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Annual Living Expenditure in Bulgaria

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Annual Living Expenditure in Bulgaria

Post Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 9:57 pm

Hi, Can anyone give me a realistic figure on how much it costs to live in Bulgaria per year, say for instance a married couple living a modest lifestyle.

How much is
1.the electricity for an average 3 bedroomed house.

2. is it cheaper to heat the house with wood or oil.

3. weekly groceries for two people who may eat meat say 4 times a week.

4. the cost of labour per hour for say carpenters and bricklayers.

5. a second hand car possibly a 3 year old Lada or similar.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you and a Happy New Year to you all.

Snowy.

 

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Re: Annual Living Expenditure in Bulgaria

Post Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 11:22 pm

I can give a try and do some maths here. So, let's see...

First of all, I should say that most of the payments in Bulgaria are on monthly basis. That includes salary, bills, etc.

1. 100 leva a month for electricity might be enough.
2. wood is the cheapest heating solution. I do think it's the best solution.
3. Well grocery expenses may vary. When I was in the US I used to spend 50-60 USD a week for food (just for me). In BG I spend some 30-40 leva a week (I have meat et least twice a week). I don't buy soda, coffee, tea or alcohol.
3. Labour is paid on daily or monthly basis. People who work in building industry are paid on daily basis. Laborers are paid 15-20 leva a day. The masters get some 50-60 a day. Carpenters have their price table. If you are good carpenter you can make some good money here. Usually carpenters negotiate the price when there is an order. A front door might cost between 170 and 300 leva depending on materials.
4 You can't buy 3 years old Lada. The thing is that The last new Lada that was imported is at least 10 years old. You can buy 20 years old russian vehicle for some 500 leva. You can buy old Germen car (VW, Opel) for something between 4000 and 8000 leva.

In short - you will need 1000 leva a month for two people. This will cover all your expenses (I think). I am not good in saving money. I can live with 300 and 3000 a month.:)


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Re: Annual Living Expenditure in Bulgaria

Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:22 pm

Hi Snowy

I retired here to BG in June 2005, a year before my state and work pensions were due to come into force. So I have been living on £290 per month, this pays all my bills and covers food and the odd expense like a vet bill. I am not running a car as yet, as I am waiting for the pensions to actually kick in, but have been told that 3000-4000 euros will buy a very good car, and obviously less if you are happy with something older - of which there are hundreds!! I have electric cooking, automatic washing machine, boiler for the hot water and shower. an oil filled radiator as back-up to the log burner (which runs the central heating) plus all the usual tv, lights etc and my bill is currently about 100 leva per month, will be less in the summer of course. Water is about 10 leva per month and apparently that is high for around here. So one person can live comfortably on £300 per month - and I have 5 dogs and a cat to feed as well.
Good luck

Dianaslav

 

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Re: Annual Living Expenditure in Bulgaria

Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:11 pm

Hi Dimitar,
Thank you for the quick response on annual living expenses, it is very important that we have all the facts and figures before we take the plunge into the pool of paradise.

Where do Bulgarians buy their cars from? we were thinking of driving one over from the UK.

Happy New Year.

Snowy

 

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Re: Annual Living Expenditure in Bulgaria

Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:57 pm

Hi Dianaslav,

Thank you for the information, we are trying to build up some sort of realistic picture before we take the plunge into the pool of paradise.

It may be prudent to bring our car overland and pay any import duty at the border thats if a charge is in force after 2007.

Have you any regrets about leaving the UK? we have a small house in a village called Kutela which is currently being renovated.

Have you started preserving / storing & drying foods yourself, we are fascinated by just how resourceful the Bulgarians are its fantastic.

Happy New Year.

Snowy

 

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Re: Annual Living Expenditure in Bulgaria

Post Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:45 pm

Hi Snowy,

I am not a driver myself. But I see my friends browsing bulgarian web sites dedicated to old and second hand cars. Some prefer to go hunt for cars abroad (Germany , The Netherlands). It's not a problem (I think) to find a decent car here. But for the terrain in the Rhodopes the best solution, I think is russian Lada Niva 4x4. With car like this you won't encounter any problems in the area.

Happy New Year

Dimitar


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Re: Annual Living Expenditure in Bulgaria

Post Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:51 am

Hi Dimitar,

That is what a friend in Kutela told me, the road to the village can be treacherous in the winter and even in the summer it has a lot of potholes some of which are quite deep.

The first thing i do when i rent a car in Sofia is to take the hubcaps off then put them back on the day we return it at the end of our visit.

I think i will have a look on the internet for more information, thank you again.

Snowy.

 

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