What It Costs to Live in Eastern Europe - This Is Trouble

What It Costs to Live in Eastern Europe

“Kyle, how much does it REALLY cost to live in Eastern Europe?”

A question I get about every day.

So, I’ve done the liberty of breaking my own expenses down.

1. Apartment

My apartment costs $1,200 a month with all utilities (no internet). This is an absurd price for Eastern Europe. It’s city center, 85 square meters, 3 rooms, and has a panoramic view of a stunning square and church. There are no buildings in front of it so I have full natural light.

It’s also my home office, so take that with a grain of salt when you factor in the price.

I can be on the metro platform in 3 minutes from my front door, and to a major tram/bus line in 30 seconds.

But, an average “bachelor setup” here would be about $600-800.

2. Transit

I don’t have a car, it would be silly given how central I am.

I pay $12/month for unlimited metro, tram, and bus rides, it gets me anywhere I need in the city within 45 minutes (and it’s rare I ever need to go that far).

I take the occasional Uber, too.

Round up to $30.

3. Food

I eat out fairly often because I like to get out of the home in the evening.

For 2 people, it’s common for me to spend $30-35. I usually do this twice a week, maybe 3.

So $100/week to eat out, $400/month.

(I’d also classify this as “entertainment).

I also spend roughly another ~$50/week at the grocery store (two people), $200 a month.

Grocery store items:

  • 1lb ground beef or chicken: $3
  • 18 large eggs: $3
  • 1 beer: $1
  • 200g quality cheese: $1-2
  • Produce is cheap

I also shop at the farmer’s market a few days a week.

4. Basics

Gym membership: $30/m

Phone: $10/m

Internet: $30/m

Total for apartment, transit, and food/necessities is so far about ~$1,900.

5. Entertainment

Kinda depends what I’m doing.

I play on softball & basketball teams which have fees.

I go and bet on the ponies.

Occasional movie.

Pop a bottle once in a while.

Overall, it’s not more than $250-400 a month.

(Doesn’t count when I travel to places like Sofia or Belgrade for kicks.)

Conclusion About Expenses:

  • Rent: $1,200
  • Transit: $30
  • Food: $600 ($400 out, $200 stores)
  • Miscellaneous Necessities: $70
  • Entertainment: $400

Overall: $2,300

And honestly, that’s really everything up and probably exaggerating the entertainment costs.

Moving on…

If you manage to move abroad and make it, in a cheap country…the motivation can be hard to find.

Here’s why:

Really, I’m not careful with my money at all. I just spend what I please, buy some luxury stuff once in a while, but for the most part I’m a pretty simple man who enjoys simple pleasures in life.

  • But, I’d love to pay extra money to skip past the old grandmas in line at the grocery store who take 10 minutes to bag their shit.
  • I’d love to pay extra to make visas and general paperwork hassles go away.
  • I’d love to pay extra to get places in the city faster, but it’s often less time effective to take an Uber than public transit.

See the problem?

I can’t spend money to improve my quality of life much more. I already live in a massive apartment, with huge windows, ceilings, and more space than 99% of Europeans probably have. I already live in one of the most central areas possible. I have blackout curtains in my room for good sleep. I love the gym I go to. I go out whenever and to wherever I want.

And yet, I spend roughly $2,300 a month, I calculated.

There is nothing I can really think of that I could spend money on that would improve my life much.

Dilemmas, dilemmas.

Good problems to have, I suppose.

But, let me bring this to my final point:

Making five figures and above in second or third world countries will only get you so far. I’m not saying you should stop and not work, but at a certain point, money really doesn’t buy you that much more life. It’s sort of depressing to figure this out, but it’s definitely a reality check you’ll encounter if you’re living abroad and building a business.


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