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    Default Is it possible to live in Puerto Plata on RD$20,000/mth?

    By live I mean,
    Apartment rental
    Transportation via bus, motoconcho, taxi
    Electric and Water bills
    Cable TV bill
    Telephone bill
    Groceries
    Clothing (the odd shirt or pair of jeans as needed)
    Bar-hopping every Thurs. and Friday, and Ok Saturday too

    Any help is much appreciated!

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    It depends on what you call living.

    The apartment is going to suck,

    There will be no backup power, so don't worry about cable since you need electricity to watch TV.

    You will have to pick one night a week to go bar-hopping, and maybe skip it if you had to buy groceries or clothes that week.

    get a mobile phone on a prepaid plan so you don't get a phone bill.

    20,000 pesos a month is 400 bucks, the cost of living is low here, but not that low, and it's not really living either.

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    Default Plenty of Dominicans do it for less...

    I am not an expert but will say it is possible if:

    If you get a very basic apartment and don't get ripped off.
    If you stick with motoconcho/buses and not taxis.
    If you don't talk too much on the phone.
    If you are very careful/economical food shopper.
    Buy clothes very sparingly.

    The barhopping 3 days/week is what really could bust the budget. If barhopping means drinking copious amounts of topshelf liquor and buying others drinks, ending up in motels - than 20,000/month is out of the question. If you stick with Presidentes and always keep your eye on the budget you could do it (just not live like a king).

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    Default Man, you are a funny guy!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhadread
    By live I mean,
    1-Apartment rental
    2-Transportation via bus, motoconcho, taxi
    3-Electric and Water bills
    4-Cable TV bill
    5-Telephone bill
    6-Groceries
    7-Clothing (the odd shirt or pair of jeans as needed)
    8-Bar-hopping every Thurs. and Friday, and Ok Saturday too

    Any help is much appreciated!
    If you really want to make it with that amount of money; 1- very cheap rental. 2- travel by bus. 3- use very little electricity (as if you could) and do not waste the water. 4- stick to regular tv channels. 5- Get a 100 minutes a month phone plan. 6- eat ok. 7- bring you own "odd shirt and pair of jeans" with you. 8- Forget about 2 of those 3 days. Locals can make it with less, but then again, they are locals.
    and 9- if you have hangers-on that would go with you wherever you go and you have to treat them to beverages and food, forget about all of the above and stay put where you are!!.

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    Default Reality Check....

    Thanks for the reality check. You see i applied for a job in POP which could get me that much a mth. All the responses I can agree with, but I have only been to POP twice.
    Long term plan is to find a situation I can be happy in. I'm not a big drinker, just a social one, so I probably would bust the budget there.
    Hmmmm....you've given me a lot to think about.

    Oh and the $20,000 would only supplement my meager funds. I would only need to live this way until I found a suitable place to buy or build my own home.

    If I had my own home paid for clear, then could I live according to the plan above?

    Thank you for the previous responses. You guys are great!

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    No! RD$20,000/month is not enough to do all the things you listed.

    Many Dominicans live on that or less per month, but they eat rice and beans with a little goat or chicken, don't have cable tv, travel by moto concho or guagua, depending on where they are going, and have minimal housing accomodations, compared with what you are accustomed to.

    You can live here for that amount if you really want to and are willing to make all the adjustments in life style that will be required.

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    Goat is more expensive than beef. Then ones that are eating it are doing so because the like it.

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    Lightbulb Ask Osama Bin Laden

    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhadread
    By live I mean,
    Apartment rental
    Transportation via bus, motoconcho, taxi
    Electric and Water bills
    Cable TV bill
    Telephone bill
    Groceries
    Clothing (the odd shirt or pair of jeans as needed)
    Bar-hopping every Thurs. and Friday, and Ok Saturday too

    Any help is much appreciated!
    You'll be living in a cave too like him with this meager budget.

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    If you are saying you have separate funds to buy or build a house, then if you are young & optimistic in outlook, it is probably a very good idea to come down, take the 20,000 peso a month job & force yourself to live within your means. You will learn so much and have added respect for Dominicans who live on far less. And if this is only for a short time frame, you can put up with the discomforts noted above. If however, you are not adaptable & simply HAVE to have all your creature comforts.......best advice would be to stay home!
    p.s. Having just seen your other thread.....can you not live on the boat & save rent?
    Last edited by Lambada; 06-24-2004 at 02:11 PM. Reason: Just seen your other thread.

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    I know you're not asking for life advice or anything, but you should think about how to make more money rather than live on less. You know as well as most of us that owning a house can be just as expensive as renting an apartment.

    I have a friend who rents a house in Cabarete and sublets to tourists/visitors, doesn't make alot of money but at least his living is basically taken care of. Took him some time though to find the right place for the right price, some money to furnish it etc.

    I used to have a 20k/mo income here, and I was very comfortable as a single guy, had lots of fun, but 20k was worth 3 times then what it is now.

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