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bestty


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03/01/2010 15:37

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Hi can you please give me a rough idea of how much it will cost to stay in nc for one year? Just me the wife and a 10 year old girl. I have somewere to stay but will have to pay all bills ect ect. Thanks Steve (Bestty)



nurseawful



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It will depend on you style of living what it is going to cost you. If you have a pool straight away that is 50 per month unless you do it yourself then it is the cost of chemicals. Water bills here in Lapta are 34 tl for one month and 56tl the next. Electricity in the summer with aircon on in 1 bedroom only at night for is is approx 200tl per month and in the winter you have to use the immersion to heat the water so doesn't drop that much. 3 tons of logs which hopefully last us through the winter cost 350tl. Gas I think is around 26tl per refill.

On top of that you will have residency bills, propery tax, school fees, any medical expenses you may need and all that before you think of feeding yourself. In all fairness if you buy local foodstuffs it is a lot cheaper here than it is in the UK, especially for veg and fruit.

Hope this helps and has not put you off. Chris



orangekazzie



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This has been covered many times and really depends on your lifestyle, whether you have a pool to maintain, a car, will you eat local produce or want to buy imported items, how often you go out etc etc.

Some say they can live on between 7 - 8k per year whereas others say you need at least 12k.

If you use the search bar above and type in cost of living it should bring up some postings.

Karen



harita


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03/01/2010 15:52

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I dont think anyone can answer this question directly .. All depends on how you want to live ..

Will you want a car .. etc .. Buy or rent ..

Will you want to eat out every night as though you were on holiday ..

Providing no rent to pay, you say you have somewhere to stay I would think around 10 -12k ..

Interested as to what other people think ..



mark&beck



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If the 10 year old girl needs an English speaking school you had best check out the various options available as they aren't cheap!



No1Doyen


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I'd say at least 15000. However would need to know some more information like schooling etc.



yorgozlu



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How long is a piece of string?



Everyone has to live by their means,regardless what part of the world you are in.

Last year,we lived on 1500 per month,this year however,850tl per month.

And thats for family of 4+3 dogs,cat.Mind you,kids are at local schools (bless them).



No1Doyen


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Yorg. Have you got that right - 850tl per month?



Dixie Normus


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Cheaper to stop in the UK, if you do not intend working you want at least 100k in the the bank that will just cover school fees and living on the line, if you go down the bumpy road of work permits and low pay its an uphill climb. Stop in the uk untill your offspring are off yer hands then enjoy.



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rowlo



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03/01/2010 17:39

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yorg, 850ytl, per month ?



teatime


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03/01/2010 17:42

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Msg 9. 100k for a year, you live well!!



Dixie Normus


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hi teatime , was talking in the bank, earning interest on the ytl.



D.N



mikki09


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03/01/2010 18:02

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I agree with Dixie Normus about staying in the UK until your child has at least left school. I wish we had, that is why we are moving.





Good Luck on what you choose to do.



yorgozlu



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msg 8-10



Yeap,you read it wright.

One had to do what one had to do.



racoonchic



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wat eat the pets



yorgozlu



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03/01/2010 18:28

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msg15;

Count yourself lucky that you werent in my way,otherwise......



Personnaly,it was a funtastic expirience,IT CAN BE DONE.



Lilli



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03/01/2010 18:33

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hi yorg now you have cut back would you like another couple of dogs. really cheapo to feed. Speaking to customers most reckon on 1k a month but thats the older generation with no children to school, and the house paid for xxx



yorgozlu



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Hi Lilli;

It might not sound realistic,but proud to say ,WE DID IT.



i HAVE A NEIGHBOUR FROM tURKEY,gREAT INSPIRATION THEY WERE.aND THEY LIVE ON LESS.



andrew4232



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here we go again as they say suck it and see if in doubt stay in uk with all the benifits that am sure are available if your on a budget!!



smithy


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cost more each week to survive here



No1Doyen


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Yorg. You must have budgeted really well.



