Cost of Living Santiago 2020-2021

PICHARDO

One Dominican at a time, please!
May 15, 2003
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City: Santiago
Area: Los Alamos
Dwelling: Penthouse
Type: Rental
Rent: $21,500
Dist: 5 bed/4 baths/KT/ 2LR/ 1DR/ balcony/ terrace /laundry area
Other: Tinaco/inverter
Area: not sure Mt2
Parking: 2 car assigned
Community type: Gated / Security/ Cistern/Inverter
HOA: $1,500
Elec Circuit: 24 hours circuit
Edenorte Bill Average: $4000 sometimes AC but 4 PC's almost 16 hours per day in use
Water Bill Average: $1,500
Cell Claro 2 phones: $5,000
Internet Fiber + Cable TV Claro: $4,700
Internet Altice mobile: $2,700
Bottled water 5gl: minimum 20+ a month @ $45 each $900
Food for 3 adult, 1 kid, 1 Toddler, 1 Infant: $50,000 plus minus
Car expenses: $8,000 comb gas
Car finance: $39,000 includes insurance full
Insurance ARS Palic Group insurance: $12,000
Dental: $7,500 month for various braces and their monthly service
Colegios: $12,000


Very good value for the penthouse rental!
Can’t find those deals so easy anymore.
 
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bob saunders

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Water is really not that expensive in the DR. Fees to municipality are high, so too residual water.

Take a look. The actual billing for each Cubic Meter M3 of water is only$138.00 RD Pesos.
Residual water charges are higher than they should be, not to mention added city hall fees.
Are you on water meters? Here in Jarabacoa it is a set price per house, and places like our school is estimated by how many toilets but is still a set price per month. For example my house is two separate houses with an apartment on the third floor- 650 per month, my MIL pays 125 per month.
 

LaTeacher

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May 2, 2008
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City: Santiago
Area: Las Colinas
Dwelling: Detached house
Type: Rental
Rent: $15,000
Dist: 4 bed/2.5 baths/KT/ 2LR/ 1DR/ office, service quarters/ terrace /laundry area
Other: Cistern
Area: not sure Mt2
Parking: 2 car
Community type: Urbanizacion
HOA: $0
Elec Circuit: 24 hours circuit
Edenorte Bill Average: $1500 (no AC)
Water Bill Average: $800 (fixed bill)
Cell Claro 1 phone: $1,450 (plus my pre-paid phone that I barely use... costs me about 600 pesos a month)
Internet and home phone: $1,700
Bottled water 5gl: minimum 20+ a month @ $45 each $900
Food for 2 adult, 2 teens, 1 preschooler: $25,000 plus minus
Car expenses: $10,000 (includes travel 4 times a month to Mao)
Insurance ARS : Covered by my and my husband's employment (includes kids)
Colegios: $68,000
 

PICHARDO

One Dominican at a time, please!
May 15, 2003
12,698
490
83
Santiago de Los 30 Caballeros
Are you on water meters? Here in Jarabacoa it is a set price per house, and places like our school is estimated by how many toilets but is still a set price per month. For example my house is two separate houses with an apartment on the third floor- 650 per month, my MIL pays 125 per month.


Yes, meters are installed and working as they should.

Also the electricity is on a meter, which can be remotely read. I can go to my account and get an actual reading of the day’s before tally.
 

PICHARDO

One Dominican at a time, please!
May 15, 2003
12,698
490
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Santiago de Los 30 Caballeros
You pay 1895 + tax for 20/10 Internet. For 50 pesos more per month (65 with taxes) you can have 40/10. I would upgrade as a no brainier.


Truth is I keep getting 34+ speeds as is now.
I guess their limiters are not working properly. So in essence I’m getting the 40/10 at 20/10 pricing, hence savings of $65 a month.

I noticed since day 1 the speeds and felt it was worth to leave as is.
 

PICHARDO

One Dominican at a time, please!
May 15, 2003
12,698
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Santiago de Los 30 Caballeros
Just so you see I’m not making it up
 

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NanSanPedro

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Apr 12, 2019
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A very interested YouTube report video of a couple that relocated to Santiago and has posted their cost of living expenses for the entire 2020 whilst residing here.

Interesting figures
Very interesting. I'm cheaper on rent, water, and lights, but more expensive on internet/phone. Probably a wash on gas and food.
 

JD Jones

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Nice!! I'm surprised they are not here on the forum.
 

Russell

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Kids can eat till there’s no more. They have the propensity of dogs with food or snacks around.
If there in plain view, it’s meant to be eaten 100%.
So freaking true...I got a step son whom I have nicknamed ''Frostbite'' because his hands are always in the refrigerator or Freezer. Feed 7 about 3500cdn a month.
 

PICHARDO

One Dominican at a time, please!
May 15, 2003
12,698
490
83
Santiago de Los 30 Caballeros
A very interested YouTube report video of a couple that relocated to Santiago and has posted their cost of living expenses for the entire 2020 whilst residing here.


Interesting figures


Going by their posted figures in DR Pesos$

City: Santiago
Area: City
Comm/Neigh:City
Dwelling: Apartment
Type: Rental
Rent: $55,438
Dist: 3 bed/3 baths/KT/ LR/ DR/ balcony/ service /laundry area
Other: Tinaco/inverter
Area: 185.8 Mt2
Parking: 2 car assigned
Community type: Gated / Security/ Cistern
HOA: (included in rent)
Elec Circuit: 24 hours circuit
Edenorte Bill Average: $5,693
Water Bill Average: $1,566
Cell Claro 2 phones and home phone: $4,538
Internet Fiber Claro: $included above
Cable TV: included above
TV Streaming: $ n/a
Travel/extras: $16,917
LPG home: $450 Fixed billing from landlord
Bottled water 5gl: n/a
Food for 2: $20,300 plus minus
Car/Uber/bus/taxi: $1,087
Insurance Universal:Both covered $15,660

These are fixed expenses, atop which to add other discretionary expenses of daily life.