Cost of Living Update

September 15th, 2008 Posted in business, day to day

Written by Jamie

We receive emails quite often from people interested in our lives in Argentina. One of the common questions that comes up is the cost of living.

With the exception of sports equipment, electronics, vehicles and other things that are imported, we find most things to be much less then what things are back home in California.

Here are some examples, all expressed in US$, specific to Bariloche, Patagonia;

Electric bill: $35-55/month (we have 3 structures on our property)

Gas bill: $10-30/month (3 structures)

Property Insurance: $472/year (3 structures)

Property Taxes: $566/year (3 structures)

Diesel Gas: $2.77/gallon (most of the country is actually less)

Health Insurance: Shanie $91.33/Jamie $172.33 (This is the price for our plan from age 36 and up. It includes no deductible, no issues with pre-existing conditions and covers dental)

Shopping cart of groceries: $100-$200 (Not the same caliber or selection of some foods. The beef and wine are much cheaper however)

These are accurate figures as of September, 2008.

  1. 52 Responses to “Cost of Living Update”

  2. By Quickroute on Sep 16, 2008

    I’ve noticed a pretty steep increase in Buenos Aires for groceries over the last 12 months.

    Taxi fares and public transport have gone up about 40%

    Health Insurance up by 30%

    The rental apartment we just moved out of is now being rented for 30% more

    1 ltr beer up by 40%

    It’s still very reasonable by US or EU standards but creeping up steadily

  3. By Katie on Sep 16, 2008

    Hi Jamie,

    When you gave the price for your health insurance, I’m assuming that’s what you pay per month?

  4. By Patagonia on Sep 16, 2008

    QR, yes, prices are rising, but I think that is true globally.

    Katie, yes those prices are monthly.

    Suerte, Jamie

  5. By Klemen on Oct 9, 2008

    ola! one q: how much does (for example) a steak cost in a restaurant (average), how mush do you pay for a bottle of beer and wine?
    tnx in advance, klemen

  6. By Patagonia on Oct 9, 2008

    Klemen, I just got back from a world class steak experience with a great bottle of wine, salad, desert, etc and it was about US$65 for 3 of us. Suerte, Jamie

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