Living In Spain
The cost of living in Spain is in general much lower than that of the UK and thats why so many Brits decide to move to Spain but just what do things cost in Spain on a daily basis? Below I will show a few daily and monthly costs of living in Spain and just what I pay here now.
Like any country, some major cities are more expensive than others to live in – although wages often are above the national averages the cost of living can be a bit higher.
San Sebastian is one of the most expensive with others like Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla just behind. Smaller coastal towns and villages inland can be very much cheaper and sometimes crazy cheap like a small village of Finana where i am staying temporarily at the moment just up the coast from Almeria.
Notice the price of the food below, Tapas are all free here in Almeria.
A few of us had 12 drinks and 12 plates of food and this was the bill.
The bill above was for 4 people. not bad i bet that would cost double in the UK and you couldn’t sit outside at 10 pm at night in shorts..
My wife and i normally go out for a drink and tapas about 3 times a week here. we normally only have 2 drinks and tapas each in the week but at the week end we may have a few more. If we have 4 drinks each and 4 small plates of food each that costs us around 18 euros total.
Its just as cheap to go out for tapas as to stay in and cook.
Cost Of Living In Spain
A few essential average running costs, to know:
• Your morning cappuccino: €1.20
• Post-work beer (0.5l): €1.20 And The TAPAS FREE here in Almeria
• Litre of petrol: €1.20
• Taxi fare per km: €1 (plus €3 setup charge)
• Cinema ticket €8
the bus into town €0.60
• City centre, one-bedroom apartment rent per month: €480, in a smaller towns from €300.
• My Gym membership €30 a month.
• Utility bills per month (gas, electric, water, Wi-Fi, waste collection) for 3 bed apartment: €120
Bottle of nice wine rioja in the supermarket €3.
You can rent a 2 bed apartment just outside Almeria city from 350 a month in town a little more. A nice 2 bed apartment near the beach is around 450 a month.
We now have fibre optic wifi and that is 68 euros a month including land line phone and 2 mobiles 2 iphones. plus a small TV cinema package. they do starter packages cheaper.
I have just sold my 3 bed apartment here and the community fees there were 70 euros a month including pool and garden maintenance.
I also rented an extra garage space in the building for 50 euros A MONTH.
Council tax <for rubish and street cleaning>or as its called in the uk..*POLL TAX *.. we pay here in Almeria around €280. a year and for that they clean our street every 2 days and take away the rubbish every night at midnight. Yes every night. not like uk once a week if you are lucky.
TV licence 0 yes its free in Spain.
ITV or MOT for the car. around €38. for a 1600 cc car. depends on size of engine
For my motor bike *BELOW* i just paid the road tax of €8.50 for the year.
Thats cheap no?
remember if you register your car tax in a small village as we did at my wifes home town then you pay a lot less than in major towns or cities.
I recently had a new will drawn up and it cost €58.
Our weekly food shopping for 2 adults in our local supermarket is around €90. This is including all toiletries and alcohol.
you can live really cheaply here if needed. but remember that the wages are normally lower too.
My new 4 bed house with pool we pay 1.50 a day for electric and thats because we changed to a new supplier , here you can do that a lot to get the costs down. see proof of my bills here.
water rates are 60 for 3 months on my 4 bed 3 bathroom house with pool.
Cost Of Living In Spain
Property is also cheaper here at the moment but things are going up as more Brits move here but in my town of Almeria you can buy a 1 bed apartment from €65.000 a 2 bed normally runs around €85.000 nearer the
beach you will pay more but still way cheaper than UK prices.
A check up at the dentist last week cost me €58 but thats at a private dentist.
Medicines here are also way cheaper than in the Uk.
Some say cars are expensive in Spain but it can be a mine filed buying a car in any country. Here in Spain i have bought several cars new and second hand and you need to shop around a lot and if your Spanish is poor take a friend with you as the prices are often inflated for none Spanish speakers. Also ex demo cars are available in most main dealers at great prices with all the guarantees and remember even the banks now sell cars starting at just 125 a month for a new car.
Buying second hand here now everyone has a 6 month guarantee by law even private sales. Spanish cars hold their value here and if you shop were the spanish shop you will get some deals and never pay the full asking price as the Spanish never do. i have bought a 4 x 4 truck 5 years old for 6800 that was in great condition and an ex demo seat ibiza that was 2500 off new price and in perfect condition. A 5 year old van i bought here was 1800 and did me well for 7 years till i upgraded it. new cars are expensive in most countries but main dealers are open to deals if you push them and rates are all negotiable and rates over terms that suit you.
Buying and selling is a bit expensive and you need to add about 12 to 15 % on top of the purches price to cover costs. If buying a house for 100,000 it will end up costing you about 115,000 after taxes and all fees.
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