A question I am asked continuously is, “can I live in Uruguay for USD x… per month?” or, “can I live a comfortable lifestyle for USD..x per month?” This is an impossible question to answer outright, for several reasons. Your idea of a comfortable lifestyle and mine may be vastly different, i.e. the house you buy or rent, the car you buy and have to maintain, the shops you frequent, your grocery list etc. and all the other daily living expenses.
I often hear the comment, “but Uruguay isn’t cheap!”, my response, “well, who said it was?” So the best way to go about finding answers to these questions is to do some research.
Firstly make a list of monthly expenses i.e. internet, telephone and or cell phone, cable TV, water & electricity, rent, medical insurance, fuel and whatever else you can think of, that would make your life comfortable.
Then go and visit these links I have attached where you can get accurate up to date information of the basic services and even the cost of groceries. Also, have a look at houses both for rent and for sale, and visit car dealership sites to get an idea of the cost of cars.
After completing this exercise you will have a far better understanding of what to expect. Antel, is the national telecommunications company. Here you can see the various options such as fixed landline, fibre optic, cellular contracts ADSL and 4G (soon to be 5G) plans.
For other options internet and cellular contracts you can also have a look at Moviestar and Claro, two independent service providers.
UTE, they supply electricity. Follow the link to their site to get a better understanding about the electricity supply in Uruguay. Electricity here is generated by hydroelectric plants as well as windmills and solar panels.
OSE supplies us with potable water.
Gallito, this is an online Classified Ads section of the local newspaper called El Pais. Here you can find property for rent and for sale, cars, job listings and much more.
Tienda Inglesa, a popular grocery store with their entire inventory online. They sell not only groceries but also laptops, computers, cameras, furniture and appliances.
Buscandocasa, is a real estate listing company.
Direct TV – for your Satellite TV connection and Montecable for cable TV.
There are many more, too many to list here exept maybe I should add Mercado Libre which is one the largest inline search Engines in Latin America. Here you can find just about anything. if you any other questions or specials requests please feel free to leave me a comment and I will respond as soon as possible.
Thanks for reading the article, and I hope you find the info useful! If so please feel free to share it with your friends.
until next time…….
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