Would $1600 a month allow 1 person to live comfortably in the DR ?

Kricke87

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Depends on where in the country you want to live. Some places are a lot less expensive than others. Single, married, children.. ect, plays a role as well.

I don't know anyone who is single who is foolish enough to pay 30,000 pesos a month in rent/ water/ electric in a developing country.
You have clearly not seen the recent listings of rentals on the North Coast during the last 6 months. It's almost impossible to find a 1 bedroom apt below $500 in this area, unless it's unfurnished or in a "barrio" not close to the beach.
Prices are getting somewhat ridiculous here, obviously not as in Canada or the US, but compared to the local income it's bad.
 

bachata

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King Rey?
Yes I will live like a king in SOSUA.
Just think about I pay all services US $100. a month... internet RD 1,850. Electricity RD $800. HOR US $30. Including water service. A prepaid cellphone plan.
Food and beverage I would say RD $500 a day
I Will be driving around everyday looking for things to do.
I don't need a lot of money to live in DR.

Chapiadoras won't make not money with me.

JJ
 

Manuel01

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Yes I will live like a king in SOSUA.
Just think about I pay all services US $100. a month... internet RD 1,850. Electricity RD $800. HOR US $30. Including water service. A prepaid cellphone plan.
Food and beverage I would say RD $500 a day
I Will be driving around everyday looking for things to do.
I don't need a lot of money to live in DR.

Chapiadoras won't make not money with me.

JJ
We must have seen different movies and/or read different books that included "Kings" i guess LOL
 

Fulano2

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Yes I will live like a king in SOSUA.
Just think about I pay all services US $100. a month... internet RD 1,850. Electricity RD $800. HOR US $30. Including water service. A prepaid cellphone plan.
Food and beverage I would say RD $500 a day
I Will be driving around everyday looking for things to do.
I don't need a lot of money to live in DR.

Chapiadoras won't make not money with me.

JJ
That’s quite a difference when you own your house.
I was there for almost a month in feb/march, just back here, but will be back in a month.
We have our house, we have a well.
But still I spent like 3k € in a month.
That incluides our daily wine and rum and I buy a good cigar a day (Marinero or Janet’s), we eat rice and beans but also all other kind of stuff.
Maybe it would be different when you live there permanently, I don’t know. I did that in the ninetees but all was paid by the company I worked for.

$1600 Must be posible but I think you have to count your peso daily.
 
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JD Jones

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Get off the North Coast and things get much cheaper rentwise.

I live in a comfortable 3bd/2bath in San Cristobal for 230 a month, internet is about 60 dollars for FiberOptic 220Mbps, and electricity is around 20 a month. I have 3 cars but drive very little. No drinking. A few cigars here and there.

You can find 1-bedroom apartments for around 150.

1600 is definitely doable.
 

chico bill

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Get off the North Coast and things get much cheaper rentwise.

I live in a comfortable 3bd/2bath in San Cristobal for 230 a month, internet is about 60 dollars for FiberOptic 220Mbps, and electricity is around 20 a month. I have 3 cars but drive very little. No drinking. A few cigars here and there.

You can find 1-bedroom apartments for around 150.

1600 is definitely doable.
No drinking? That's not even low level royalty, much less a King.
More water for my horses and more Glenfiddich for my men.
 
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Not sure about Puerto Plata área. But if the country life would appeal and a simple one or two bedroom house in a solely Dominican area, you could rent for about $100 a month. I have US and Canadian friends living in the Jamao area in places like this. It is a simple, but very sweet life. However you would have to know some Spanish and be content not to have lots of other ex- pats around nor restaurants.

By the way Ginny and Graham were dear friends of mine. They were our trailblazers here.
 

malko

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Yes, 1600 a month is very doable.


Now, if you are going to use another source of income in order to go back home once in a while and/or for large-ish one-time expenses, say furniture or a car, well then 1600 will go a loooong way.
 
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bachata

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My friends and coworkers here in the US won't believe it, I pay my mom's apartamento in Santiago and mine in Sosua electric bills $30. Dollars a month. My house here in the US is over $100. Dollars a month. Water and gas service sometimes is scary...

JJ
 

JD Jones

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It's a 2015 Versa and we get 40mpg.

My Haitian kid uses it for work now. So while I might pay only $40 a month. He will put in 500 pesos a couple times a month.
My diesel Prado gets close to 40 if I don't use my lead foot.
 
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JD Jones

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Not everyone is a piss tank. I spend less than 2000 pesos a month on Alcohol. My wife does drink and she doesn't like restaurants. We own so don't have the rental expense.
LOL.. I bought a six-pack of beer last year and it's still waiting for someone to drink it.