Time (especially here) passes so quick and this morning I’ve realised that I arrived in Malta four weeks ago… What an unbelievable! I am not happy with this fact since I have a feeling that I’ve seen and explored an only small piece of this beautiful island. But this article shouldn’t be some crying and be complaining about whatever. Conversely, I am satisfied with almost everything (maybe later I will write what make me a little worried).
I would like to write a few words about costs here because I think it could be useful and helpful for someone who is interested in living here (maybe in future). And yes, it was one of a reason why I decided to set up this blog.
So, I am used to counting my cost and incomes in the Czech Republic, then I carry on with this activity here as well. About my income here I don’t write you, it is nothing that should be interesting :-)) (But the difference to our country is that the pay date is at the end of months. And this month they forgot to subtract the tax from gross price, so I will earn a little more than I would expect. However, it maybe will cause some problem in future.)
The costs I divided into several part because it looks like more logical for me.
- food – 119,01 euros (including 10 pieces of my favourite qasata :-)). I must admit my cooking here – I don’t eat out (once time I was invited). And I also don’t have to buy a water (in the supermarket the bottle of 2l costs 0,50 euro but on the street you can buy for 1 euro, it depends on locality). So far I haven’t been to Paceville (the best-known place for bars), thus, I haven’t spent money on drinks. Well, I eat every day, really :-), all three main courses and sometimes I buy something for sweet tooth (an ice-cream, peanuts butter or apples). But I believe that lots of people here spend more money for food.
- public transport – 15 euros (I travelled by buses 10 times)
- other – 38,60 (Tarxien Temples, the Poppeye village, the anchory in Mdina, SD card)
- rent – 350 euros including the Internet, energy, access to the pole dance studio 🙂 and so on (I even have detergents, some food.) But there is a possibility to have a lower rent (some of my friends pay about 200 euros).
In total during one month (if I want to be accurate – 29 days) I spent 522,61 euros. Now I don’t know whether it is good or bad. First of all, I had in my head that the budget could be about 700 euros per month and I would still save lots of for future activities. So I will see next months. However, I should buy a Tallinja card (the bus ticket) and top up my Maltese mobile phone.
- cook on your own – cheaper and funnier and in the shop we will discover lots of unknown ingredients,
- find lots of food in your surroundings – the prices of one thing could be different up to twice times. The bigger shop doesn’t mean the lower prices :-),
- buy transport tickets immediately after you arrived,
- have a euro account in the Czech bank (I don’t have any fees),
- try to negotiate about prices – it happened by a chance but once I didn’t have so many coins and told the shop assistant and suddenly the price was lower 🙂
- have enough coins for public transport.
And the last one that could be important (for comparion income/outcome between people) I’d rather spent money on the entertainment and experiences that on food and drink.