Cost of living??

Old Apr 3rd 2009, 10:31 pm
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1. €300
2. €15-30
3. Gas €25, electricity €25+heating
4. No idea
5. Local produce generally much cheaper than in the UK; imports generally more expensive than in the UK. Currently oranges €0.69 a kilo, strawberries €2 a kilo and good.

Algarve is more expensive than that.
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Originally Posted by PubChampion View Post
1. €300
2. €15-30
3. Gas €25, electricity €25+heating
4. No idea
5. Local produce generally much cheaper than in the UK; imports generally more expensive than in the UK. Currently oranges €0.69 a kilo, strawberries €2 a kilo and good.

Algarve is more expensive than that.
Leccy 25 a month??????...let me guess,no pool right?...I pay 80 a month
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Old Apr 3rd 2009, 11:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Cleri View Post
Leccy 25 a month??????...let me guess,no pool right?...I pay 80 a month
No pool.

If I don't use the electric oven, it's more like €15 a month.
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Leccy 25 a month??????...let me guess,no pool right?...I pay 80 a month
We have no pool and pay 84 per month, we then have a catch up bill on top!!
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Originally Posted by steppitoe View Post
We have no pool and pay 84 per month, we then have a catch up bill on top!!
Do you think the expats on the Algarve are shorting their meters???.............I do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by steppitoe View Post
We have no pool and pay 84 per month, we then have a catch up bill on top!!
Is that €84 without any heating? That is, is it still €84 in the summer?
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Is that €84 without any heating? That is, is it still €84 in the summer?
Yes every month by standing order then a catch up bill in April. I know that it will be in excess of 250 euros as that was the quote I had before the winter.
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Is there any option of having different suppliers? That is extortionate. Are you sure someone isn't tapping into your supply

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When I lived in the Algarve,we were paying 60 euros a month and got a catch up bill of 600 euros
It's EDP or nowt
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When I lived in the Algarve,we were paying 60 euros a month and got a catch up bill of 600 euros
It's EDP or nowt
Yep that is what we paid last year with a catch up of about 750!! No choice but to cough up I am afraid!
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Leccy 25 a month??????...let me guess,no pool right?...I pay 80 a month
do you swim nude....
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Old Apr 4th 2009, 4:42 pm
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no mortgage or rent to pay, so food, electricity, gas, car insurance, local tax, phone/internet etc.

It's not clear if you are one person, or whether you are going to be living in a palatial villa or a studio.

In short you can spend as much as you like or live very cheaply. Not very helfpful, I know. Leave the car out of it, as it depends so much what model (cars, petrol and insurance are quite expensive).

For one person in a 1-bed appartment (Algarve) here are my figures.

Electricity (no gas) E60 a month

Property tax E170 a year.

Condominium fees E700 a year (ouch! but I let the apartment out in high season)

Tel and internet E50 a month (should look for something cheaper but too lazy)

Food - can't quantify. If you live on local produce from the market, life is cheap. A great bag of fruit and veg for E5. Eating out no longer seems so cheap if you think in pounds.

There are all sorts of other expenses. E.g. do you want the occassional trip overseas?

As a rough figure (excluding car expenses) one person could get by on E500 and live pretty comfortably on E1000. All points in between are possible.
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I thought Spanish electric was dear, but we only pay 75 €`s for 2 months. (no pool)
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Old Apr 4th 2009, 5:52 pm
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I forgot to mention: if, like most Brits who settle in Portugal, you never touch alcohol your cost of living will be even lower.
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Originally Posted by PubChampion View Post
1. €300
2. €15-30
3. Gas €25, electricity €25+heating
4. No idea
5. Local produce generally much cheaper than in the UK; imports generally more expensive than in the UK. Currently oranges €0.69 a kilo, strawberries €2 a kilo and good.

Algarve is more expensive than that.

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