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LaptaGeezer


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14/12/2010 18:45

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Hi All,



I would be interested to know how much people feel that you need to live on in North Cyprus; on a monthly basis and allowing for all aspects.. some meals out, utilities, food/drink, petrol, internet, mobile phone etc.



Thanks in advance.



Paul



gooligan


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info here



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LaptaGeezer


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Thanks Gooligan.....



jakki



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We're not resident in the TRNC but have a hoiday home there - in the past three years we've noticed how things have shot up by at least 50% - it's cheaper to eat out. A supermarket chicken can cost around 7.



LaptaGeezer


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Thanks Jakki,



I have a place too, but just totally out of date with the cost of things. I remember when chickens used to be 'cheep'!



flowerfairy


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14/12/2010 20:52

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We've just returned from UK. I found the food prices in supermarkets very reasonable. I'm sure the food

prices are much cheaper over there, especially if you shop in Iceland. I was like a child in a toy shop, so much variety. Meat is cheaper too.

There were many places doing meal deals, which also made eating out less.

I was warned that the country was in a dire recession, but all the eateries were packed!!!!

Drink and ciggii's are more expensive, but to be honest, I'll do without and just enjoy my life over here.

UK v TRNC...... no contest.



damchi


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15/12/2010 10:46

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Reply to flowerfairy - as I do not know where you were based in the UK it is not possible for me to easily challenge your prices, but here in a village in the South East of England I can assure you that (a) the cost of living is much higher than you state. There is no Iceland, food prices at other supermarkets have increased hugely, (unless one buys bogofs), at my local butcher (very good) I pay 2.50 for one chicken breast, 8 for one piece of fillet steak. (I shop locally to ensure my local village shops remain in business). Petrol is now 1.26 a litre, gas, electricity increasing as from 1st December. VAT increasing to 20% on 4 January. Local hostelry has an offer of 1 course meal @ 8.95 - council tax, business tax, all very high hence many businesses in financial difficulty. My UK house-sale fell apart because my purchaser suddenly made bankrupt. However all is not doom and gloom - I will one day move to the place where I feel totally welcome and at home - TRNC.



LaptaGeezer


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Hi Hazel,



All very true, couldn't argue with a single thing you have said. Funny isn't it, the people rose up against fuel prices when they hit 80p a litre.... now at 1.26 a litre we all just take in on the chin!



I can see both sides of this discussion though, prices in the TRNC have shot up over recent years too and when compared against each other are fairly similar in the end I think. However, there is the 'lifestyle' aspect to consider which can't easily be factored into a monetary comparison. It is more a case of where one feels happiest and most content. I hope you get your house sale done and dusted one of these days and make the move that you obviously want to make.



Paul



jakki



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15/12/2010 11:55

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If you think prices are bad in the UK well try France - we were over in Paris last week (my brother in law has lived in Paris for some 32 years) he is always complaining about the cost of living etc. We usually pooh pooh his complaints but what we shock when we visited his local supermarket - two very small lamb chops were 4.31 euros!!!



Groucho



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15/12/2010 11:58

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Well we recently spent a small fortune in the UK dining out... yes there were deals but the cheapest meal was quite a few step down the culinary ladder to boot.. so not really as good a deal as it seemed at first glance.



Most of the food in the UK was really very good but the cost was generally well over what we would pay for a similar meal here...



The trick here is to buy what is in season... in most of Europe there is no such concept any longer.. strawberries in February!



malsancak


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two people can live comfortably on 1000pm without rent. It will obviously cost extra to visit the UK as would heavy socialising, drinking, smoking and the overuse of aircon and central heating. Other costs would occur if you don't look after your own pool and garden or have to pay maintenance charges on a shared site.



BrightonJim


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15/12/2010 12:04

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Damchi

It's nice to hear positive thoughts.

We also live in South-eastern England and the cost of living is high. Lord help those on low incomes!

Yes, prices in the TRNC have increased and it's no longer cheap but like you, we look forward to spending more time in the TRNC which is a super place to be.



JohhnyLee


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15/12/2010 12:06

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We have lived here full time for almost 4 years, we visit uk for 1 week in every qtr. Yes some things in the UK are cheap, but the actual cost of living is not.



We find that the cost of living here is excellent, if you are careful, some of the supermarkets here now have very good deals, very often as good as UK .



We have a very good standard of life here, eating the finest fresh veg, Drink and ciggys are cheap, and of course the scenery the sun, the freedom, the way of life.



Yes as some one said meat is more expensive, just use a bit less.



In our book no comparison to UK. The UK just seems to revolve around money. and no quality of life.



Out of Ten, Trnc 8 UK 3



Coachie



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Johnny Lee...I have been resident in UK for nearly seventy years and enjoyed every moment of it.I mam use to climate here and when ever we go to a hot climate,over 70c, i have had enough after aweek and cannot wait to get back to some good old fashioned english home cooking and some proper beer and wine.OK everything is not all rosy at the moment, but we have had these glitches before and survived and no doubt we wiil do it again.I can honestly say at this moment in time I am coping quite well on my limited income,which is about the same as I have seen mentioned on here for some one living in the TRNC..I shop at Lidl,Aldi,two German supermarkets,and if they are good enough for the Germans they are certainly good enough for me.I use the local slaugtherhouse for meat,poultry,bacon,sausages,eggs etc.and have found it much better and cheaper than even the supermarkets.



I certainly do not suffer from no Quality of life as put it!!



Out of ten UK 7..TRNC 3.Better scenary here than TRNC



JohhnyLee


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15/12/2010 13:24

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Hi Coachie, glad it suits you, we are all different. I think the UK lost it when we lost the leadership of Mrs. T.



Have a great Christmas, I wish you well.



yorgozlu



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15/12/2010 13:38

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Coachie;

I admire your proudness but dont envy as I consider myself the same.

As someone that has spent half his life in UK and now living back 'home',I can honestly say that 'quality of life' is a matter of an opinion.What's more important is knowing your history in life and appriciating what you have around you.

Ups and downs are everywhere and there to stay as long as we exist.



as for 'out of ten':I give myself 10/10 for having the life I've had so far with no regrets regardless where.



>>>always be yourself because the ones that matter dont mind and the ones that mind dont matter.<<



girne 29


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15/12/2010 13:50

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message 13

Question from Laptageezer was.

'I would be interested to know how much people feel that you need to live on in North Cyprus'?



It was not

'How much do you dislike the UK'?





As for'The UK just seems to revolve around money'.

As does the trnc ,and most places in the world. Which is why the property market has collapsed in NC,to keen to make a fast Buck and to hell with the future.

















irena


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Message Posted:
15/12/2010 14:07

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We are 4 members family and we need per month: 450 rent (villa with swimming pool, including swimming pool maint.), 90TL internet (Turkcell 3G no limit), 220 TL electricity bill, 40 TL water bill, 200 petrol (I drive EVERY day from Kyrenia to Nicosia to work), 120 private health insurance, 800 school fee for two children in private English school, approx 700 for food, tel bills, basic clothes.



Coachie



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Message Posted:
15/12/2010 18:14

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yorgozlu...good posting ..like the last bit..Have a nice Xmas and New Year



Johnny Lee ...best we dont go down that road..(the Mrs T. road)



Have great Xmas to you and yours...



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