Having been more or less stuck at home the last week, I have been reflecting on our life here. Monday, I went out and paid our predial (house taxes), the electric bill and our trash for a year. It was amazing, I had Husband drop me off on Calle 59 around 9:30 am and bing, bing, bing I accomplished my errands one by one within a half hour.
Having lived here long enough, I realize that the people of Mérida aren’t out and about early unless they are heading to work, which usually works well for me, since I am a morning person. Husband is a crack of dawn type person, but I am in the more moderate end of the spectrum.
My first stop was the trash company, for us, ServiLimpio, normally we pay the trash monthly. A man comes to our door and collects our 14 pesos, but sometimes we miss him and have to pay two months and sometimes he charges us twice. I keep all the receipts in a box by the door, so if there is a question, I can fish out last month’s receipt. This year, I decided to avoid all that by pre-paying. I brought along our last receipt because it has our account number on it. Guess what! If you prepay for the year, you get two months free. So a year’s worth of garbage pick up three times a week cost us $140 mxp, yup, less than twelve dollars! Plus no more arguing with the agent over paid or unpaid months. I am clearing away any possible negativity in advance and getting a discount. How sweet is that?
Just half a block down from the Condesa Building is the Treasury, I brought an utility bill with me since I hadn’t received our tax bill yet. You are expected to pay your debts here, regardless of whether you receive a bill or not. It’s the flip side of Mexican personal responsibility, that’s okay with me. There is a number machine but the sign on it said that predial payers should go directly to the cashier. My wait was so short that I wasn’t ready when my turn came!
From there I walked to 7/11 and paid the electric bill. You can pay your utility bills at a variety of places, I normally pay at the grocery store but today I was out and took care of that too. The only negative side to my trip was that several of the places that I wanted to shop at weren’t open yet! Many stores don’t open until ten some even later.
Why was it all so easy? I think it’s because I know the system now, I know that it’s easier to have a comprobante if my address is in question. I know that the earlier I do something the faster it will be. I avoid quincenas (most people get paid every 15 days, a quincena), and I never expect to get much accomplished in one day.
Husband and I love our life here, we have good friends, both foreign and Yucatecan. We have a nice home and great neighborhood. Our routines are established but not set in stone. Over all we have a much higher quality of life here than we would if we had stayed NOB.