Can you afford to live in Chile????

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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby jamie_m » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:00 pm

Grocery prices are up there but property and services are cheaper than most of us know. Markets are always good for veges etc.

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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby aassddff » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:57 pm

jamie_m wrote:Grocery prices are up there but property and services are cheaper than most of us know. Markets are always good for veges etc.


Unskilled labor prices are close to zero, so I would guess services to be cheap.

I don't get the prices for groceries in Chile though.

I live in Sweden, and even in this socialist country where workers earn 5x what they do in Chile, grocery prices ARE LOWER.

I can even buy imported goods from Chile that are only marginally more expensive than what they are in Chile. But they are worth the higher price, because the products are export grade, unlike what is sold within Chile.

I have family that farm in Chile, and I know that they are making killer profits, so it's not as if prices couldn't be lower. I don't get it.

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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby frozen-north » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:04 pm

aassddff wrote:
I don't get the prices for groceries in Chile though.

I live in Sweden, and even in this socialist country where workers earn 5x what they do in Chile, grocery prices ARE LOWER.

I can even buy imported goods from Chile that are only marginally more expensive than what they are in Chile. But they are worth the higher price, because the products are export grade, unlike what is sold within Chile.



Because producers are mainly producing for foreign markets? If Chileans can't afford it, it is not their problem? Chileans get what can not be exported?


En Centroamérica ....la mitad de la producción vendida por Walmart es importada, la mayoría de grandes granjas en Chile.

http://www.grain.org/es/article/entries ... e-la-gente



(In Cetral America .... half of the vegetables/fruits sold by Walmart is imported, most of it from Chilean farms)

Some time in the 1980s Chile was exporting chickens, but there were no chickens in Chilean markets.

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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby tombrad2 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:55 pm

Many years ago I had an ambitious idea about to build a comprehensive page with cost of linving in Arica, my hometown. To do it I was to some supermarkets and registred as many prices as possible, same with cost of transportation, basic services and so on. All those prices has remained pretty much the same up today. But with the mining boom, the cost of housing sky rocketed, so as rent as real estate, an ugly home here in Arica cost more than a nice apartment in almost any city in the US, the price of my home grew from some US$ 30k to over 80K and rents rose accordingly. I think that housing -at least in Arica- has made our city a place quite expensive to move
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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby eeuunikkeiexpat » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:00 am

tombrad,

Welcome Back. Not may old timers still posting as you know (El P, etc.).

Many current forum users probably are not familiar with your long time generous posts helping travelers and expats.

Your input is greatly missed.
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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby tombrad2 » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:24 am

:D Thank you eeuunikeiexpat and hello, I wondered if my user/pass still lived, it was! nice to read all of you after a long time :mrgreen:
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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby eeuunikkeiexpat » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:32 am

If there was a "golden age" of the forum, you were part of it. :D

Not many disruptors now, so feel free to post. 8)
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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby tombrad2 » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:54 am

Yea, I´m back again, and hola to admin Spencer and all other forum dinosaurs
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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby rocksana » Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:32 am

aassddff wrote:I don't get the prices for groceries in Chile though.
I live in Sweden, and even in this socialist country where workers earn 5x what they do in Chile, grocery prices ARE LOWER.
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Noooo, I disagree a bit. Maybe you are thinking about dairy products. In my opinion, both in Sweden and in Finland milk and cheese are ridiculously cheap. I think milk products are subsidized there? just my guess, because in Norway it's like double the price. Otherwise The rest of the products are quite expensive; an average grocery basket is more expensive at LIDL than Jumbo, I would say... (ahh also depends on the euro/peso relation of course, or krone/peso). And one more factor that I have observed affects my wallet a lot, is whether I am determined to stick to my usual diet wherever i go, or whether I am willing to switch to other products that are locally more common and affordable. For example rye bread is kind of mandatory to have in Finland and it's usually the cheapest, while if you try that in Chile maybe you find it as a delicatessen or something, as chileans like their marraquetas and other white breads. Another example is buckwheat. I learned to eat it in Russia where it is an everyday thing, and i freaking love it (plus it's ridiculously cheap), but it is almost unheard of in Chile, in fact I read last year that one 'entrepreneur' started bringing buckwheat, and I think it sells like at 3000/kilo, absurd...


In Chile yes, I think the grocery store chains can be quite abusive. But it's not like you NEED to go shopping there, it is just more convenient. Also you can always buy bulk (quite inconvenient). Overall I find Chile quite expensive, food wise, if you only buy from grocery stores, but you can always find really good prices and better quality if you go to the markets instead of the grocery store.

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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby Magnyz » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:02 pm

I think milk products are subsidized there?

In Sweden (and most likely Finland) there are no subsidies. It's the competition which is pretty intense as I understand it.

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Re: Can you afford to live in Chile????

Postby HybridAmbassador » Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:23 pm

Don't know if living affordably in Chile but. When I was last visiting mi gran Amigo EEUU down there in Llolleo~San Antonio area, I was lodged in a somewhat called the Alhambra Hotel?

The morning before I was checking out, the Hotel manager told us to have a Chilean styled breakfast on the house. There they served fresh bread with the meal.
Suddenly noticed other guests taking the inner dough from that bread and only eating the outside crust. Seeing this
peculiar ways, couldn't resist but to asking to the party next to our table as to why the dough discarding?

The caballero at the table said, los pobres comen la masas, nosotros solo comemos por de fuera.! Literally translated:
poor people eats the dough, we only eat the outside crusts.!! I said to him, entonces you soy pobre, me gusta la masa
del pan...He said, ah pero ustedes son extranjeros..!? Why is that, do you all Chile living expats picked this custom up ??
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