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Cost of living for retired people

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:26pm
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Stuart2019

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Hi we are thinking of  moving to Spain next year but need to work out the cost of living . Spanish classes and other clubs to join 

Jan06

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:33am

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Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:33am

A lot will depend on the value of the £, if you can live comfortably in the UK you will be comfortable in Spain. At the moment I would say eating out, drinks, council tax (although you may have a community charge) road fund licence are cheaper, groceries similar to UK though the markets are cheap when food is in season, Electric standing charges are higher than the UK though the electricity itself is similar price, water similar price, secondhand cars more expensive not sure about new. Furniture and domestic appliances are more expensive though houses are commonly sold fully furnished with everything included. A lot of people use apps like dual lingo or YouTube to learn Spanish, most town halls will also provide Spanish classes starting in the Autumn U3A have plenty of clubs and activities, if you enjoy walking then there are several clubs in the area. However you can enjoy on average 300 days of sunshine living here and a quality of life that surpasses the UK. 


Movingon

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:26am

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Jacks

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:30am

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Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:30am

Hi, don't forget you will have to prove a monthly income of €2400.00 for the first person then €500 per relative thereafter approx.

This is what NON EU citizens will have to pay to live in Spain. Which is what the UK will be after Brexit.   Sorry !

Tracy p

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:28am

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Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:28am

Hi looking to come over to torrevieja for a week at Christmas. Could you tell me if any restaurants and bars are open Christmas day and boxing day. Also what bars do the British expats hang out in please 😁

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Golandrina

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:27pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:27pm

Many restaurants and bars that provide food will already be fully booked for Christmas Day and New Years Eve.   Boxing Day is not celebrated in Spain.

MeathMaria

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:21pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:21pm

Tracy p wrote on Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:28am:

Hi looking to come over to torrevieja for a week at Christmas. Could you tell me if any restaurants and bars are open Christmas day and boxing day. Also what bars do the British expats hang out in please 😁

Perhaps you don’t realise you are posting in the wrong place?

This is about retiring to Sapin

Kelvin1960

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:14am

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Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:14am

If you have private pensions (e.g. company pensions) you will probably pay higher income tax in Spain than in the UK. 

Eddie10

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:57am

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Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:57am

Most open Xmas  day and Boxing Day. They close from 6.00 pm on xmas eve when the Spanish have there xmas dinner before going to midnight mass. But xmas day they all open again. Also buses are running as well. 

Sandy321

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:47pm

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Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:47pm

Hi, we bought a holiday home in march. We paid 90 euro for 3 months water in advance,  think this is standing charge but we get a bill every month for around 60 euro. Dont understand why it is so expensive we have only been 3 times. In UK I pay 25 pounds a month and I live here. This worries me🙄

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