Is it cheaper to live in Spain?

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09 Oct 2006 12:00 AM by EOS Team Star rating in In Spain of course!. 4015 posts Send private message

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I would say it is no cheaper to live in Spain than in the UK as what you save on some things you spend on others. Our food shopping bill is slightly cheaper as we use Mercadona supermarket which I think is much cheaper than Carrefour and Supersol. However, we spend much more on eating out now as the seafood is so great. So, what's your experience, do you spend less living in Spain?

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22 Oct 2006 11:47 AM by murf Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

I Stayed in South west Spain for the first six months of 2006 and can say that after a couple of weeks to find my feet, knowing were to go, etc I definitely found it a cheaper cost of living by about 15-20% to the UK



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22 Oct 2006 5:31 PM by JPD Star rating in Hull, East Yorkshire.... 391 posts Send private message

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What about actual cost of living as in utility bills and tax etc? Surely, it's cheaper than living here in the UK? We were hoping anyway! Fuel is cheaper for a start!



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23 Oct 2006 4:06 PM by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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Mercadona probably is cheaper than the others but if you go to the local markets for fresh produce you can find things cheaper still particularly fruit and veg. The problem is that what one saves on the swing one tends to spend on the roundabout. Because there is such a variety of places to eat out and they are much more reasonable than the UK one tends to eat out more often (or have coffee or a beer ................thats probably the reason most of us have decided to live here anyway isnt it) and thus you dont actually find it cheaper to live here at all! At least it isnt going into Mr Browns pocket!

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01 Dec 2006 6:44 PM by JeansSis Star rating. 2376 posts Send private message

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03 Dec 2006 8:08 AM by marciae Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

hola, i am off to spain for a month in january,house hunting.........

i would be grateful to any one who could give me a good guide to the cost of living in spain

to include running a car

telephone rental

broadband internet

as well as the usual utility bills

many thanks




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03 Dec 2006 9:53 PM by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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The question is too general to answer as it depends on size of property etc - some things cost more here and some things less. If you need a generalisation work on the basis that whatever it costs you to live in pounds in the UK will be about the same number of Euros here. Very very sweeping but yours is a very general question and it can cost more than you think it will.

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05 Dec 2006 4:45 PM by Trisha Star rating. 10 posts Send private message

Personally I do not find it cheaper to live in Spain than in the UK. As Smiley and Justin say you end up with a far busier social life automatically costing you more money. Enjoyable but not cheap!!

Certain things of course are cheaper, Council tax versus IBI/Basura phenomenal savings. Fuel cheaper. Gas and electric, well you can use far more than you expect what with aircon in summer and heating in winter. (Marble floors etc make for cold housing) Telephone more expensive, broadband more expensive.

Food bills some things cheaper some things more expensive. And to make savings you have to go all over the place getting things from different shops and markets. Also forget buying British brands of anything you will pay twice the price.

I think its easier to work out for a pensioner, if you can afford to live in the UK and you move to Spain adopting the same way of life that you had in the UK then you will likely be better off. For a family or younger people that need to find work, its a completely different story. And if you do have to work then the tax rate is higher in Spain and the  tax allowances lower, and the wages way lower.




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25 Feb 2007 5:17 PM by Jerry Star rating. 74 posts Send private message

Car rental is an important cost. Tried EOS recently for "cheapest quote" and it was until I looked for a second driver - E65. not impressed. Got it included on a different website.



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25 Feb 2007 7:39 PM by jillb Star rating in bury st edmunds/Loma.... 52 posts Send private message

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Trish said:

'And if you do have to work then the tax rate is higher in Spain and the  tax allowances lower, and the wages way lower'

can anyone tell me what the tax rate is?

Thanks

Jill




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25 Feb 2007 8:31 PM by bobaol Star rating. 2256 posts Send private message

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Rough guide to income tax rates in Spain:

Portion of income Spain tax rate Provincial tax rate
First 4000€ 15% 3%
4000€ - 13.000€ 20% 4%
13.000€ - 25.000€ 24% 5%
25.000€ - 40.000€ 31% 6%
40.000€ - 67.000€ 38% 7%
The portion above 67.000€ 40% 8%

In other words, if you make 20.000€, the first 4000€ are taxed at 18%, the next 9000€ is charged at 24%, and the last 7000€ is charged at 29%.

The provincial tax rate is only a guide. Some autonomous communities have different rates.

If you continue to pay tax in UK on, for example, pensions, you will not have to pay tax in Spain.

You can transfer your tax liability to Spain by using form E101 (transfer of tax liability) if you think you will benefit from this but please note that, unlike UK, there is no tax threshold below which you don't pay tax. 

