I follow several online newspapers from the U.S. and I recently came across an article about a man who bought a scratch-off lottery ticket and won $200,000 USD. I mentioned the article to Linda over lunch and asked her what she would buy if we won that amount. She responded that she couldn’t think of anything and she asked me what I would buy. Amazingly, nothing came to mind.
Although we live quite frugally compared to how we lived in the United States, there really isn’t anything that we want. The cost of living here is already so low here that we have enough disposable income to travel and do other things that we enjoy. Our new life in Mexico checks all the boxes and we feel very fortunate that we are able to live in this paradise full-time.
We both laughed that we couldn’t come up with ways to spend $200,000 dollars. So I started to ask more specific questions to see if we could come up with something:
How about a new house or condo?
Nope. We both love our condo and the community that we live in. There is more than enough space for the two of us and for the occasional visitor. We travel a lot, but we have not found any other place that we would rather live.
How about a new car?
Nope. We both decided that we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on our car because we wanted to have an active lifestyle. We bought an inexpensive car so we could jump in it covered in sand and salt and not worry about damaging the upholstery.
How about a boat?
Nope. We don’t want to have to deal with the upkeep of a boat. Besides, it is always better to have a friend with a boat than to own a boat yourself.
So what did we finally come up with?
Linda said that she would take a trip to Italy because she loves it there. We went for our anniversary over a year ago and she has wanted to take a trip back ever since.
She used to tell me that we had to go back just for the amazing food – but that was before we moved to Mexico. Now we live in an area with a large Italian expat community and delicious, authentic Italian dishes are easy to find here.
As for me, it took a few cervezas to get my mind going but I finally came up with a few options:
* Buy another condo in the same development – When I mentioned this one to Linda, she immediately agreed. The property values in this part of Mexico are on the rise and we both feel that this would be a great investment. If we had a second condo, we would rent it out as a short term vacation rental. The problem would then be figuring out how to spend that income. That puts us back at square one…haha.
* Work on a Mexican law degree – I really enjoy learning more about the law here in Mexico and if given the chance, I would take it to the next level and work on my degree.
At one time, I considered applying for the online law program at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) but I decided against it because of the costs involved.
* Kiteboarding – Okay, this one looks super cool but both the equipment and lessons are pricey.
* Go to Italy – This one is a no-brainer because when Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy.
Let’s Wrap This Up
For those of you who only follow the blog to learn more about the logistics of living in Mexico, I imagine today’s post was a bit of a letdown for you. Don’t worry, I plan on writing several more articles that deal with more serious topics in the near future. We just decided to take a little break today.
By the way, this hypothetical situation will never become reality because we don’t even play the lottery.
Author: Qroo Paul