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

Big

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Like the USA, there is an oversupply of lawyers here. I believe there are many that don't make that much.
like any industry there are top earners and low performers. I have contact with a few attorneys, for work and socially, they are earning decent coin.
 

chico bill

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I think the key word was 'comfortable'. No $1,600/month doesn't give you a buffer for medical or other unexpected expense. Remember as a renter you are typically responsible fore repairs.
So when the water heater or inverter burn out or wires melt, with no money you may be stuck without services
 

cavok

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I'm not familiar with Pto. Plata, but I wouldn't be comfortable in a $300/mo apartment. In Cabarete, you'd be living in the Callejon(barrio) if you only had $300mo. You'd have to pay $500/mo bare minimum for something I would consider remotelycomfortable(no motos roaring down he street at all hours, no colmados nearby blasting music, no roosters next door). Definitely no girlfriends with $1600/mo and you won't won't be eating at any restaurants that Big recommends.
 
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windeguy

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I'm not familiar with Pto. Plata, but I wouldn't be comfortable in a $300/mo apartment. In Cabarete, you'd be living in the Callejon(barrio) if you only had $300mo. You'd have to pay $500/mo bare minimum for something I would consider remotelycomfortable(no motos roaring down he street at all hours, no colmados nearby blasting music, no roosters next door). Definitely no girlfriends with $1600/mo and you won't won't be eating at any restaurants that Big recommends.
NO question Cabarete would not be the place for such a person on that limiting of a budget unless they were happy in La Cienaga.
I suspect the Callejon is more upscale these days. Perhaps Barrio Blanco? Clearly never eating at Big's haunts.
 
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josh2203

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I don't know the area, but there are reasonably decent looking furnished apartments available for under 800 $us.
The one costing $25,000 DOP would be the best situated, close to Bayardo, next from that would be the $23,500, actually in Bayardo. Both of those adverts are from last year, but you get the idea of what's possible. Both of those are quiet areas, although the 25k one is closer to Malecon, which an be noisy on Sunday nights, otherwise it's fine. You see many elderly people walking/running/with their dogs there...
 
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rogerjac

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10k rent
2k electric
1.6k cable and internet
5k insurance
1.5 k water
2k gasoline
2.5 cell phones
those are my fixed bills for me my 11 year old daughter my misses and her 19 year old daughter.
My budget is 65 k and very rarely do I go over, sometimes I have a surplus.
Don't drink, don't smoke and don't run around. All depends on how you want to live.
 

Unit5

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You should try having fun without drinking. Your body and mind will both thank you.

on that note....lol....


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Speedy Dolphin

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10k rent
2k electric
1.6k cable and internet
5k insurance
1.5 k water
2k gasoline
2.5 cell phones
those are my fixed bills for me my 11 year old daughter my misses and her 19 year old daughter.
My budget is 65 k and very rarely do I go over, sometimes I have a surplus.
Don't drink, don't smoke and don't run around. All depends on how you want to live.
What is the current exchange rate. US Dollars to Pesos
 

Juan Bosch

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Everyone's experience is different but with these numbers yes I think you can live relatively well with $1600 per month in paradise...heck once in a while you may enjoy a carnita on the side...jjj
 
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drstock

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I think the key word was 'comfortable'. No $1,600/month doesn't give you a buffer for medical or other unexpected expense. Remember as a renter you are typically responsible fore repairs.
So when the water heater or inverter burn out or wires melt, with no money you may be stuck without services
Really? I would not dream of charging my clients for things like that that are out of their control. Maybe that's what I've been doing wrong all these years!
 
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NanSanPedro

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Really? I would not dream of charging my clients for things like that that are out of their control. Maybe that's what I've been doing wrong all these years!
I've been with the same landlady now for over 3.5 years. She's always taken care of structural issues. Heck, she even bought us light bulbs one time. Now when we got the first place, I paid for the inverter and the batteries. But when the washing machine broke and the electricity went off in the house, she took care of it.