Mexico Retire Early Cheap - If You Want to Live on a Budget, You Can't Do This Anymore! If we want to live the less expensive lifestyle in Mexico, we have to quit following the crowds; we have to quit living in expat enclaves where rents are double the price. Unfortunately, prices shoot up where the Americans live. That's the reality. That's why you see us going local as much as possible and even though we're the only foreigners in the privado (gated community) we live in, we're still paying $700 dollars a month for rent; not to brag but we're good at finding the deals. Well, $700 dollars is the BEST deal outside of the expat circles. We live in a 3 bdrm. 2.5 bath, furnished. Welcome to Baja California Mexico on a budget. Take care everyone!