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What's the least you could live on in Switzerland

Assuming your rent and health insurance costs 900 a month in total, how much income would you need to live an extremely frugal, but more or less normal, life. e.g. eat frugally, but not just rice and beans.
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0, just find some sugar daddy/mama to pay your bills
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Assuming your rent and health insurance costs 900 a month in total, how much income would you need to live an extremely frugal, but more or less normal, life. e.g. eat frugally, but not just rice and beans.
In Geneva you'd be living in a squat for that price but you could eat well.
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0, just find some sugar daddy/mama to pay your bills
Having someone pay doesn't mean your bills are zero. I'm talking about the amount, not the person who will pay.
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In Geneva you'd be living in a squat for that price but you could eat well.
In that case they could move to Basel and live like Kings.
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Re: What's the least you could live on in Switzerland

How many cars and motorcycles do you have?

Any phone or internet?

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Assuming your rent and health insurance costs 900 a month in total, how much income would you need to live an extremely frugal, but more or less normal, life. e.g. eat frugally, but not just rice and beans.
Gee, what happened? Or are you just jucking your children out the house?

If it's only about food, one person can actually eat very good on Fr. 50.00 a week, cooking at home.

If it's minimal living, according to SKOS (which most cantons work with for asylum seekers) it's 986.00. (Not counting your 900.00 for rent and insurance).
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Assuming your rent and health insurance costs 900 a month in total, how much income would you need to live an extremely frugal, but more or less normal, life. e.g. eat frugally, but not just rice and beans.
I used to comfortably live for 2000-2500 a month, including 980 rent, car ownership and general normal life including alcohol, filet steaks and travel. And then I got married.
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Re: What's the least you could live on in Switzerland

I'm thinking of:
No holidays, no car, rarely eating out, some inexpensive prepaid mobile.

I think 1.5k a month would do. Not enough for filet but Schnitzel twice a week.
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Where do you people do your shopping? That is about the amount of our cumulus points.
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Re: What's the least you could live on in Switzerland

If you don't eat out - I would say 1200.
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Where do you people do your shopping? That is about the amount of our cumulus points.
Aldi, Lidl, Denner, Otto's/Radikal if you want sensible prices plus good products. Only buy very few items from Migros a few times a year and can't remember the last time I bought anything in Coop.
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Where do you people do your shopping? That is about the amount of our cumulus points.
This is about how cheap you can live. I don't suppose it's a project of yours just now


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Aldi, Lidl, Denner, Otto's/Radikal if you want sensible prices plus good products. Only buy very few items from Migros a few times a year and can't remember the last time I bought anything in Coop.
Not true. I avoid Aldi, Lidl, etc. I shop mainly in Migros, brand-name stuff, wine and tobacco in Coop. As a single person, on food (and I like to eat well), houshold-stuff, body-stuff and wine and tobacco I spend about Fr. 450 a month. That's not checking prices when I shop. Guess I could do it cheaper even but I refuse to buy meat on "Aktion" for example ..... I don't trust the reason why it would be "Aktion"
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This is about how cheap you can live. I don't suppose it's a project of yours just now



Not true. I avoid Aldi, Lidl, etc. I shop mainly in Migros, brand-name stuff, wine and tobacco in Coop. As a single person, on food (and I like to eat well), houshold-stuff, body-stuff and wine and tobacco I spend about Fr. 450 a month. That's not checking prices when I shop. Guess I could do it cheaper even but I refuse to buy meat on "Aktion" for example ..... I don't trust the reason why it would be "Aktion"
Usually it's because it's coming up to it's use by date and shops can't sell it after that. So long as you either eat it straightaway or freeze it, it's fine.

Perhaps you should check prices. For example, why pay CHF3.60 for a Toaster loaf (cut loaf US/UK style) in Migros when you can get the same thing for CHF1.79 in Aldi?
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For example, why pay CHF3.60 for a Toaster loaf (cut loaf US/UK style) in Migros when you can get the same thing for CHF1.79 in Aldi?
Why pay anything at all for that stuff is what I'd be asking myself.
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Assuming your rent and health insurance costs 900 a month in total, how much income would you need to live an extremely frugal, but more or less normal, life. e.g. eat frugally, but not just rice and beans.
Well, have to admit that I still insist on solely covering living and health insurance costs (incl. the shared internet etc.) for my daughter who's in Uni while she's staying at home. Plus semester fees.

She gets by very well on an additional 550.- per month allowance, incl. covering her travel costs to Uni, regularly see her Dad, or boyfriend in the Romandie. Have always asked if this is OK, but for her it's fine. Everything she earns on-top with internship (in past years in holiday jobs) goes directly on her savings account.

This 550.- covers all of her costs, including lunchtime food, clothes, toiletries and entertainment. But I do still make sure that the fridge is partly stocked in addition for the evenings. We both live relatively frugally, but happily and healthily.
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Old 17.01.2017, 23:15
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Re: What's the least you could live on in Switzerland

In my budget for 2017 we have for 3 peeps, 850.- per month for food, drink, cleaning, personal hygiene.
One hot meal for us per day..... and we eat quite well ( home cooking)
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Old 17.01.2017, 23:15
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Usually it's because it's coming up to it's use by date and shops can't sell it after that. So long as you either eat it straightaway or freeze it, it's fine.

Perhaps you should check prices. For example, why pay CHF3.60 for a Toaster loaf (cut loaf US/UK style) in Migros when you can get the same thing for CHF1.79 in Aldi?
To the meat - yeah, exactly, somehow that doesn't appeal to me. (But that's me, everybody has her flaws )

Because by the time I drove to Aldi to get that toast I've spent petrol and - mainly - time I wanna spend differently. And funny you mentioned it, if I do buy toast I want that US-style one. Any toast won't do for me.

But all in all I guess I'm just not somebody who saves money on food-shopping. And still I get through with the amount I mentioned, including house and body.
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To the meat - yeah, exactly, somehow that doesn't appeal to me. (But that's me, everybody has her flaws )
Consider it dry aged (I think )
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