30 year old couple moving to BsAs...is $2,000 a month realistic?

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Hi All,

My girlfriend and I are planning on leaving Florida this summer for Buenos Aires. I know that things will likely continue to change due to the economy/inflation, but I wanted to see if $2k a month (right now) for us sounds like it would be srealistic.

About us:

- Likely spending around $500 a month on an Airbnb (Palermo or Recoleta likely)

- I would consider our "lifestyle" 6 or 7 out of 10. When we like to eat out a lot with lunch or dinner but don't really go to expensive or super high end dinners. Girlfriend does like to cook too so I would say we would be cooking 30% of the time.

- Would be using either the "dolar blue" exchange rate or whatever the rate of Western Union is.

- We are pretty active. Would do a lot of walking and if not then buses/metro. Would only use Uber/taxi's on the rare occasion

- I'm sure we will spend a little on entertainment. City tours, futbol games, a boliche once a week.

We both haven't been but plan on travelling the world. I speak conversational Spanish but have already made friends in my industry in BsAs. I personally think there's a lot that I will enjoy about Buenos Aires (food, the type of friends they are, Futbol, nightlife, the city life) so I'm really looking forward to starting our journey!
 

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You'll be fine, especially if you don't experience lifestyle creep. I spend $800-$1000/mo living very well here. that includes rent, monthly bills, eating out most days of the week, very good wine (1500-2000/bottle, as opposed to the 300 peso swill found in chinos), walking everywhere, a new tattoo most months, an in-person personal trainer 3x a week, martial arts 2x a week, etc.
 

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Everyone has a different perspective as to "what is the good life" in BA...

One could assume one is living well spending 1000 usd a month and one could assume one is living well here spending 3000 usd a month or even 5000 usd a month.And both sides can be shocked at the other's claim or definition of the "good life".
 

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Hi All,

My girlfriend and I are planning on leaving Florida this summer for Buenos Aires. I know that things will likely continue to change due to the economy/inflation, but I wanted to see if $2k a month (right now) for us sounds like it would be srealistic.

About us:

- Likely spending around $500 a month on an Airbnb (Palermo or Recoleta likely)

- I would consider our "lifestyle" 6 or 7 out of 10. When we like to eat out a lot with lunch or dinner but don't really go to expensive or super high end dinners. Girlfriend does like to cook too so I would say we would be cooking 30% of the time.

- Would be using either the "dolar blue" exchange rate or whatever the rate of Western Union is.

- We are pretty active. Would do a lot of walking and if not then buses/metro. Would only use Uber/taxi's on the rare occasion

- I'm sure we will spend a little on entertainment. City tours, futbol games, a boliche once a week.

We both haven't been but plan on travelling the world. I speak conversational Spanish but have already made friends in my industry in BsAs. I personally think there's a lot that I will enjoy about Buenos Aires (food, the type of friends they are, Futbol, nightlife, the city life) so I'm really looking forward to starting our journey!
Please take a look at this when you get a chance:

 

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Everyone has a different perspective as to "what is the good life" in BA...

One could assume one is living well spending 1000 usd a month and one could assume one is living well here spending 3000 usd a month or even 5000 usd a month.And both sides can be shocked at the other's claim or definition of the "good life".
Very good Point Ceviche,

A number is only relevant to the person and their way of life.

If two people say they are hungry, each needs a different amount of food to be satisfied.
 

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You'll be fine, especially if you don't experience lifestyle creep. I spend $800-$1000/mo living very well here. that includes rent, monthly bills, eating out most days of the week, very good wine (1500-2000/bottle, as opposed to the 300 peso swill found in chinos), walking everywhere, a new tattoo most months, an in-person personal trainer 3x a week, martial arts 2x a week, etc.

That's awesome, I appreciate your time. We definitely want to experience the city/country but don't see us going super high end with our lifestyle. Really happy to stay in Buenos Aires (likely 6 months or so) in general, but saving money is definitely an additional benefit to it.
 

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Please take a look at this when you get a chance:


Thank you, I enjoy using Numbeo. Wasn't sure how much certain things would change at Dolar Blue/WU exchange rate and also being in a more upscale area in the city (food, entertainment prices etc)
 

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Thank you, I enjoy using Numbeo. Wasn't sure how much certain things would change at Dolar Blue/WU exchange rate and also being in a more upscale area in the city (food, entertainment prices etc)
It's all relative.

Go to the population centers, prices rise.
 

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Everyone has a different perspective as to "what is the good life" in BA...

One could assume one is living well spending 1000 usd a month and one could assume one is living well here spending 3000 usd a month or even 5000 usd a month.And both sides can be shocked at the other's claim or definition of the "good life".

Yes, I understand a lot of it is relative. Looking for a general idea so things aren't significantly more or less than what I would guess
 

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Yes, I understand a lot of it is relative. Looking for a general idea so things aren't significantly more or less than what I would guess
You need the same advice everyone else receives sooner or later:

That simply being, you need to see things with your own eyes. Only after having that opportunity, can you make a solid decision on what is best for yourself and your family (In your case, girlfriend I believe???). Yes, you can gain insight from afar, but nothing replaces boots on the ground as they say.

Suggestion: Why don't you plan a short trip when it can be done before you pull up stakes and commit yourself? Either way, you may be glad you did?
 
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