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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.