I have been offered a job in St. Michael, Barbados. I have never been and was wondering what its like and what the cost of living is?
Where is a good place to rent a house?
How much is rent for a 3 bdrm house?
How much is food/utilities/phone/etc.?
Thanks for your help!
I have been to many financial seminars so shop very wisely.
Groceries should be bought as near to the city as possible. If you do not mind shopping where the poor people shop which is in Popular Supermarket in Spry Street or Spooners Hill. They has the cheapest groceries, Additionally Cosmetics or toiletries and some groceries should be bought from Cherish on Swan Street. The lines there are always long.
Anywhere is a good place to rent a house but you might feel more comfortable living in certain areas depending on your background. You did not stay where you are coming from. Then again it is where the houses are available and the cost. You might not necessarily get a house but an apartment. I guess you want it furnished. Would you have a vehicle or would you be utilizing the bus service.which is 1.50? You might also want to be as near as possible to your work place to cut down on the cost and time traveling.
I am not seeing much 3-bedroom houses mostly 1 and 2 bed apartments.Some of the 3′s are a distance away but with one bus drive. Coming down on mornings can and will be a hustle.There are some from 55.00 Bbds for a 1 bed per night up 275.00 short-term. You might pay less for long-term. The US$ is 2 to one to the Barbados dollar so a house for $2200 is US$1100. In the more upscale areas it is up to $2200 or more depending. The prices can vary. Check out www.nationnews.com for some. Also cariblist.com which have the more expensive ones.
Look in the paper on naionnews.com because the ones I tell you about might go but you will have an idea of the prices, places and types.
Basic phone is about 59.56 but if you want internet(ADSL) it is about $60.00 more.
My light bill came in for 153.52 using 322 kwh with the meter reading 8987. The energy was 61.00 and the energy was 75.70. This is the most that I have paid for electricity. Your charges MIGHT be included in your rent so you should ask a question.
My water is only 23.62 but yours will be included in your rent.
Your cable might or might not come with your rent.
The basic rates here are 65.00 for STV and about $80-90.00 (not sure) or so for Direct TV.
Gas might be included in your rent but it can be about 23 or so depending on the use.
Depending on what you want to eat can be very expensive. I go into the market and but lots of fish which is about 6.50 per pound now. Whole fish is cheaper providing it is in season. Flying fish can be very cheap depending on the season. Right now it is $12 for a pack of 10 ready-boned. Normally in season you can get a 100 for about $20 not boned. That is the time to buy them and store them for times like now. I like to cook fish since it it faster to cook and will not use much gas. Market on Saturdays for vegs since it is far cheaper than some supermarkets or to the farmer’s market. I tend to go to the wholesalers and lots of stuff at the wholesale price. SBI Distributors for my rice which is about $23 for 20 lbs of rice, Nescafe and Milo is cheap. Hanschell Inniss for my hot dogs, hamburgers, some tin stuff, insect spray etc. One can get discount there. 2 kg Cheese at Brydens for about $31 and change.
These veg prices change all the time so browse around. Cucumbers 1 per pound, sweet peppers 5 for the mixed colours and 3 for the green, sweet potato is now 2.50, yams about $2, cassava the same, carrots about 4, cabbage 3 per lb, fresh herbs 1 each, etc.
English potatoes at Hill is cheap, onions is about 2.73 per kg (best price around) at Hill Supermarket on Roebuck Street. You can buy a bag for about $16 to last a long time.
I shop around to get the best prices.
I scarcely buy chicken because it is so expensive and all it has is a lot of fat. You can buy mince beef along with meaties (small meat balls) very cheap from H. Jason Jones on Fontabelle. They also sell beef as well.
I tend not to buy expensive fruits like strawberries, cherries from abroad etc. occasionally I indulge.
Avoid eating out regularly from fast-food outlets because it can be expensive for eg. buying 2 pieces of chicken, fries, a roll with a soda can be about $13. Sometimes you can pay about $3 or 4 just for a small( and I mean real small) potion of fries when a pound of potatoes can be bought for less than a dollar. If you can afford it then it is ok. If you eat in restaurants like the Cliff, Champers, Savannah Hotel can be very expensive.
Bring along your toiletries to last for a while.
Anything I forget that you want to know just let me know.
Hope this helps.