Vidal


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For us, I reckon it costs the same as in the UK (plus school fees). Different prices for different stuff but the bottom line at the end of the month is the same. Definitely dont expect to live on less.



Pipie


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def costs are on par with UK !!!



Jeannie


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Vidal and Pipie - would agree 100%



Yorg; really admire that you have budgeted so well. Any chance of telling us (or give us a few hints) on how you manage to live on so little. I'm sure there are lots of us on here who would like to know?



kaiserphil


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Jeannie and Bill - what a STAR that guy is

Who exactly is he?!



stellasstar1



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I can't believe you can do it on 850 lira a month. Does that take into account any car repairs, doctors, medicines, monthly TV charge and Internet, telephone and other bills and a host of other things that just "crop up", or is that just what you spend on food?



yorgozlu



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msg 26;

I dont want to go into too mush details,but ,no it does not inc.those things,cannot inc those things.One just kept praying that none of those went wrong.



T he only thing I tried to point out was that,if you have to ,you can do it.

Not expecting medals from anybody.



harita


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Jeannie, Pipie & Vidal .. We are 2 OAP's & can certainly manage a lot better, have a better lifestyle here than in the UK .. Especially as the WFA we get will cover the gas bill for 1 month .. Eat you heart out coachie



poteen


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hi no this went on for a while,but would really like to know average of water ,elec ,gas , insurance ect .its just me and my husband looking to sell up from uk to buy a house/villa poss 2/3 bedroom and to buy a 1/2 bed apartment to rent out .not really interested in price for eating out just need basic living cost .

also practicalities of relocating over to north cyprus any help would be great



rowlo



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yorg for president ?



Pippie


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I'm only giving an idea for 2 people here: electric avg 50 per month, water avg 15 per month, in winter gas bottle every 2 weeks will set you back 10. Telephone (depends on how much you use it) - mine is 30 per month. If you're only thinking of 12 months, better to hire a car. Car hire could be say 15 per day inc. insurance if you arrange for the long term. Can't comment on home or medical insurance as we don't have it. My shopping bill is around 60 per week and we treat ourselves to 1kg baklava and 4 or 5 bottles of wine a week.

My tip for once you're here - nobody told me about this - buy a 19 litre bottle of water to start then every replacement bottle is only 2. We go through probably 1 every 3 days at the moment, in winter probably 1 per week. Probably lots of other things you need to consider -residency applications, property expenses/taxes etc.



deputydawg


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My view is to agree that you you should not perhaps expect to live any more cheaply here than in UK if you intend to have a similar lifestyle which includes, car, internet, TV, dish washer, meals and drinks out from time to time etc etc plus a swimming pool. If you intend to return to UK regularly then air fares must of course be factored in. You should also perhaps consider the inflation factor if some of your income derives from pensions with poor annual rises in value. For me the cost of living has, at the least, doubled in the last 5 years. The strength of the TL against sterling has also greatly increased and most experts in the financial world seem to think that will continue. I suspect that most here will tell you that you will achieve a better quality of life here for your money provided you can steer clear of legal problems with housing and stay in good health.



journey1


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21/09/2010 10:03

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I totally agree with Msg 32 reply.

I have had a home here for 8 years but flit back and forth and have witnessed significant increases. even taking into consideration that this is a global issue I find it is no cheaper here at all given all the add-ons previoulsy mentioned (particularly food, medical & dental care and education). However is really does depend on how you want to live out here.Have you tried a short term stay to suss it all out at all? Mind you I understand that a short stay can almost be like being on holiday and difficult to asssess reality.

Best of luck in your choice

cheers



girne


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21/09/2010 13:09

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you have to be realistic here.



with 3 kids our monthly shopping is approx 1000 pounds sterling (and thats not with going out and spending only on what is not needed)

electricity 160 tl

water 30tl

phones 100 sterling

internet 70tl



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