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    Default Living costs-single guy

    There have been a few posts of late that speak of living costs. I recollect that they are to do with costings on a 'family' basis
    These are my basic costs in US dollars

    rent; i own my home
    water; i have tanks that hold rain water and i never need to buy
    electricity; $120month
    food (groceries); $150

    car;
    fuel;$100 month LPG ( i have a small car)
    maintanance; ($500 p/yr) or $40 a month
    tires; $600 a year (approximation) $50 a month
    registration/miscellaneous $20 month


    Pool
    chlorine use only (small pool) $40 month
    cleaner; me nada nada nada


    property maintanance;
    lawn mowed-me
    roof cleaned ($100 a year) $10 a month


    insurances; because of my concern for the lack of adequate cover (some DR policies cover you for $15k) i have elected to ake out travel insurance and pay $1500 a year or $120 a month
    house insurance; $50


    medicines/medical $100


    cell; $20 month

    internet; $100

    cable; $20

    total $950 a month

    chicas/cookie/bj/wining dining
    69ing etc etc $350

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    Yes the living expences is 1000us+ a month, like i always said. Of cource some will start to say they can live on 50us a month and others will say you cant live for less than 3000us.

    It all depends on how tacaņo you are. and how much Platano and fried Jamon you can stand.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus_Rattus View Post
    Yes the living expences is 1000us+ a month, like i always said. Of cource some will start to say they can live on 50us a month and others will say you cant live for less than 3000us.

    It all depends on how tacaņo you are. and how much Platano and fried Jamon you can stand.......
    Yes..... excellent post! Now I think starting point is $400; without car; it is possible in many parts of the DR.
    pi2

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    Quote Originally Posted by niceguy View Post
    There have been a few posts of late that speak of living costs. I recollect that they are to do with costings on a 'family' basis
    These are my basic costs in US dollars
    Thank you! I'm dreaming of moving over and this is the most useful information I've found as yet. Wanting to live somewhere quite remote and not speaking much Spanish I guess my husband and I are looking at "retiring" so need a feel for minimum income to make the dream happen. From this it could even be as little as the rent we could make in the UK on our home.

    Another step closer to the dream!

    Rae

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    Hi niceguy. Thanks for your estimation. I have a few question though:
    . How do you make $100 for internet?
    . and $50 for tires? Seems very much to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by niceguy View Post
    There have been a few posts of late that speak of living costs. I recollect that they are to do with costings on a 'family' basis
    These are my basic costs in US dollars

    rent; i own my home
    water; i have tanks that hold rain water and i never need to buy
    electricity; $120month
    food (groceries); $150

    car;
    fuel;$100 month LPG ( i have a small car)
    maintanance; ($500 p/yr) or $40 a month
    tires; $600 a year (approximation) $50 a month
    registration/miscellaneous $20 month


    Pool
    chlorine use only (small pool) $40 month
    cleaner; me nada nada nada


    property maintanance;
    lawn mowed-me
    roof cleaned ($100 a year) $10 a month


    insurances; because of my concern for the lack of adequate cover (some DR policies cover you for $15k) i have elected to ake out travel insurance and pay $1500 a year or $120 a month
    house insurance; $50


    medicines/medical $100


    cell; $20 month

    internet; $100

    cable; $20

    total $950 a month

    chicas/cookie/bj/wining dining
    69ing etc etc $350
    Hmmmm!!!!????

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    I think that groceries at $150 is a pretty low estimate... honestly.

    And I wonder about your medical costs? Travel insurance will not usually cover you for more than a couple of months. And regular international policies are going to be closer to $300 and up depending on your age.

    And rainwater? You do not buy drinking water?

    I think that the Board did reach a consensus that $1500 a month was a respectable and adequate budget for a single person.. who did NOT own a house ... And many posters support families on that amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pi2 View Post
    Now I think starting point is $400; without car; it is possible in many parts of the DR.
    pi2
    Jealous? You've revised your figure downward now that someone posts less than you!

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    Remember one very important thing those who read these numbers and start to drool in happiness over the calulator. 1000us+ is after you have been living here for a while and have bought most of the little gizmos you need.

    When you come of the plane with 2 suitcases, be prepared to spend some money on booze and other of this island pleasures.... (and to be ripped off by your newfound motocoņo friend)

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    Yes, solar is kicking in; recently food costs are down!

    pi2

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