We Compared Utility Expenses in Tijuana

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

Cost of living in Tijuana is significantly different than in the U.S.

I grocery cart of products in San Diego is more than 2-3x the price that I pay here in Tijuana. Locally priced brands are marketed towards a much less affluent crowd and priced more realistically. I find that shopping at Oxxo for our family is a convenient and cost-saving option when you don’t want to wait in long lines at Walmart.

This comparison shows examples of grocery receipts you might find in Tijuana and a side by side electric bill.

Tijuana Utilities

Electricity is much cheaper in Tijuana. The bill we compared in San Diego was from June which may have skewed the difference a bit if air conditioning was used. There is not much air conditioning in Tijuana and most depend on windows to cool down the house. Still you can see the Tijuana bill for a 3 bedroom house, was still cheaper than a 3 bedroom home in San Diego.

In Tijuana, conserving electricity is easy to do and without a dishwasher, microwave or air conditioner, we are happy to use even less. Be cautious not to use excessive electricity in the winter, like space heaters overnight, as the penalties are steep.

Bills are calculated every 2 months so the CFE bill below breaks down to about $20 each month once converted. Compared to SDGE that’s a pretty helpful savings.

Other utilities to consider will include paying for gas (cooking and hot water primarily), buying bottled drinking water, paying for running water, possibly paying or tipping for trash pickup, and possible home owner association fees in more exclusive and fenced neighborhoods, usually used to pay security guards at the entrance.

Still, your savings for all of those utilities will be significant, compared to San Diego.

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