Monday, November 20, 2006

Living in Mexico on a Budget

Barbie Parks has done it again... Another great book and must have if you are a Baby Boomer.

Money Saving Mexico is a downloadable you can get the information now.

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Baby Boomers are at the age of retirment or close to it...and we all need to think about how we will live out our golden years in style. Or at least in comfort and afford to do some of the fun things we dreamed about while working at a J.O.B.

-Can you purchase a home in Mexico?
-Can American Citizens work in Mexico?
-Living in Mazatlan with the other "Gringos"
-Getting Married in Mexico.
-Is Mexico Safe?
-Immigration Fees.
-Building a home in Mexico... what does that intail?

These are just a tiny sample of the topics covered in the book.

Some baby boomers will choose to live in the United States very near the border.

Thousands of retired folks cross the border every day to take advantage of the prices.

In Mexico... Dentists are trained at the University. You can get dental work done for a fraction of the cost in the U.S.

In Mexico... Perscription glasses are made in one hour. They are trained as well or better than the one hour places in the states and they have the same selection. Even with a coupon...the Mexico Optical will be about half the price.

In Mexico... Medications are usually less that in the U.S. Sometimes much less.

Algadones Sonora Mexico (near Yuma Arizona) is where we shop. Our once a month treck always includes perscription mediations and shopping for cute Hacienda Style decor. We hit the dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and get out glasses once a year.

If you live in the desert Southwest United States this infomation won't be new to you. But...if you need to have all the information for traveling or moving to Mexico, Barbie Parks is your gal.

Her books are informative, personal and she has a great monthly newsletter with photographs and stories about other American's Living in Mexico.

Hey...It's Free to look, so Click Here!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Phoenix Arizona Tour Remodel 50's Ranch Style Home

Every November a Home Tour is sponsored by Phoenix Home and Garden.

The homes are usually old 1920's farmhouses or 1950's Ranch style homes. The remodels are done by professional architects and designers... so you know the ideas are good and sound.

Phoenix RemodelThis home has turned into a Spanish Style Hacienda in North Phoenix Scottsdale area. The gate is anchored by two lion heads and the interior courtyard bosts a cantera stone fountain.

The landscaping is lush desert style outside the courtyard and tons of green grass in the rear. The 2.5 acre lot provided pleanty of room for secret gardens, pool and private patios.

The old guest house is now a billards room with full kitchen and bath. 4 French Door Sets on this tiny structure...give the impression of an outdoor playarea. Great for teenagers and adults alike.

Every outside door, widow and trim is painted this gorgeous turquoise blue and the walls are a pale salmony pink. Perfect for the desert.

Make sure to check out the Phoenix Home and Garden Novemeber Editions for photographs of each of the remodels from this tour. It happens every year and is always an amazing event full of so many ideas.