County Clare, Ireland

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Ireland's Peaceful County Clare

Cost Of Living In County Clare, Ireland

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

ExpenseMonthly CostsNotes
MortgageNot included here as too variable.
HOA Fees€40 to €150HOA fees only in some apartment buildings & golf club residences, never in housing estates.
Property Taxes€8 to €400.18% of value.
Transportation€60 to €220€60 for the bus, though public transport is limited to regular bus runs from towns and some irregular feeder busses from small villages. Having a car is advised.
GasNot available on mains in Clare.
Electricity€80 to €200
Water
Cell Phone€20Includes 20 GB data.
Internet€30Cost bundled with cable starts at €45.
Cable TV€30
Household Help€320One day per week at minimum wage (€10.20 per hour).
Entertainment€330Eating out twice a week at a mid-range, local restaurant: €30.

Local drinks twice a week at a nearby watering hole: €5 to €6 per drink.

Movie theater trip twice a month: €8.

Groceries€240Basic items for a couple.
Gym Membership€80Depends on gym location and type of membership: €60 to €140 per month per couple.
Medical Appointment€50Basic clinic/GP visit.
TOTAL€1,288 to €1,710

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Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

ExpenseMonthly CostsNotes
Rent€800 to €1,400€800 in Ennistymon; €1,400 in Lahinch.
Transportation€60 to €220€60 for the bus, though public transport is limited to regular bus runs from towns and some irregular feeder busses from small villages. Having a car is advised.
GasNot available on mains in Clare.
Electricity€80 to €200
Water
Cell Phone€20Includes 20 GB data.
Internet€30Cost bundled with cable starts at €45.
Cable TV€30
Household Help€320One day per week at minimum wage (€10.20 per hour).
Entertainment€330Eating out twice a week at a mid-range, local restaurant: €30.

Local drinks twice a week at a nearby watering hole: €5 to €6 per drink.

Movie theater trip twice a month: €8.

Groceries€240Basic items for a couple.
Gym Membership€80Depends on gym location and type of membership: €60 to €140 per month per couple.
Medical Appointment€50Basic clinic/GP visit.
TOTAL€2,040 to €2,920

Penny-Pincher’s Budget (Bare Minimum Costs, For A Couple)

ExpenseMonthly CostsNotes
Rent€500Cheapest part of town (still desirable), most basic one-bedroom rental.
Transportation€60Cheapest forms of public transport; assuming a bit less movement.
Gas
Electricity€80
Water
Cell Phone€12
Internet€30
Cable TV
Entertainment€180Low-cost meal for two: €16.

Local drinks: €9.40

Groceries€200All local-brand items only, shopping markets and local vendors along with grocery stores.
TOTAL€1,062

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