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hecate 12th July 2010 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by tpebop (Post 332812)
hecate. maybe you should move here to Rhodes.Petrol is @ most 1.58 , the cheapest is 1.45 . Coffee is 2

Lucky you, but wait a while - that second VAT increase just took effect and is only beginning to trickle down. Those 2E/litre petrol prices are projections by the economists, other prices are as reported from over half a dozen islands. Depends where on Rodos, of course...you're away from the center of things in Kalithies. What about food prices there?
Cheers, H

KathyK 12th July 2010 11:28 AM

Further to some recently added posts. Not sure of the cost of petrol here, other than it has gone up alot the past few months. Coffee (Nescafe) here is anything from 1.30 euros to 2.50 euros (overlooking the harbour price compared with back street price) and there are some marvellous "off the beaten track" tavernas, many open all year, where you can still eat the most delicious Greek food and at extremely reasonable prices! Greek coffee is around 1 euro most places. Soft drinks in tavernas once again from 1.30 to 2 euros each. Sometimes if there are problems with ferries food runs a bit low, but we have never had to panic yet. Try it here, the Dutch on this island seem to love living in Greece and most have bought houses. Very few English where we live but a few have been here for about 16 years. Thanks for the kind comment on my post hecate!!

hecate 12th July 2010 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by KathyK (Post 332871)
Further to some recently added posts. Not sure of the cost of petrol here, other than it has gone up alot the past few months........ Thanks for the kind comment on my post hecate!!

You're welcome Kathy.

Re the prices you and tepbob mention: does the receipt for that 1.50 cup of Greek coffee include 11% FPA? Or 23% tax for the toilet paper and loukaniko you pick up at your local boukaliko? Ditto the receipt from your periptero or gas station or plumber or hairdresser....

You get the point. despite the fact that's the law of the land, business outside the urban areas continues as it always has. I got only a couple of cash register slips when I was last in the islands (a couple of weeks ago), and I don't imagine you're exactly flooded with them. I mention it here because the trickle down process will eventually hit the boonies (our dear leaders are already preparing to tackle "reforming the provinces" after the tourists leave).

But Dorsetknob, if you're still here, I hope none of this dissuades you. The benefits are many, the harsh realities are often easier to face here, and your search for unbiased info ahead of time suggets you'll take the downside in stride.

KathyK 13th July 2010 08:04 AM

We appear to receive receipts from around 99% of the businesses here, whether it's hairdressers, a coffee shop, greengrocer etc so I think they are aware they can get caught out by the visiting taxmen who travel the islands!!! I don't think the petrol stations give receipts at present. Wouldn't like to pass judgement on the much smaller islands though.

hecate 13th July 2010 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by KathyK (Post 333366)
We appear to receive receipts from around 99% of the businesses here, whether it's hairdressers, a coffee shop, greengrocer etc so I think they are aware they can get caught out by the visiting taxmen who travel the islands!!! I don't think the petrol stations give receipts at present. Wouldn't like to pass judgement on the much smaller islands though.

Wow. Lucky you. I'm gobsmacked - just in Zakynthos with Greek friends, and that definitely wasn't the case there. Makes Rodos even more appealing :o

hecate 13th July 2010 02:07 PM

oops. Just saw that "Dodeconese " in your header, Kathy. Am intrigued - are you on Kythera? Hec

KathyK 13th July 2010 02:16 PM

No,we're in the Dodecanese but not Rodos. Don't give too much info over the Internet!!!!

wka 13th July 2010 04:06 PM

If you don't receive a receipt, just ask for one. I ALWAYS ask. I live on a TINY island and always get a receipt. I was in Crete last week and got an official legal receipt from the guy who took my money for the sunlounger on the beach (€2). NEVER leave without a receipt - they all give them now, including petrol stations and farmers' market (laiki). You will need them all next year when you pay your taxes anyway.

KathyK 13th July 2010 05:09 PM

We'll all have to move to bigger houses if we have to keep receipts for things like greengrocers, a couple of cokes at a kiosk etc. !! Big things, yes, we keep them but there's no way anyone can keep every bit of paper. Occasionally we get receipts for sunbeds if we go to another part of the island but that is rare, we have our own beds and umbrellas so that's something we don't do often (pay for sunbeds that is). And I don't think I've received a receipt for the few sunbeds I have used this year. Hopefully the Greeks will start by taxing their own kith and kin before the foreigners. I think maybe the ones paying the taxes are the "foreigners"!!!!

wka 13th July 2010 05:51 PM

Well, I keep, file, and enter ALL receipts into a database (My Money - ????? ??? ?????????? ???, it works well, I can recommend it) and have them all arranged by date in an accordion folder. My husband and I are on a VERY strict budget because his salary was severely reduced thanks to the austerity measures here in Greece so we will have a hard time making the minimum amount. I save all receipts. The smallest one I have is for five cents (an envelope I bought). It doesn't matter how small they are. They add up. Of course if you spend a lot of money anyway, it's easy, I suppose.


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