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  1. Exactly, retirees. We may have to wait until that time comes. Will definitely do more research, as suggested.
  2. Oh, of course I get their reasoning for it, totally understandable, but anyone who is not yet retired and has a monthly income from NOT working is by definition independently wealthy. Or maybe just "financially independent"? independently wealthy : Possessing enough wealth that one does not need financial support from others or income from employment.
  3. Someone else said that too but I had my doubts and checked at the Mexican Consulate website. I thought it just said "income" period, but I could be wrong. If that's the case, then they definitely only want the independently wealthy and retirees to be able to get temporary residency. And as you say, we could try that 180 days visa method. But your particular area is indeed getting pricey and isn't all that much cheaper than Tucson, so we may as well stay in the US... unless Handmaids Tale shit happens, and then we flee....
  4. What a novel idea. I take it you didn't read my post. lol!
  5. I may have ruled this plan out for now, but to speak to this issue: Thanks for thinking of that, that was helpful. I work for a press and asked one of our indexers, who lives in Israel, if she ever had a problem with that and she said nope, absolutely not. Nobody has ever turned her down because of where she lives. But great question!
  6. Not at all!!! I don't know what anyone else's replies meant, but I know I, as the OP, really appreciated all the info you provided and the time it took you to post it. It was all VERY relevant and most informative and doesn't insult my intelligence. What I have NOT found helpful are the judgmental naysayers who look down on people who are just looking for a better way of life. I am going to go out on a limb and get personal here. Yes, we're "paycheck to paycheck" with small savings usually earmarked for a trip. I'm middle class. I make $60K per year, have three children (two have just launched), and am on my third spouse. Getting divorced and remarried twice costs $, let me tell you. Each time I've remarried it was the other person's first marriage so they wanted a wedding, and even with DIY for a lot, they add up. Over the years, I've bought three houses (two with spouses and one by myself, foreclosed), now I rent. My wife got laid off from AAA (after 18 years) a couple years ago and finally found a dream job that only pays $31K. So together our salaries are currently $80K. That should be plenty, right? We shouldn't have to "budget" for a trip to Mexico, right? People on here telling me if I have to budget for a trip, just forget about living there, I couldn't afford it. Acting all snobby when the only reason THEY are so well off is BECAUSE they're living there as opposed to where I live! Our combined salaries would go really far in a lot of other places. Try living in CT! We pay annual property tax on our CARS, people. It's insane. So yeah, I want to get the hell out of this state and possibly this country, because I'm hoping I can get by more cheaply and get to work less (unfortunately I would not be keeping my 60K salary; I'm giving that up to leave the state). Ironic, isn't it? Folks are clamoring to get into the US for a better life, but me, in the US middle class, am looking into reverse migration for the same thing. Ultimately though I'm not sure it will work for us right now because I wouldn't be able to provide proof of my income for myself. Kind of a catch-22. Maybe we'll move to Tucson for a few years first, and if I can switch to freelance there, so I can prove steady income that way in MX, then maybe we can do it. Or maybe we'll do it after I start collecting my SS. I'm 55 now, so it's not that far off. I want to thank the helpful posters and sharers who took time to actually READ my post and answer my queries thoughtfully, and for the rest of you, :p. (I had to giggle at the person who replied to my queries about coming down for a visit, Why don't you come down for a visit first? smh)
  7. I think you may be confusing REC with me, the OP.
  8. As I stated in my op, I literally just heard about this area/this idea 3 weeks ago now. Obviously medical is a huge question mark, and that's what I need to research most of all. I may have misrepresented our situation somewhat... we both work FT and have medical insurance through our jobs; currently we pay very little out of pocket because my Yale insurance is excellent. We're willing to leave that behind (not to mention a Yale pension) to move someplace warmer for our health and sanity. We both have retirement savings plans, but our day-to-day savings is often depleted by car repairs or a trip, and then we start all over again. If we move to Tucson, at least one of us will get a job beforehand, and then we will have medical insurance for us both. If we move to MX, it would only be if my wife was granted permission to perform her job remotely, and we'd switch to her co's insurance and look into how her medical insurance would serve us there. I don't think we could swing it otherwise? Dunno yet. That's why I'm here!
  9. Now that’s some good advice. I hadn’t heard that.
  10. Um, wow! I’ve never driven in a foreign country and the idea is scary but maybe... or maybe not. Lol.
  11. Thanks Kam! I understand making sure someone isn’t going into this all wide-eyed and clueless, but honestly, it seems some folks are here only to discourage more expats from coming. Your approach to medical sounds reasonable.
  12. We honeymooned in Bali a couple years ago. It was absolutely amazing, but you're right about the beach: it stunk. We stayed in Sanur for a few days at a place right on the beach, only to discover that the water is pretty shallow right up to the enormous seaweed patch, so no real swimming for us. We did go in the first evening, but just sat in it for a while. We went on a snorkeling trip right offshore and didn't see much either. And our requisite seafood dinner right on the beach in Jambaran was, without a doubt, both the most expensive and the worst meal we had in our entire stay there. I highly recommend Bali to everyone to visit, but def not for the beach.
  13. Thanks Court! I didn't think of that! And yeah, local stands are also ok with us, too.
  14. Thanks very much for the sage advice. I do tend to get carried away with the fantasizing, looking up air bnbs and airfares before it's really time, but I also do a lot of research. I have started reading up on all the healthcare options. It's the scariest part, for sure. I definitely will NOT just go there hoping for the best. We do have some health issues and prescriptions. Good advice to check on that medical part before even taking that reconnaissance trip. I will do that. I thought that most day to day medical problems are affordable out of pocket? But we do have to think about the big things: what if one of us has a bad accident or a heart attack? So much food for thought.
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