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Cost of Living in Bulgaria


Money saving tips

- cigrettes and alcohol are cheap, but still cost money - so non-smokers and non-drinkers can instantly have less monthly outgoings, e.g. saving as much as 350 leva per month for an average couple who both drink and smoke.

- allow extra money into your budget for emergencies or holidays. However, if you already have savings you don't need a 'disaster fund'.

- buying wine from a vineyard or a local villager rather than from the supermarket cuts your wine bill in half: only 2 leva a litre compared to 5 leva a litre in the supermarkets

- avoid being tempted to an expensive taste of home. Cans of draught Guinness can be double the price to back home. It's much wiser to stick to a Bulgarian beer which works out at less than 33p a pint!

- buying bulgarian produce, not western brands makes serious savings: cheese spread triangles (President 6 leva v Rossa 1.98 leva)

- buy cheaper western produce if you really have to go 'western'. It can still be half the price: Deutschenmarkenbutter 2.90 leva v President 5 leva

- buy the supermarket's own brand which is cheaper and good quality: large 'Clever' yoghurts from Billa cost 0.78 leva and are delicious

- you can reduce your bill by using cheaper cuts of meat

- stick with local brands for essentials like washing powder; there are no differences in the results

- take advantage of discount or loyalty cards

- buy fresh produce locally (eggs, fruit, vegetables, bread) which are much cheaper than supermarkets and better quality, plus it's good to support your local shops and you can practice your Bulgarian at the same time!"

Exchange rates for September 2012 is 1.00 GBP = 2.46632 BGN

The cost of living in Bulgaria is still the lowest in EU Europe and it is thought that this will remain for the forseeable future.