Cost of living St Lucia

Old May 20th 2012, 1:41 am
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OK I am doing around the world best places to retire and St Lucia could be possible. If you can supply your expenses then I will post my costs here in the UK and the island of Tenerife- to compare if thats OK-
1. gas
2. Electricity
3. Council tax or rates
4. house insurance
5. water costs
6. food
7. car tax/disc
8. internet broadband + phone
9. car insurance
10.petrol

If you can think of anything else thats needs costing-such as prescriptions and health for instance.
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OK I am doing around the world best places to retire and St Lucia could be possible. If you can supply your expenses then I will post my costs here in the UK and the island of Tenerife- to compare if thats OK-
1. gas
2. Electricity
3. Council tax or rates
4. house insurance
5. water costs
6. food
7. car tax/disc
8. internet broadband + phone
9. car insurance
10.petrol

If you can think of anything else that needs costing-such as prescriptions and health for instance.
Much of this information is already available on the web and is fairly current:

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living...ry=Saint+Lucia

2.70 EC$ = 1US$

Item 3. is about to be revised next month and nobody in the public domain is clear as to what this might be but a fair current charge seems to be $1,000 EC. Over 65s are exempt once they have made successful claim for exemption.

4. Cost is around .75% of insured value - typically there is an approx 5% deductible - shall we say 2,500EC?
6. Who knows - 200EC per week for a couple - incl cleaning and paper goods? Not incl any eating out
7. 150EC per annum for sticker plus 100 EC per annum for driver's licence
9. Typically around 5% of insured value (say 40,000EC) with 70% no-claims bonus, for fully comprehensive - 2,000EC*
10. Roughly 50EC per week for an economy car doing 6,000 miles per annum

Four GP doctor's visits plus medication - 700EC, Xrays and other annual tests for two - 600EC, Dental hygienist etc. 400EC

*consider other running costs for an economy car of 1,500EC for oil, service, parts (incl tyres)

You will need to shop very carefully to keep to a 200EC per week budget for food incl cleaning.

typically diet would include:

Basic cereal, small juice from 1litre, coffee/tea, toast, cheese and skim milk for breakfast
Fresh fruit, water, salad and sandwich for lunch
Local chicken, occasional imported pork, local fresh or frozen imported fish, starch, local veg or imported broccoli and fruit for dinner

Local fruits for snacks

Imported beef is expensive as are most processed foods so the budget should be directed at local produce which is strangely typically cheaper at supermarkets and warehouses (MegaJ) than at the central market, though some street vendors can often have bargains for items such as callaloo, salad greens, chives/scallions and beans plus avocados and tomatoes.

Best to shop when the price is right rather than go shopping with a specific item in mind. Local fish bought from the truly local supplier (the man with the conch) is usually better quality and cheaper than that bought around the market or central fish vendors.

Hope this helps!

Last edited by Pistolpete2; May 20th 2012 at 6:55 pm. Reason: ref item 6.
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Old May 20th 2012, 11:06 pm
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Much of this information is already available on the web and is fairly current:

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living...ry=Saint+Lucia

2.70 EC$ = 1US$

Item 3. is about to be revised next month and nobody in the public domain is clear as to what this might be but a fair current charge seems to be $1,000 EC. Over 65s are exempt once they have made successful claim for exemption.

4. Cost is around .75% of insured value - typically there is an approx 5% deductible - shall we say 2,500EC?
6. Who knows - 200EC per week for a couple - incl cleaning and paper goods? Not incl any eating out
7. 150EC per annum for sticker plus 100 EC per annum for driver's licence
9. Typically around 5% of insured value (say 40,000EC) with 70% no-claims bonus, for fully comprehensive - 2,000EC*
10. Roughly 50EC per week for an economy car doing 6,000 miles per annum

Four GP doctor's visits plus medication - 700EC, Xrays and other annual tests for two - 600EC, Dental hygienist etc. 400EC

*consider other running costs for an economy car of 1,500EC for oil, service, parts (incl tyres)

You will need to shop very carefully to keep to a 200EC per week budget for food incl cleaning.

typically diet would include:

Basic cereal, small juice from 1litre, coffee/tea, toast, cheese and skim milk for breakfast
Fresh fruit, water, salad and sandwich for lunch
Local chicken, occasional imported pork, local fresh or frozen imported fish, starch, local veg or imported broccoli and fruit for dinner

Local fruits for snacks

Imported beef is expensive as are most processed foods so the budget should be directed at local produce which is strangely typically cheaper at supermarkets and warehouses (MegaJ) than at the central market, though some street vendors can often have bargains for items such as callaloo, salad greens, chives/scallions and beans plus avocados and tomatoes.

Best to shop when the price is right rather than go shopping with a specific item in mind. Local fish bought from the truly local supplier (the man with the conch) is usually better quality and cheaper than that bought around the market or central fish vendors.

Hope this helps!
Helps a lot thanks!
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