UK bands are as follows

Taxable Bands

Taxable Bands Allowances

2005-06 (£)

2006-07 (£)

Starting rate 10%

0 - 2,090

0 - 2,150

Basic rate 22%

2,091 - 32,400

2,151 - 33,300

Higher rate 40%

over 32,400

over 33,300

As a comparison, if I get £15,000 pension from UK sources, I would pay £2867 in tax.  If I transfer my tax liability to Spain I would pay €5635 or £3,807.

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25 Feb 2007 8:45 PM by jillb Star rating in bury st edmunds/Loma.... 52 posts Send private message

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Thanks Boboal,

dont know why, but always thought tax was less in Spain,

 

Jill




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25 Feb 2007 11:24 PM by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4545 posts Send private message

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jillb said: "dont know why, but always thought tax was less in Spain" - maybe because avoiding taxes is a National passtime here. Have a read of all the threads discussing black money in property transactions.

Smiley said: "whatever it costs you to live in pounds in the UK will be about the same number of Euros here." I would tend to agree with him (as I usually do).

Trisha said: "Personally I do not find it cheaper to live in Spain than in the UK." Where the hell in the UK do you live, Trisha? maybe I'll move back! How much was your last rates bill?

Marciae, running a car is cheaper. Insurance may be comparable, but road tax is far less and fuel is cheaper. A telephone line and ADSL should cost around about 50 or 60 euros a month, phone calls can be very cheap or free depending on your provider (get SKYPE, it's free to other SKYPE users and almost nothing to landlines anywhere else in the world). Electricity is about the only thing I can think of that is dearer than UK. If you do choose to socialise and dine out, it's certainly far cheaper, but of course, if you decide to live a different lifestyle to that which you had in the UK and do it far more frequently, well then you're comparing apples & pears. There's a distinct difference between "cost of living", and how much you actually spend!


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25 Feb 2007 11:38 PM by FibbyUK Star rating in UK, Surrey & Playa F.... 2349 posts Send private message

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Roberto,

You are so right all of the time!

Why didn't I find you when I chose a husband?!

Yes, it IS cheaper to live in Spain!

In the UK, I pay £165 per month in Council Tax....................................in Spain?

€97 per year, no contest!

Plus, the food is so much cheaper, can we buy fresh fish at such low prices?

No, and the rest of the daily living expenses are so much lower too, give me Spanish prices every time!

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26 Feb 2007 8:17 PM by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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Whats he got that I havent except a prettier Avatar?

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26 Feb 2007 8:56 PM by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4545 posts Send private message

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Wouldn't you like to know? Now, back to subject. How cheap are you? I mean, how cheap are you in Spain. No, sorry, I mean how cheap is it for you in Spain.....is it for you to LIVE in Spain, I mean. Oh, never mind.......

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26 Feb 2007 9:11 PM by JeansSis Star rating. 2376 posts Send private message

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26 Feb 2007 11:54 PM by FibbyUK Star rating in UK, Surrey & Playa F.... 2349 posts Send private message

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Cheap in Spain?

Bring it back to the UK and be cheap here too!

We are seasoned travellers now, out with empty suitcases, back with full!

Goodness knows what customs would think of us if we were stopped, we bring back so much better quality food & wine, I need a bigger cool bag!

Smiley, I love Roberto's avatar, a man that gives that silly shake of his head, how can I resist, yours? Well, the teethe look a bit scary, don't fancy them wrapped around my lips...................


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27 Feb 2007 4:05 PM by bobaol Star rating. 2256 posts Send private message

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You mentioned the council tax in UK (mine has gone up to £1200 this years - that's around €1750)

I've just had my water rates bill for the year, £319 (€470), gas and Electricy have gone up to £64 a month (almost €1300 a year), plus road tax gone up, TV licence gone up (my God, I could go on and on).

Yes, booze and fags are cheaper in Spain but so are the good things, like fruit, veg, cheese etc.  As an example, I bought 8 slices of Serrano ham in Mercadona for 61 cents.  In Tescos, 8 slices was £1.99 and that was on special offer.

 




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27 Feb 2007 7:08 PM by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4545 posts Send private message

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Wages are definitely lower, and taxes may be higher, so of course it stands to reason that most things are cheaper here - otherwise all the locals would be skint!

Climate also plays a role in keeping cost of living down. Apart from lower fuel bills (unless you spend all summer indoors with the A/C cranked up, in which case you shouldn't be here), you need far fewer clothes. Unless of course like Smiley, you have to keep two seperate wardrobes........


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