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    So I've been visiting the island for the last five years and (on average I stay for about a month every time I go) but as we all know, visiting conditions are not the same as normal living conditions. My reason for writing this is that I've been noticing more and more lately the difference in my wife's moral when in the states vs when In the DR. It's like i only get to see the woman i fell in love with for 3 weeks out of the year! I'm ready to make this move because i need for her to be happy again did that i can be happy again. So My questions are:

    1) What is your average monthly bill total for basic necessities including food and gas?

    2) Random question; where can i buy real gym equipment?

    3) Is Car insurance worth it? Any Taxes on car? Is there an import discount on cars for citizens returning to the country to live?

    Don't everyone answer all at once now haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykulairon View Post
    So I've been visiting the island for the last five years and (on average I stay for about a month every time I go) but as we all know, visiting conditions are not the same as normal living conditions. My reason for writing this is that I've been noticing more and more lately the difference in my wife's moral when in the states vs when In the DR. It's like i only get to see the woman i fell in love with for 3 weeks out of the year! I'm ready to make this move because i need for her to be happy again did that i can be happy again. So My questions are:

    1) What is your average monthly bill total for basic necessities including food and gas?

    2) Random question; where can i buy real gym equipment?

    3) Is Car insurance worth it? Any Taxes on car? Is there an import discount on cars for citizens returning to the country to live?

    Don't everyone answer all at once now haha
    The only true answer is Depends. The average Dominican family probably lives on $500.00 per month, but I couldn't For a couple without kids living frugally call it $1200 to $1500. I would say. Don't know gym equipment my self.
    Car insurance just like back in the USA is obligatory. Don't leave home without it. Taxes and costs of importing a car are quite complicated and I'll let others answer that, except to say even though cars are higher that you can imagine in the DR you'll probably come out better buying one when you get there instead of trying to bring your own.
    PS the word you were looking for is probably morale. Unless she is really less moral in the USA than on the island.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykulairon View Post
    1) What is your average monthly bill total for basic necessities including food and gas?
    Quite a few years ago, when we were just two persons, and I had recently moved to the DR, we managed with about 70k DOP monthly, but with a rent of only 8k DOP, but it was not really fun...

    As Derfish says above, it depends on what kind of lifestyle you have. We've never had A/C, I enjoy the local food (not imported) and we never lived outside of good barrios, so those costs do not really compare to the ones if you want A/C in all bedrooms and live in a residencial. I would also factor in health insurance and if anyone in the household is studying.

    We're currently 4 people, so the level of monthly income I feel comfortable with, has risen quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfish View Post
    PS the word you were looking for is probably morale. Unless she is really less moral in the USA than on the island.
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    Ha ha! She would be the first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykulairon View Post
    I've been noticing more and more lately the difference in my wife's moral when in the states vs when In the DR. It's like i only get to see the woman i fell in love with for 3 weeks out of the year! I'm ready to make this move because i need for her to be happy again did that i can be happy again. So My questions are:
    The question is: once you move and your wife is not in that "vacation/worry free mood" and deal with the daily frustrations of living in DR (everywhere has it own frustrations, so not unique to DR), will she be happy ?

    Good luck in your move and wish you happiness !

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    I'll throw in my two cents. I agree with Africaida. Why?

    I'm married to a Dominican for 40 years. We've had a home there for over 30 years. We spent 2-3 weeks a year in DR for decades, he was always anxious to go and sad to leave. He was joyous there, and a bit down to come home to US. About 10-12 years ago, we started coming for a month at a time. Same thing. Then he added a month unpaid leave, and we stayed two months for a couple of years. Well that was the magic number. Once we retired and started coming there 3-4+ months at a time, the honeymoon was over. He's disgusted with most aspects of life in DR. Once we hit the 3rd month each year, he wants to go home. [I asked him last year before our trip if he was happy to be going home, and he gave me a puzzled look and said "This is home", meaning NJ]. He's tired of everyone trying to rip him off, tired of the electrical issues, tired of something breaking every day, tired of the food, tired of the quality of things he buys that soon break, tired of no AC when the electricity goes off, tired of the mosquitos, just tired of DR life.

    It's a whole different story when you live somewhere.




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    Quote Originally Posted by mykulairon View Post
    So I've been visiting the island for the last five years and (on average I stay for about a month every time I go) but as we all know, visiting conditions are not the same as normal living conditions. My reason for writing this is that I've been noticing more and more lately the difference in my wife's moral when in the states vs when In the DR. It's like i only get to see the woman i fell in love with for 3 weeks out of the year! I'm ready to make this move because i need for her to be happy again did that i can be happy again. So My questions are:

    1) What is your average monthly bill total for basic necessities including food and gas?

    2) Random question; where can i buy real gym equipment?

    3) Is Car insurance worth it? Any Taxes on car? Is there an import discount on cars for citizens returning to the country to live?

    Don't everyone answer all at once now haha
    If you pm me I'll give you a contact for the gym equipment.
    For the rest, think twice.

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    Have you asked the Mrs. what would make her happy? Not what you believe may be the solution, but what would make her happy. Just asking from experience.

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    Can you please be a bit more clear on the wifey thing? Is she happy when she comes here, or does she live here permanently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanpedrogringo View Post
    Have you asked the Mrs. what would make her happy? Not what you believe may be the solution, but what would make her happy. Just asking from experience.
    Ageed. Sometimes all it takes to make her happy is try a little harder to make her happy.

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