Sol in the afternoon

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What It Costs to Live in Mexico

Last week we explored what it costs to eat in Mexico with our grocery price comparison. Now here’s what you really want to know, what does it cost to drink in Mexico? No shock, booze is cheap!

Don Julio

Don Julio White has one of the larges cost spreads.

This is an very informal survey and not necessarily the cheapest prices (which can usually be found at Costco in Mexico). We chose the most common beverages, not the necessarily the ones we drink. For Rob’s favourite beers you can click here. We compared costs in Texas, using HEB and Specs, in Alberta, using Liquor Depot, and here in Puerto Morelos, we used our local Super Aki and Chedraui. Our research was done on February 8/9, 2016 using regular pricing, not sale prices. We used this currency converter.

Beer Comparison

Price comparison of 3 similar beers in their country of origin.

Beer Origin USA Canada Mexico
Budweiser USA $12.28 $17.07 $228.00
Molson Canadian Canada $20.43 $28.41 $378.00
Dos Equis Lager Mexico $4.86 $6.75 $90.00

To give you a quick start comparison, we will use an average case of beer (that’s 12 beer for everyone in the world, except our friends in Ontario who think a case is 24), brewed in its home country, served in bottles, with tax and no deposit. We found that if you were from the USA you would be saving over $7 USD for every 12 beer you drink. And if you were from Canada, you would be saving over $10 CDN a case.

Liquor Price Comparison











Corona Extra

6pk bottles




Bud Light Beer

6pk cans




Dos Equis Amber Beer

6pk bottles









Bacardi Anejo Rum





Smirnoff Classic No. 21 Vodka





Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila





Don Julio Blanco Tequila





Jack Daniel’s Black Label Old No. 7





Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch





Johnnie Walker Red Label





Johnnie Walker Black Label





Baileys Original Irish Cream





Kahlua Coffee Liquor

1 Litre









Concha y Toro Reservado Merlot (Chile)





Barefoot Pinot Noir (USA)





Frontera Chardonnay (Chile)





Las Moras Reserva Malbec 2014 (Argentina)











Taxes (no deposit) 





Total with Tax






Total in USD





Total in Canadian Dollars





Total in Pesos





The individual prices do not include tax or deposit in the USA and Canada. We have added the tax at the end. In Mexico all taxes are included in the prices.

Jack Danial's No. 7 Whiskey

We’re not just all about the tequila.

It doesn’t matter if you are spending dollars or pesos, when it comes to booze, Mexico is a bargain. In our area, it works out to be over a 48% savings in Texas and almost a 53% savings in Alberta.


Californian and French wines tend to be more expensive. For your best deals in Mexico, stick to Argentinean and Chilean wines.

We found that finding liquors and cervezas that were sold in all three countries was easy, but finding wine that is sold in all places proved to be more of a challenge. The wines we ended up using were not based on our taste, but on the fact that we could find pricing for them in all locations.

Montejo on sale

Two caguamas (1.2L each) and 1 can of beer for 54 pesos ($2.91USD/$4.05CDN) What a deal!

Again this is a very unscientific study, but it will give you a general idea. At these prices, we’ll drink to that.



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