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    Default Cost of living here vs. living in U.S.

    I have been reading the post about why many of us are moving back home some say it is the cost of living here are my thoughts.
    Dominican Republic:
    (1) My Apt. two blocks off ocean 4 bedroom 4 bath in the capital 300.00 mt.
    (2) Eletc. 45.00 mt.
    (3) Phone both home internet and cel. 150.00 mt.
    mind you on cel I have 500 min. per month.
    (4) Cable 30.00 mt
    (5) Health care Ins. one of the best u can buy. 600.00 yr.
    (6) Food Eat at home 300.00mt
    (7) car runs on propane 100.00 mt
    (8) Club membership with pool and boat in water 75.00 mt
    So total around one thousand and 50 dollars per month now lets look at what it would cost in my home town of Tampa Florida.
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    Default Cost of living in Tampa Fl.

    Apt. 1,200 per mt.
    Eletc. 300 "
    health care ins. 3,000 per year if you can get it.
    Phone 300 per mt.
    Cable 100.00 per mt.
    Food 500.00 per mt.
    Gas for car no propane 500.00 per month
    Club bill 300.00 per mt.

    Now you are looking at Three thousand and 50 dollars per month so you cannot tell me it is cheaper to live in the U.S. Just my thoughts on this matter.

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    Depends on where you live and also your lifestyle.
    Here in Juan Dolio I have neighbours who only spend about $350. a month while I spend about $2000.
    Of course they don't have A/C, cable TV, Internet, don't eat out EVER, don't golf, no maid,no car, bake their own bread,eat rice and beans etc.etc.
    Doesn't include rent as we both own our condos.......

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    Thumbs up How about my hometown

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt. Rob57 View Post
    I have been reading the post about why many of us are moving back home some say it is the cost of living here are my thoughts.
    Dominican Republic:
    (1) My Apt. two blocks off ocean 4 bedroom 4 bath in the capital 300.00 mt.
    (2) Eletc. 45.00 mt.
    (3) Phone both home internet and cel. 150.00 mt.
    mind you on cel I have 500 min. per month.
    (4) Cable 30.00 mt
    (5) Health care Ins. one of the best u can buy. 600.00 yr.
    (6) Food Eat at home 300.00mt
    (7) car runs on propane 100.00 mt
    (8) Club membership with pool and boat in water 75.00 mt
    So total around one thousand and 50 dollars per month now lets look at what it would cost in my home town of Tampa Florida.
    Ran out of space I will post a new one
    (1) My neighborhood (Bklyn Heights) 2 Bed& 2Bath 2,200 mt.
    (2) Elect. (No A/C) 55 mt.
    (3) Cable (phone, Internet, TV) 150 mt.
    (5) Health care Ins. (If you are not covered by an Employee plan) 450 mt.
    (6) Food (Eat at home) Single 250 mt.
    (7) Car (gas) depends if you commute with it or not 100 mt+
    (8) Gym membership (NY Sports Club) 90 mt.


    I just wanted to throw in New York, sorry for the Hijack.

    Cheers,

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    Of course, I am just saying anyone who wants to bake bread so be it. I am a professional chef and I do to but, I like the AMERICAN life style and I can get it a lot cheaper here. I lived in Monte Cristi for 6 years and my house that I rented 3 bed rooms two baths cost only 60.00 dollars per month but, nothing to do. The sidewalks rolled up at six at nite.

    Look my brand new boat 22 foot center console with a 100 h.p. Yamaha cost me 22,000 dollars the same boat in the U.S. would be around 35,000 dollars.
    All I am saying if you think it is cheaper in the U.S. go back and please take one dominican with you under each arm.

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    I wasn't saying it's cheaper in the US (BTW I live in Canada which is definitely more expensive than the US) however I was saying that I spend roughly the same amount to live here (with a much smaller accomodation) as I do at home in Canada.
    It's all about maintaining lifestyle.......you can live cheaper in any location if you choose too however if you want to maintain a certain lifestyle it ain't that cheap here either!!

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    I live an American lifestyle. my boat is docked in the water at a cost of 65 pesos per foot per month a cost of 45 dollars anywhere in the U.S. it would be around 300.00 dollars. I belong to Club de Haina beautiful pool great rest. clean quite etc. 15,00 pesos to join 800.00 pesos per month dues. Last month I took my ex-mother in law, my brother, chofer, grandaughter to the club we had two cordon rue, two grouper filet dinners, and a cheese burger with fries all drinks, taxes and tip. Nine hundred pesos. I do not live cheap never have however, in this country if you know what you are doing and stay out of the resort areas you can live great. I have no housekeeper, no cook, fired my chofer because he did not want to work after 25 years of driving for me. I run my a/c every night and still my elect. bill is only around 2,000 pesos per month. It is knowing what and where to buy food beer etc. For example I buy beer at the factory a case of Bohemia small 24 to a case costs 768 pesos if you buy at the colmado you pay around 1,000 pesos per case. I do not deal with the dominicans unless I have to there is nothing they can do for me that I cannot do myself.

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    Default The best things in life are free.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MommC View Post
    I wasn't saying it's cheaper in the US (BTW I live in Canada which is definitely more expensive than the US) however I was saying that I spend roughly the same amount to live here (with a much smaller accomodation) as I do at home in Canada.
    It's all about maintaining lifestyle.......you can live cheaper in any location if you choose too however if you want to maintain a certain lifestyle it ain't that cheap here either!!

    A person can soak up the wonderful DR climate, flora and topography out there, all for the taking. Did I mention, nude beaches?
    However the financial freedom that comes with a padded bank account, is what makes it all possible.
    If you have to work for a living there, it's expensive. If you don't it's cheap.....Go figure!
    Time=money, Money=time......Huh?

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    I lived in Tampa as well for a period of 2 years before moving to SD, and overall I agree it ain't cheap here, but Tampa is a lot cheaper compared to the places where most of the other board members come from.

    In Tampa:

    300 electric a month would be with major central airconditioning for 4 bedroom apartemnt. If you want to be as cool in every corner of your 4 bedroom DR apartment, it will cost you more then does would in Tampa. You are probably comparing one small bedroom AC and energy-saver bulbs in the DR with Florida central AC + 100W bulbs.

    Phone 300 a month. Only if you make a lot more phone calls in the US then in the DR. Basic phone service by itself is not far off between DR and Tampa. Internet service is way more expensive in DR however.

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    i think the expats moving back to their homeland might be claiming that the cost of living is the reason but i believe the real reason is more psychological than practical. Most of the expats move down here with some savings to enjoy a better life. Some have more than others but they sooner or later realize that they have become "spenders" and not "earners". it is very difficult, not impossible though, for expats to actually make a living down here. Regardless of the amount of savings you arrived with, it is a negative slope. After a while, the situation of inevitable depreciation of capital tends to bother some. It is foolish to think that one can leave on savings for the next 20,30 maybe 40 years of the life and just spend, spend, spend.

    bottom line, i think, only my opinion, that expats returning to their homeland want to escape this feeling of financial dooms day increasing years after years.

    to go back more to the topic of the thread, the cost of living is OF COURSE lower here than US, Canada or Europe, BUT, those countries are more "balanced", i would say, with the spend versus earn balance opportunities.

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