Russian tourists left for Germany in 2014, received a residence permit, and now they told how they live on 1,700 euros (about 102 thousand rubles) as a family of three, while the wife is on maternity leave, which is paid in Germany for only a year. The tourist shared the details of the conversation with the Russian emigrants in her Yandex.Zen channel.
The traveler's interlocutor was a 35-year-old Russian who currently lives in Leipzig and works in technical support for a large company that sells Microsoft licenses. His income is 2'500 euros, i.e. 150'000 rubles. at the current rate. After deducting all taxes and medical insurance, there remains an amount of 1,700 euros, i.e. 102,000 rubles. This is the main income for the family, because the Russian spouse is on maternity leave. In Germany, a child allowance of 200 euros (about 12,000 rubles) is paid for only one year and fully covers kindergarten fees. According to the narrator, as soon as the spouse comes out of the decree, their family budget will double and their income will be 3,400 euros per month, i.e. 204,000 rubles.
Leipzig is a large city with a population of 680 thousand people. Renting an apartment of the warmmiete type, called “hot rent”, i.e. housing, including utilities, costs emigrants 700 euros per month, i.e. 42,000 rubles. You can buy an apartment for about 200,000 euros, i.e. 12 million rubles.
Spending on food
Leaving Russia, our compatriot did not lose the habit of eating homemade food and carrying lunch to work. On average, a family spends 100 euros per week on food, i.e. 6,000 rubles. and a maximum of 400 euros per month, i.e. 24'000 rubles.
“If you eat every day in restaurants, then no salary is enough. Do many people in Russia do this? We love homemade food. My wife or I often cook, soup is enough for 2-3 days. Yesterday the fish soup was cooked, before that there was borscht. The Germans do not understand! I take a container of food with me to work, warm it up – everything is like at home, in Russia. There is a canteen, lunch will cost about 5 euros (300 rubles), but I don’t like their cuisine – potatoes, cabbage and sausages are not worth the money, ”he said and added that the recent increase in food prices has not yet affected the cost complex meals in canteens.
What has increased in price?
“Meat has increased in price one and a half times,“ milk ” has risen in price. Sunflower oil used to cost 1 euro (61 rubles), and now 2.40 euros (146 rubles). It is not yet clear what will happen next,” the compatriot added.
How much does fuel cost?
A Russian car runs on diesel fuel, the cost of which, like gasoline, has increased significantly in recent years. The price of one liter of “diesel” is 2 euros, i.e. 120 rubles. For comparison: before February 24, the cost was 1.4-1.5 euros (84-90 rubles).
But the current prices did not convince the Russian to switch to an electric car. An emigrant spends another 500 euros per year on car insurance, 150 euros – car tax. “If you divide it by 12 months, you get only 55 euros (3,300 rubles),” the author calculated.
The Russian said that he also spends 40 euros per month (2,400 rubles) on the Internet, 50 euros (3,000 rubles) – for electricity. Both items of expenditure are higher than in Russia. At the same time, the interlocutor did not indicate other items of expenditure: clothing, household appliances, etc.
“When I lived in Russia, I studied and worked at the same time, and I remember well what happened 8 years ago. Then our total income with my wife was about 60,000 rubles. We rented a house for 15,000 rubles, it seemed to be enough for everything, but there was always a fear: what if there is not enough money to live on until the salary? Here in Germany, there has never been such a feeling. There is confidence in the future, if you are not a spender, of course,” the man concluded.
The traveler summed up: “Out of 1,700 euros, we deduct 700 for housing, 400 for food, 40 for the Internet and 50 for electricity, 55 euros will go to the car. There are 455 euros left, which is 27,300 rubles at the current exchange rate (for some Russians, this is their entire salary).
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