If you are thinking about moving to Mexico and you would like to see what specific things cost here, you can do it for free via this free government website. Expats and locals can also benefit from the site by comparing prices between stores without wasting your gas and time going to each one.
The website is in Spanish, but even if you have limited Spanish skills, you should be able to navigate through it using the steps in this post.
This is actually a section of Profeco’s main site and is called “Quién es quién en los Precios”. You can click that title to open the site in another tab.
How to Use the Site
This is what you should see when you open the link above:
Choose the closest city. If you choose a city and there is no information listed, choose a larger city near you. In this case, I chose Cancun and then clicked on Benito Juarez.
You will see a list of categories that you can expand to find additional products. If you do not speak Spanish, you can use an online dictionary like wordreference to look up the words.
In this example, I chose personal hygiene products. I am going to narrow it down to toilet paper now (papel higiénico).
This will give you options related to brand, style, and quantity. You can also see a price range for the product. Keep in mind that the prices are in pesos.
If you click on the item, you will see the price for each location checked, as well as the date the price was recorded.
If you click on the location, you can see the address for the store.
I found that this site is particularly useful when pricing medications. If you are thinking about moving to Mexico but you are concerned about healthcare costs, you can start to calculate what specific medications will cost you here.
For example, here is a check of Lipitor (for cholesterol):
Remember, the prices are all in Mexican pesos. If you were converting these into U.S. dollars, you would have to divide by the daily exchange rate. On today’s date, the exchange rate was 18.49 pesos to 1 USD.