Moving overseas is terrifying. Most people don’t think they could ever pick up and live abroad, especially with kids. We are sharing our expenses living in France for a year to help you see that your dream can be a reality. While our expenses may be different from what your family would spend, this is what my family of 4 spends per month in Nice, France. How Much Does It Cost to Live in France? January’s data is a little skewed. We were supposed to arrive in France on 1/6, but we had to push back our trip to 1/22 due to family obligations. We still paid 3 weeks rent, and the exchange rate at time of payment was approximately 1.23€ to the dollar.
We are staying in a 2 bedroom apartment along the Port of Nice. We wanted a central location for experiencing the city on foot. We could have rented cheaper accommodations but the locations weren’t as central.
There are 10 days of food which include many start up necessities such a cleaning products, laundry detergent, olive oil, spices, etc. We also ended up eating out 3 times. Our budget allows for 1 meal out per week, so we blew that one this month.
We also spent 45€ for a taxi ride to the apartment from the airport and experienced a bit of a mishap with the tram that cost us an extra 6€.
Our US expenses are $260.25 total for our US car/umbrella policy and our storage unit for the items we kept for our return to the US. We also have an international health insurance policy (required for our Visa) that is $500 per month. This has excellent coverage and is a cheaper than most US policies. Fingers crossed we don’t need it!
The miscellaneous category this month includes our failed attempts at getting a SIM card plus 2€ in bathroom fees. Yep, 0.50€ to use a public toilet. Kids 12 and younger are free, thankfully.
Our only entertainment expense in January was 8€ (4€ per adult) to visit the garden in Eze.
All expenses have been adjusted to US dollars based on the current exchange rate which is at a low of just $1.13 per 1€.
View an interactive chart of our January 2015 expenses below:
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|US Car Insurance||$124.25|
|US Storage unit||$136.00|
What are your expenses in France or living abroad?
You might also want to see one of my grocery shopping trips in Nice.