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Old 2nd October 2011, 06:08 PM
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I am 72 year female with a small dog and want to retire in Greece, or at least I think I do, since I live on a fixed income of $1,300 a month. Do you think this would be possible to rent a small apartment in El Hierro or maybe some other place in Greece. I visited there in 1980's and fell in love and now I am in a position to move there. It is getting impossible to afford to continue living in the United States.
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There are Seven large islands, Lanzarote, Fuertventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and last but not least El Hierro, where I live.

All the islands are completely unique and very diverse, from the arid sun baked Eastern Isles of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, to the three lush green western Isles of La Palma, Gomera and Hierro. Tenerife and Gran Canaria are mini continents with dry southern areas, where the tourist resorts are, to green northern areas. Myself I have a liking for all of the islands.

The cost of living here is cheaper than Spain, our purchase tax is only 5%.

The climate here is wonderful, described in ancient times as the Fortunate Isles with a climate of eternal springtime. I do not need any heating in my house and I live 650 metres above the Ocean, yesterday people were swimming in the Atlantic. I wore shorts and T shirt over Christmas.

The down side is we are somewhat isolated compared with Spain.

See the link below for Photos of where I live

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I answered this post on the other thread where you posted it. However, there you said $1400/month - $1300/month is less than €1000. It's not a lot of money! You will want to think carefully about where you live. In some places you can get an apartment for as low as €150/month, in other places you won't find anything below €400.

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Depends on the lifestyle ... I can live quite nicely as single person on 700 a month.. pay 280 for rent, be careful with your utilities, and the transport costs are still lower than rest of Europe and North America!
If you want to smoke, drive, go out to clubs and theaters, like to indulge in retail therapy etc etc then 1000 a month isnt going to go as far... but many of us live on much less, quite happily.
One of the blessings of retirement (or unemployment) is that you have the time to shop carefully, find the bargains, be flexible for cheap flights, and not need the fast lifestyle of convenience foods and taxis! With a month bus pass for 20€, you can travel quite far, and pets can go on tram (if in a carrier).
If in good health - bicycles are becoming popular around the city now too!
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TY for your quick response and I really appreciate the info. I am assuming that you are speaking about living in Athens where you live.

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Depends on the lifestyle ... I can live quite nicely as single person on 700 a month.. pay 280 for rent, be careful with your utilities, and the transport costs are still lower than rest of Europe and North America!
If you want to smoke, drive, go out to clubs and theaters, like to indulge in retail therapy etc etc then 1000 a month isnt going to go as far... but many of us live on much less, quite happily.
One of the blessings of retirement (or unemployment) is that you have the time to shop carefully, find the bargains, be flexible for cheap flights, and not need the fast lifestyle of convenience foods and taxis! With a month bus pass for 20, you can travel quite far, and pets can go on tram (if in a carrier).
If in good health - bicycles are becoming popular around the city now too!
Good luck Marlenedel

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I think that you will be just fine with that income. I lived in Thessaloniki with monthly scholarship of only 400 ; of course - it IS different when you're a student, you share a flat, have part-time job, you don't ask for much of a comfort in life
Still, I think in a city such as Salonika, you might find a single room flat for about 300 , count let's say 500 for food (I mean, you're on your own, you don't need that much), and with the rest you will cover bills and a few coffees by the sea.
Good luck!

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500€... for food? I spend about 40€ a week for two people... often less... thats about 150 a month - did you out a lot Akay? We eat seasonally... go to the leiki before it closes... eat small amounts of meat or fish, buy our bread from the local bakeries, and cook economical Greek dishes.

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hehe I had the same reaction but didn't want to say anything in case I'm super cheap! For two people, I spend around €30-40/week. We're vegetarians, though.

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Yikes, I spend about $30 USD for food now.....LOL and that includes the doggie!!!!

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hehe I had the same reaction but didn't want to say anything in case I'm super cheap! For two people, I spend around 30-40/week. We're vegetarians, though.

No youre absolutely not 'cheap' - its one of the few things that are still a bargain in Greece - the fresh fruit and veg - and is a real delight for vegetarians I would think!
Its also amazing how much free food can be found - this year we found trees with kumquats, figs, mulberry, and pomegranate... and I think I know where I can find limes...
My friends and I make jam and marmalade, and I just made chutney this weekend.
Marlenedel might find that out of the city she can get other foods even cheaper than I do in Athens.
Damn, if I had 500 a month for food, Id be indulging in seafood and eating out 2 times a week!

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Yes! I love to compare food prices with what my mom pays in the US. She pays $3/pound for tomatoes, I pay $0.19/pound for tomatoes (adjusted for exchange rate and kg/lb conversion)! Many things (like gasoline...) are a lot more expensive in Greece, but produce and regular groceries are affordable. So, Marlene, if you shop carefully, you will probably be just fine on $80/month for one person (more if you eat meat regularly - meat is much more expensive than in the US).

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