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We Wanted To Find Out What We Could Buy In Mexico With Just $10, Here’s What We Found Out

So I’ve been living in Mexico for about two years and am totally prepared to answer that question. How far will a dollar get you? Or in this case, what can you buy with $10 when traveling in Mexico?

The exchange rate is currently at about 19 to 1 at the time of this writing, but that doesn’t mean you can buy 19 of whoever we could buy with one dollar. Likewise, just because a beer costs $7 USD in the US, doesn’t mean the equivalent priced beer in Mexico would be any good. Many people don’t quite understand just how exchange rates work and when they come to Mexico just how far their dollar will take them.

With $10 USD, you could eat 13 finger licking good tacos that would make your abuela proud.

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Yes, you’re reading that right- for one crisp, well, Hamilton ($10 bill) you can buy about 14 tacos. That’s less than a dollar per taco! There are many places in the States that have no shame in charging $5 each! Except for these taco’s are damn good. These aren’t your typical taco-kit taco’s. And Taco Bell is literally dog food next to these. It’s no exaggeration when people say, “Until you’ve tried a taco in Mexico, you’ve never tried a taco.” These things are finger-lickin’ good. I’ll take three, please! And for about $2 USD, we are full and happy.

Then you could wash down all those tacos with 8 bottles of Mexican cerveza.

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Obviously, beer is popular with loads of people visiting Mexico and you’ll be happy to hear your $10 could get you a pretty good buzz (obviously we don’t condone drunk driving and please drink responsibly.) At many casual bars you’ll find national brands (think Corona, Indio, Tecate, Pacifico) for about $1.25 USD. If it’s a Thursday, hit up a Chili’s restaurant (yes, that Chilis) and get them 2×1!

If craft brews are more your thing, order a cerveza artesenal. Even with just $10 USD you’ll be able to get about two of them, whereas in the States you’d easily pay $10 just for one.

Are you more of a cocktail kinda type than a chela type? Enjoy at least 2 cocktails with your $10 USD.

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Few places will charge you more than $100 pesos (or about $5 USD) per cocktail. Whether you want a gin & tonic, vodka OJ, vodka cran, whiskey ginger, Long Island ice tea, or a sex on the beach, you’ll be able to drink em all.

Now if you go to a mercado or even a Seven (that’s 7-11), you can buy that bottle of liquor and a mixer for just about your entire $10 USD. And how many cocktails does that get you…?

With Mexico’s heat it’s important to stay hydrated. Thankfully, that’s pretty cheap to do.

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There’s a common misconception that Coca Cola is often cheaper than water. I haven’t seen that yet but it’s often pretty damn close.

With your $10 USD you’d be able to buy 18 regular bottles of water or 17 bottles of Coca Cola. See…pretty damn close.

Not into tacos? Don’t drink? Here are some other things to stuff your belly with on just $10 USD.

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Tortas de chilaquiles? Ever tried one? If not, search for one right now. Stop what you’re doing and run. These things changed my life and are worth every pesito, or in our case, penny.

On the streets of Mexico City, you can find some of the best tortas de chilaquiles for about $2.50 – meaning you could buy a family of four a mouthwatering breakfast with your $10 USD.

Maybe you’re more of an esquites or elote kinda person? Then you’re in luck. Across the country you’d be able to scarf down at least five cups of elotes or chomp on at least six elotes – all for $10 USD.

Ok, so we’ve eaten and drank enough. Let’s talk stuff to do! Take your novio/novia to the movie theatre and splurge on palomitas all for $10 USD.

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Going out to the movies is insanely popular in Mexico and largely because it’s so affordable. You won’t have to spend more than $4 USD per ticket at any of the major movie chains (unless you’re into that bougie VIP-style stuff) and a popcorn – of which there are many many many options – is a whopping $2 bucks. The perfect date night for just $10 USD.

But wait…you gotta get looking all sorts of cute for that hot date. All you need is that $10!

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Nails done? Yup, you can have them done twice for $10 USD. Estéticas are all over the country doing up nails for just $5 a pop.

Hair did? For women, $10 USD might be pushing it but you can definitely have at least a trim. For men, you can visit a totally hipster barber shop and have that beard trimmed or that hair did and still have enough left for a good tip.

