One of the most frequent questions people ask us on their way to Cuenca is “What do I need to spend to live well in Cuenca?” Today we’re going to look at the question from another angle – what DON’T you need to spend to live well in Cuenca. Here are four key ways a Cuenca life saves you money:
#1 – Goodbye, Vehicle Expenses!
Most people in Cuenca don’t have a car. They use taxis or take the bus. A bus ride is 25 cents – 12 cents if you are a resident certified senior. Taxis are $1.50 for short rides, and $2 – $3 for longer or rainy day rides. If you spend more than $100 a month in local transport expenses, you’re really getting around!
Compare that to what you might spend at home. There’s the cost of filling up the tank, parking fees, and maintenance expenses. Annual insurance, registration, and vehicles taxes are another pretty penny. When you move to Cuenca, you can leave those expenses behind for good.
#2 – Goodbye, Expensive Healthcare!
Healthcare costs in Cuenca are much lower than comparable care in the US. You can have your teeth cleaned for $25 or less, replace a pair of glasses for under $100, and get your annual physical for less than $250, including bloodwork and X-rays. Most doctors visits are $25 – $35 for an appointment, even for specialists, and regular medications are priced like generics in other countries. Insurance fees are low if you even choose to carry insurance, and most residents quickly connect with an English speaking doctor they can trust to take quality care of them.
Compare that to the situation at home. We know of many new arrivals who have been paying more than $1,000 per month just in insurance premiums, to say nothing of their co-pays, deductibles, and prescription costs. When you move to Cuenca, you can afford the healthcare you want without feeling like you need to ration your medical consumption.
#3 – Goodbye, High Utility Bills!
Basic utilities in Cuenca are extremely affordable. Where we can, we try to have the costs included in the rent, but for those who pay on their own the costs are minimal. Gas for cooking and hot water runs between $6 – $10 monthly, water around $15, and electricity $25 – $50 for a couple.
Compare that to what you’re paying now. Chances are your total monthly bills here in Cuenca will be less than just your electric bill where you’re living now.
#4 – Goodbye, Expensive Nightlife!
If you have a really good night out in Cuenca, you might manage to spend $100. That could mean a sumptuous dinner for two with wine and tip at Tiesto’s, Cuenca’s #1 rated restaurant, or a full night out at Gabbi or DosDos, two of Cuenca’s more expensive nightclubs.
For a more normal night out, expect to spend less than $50 for entertainment. A trip to the movies is less than $5 for a ticket in the theater, and excellent dinners around Cuenca are less than $25 per person, with drinks. The mayor’s office frequently sponsors free symphonic concerts, opera performances, and theatrical events, though regular tickets are well under $10 if you miss the free shows. Cover charges average $2 – $5 for live music, though some international Djs can command up to $20 for a show. A simple beer will run you around $2 for a Grande (about 2 regular beers), and very nice wines are available for under $15 a bottle. If you want to stay in, dozens of stores throughout the city have the newest movie releases for $1- $2, and dinner delivery (pizza, sushi, comida tipica) will be under $20.
Compare that to your lifestyle at home. What is the price of a big night out, or even a modest one? Just dinner and a movie can easily be over $100, especially in cities where theater tickets are $16 – $20 per person. Tickets for cultural events go up every year, and a night out with friends usually results in serious sticker shock for those of us who travel back and forth to the States infrequently. Moving to Cuenca, you can eat out regularly, enjoy affordable cultural events, and embrace “having a life” again.
All of these examples are simply to remind you that Cuenca is a very affordable place to LIVE a full life. Many of the high costs of the homeland simply don’t exist here. As you think about what the next chapter of your life will hold, consider living well – in Cuenca, naturally.Share on Facebook