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    Living costs?

    I've tried in vain to find a comprehensible overview of Russian (Moscow, Piter) living costs. Does anybody know anything about this?
    Сюда нужно смотреть. И слушать, что я говорю.

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    It all depends on what is your standard of living.
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    I am curious about this as well, though in slightly different circumstances. I will be living with a host family for a year, most likely not in Moscow or Petersburg (my exchange program regularly sends kids to Siberia). What is a reasonable estimate on general expenses (meals, toiletries, etc.) for a month? Is USD150 enough to get by, or do I need more? I don't have to pay for housing, so this isn't a problem.
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    USD150 per day is better

    I think USD150 per month is not enough

    Consider USD200 at least if you should buy all meals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wowik
    USD150 per day is better

    I think USD150 per month is not enough

    Consider USD200 at least if you should buy all meals
    In Petersburg I spent about $400/month
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    I've been trying to figure this out from a "room and board provided" point of view for a while... Think of it as buying a beer in a big city (say $5) or out in the sticks (say $2). I was figuring $50 a week in a small Russian city. I was chatting with my sponsor today and she told me she doesn't eat much meat because it is expensive. R170/Kg. = $3/Lb. for beef... I was floored... That's boneless chuck roast on sale this week, about the cheapest cut of beef I'd buy (too much time slow roasting / pressure cooking). I'm leaning towards $75 a week now, but I smoke, love good food and drink beer.
    A bit of plastic in the wallet too, but I'm told it's not as easy to use as in the US. That might be a GOOD thing, I spent as much eating out while Xmas shopping as I did on gifts...
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    American brands of anything are expensive here. So if you smoke it will cost you (cheap Russian smokes will cost you your health). Beer is cheap at the stores, 34-40 rub per 1.5 liter bottle, but $2 a pint at cafes. In winter all fresh vegies, fruits and meats are Beverly Hills prices.
    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB
    34-40 rub per 1.5 liter bottle
    Фу, какая гадость!
    34-40 rub per 0.5 liter bottle is better, but I prefer 60-90 rub per 0.5 if I drink alone

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB
    American brands of anything are expensive here. So if you smoke it will cost you (cheap Russian smokes will cost you your health). Beer is cheap at the stores, 34-40 rub per 1.5 liter bottle, but $2 a pint at cafes. In winter all fresh vegies, fruits and meats are Beverly Hills prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB
    So if you smoke it will cost you (cheap Russian smokes will cost you your health).
    Did they in America invent some smokes that are good for health??! Tell me, tell me pleeeeeeeeeezzz! I want to start saving my health as fast as possible!

    Please, correct my mistakes, except for the cases I misspell something on purpose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basil77
    Quote Originally Posted by JB
    So if you smoke it will cost you (cheap Russian smokes will cost you your health).
    Did they in America invent some smokes that are good for health??! Tell me, tell me pleeeeeeeeeezzz! I want to start saving my health as fast as possible!



    Me too me too!

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    I'm still here in Dmitrov but it's a long walk to the computer cafe...... Of course after I get here the computers frequenly crash........
    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

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    Hey, at least you have a computer cafe!
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    I thought of this thread today when I was at the check-out counter of the grocery store. $111, I got alot of stuff, but no meat, well, 2 chickens and 2 pounds of fish.

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    Good smoke, tons of nicotine, the "crack" of cigarettes
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB
    I'm still here in Dmitrov but it's a long walk to the computer cafe...... Of course after I get here the computers frequenly crash........
    And I'm still here too (close to Dmitrov (not in Mosow, much closer!), having internet line at my home for a very small price and waiting the recipe of the health-saving smokes!
    Please, correct my mistakes, except for the cases I misspell something on purpose!

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    Hmm, my English gets worse every day! Didn't mean to imply that cigarettes were available in a "healthy" form, but that Russian cigs will kill you a lot faster than American ones due to the lack of controls over the processing (scary chemicals).

    Now that I'm back in Calif on a visa run I am in shock over the grocery bill........beer at $6 + for a six pack of tasteless colored water.
    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

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