Pedicure? Be prepared to say goodbye to that entire $10 bill but come on, $10 for a pedicure, I ain’t mad about it.

OK…now wait. Can I take an Uber to my date at the movies?

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Uber is definitely the most expensive way to move around Mexico but it’s dirt cheap compared to prices in the US. You can easily get both to and from your date at the movies for less than $10 USD.

Prefer to save as many coins as possible? Take the CDMX Metro 40 times with your $10 USD.

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Yea, it’s true. Mexico City is home to one of the world’s cheapest Metro systems. For just $5 pesos (about 25¢ USD) you can take a ride throughout the entire system. And it’s a giant system – second biggest in the Western Hemisphere and one of the world’s busiest.

What about keeping in touch? Don’t worry. A month’s long phone plan can be yours for roughly $10 USD.

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Companies like AT&T and Telcel all offer Pay-As-You-Go plans, so you can spend as little or as much as you need. With just $10 you can get a month’s worth of unlimited calling, texting, and social media plus 2 gigs of high-speed data. Not bad right?

Wanna take a day trip somewhere? Your crisp $10 bill is all you need.

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Museums across Mexico – even major tourist attractions like Teotihuacán and Chichén Itzá – aren’t expensive. You and a friend can easily get in on $10 USD and still have a few left over for souvenirs.

From 14 tacos to 40 rides on the Metro or an entire date night at the movies, $10 USD (about $200 pesos) will get you pretty far south of the border in Mexico.

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

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Instead Of Celebrating Her Quince, This Teen Donated It All To Help Victims Of Covid-19

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Instead Of Celebrating Her Quince, This Teen Donated It All To Help Victims Of Covid-19

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Few days are as important or as celebrated as a teenager’s 15th birthday. So imagine the level of selflessness one must have to be able to say ‘no, I don’t want any of the celebration, I rather help out my community.’

Well, one teen in Merida, Mexico did just that this week when she told her family ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to her big quince and instead used the money that had been raised for her special day to help out her neighbors who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Her party was canceled thanks to Coronavirus, so she decided to help out those less fortunate.

In many countries across Latin America, the quinceañera is a huge milestone for teenagers. Beautiful dresses, visits from the entire family, big parties, and the best gifts are the norm at most quinces. But for 15-year-old Jiromy Xool Pech, instead of spending money on a lavish birthday celebration, she opted to use her party funds to help feed the needy.

Jiromy and her family had long planned her quinceañera – she had been looking forward to it for years. But with the pandemic hitting her community in Mérida particularly hard, the teen decided to put the party aside and use everything that had been invested in the ceremony to help her neighbors who have been impacted by the pandemic.

“Instead of partying, I prefer to give food to people, to help them with that,” Jiromy told El Universal. Jiromy not only asked to donate the money for her quince to the community, but she was also out there helping distribute the food to her neighbors.

Jiromy and her family weren’t alone in helping out the community either. Much of the food that was given out was prepared from by neighbors and local businesses that came to join Jiromy’s cause once word began to spread.

Unfortunately, many quinceañeras have been canceled or postponed thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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One of Mexico City’s most famous markets for buying quince dresses – el Mercado Lagunilla – has been closed for three months. This ins’t just hating a major impact on dressmakers and salespeople, but it also means that young teens aren’t able to buy the dresses to celebrate their big day.

But not all is completely lost: there are those who have begun to return, like Ximena González, who came with her family to try on dresses. Her quince was scheduled for May 16, but the pandemic changed everything, and now they expect it to take place in November.

“I was scared and upset but I had to accept it. Some friends can no longer go because they are moving,” she told El Universal. She added, “I hope that when it is my party the infections have gone down and that everything is done as if nothing had happened.”

Mexico has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, including Jiromy’s hometown of Merida.

Jiromy’s selfless act to help her community comes as Mexico continues to see record breaking numbers of cases. Tens of thousands are dying and even more are losing their jobs and being forced back into poverty.

As of August 6, Mexico has more than 456,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 49,698 people have died from the virus. In Jiromy’s state of Yucatan, there have been more than 10,000 cases of the virus and it’s had a huge impact on tourism, which is a major economic force in the state. Therefore, it makes sense that the 15-year-old thought it was important to use the money raised for her party to help those who are suffering financially.

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