Not too bad you say but the price has come up from 70 pesos only a month ago and over 34% in the last 3 months. Pork has risen from around 50p/KG (US$1.66/lb) to 95p/KG (US$3.16/lb). Chicken is hovering around 24p/KG (US$0.80/lb) but locals fear the price could rise to as much as 40p/KG (US$1.33/lb) by the end of the year when demand increases. But I suppose prices are going up everywhere, yes?
In January of this year our IVA (a goods and services tax) jumped from 11% to 16% automatically raising the cost of almost everything. Gasoline has been climbing steadily and is now about US$3.70/gal.
It's still cheaper to live here than many other places in the industrialized world. Oh, and it's (almost) always warm.
Here's an interesting chart I found online. I say interesting because I seriously doubt this was prepared by a Mexican. I mean, where are the beans and tortillas? No habaneros peppers or at least some Melinda's Hot Sauce! But that written, US$205/month is pretty cheap but the minimum wage here is only about US$5/day and this so-called balanced diet costs over US$6. Oops... A very decent wage of $1200pesos per week results in a monthly income of about US$369. Not a lot left over to feed the kids, buy them clothes, send them to school which goes to explain why diets here are not very healthy and obesity and diabetes are rampant.
Times are tough for the average Mexican and with rising prices, aren't getting better anytime soon.
I'll find some time to write more and get back into recipes and cooking. Until then...