Chile – Budget

Chile – Budget

Living Costs in La Serena, Chile

Despite its many advantages (including the relatively low cost of real estate), Chile is not the cheapest option around for retiree expats. But all the expats I spoke with feel that Chile offers great value and that, well…you get what you pay for. At the end of the day, Chile offers a near-First World lifestyle for less overall than you’d pay in North America or Europe.

Many basic goods, such as groceries and some household expenses, cost about the same in the U.S. and in Chile. Eating out in a decent restaurant in La Serena runs US$20 to US$25 per person, including wine. Medical care costs less than in the U.S: A doctor’s visit runs US$60 to US$80, though several expats mentioned that the quality of care for both medical and dental work is not as high as that in the U.S. Health insurance is also scarce (BUPA International was the insurer mentioned most often.)

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In La Serena, Chile

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Rent CLP 417,511
Gas N/A Included with electricity.
Electricity CLP 86,484
Water N/A Included with electricity.
Telephone N/A Included with cable TV.
Internet N/A Included with cable TV.
Cable TV CLP 77,537
Groceries CLP 342,956
Entertainment CLP 238,686
Total CLP 1,163,174

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Chile – Budget

Living Costs in La Serena, Chile

Despite its many advantages (including the relatively low cost of real estate), Chile is not the cheapest option around for retiree expats. But all the expats I spoke with feel that Chile offers great value and that, well…you get what you pay for. At the end of the day, Chile offers a near-First World lifestyle for less overall than you’d pay in North America or Europe.

Many basic goods, such as groceries and some household expenses, cost about the same in the U.S. and in Chile. Eating out in a decent restaurant in La Serena runs US$20 to US$25 per person, including wine. Medical care costs less than in the U.S: A doctor’s visit runs US$60 to US$80, though several expats mentioned that the quality of care for both medical and dental work is not as high as that in the U.S. Health insurance is also scarce (BUPA International was the insurer mentioned most often.)

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In La Serena, Chile

Click here for currency conversion at today’s exchange rate.

Rent CLP 417,511
Gas N/A Included with electricity.
Electricity CLP 86,484
Water N/A Included with electricity.
Telephone N/A Included with cable TV.
Internet N/A Included with cable TV.
Cable TV CLP 77,537
Groceries CLP 342,956
Entertainment CLP 238,686
Total CLP 1,163,174