For convenience we'll describe different categories of expats and their typical monthly expense profiles.These are not exhaustive; for instance, homeowners are not included here, and it is assumed that the expats are renting apartments.Real estate agents -- usually take a fee of 50% of the first month's rent and thus aren't too excited to deal with such low-cost housing options as separate rooms for rent or families looking to share apartments with other families.
Rent a two-bedroom apartment with someone else and pay $200/mo.
apiece instead of $300 for a single-room apartment.
Many Try readers are foreigners who either live in Ukraine or are interested in living here.
This article provides useful information for expats who wish to minimize their expenses while in Ukraine.
Some foods that might be considered trendy "health foods" in the U. My wife and I eat a healthy Mediterranean-style diet with olive oil, grains, vegetables, fruits, and moderate amounts of dairy, eggs, and fish for about $200. To save the most money on food, learn some basic nutrition and buy the cheapest wholesome options in each food category.
And buy more of a fruit or vegetable when it is in season. Instead of buying a gym membership, take walks in the forest/park and do exercises at home or at the local school track.Yes, as cheesy as it may sound, riding a tandem bike (AKA the bicycle built for two) can be quite the adventure for a super-coordinated couple who want to experiment with something more unconventional than your typical scenic trail ride.You can usually rent them online, hourly, for an affordable rate.I'm proud of my 0 fixed expenses per month (update 7/2010 — okay, now closer to 0).Ukraine (especially Kiev) is a place where two different expats can come and live, and after some time one says, "this place is sooo expensive! " Let me share some know-how about how to keep expenses to a minimum using methods that generations of locals have perfected.More enjoyment, more language immersion, more valuable "life skills" gained.