Tuesday, 12 January 2010
How much does living here cost?
Now that I've been here for more than 12 months, how far off target was I?
Well, as I pay for everything in India with cash, it's easy enough to add up the ATM cash withdrawals, but being careful not to include any donations which are just passing through my account. While in the UK I used both my direct debit card and my credit card - slightly more tricky as I also use the credit card for any on-line shopping - eg present buying. Still, I've waded through the statements and the end result is...
£ 761 for two return flights
£ 1,233 for my time in UK (6wks)
£ 2,467 for everything in India (46wks)
Now I reckon that's not bad!
My expenses in the UK were a little more than I'd budgeted for but that target was just a guess. It doesn't include any accommodation expenses because family and friends have very kindly put me up.
The flights were less than predicted but then they are so variable anyway - tomorrow they could be more.
I'd based my predicted India living expenses on experience of holidaying here in 2007. Sight-seeing trips and entertainment didn't really happen so that partly accounts for being within budget. That and luck.
All in all I'm pleased to say the £5k/pa figure is just about spot on!