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Old 19th June 2005, 19:29   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks Merv, you are a real gem I lov the fireplace to.
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Old 19th June 2005, 19:38   #22 (permalink)
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I have started a new thread

http://www.turkishestateagents.com/f...?TOPIC_ID=2436

where members of the forum can submit requests for anything to be priced or as a way of comparing quotes.

If it works well then we can open a new forum - "price checker" where specifics can be posted and then source the best solution or supplier.

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Old 21st June 2005, 00:07   #23 (permalink)
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Great info Merv thanks a lot
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Great info Merv thanks a lot. Bit dark in there!!

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Old 25th June 2005, 13:16   #25 (permalink)
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Barry/Sylvia, welcome to the forums! thaks for the comments

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Old 26th June 2005, 14:01   #26 (permalink)
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Latest Tansas magazine promotions can be viewed here.

Meat is definitely getting more and more expensive

http://www.tansas.com.tr/promosyon.html

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Old 21st September 2005, 06:32   #27 (permalink)
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Re: Living in Turkey.... Costs....

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The cost of living in Turkey really needs to be viewed in context with your lifestyle.

Life in Turkey can be a picnic however, the fantasy of 7 months sunbathing soon loses its appeal as does hitting the bar and restaurant scene every night.

The difference between living here and just popping over for a holiday is all to apparent and discussed previously in another thread recently "Living the Dream"

Hence, although I do not need to work, I choose to.

The main reason I choose to work is it installs a pattern of normal daily life that I was used to in the UK. Its not healthy to any relationship spending 24/7 together and I have seen some solid relationships go down the pan over here as a direct result of this.

Maintaining a lifestyle in Turkey costs money just as much as it can in the UK.

Afterall, if you are sitting at home every evening, the attraction to visit a bar or restaurant is very appealing.

Up until a couple of years ago, most tourist areas maintained 2 menus in bars and restaurants, one for tourists, and one for locals.

Obviously the tourist menu was a higher price. Nowdays, there is only one menu for all and over the course of a month you can easily rack up a significant bill that will eat at your budget.

If you can manage a life in Turkey without the "bar scene" then you will be pleasantly suprised just how far your money will go.

So, you have your property and have moved over.

Lets look at some of the recurring expenses over the course of a month....

Electric - If you are sensible here then you wont get any suprises.
The important thing is to remember that after 22:00hrs every day, the cost of using electricity dramatically drops - so this is the time to stick the washing on.

Dont even thing about using an air conditioning unit in the winter months to provide heat. Unless you pay premium prices for top mark models, they will barely provide enough heat to keep even the smallest room at an ambient temperature.

In winter, we convert a small bedroom in the house to our living room and use a wood burner. Its cost effective and will provide enough heat for even the coldest days.

A good alternative to air conditioning in the summer months is to get one of those lamp units with a fan. They dont burn much electric and do a pretty good job to distribute the air flow. Alternatively spend as much time at someone elses house who has air conditioning

Water
Metered or un-metered, you are only looking at around 25 lira a month for normal household usage, but this could increas dramatically if you use a hose to water a garden. Always use a neighbours hose if possible

Telephone
Cheap enough for calls on the same exchange as you but becomes very expensive if you call abroad. Use internet as much as possible for overseas conversations.

A house telephone is only important if you intend to use internet otherwise use just a mobile phone.

Furnishing
The bigger the house or apartment, the more furniture it requires.
If you are handy with a sewing machine then make all your own curtains and save a packet. If you dont know how to use a sewing machine, maybe go on a course at home now so you will be fluent when you live here.

White goods can be bought cheap enough if you know where to shop as can furniture and deco.

Electrical items
Whats essential? Music, TV and Satellite, DVD Player - again, all these can be sourced at very cheap prices.

Transport
Whilst the dolmus service is ideal in summer, the winter months can be difficult and the dolmus runs on a skeleton service. Bear this in mind when selecting your property and make sure it is convenient for both the local Migros/Tansas AND the local weekly food market.

Communication
Learn basic Turkish and you will be suprised just how much money you can save over the course of a few months. This becomes much more apparent when you require services ie. electrician, plumber etc. And the golden rule.... Always - I mean Always ask how much any job or service is going to cost BEFORE they start any work. Dont leave anyone to get on with the work and you keep an eye on their progress and to make sure the job is being done properly.

Foodstuffs
Buy a chest freezer and buy in larger quantities. Particularly meat.
Meat prices are always on the up and up. Find a good butcher and negotiate a good discount for a larger purchase. We buy 25kg of chicken at a time from one butcher and save 2.5 lira per kilo!

As in the UK some vegetables are seasonal and its a good idea to stock up on certain vegetables, clean slice and bag them for future use and store in the deep freezer.

Clothing
Every Turkish market has a market stall that offers really cheap clothing (2 lira) and these sort of clothes, albeit unstylish, are great for just knocking around the house. For decent clothes, buy summer clothes in winter and winter clothes in summer - saves a fortune!

Above all, try and learn the language, find some hobbies to keep you occupied or even get a part time job, dont live the bar scene and make your main friends Turkish.

Merv!

May be useful for some of the newer members that have recently joined.

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merv lovely fireplace that is what i have been after afireplace i just want it as a feature because its what us brits are used to . i asked about it in a thread ages ago . so where do i go for one
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Re: Living in Turkey.... Costs....

If you take a closer look at the one I have Sandra, you will see its nothing more than the work of someone who fashions marble designs. Theres nothing special about it.

First port of call in my opinion would be the Industrial Estates where there are usually many firms operating. It might help to have someone accompany you that can speak Turkish.

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still trying to get a fire place enybody who lives in altinkum no of were to go for one and if so could they get me a price as i looked over the xmas but no luck i also want a electric fire with a false coal effect just to have as a feature . its the one thing i realy miss in my house. haven always been used to a fire feature .so please try and find one for me even a plaster one like people have here . so that when i come over i dont have to go scouting around again lol thanks
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