happyreturns wrote:HEY Z with even 2000 A Month for both of you even if i9t goes to 2.40 is cool,, I Mean You probably will not be able to get a house though but a Fine Apartment.. How do You end up getting 2000 a month??? an EX Job?? Construction?? Usually People getting some kind of help on that in The USA get anwhere from like a few 100 to a 1000 But You get 2000 A month??? WOW Even with The Falling Dollar you can do that for sure,, Now I understand your situation To ME I can probably still do it even on 2.40 But the reason I was Also living in Peru because it was so damn cheap if I must have things higher I will go to a slightly higher place Like Costa Or THe Dr Where Things are more modern and enjoy.. Hope You and others understand what I mean on this but in the end the dollar should be pegged 3 to 1 in Peru,, Sincerly Happy,, Yes Keep in touch Z....
No, I got involved in an on-line Internet business a few years back and now I have so many clients buying on-line where I earn commissions, I get a steady flow of checks. They are not enough to live here, but in Peru, I could be a king... I would guess? I actually make anywhere between $2,000 and $3,800, but 1/3rd of that goes right to the IRS, so I usually average a net of about $2,000. Me and my wife were both working full time jobs and now have lost them, so the $2,000 net is all we have to live on which is about 1/3rd to 1/2 of what we need to pay all of our bills here for our home, credit cards and cars.
I've been BEGGING my wife to move back. Every single day I beg her to move there, she just rolls her eyes at me and says no. Then she calls her mom and her mom tells me that I am nuts.
I don't know if I posted on here yet... but I did finally get a chance to see Lima! I LOVED IT!! I was actually in Pueblo Libre if any of you know where that is. We ate dinner in Miraflores. Man, the food there is sooooooooooooooooooooooo cheap!!!
When I went to an ATM to get Nuevo Soles, my ATM balance at the time was 16,000.00 Nuevo Soles!!!! That was the balance right after pay day. Man, that was so sweet.
I remember going to a nice ice cream shop in downtown Lima and me and 4 others had nice ice creams. It was only $3.50 USD. The same here at a place like Coldstone Ice Cream would have costed over $25 USD!
The only thing that I didn't like is the MAJOR pollution and lack of stop signs. I didn't see a single cop giving anyone a ticket. They acted as if they didn't care.
All of the people were really nice there. I can tell you, I would much rather live there and give up a lot of my material possessions here. I also lost about 10 pounds while being there from all of the required walking.
I will have to see about posting pictures of where we stayed. I took a ton of pictures. Maybe for those of you who are down there will recognize many of the areas.
I can also say I would NEVER want to have a new car down there. Man, most every car I saw was banged up. I thought that was weird how you can't pump your own gas. Every place we went to had an attendant. Doesn't that jack up the price? Why isn't it self-serve using gas card or Visa debit card?
Even with all of the pro's and con's, I would rather be down there in the city with no car having $4,000 to $6,000 Nuevo Soles per month (after taxes). I saw several apartments in Miraflores and they are the same price as in the US, so I see no advantage there. If these people see that you're a North American, they appear to rob you blind. This is why I would want to be with my wife so she could do most of the talking and start bawking at people when they try to overcharge us for stuff.
What do you think a typical break-down of cost of living would be if I ate out almost every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner (being that it's so cheap)?
Here's an example of my current cost of living in the US... please post your break-downs of your real cost of living in Nuevo Soles:
My current in USD:
Mortgage, taxes & insurance: $1100 (for a 3 bedroom house w/ 2 car garage)
Two car payments $1000
Car insurance: $100
Credit cards: $250
Internet: $60 (10 MB downloads and 1 MB uploads)
Gas: Currently $3.60/gallon for premium and $3.30 for regular. We go through about a tank per week or so in each... maybe $200/mo. or so.
Cell phones: $200 (getting ready to be shut off)
Home phone: $30
Water: $0 (free since we get it from a well)
There's a ton of other small bills. There's way too many transactions on my banking info to summarize. I want to see how all of this would change if I actually lived down there on a similar lifestyle. I don't eat out at 3x per day because it's so expensive here, but if I lived down there, I would. All of the above is currently above our present income since we are now both unemployed. This is also making me just want to pack up a suit case and bail down there. But the last time I was there, they stamped "30 days" on my passport. How do I get it to say "1 year" instead? Or is that not possible?