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    Default living expenses in the DR

    we are planning to move to the DR, (cabarete) for a couple of years just to unwind.
    we have 3 kids. 7,9,12. any idea on the living expenses, school,etc.
    is $ 40,000 per year enough?


    paul

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    Paul,
    the simple answer... yes, $40k is enough.
    you won't live like royalty but should do fine.
    note, too many trips back home, depending where you're from, for a group of 5 can eat quickly into the 40k!

    keep security in mind when selecting where you'll live. the right choice will make the diff between having time to unwind or becoming unwound!

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    You'll live better than where you came from on US$40,000...

    Ditto CFA123 on security...

    Good luck!

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    School fees for 3 kids will take up a good chunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulcocoloco View Post
    we are planning to move to the DR, (cabarete) for a couple of years just to unwind.
    we have 3 kids. 7,9,12. any idea on the living expenses, school,etc.
    is $ 40,000 per year enough?


    paul
    Having three kids and a wife you will need a house in a very secured, safe and well guarded gated community - it will cost at least $2000US/month upward.

    Remaining $1500/month will be enough for food for five people, a basic medical insurance. And practically that`s it.

    You cannot afford private schools, and public ones here are joke. You cannot afford to travel to US. You cannot afford a major illness that will not be covered by your basic insurance. Such thing as eating out for you does not exist (one basic dinner for your family in a basic restaurant in Sosua will cost you $100US and way up).

    Do not forget transportation. For a family of five you need a big SUV new enough that does not break in the most unappropriate times. In this country it will cost $15G and up for a five-six year old one. Of your badget hopefully you can buy monthly gasoline, but each repair will be a major disaster.

    $3500 a month is moderatelly enough for a couple with one kid under the school age who can live in a small appartment and drive a compact used car.

    To "unwind" having $250 per person per month for all nutrition and other living expenses sounds very unlikely.

    Sorry for the gloomy outcry Paul! But it is a simple arithmetic.
    Last edited by Afgan; 10-13-2010 at 08:22 AM.

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    I disagree with the previous poster. I know many families living comfortably in various locations, without being inside a gated community with all this expense and security.

    It is very possible to live a quiet humble reserved lifestyle here and never have any issues. You need a good place, with good electricity, access to education, secure environment and some common sense.

    You do not need to pay 2,000 US per month.

    $40,000 a year is VERY doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMV123 View Post
    without being inside a gated community with all this expense and security.

    It is very possible to live a quiet humble reserved lifestyle here and never have any issues. You do not need to pay 2,000 US per month.

    If life, safety and security of the loved ones is not a big deal - you are maybe right. Those who gamble on security trying to save and live cheap without protection - may be OK for some time.

    But in my opinion trading safety of life and wellbeing of the family for an opportunity to go to beach once in a while - is not mature and adviseable.

    This country now, especially North Coast is not a place to take risk living without an all-time armed professional protection. Especially having young kids and a woman.
    Price of such an "unwinding" can easily be too high.

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    Afgan, where do you live, and how much real life experience do you have on the North Coast?

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    $2000 per month/upward...are you crazy?Or, just a property owner trying to rip off a newbie?
    Please be careful of people trying to take advantage of you. Do not compare prices to back home. New people often make the mistake thinking "oh, thats about the same price as back home, sounds good" WRONG!!!Other than technical items,ie: televisions, vehicles etc., things are cheaper here.
    You can easily spend 2000/ month if you want a luxury villa and get ripped off,but, a nice house can be had for much less with a little investigating.

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    Heliace......agreed....

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