 18 pack 18.80 1.69
ground coffee 12 oz. 41.50 3.73
plain Cheerios 425 g 32.10 2.89
6 Alpura brand yoghurts 150 g 3.28 .29
Foca brand laundry detergent 2 kilos 28.57 2.57
Pantene brand shampoo 400 ml 41.90 3.77
can refried beans 12 oz. 5.80 .52
brown rice 1 kilo 11.40 1.03
spaggeti 1pkg. 400 g 9.90 .89
goat cheese 200 g 36.80 3.31
box Ritz crackers 450 g 12.60 1.13
Rexona brand deoderant 50 ml 23.29 2.09
Alpura brand milk (whole) 1 liter 9.80 .88
sandwich bread 540 g 17.00 1.53
mayonaise 190 g 7.77 .70
2 avocados 44.5/kilo 19.58 1.76
ground beef (low fat) (approx. 1 pound) 78.9/kilo 53.81 4.84
thinly sliced beef (low fat) (approx. 1 pound) 95.9/kilo 51.59 4.64
small hand bananas 8.50/kilo 6.42 .58
TOTAL 535.02 48.11

* exchange rate of 11.12 pesos per U.S. dollar used

I know that the Canadians can handle the measurements in grams and kilos, but for the readers from the U.S. here are the conversion rates

1 pound = 453.59 grams.

1 ounce = 28.35 grams.

1 pound = 0.454 kilos (or 2.20 pounds per kilo)

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