Cost Of Living In Spain – All Expenses Shared

We lived along the beautiful southern coast of Spain for nearly two years.  It was in a small town named Almuñécar and we used this as our home base to explore more of Europe as well.  We kept track of every expenditure along the way and have shared our cost of living in Spain with you.  This page is a compilation of our expenses in Spain and how much it really cost for our family of 4 to live in Spain.

SPAIN Cost of living

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How To Move To Spain – Planning, Visa, Residency, Housing, Settling

If you want to live in Spain, you have come to the right place!  Welcome to Wagoners Abroad.  We know it can all be overwhelming planning a move and this is the page for you to bookmark!

This is the mother of all moving to Spain posts, so go ahead and save it to your favorites right now.  

Move To Spain - Planning your move, Best places to live in Spain, Getting a long-term visa to live in Spain, Getting settled in Spain with schools, banks, and more. We have been through the process and have helped hundreds of others through it too. Now is the time to live your dreams and move to Spain. Click to read more on WagonersAbroad.com

Okay, now that you have done that, read on.

We have been living in Spain a few years and have so many things to share with you.  Keep on reading and we will show you tips for planning and preparation, as well as share our experiences about public education, banking, medical insurance and more.  Oh and we can help you with obtaining your Spanish visa as well.  We have helped so many people and families with making their dream to live in Spain, come true.  Keep on reading and if you would like help, we offer consulting! (We can help you with the visa process, deciding where to live and more).

We have written many posts on how we obtained our Non Lucrative Residence Visa and were able to move to Spain. I thought it would be helpful to organize them all here for you.  When looking for residency in Spain, there are several options for the Non EU citizens, specifically US Citizens, Canadian Citizens and Australian Citizens.  Alan has written a very detailed and very affordable ebook to help you through the process of applying for the Non Lucrative Residence Visa for Spain.  There are many other types of Spanish visa options available, but this is what worked for us.

Move to Spain and visit Setenil de las Bodegas Sentinal de las Bodegas Spain - City built into Rocks. We can live in Spain because we have the non lucrative visa. You can apply for one too!

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Hear The Kids Speak In Spanish -18 Months Living In Spain!

Can you believe we have been expats in Spain for 18 months?!  It is absolutely amazing how fast the time has flown by.  We are in “just normal life” here and for us Almuñécar has been the best place to live in Spain.  No matter where we travel, upon return, our choice is validated with that comfortable feeling of home.

18 Months Living In Spain – Hear the kids speak in Spanish
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Living Abroad 500 Days – Lessons And The Unexpected

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By choice, I have been out of paid work since May of 2012 and Alan has been since July 2012.  Yes, that is when we quit our fantastic corporate jobs and sold almost all of our belongings.  That is when we decided we were going to temporarily “retire”, take a sabbatical, a mini retirement and have the life of leisure.  Oh yes, and we were going to up and move to Spain too, to enjoy life.  It was our dream to once again live overseas and we knew we had to take destiny into our own hands to make it happen. That is when many people thought we were crazy to give up our home, our security our storybook suburban life.

August 26, 2012 –  We sold it all, each packed up a suitcase and back pack and moved to Spain!

500 Days Living Abroad - Lessons and the Unexpected

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Top 10 Posts for 2013 – They May Surprise You

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We just wanted to share with you our Top 10 posts for the year.  There was a tie for number 10, so you will see 11 listed.  We have had a great year and we love keeping track of it all on Wagoners Abroad.  We have an important milestone coming up on Monday, so stay tuned for a bigger trip down memory lane.  We can’t thank you enough for following along, commenting, interacting, contacting us and supporting us.  You make all of the hard work that goes into blogging worth it.  Thanks!
Top 10 Posts for 2013

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No Schengen Visa Needed For Wagoners Abroad In 2013!

So I am sure some of you are asking,  “What the heck is a Schengen Visa?”  While others are well aware of it and the limitations.  Just to be brief the Schengen Visa is an agreement between 25 countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members).  A Schengen Visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country.  So how did we manage to stay in Spain, a member of the Schengen Zone, the entire year without a Schengen Visa?
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65 Reasons Why We Love Costa Tropical Spain

Costa Tropical?  Where is that? Everyone knows about Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Costa del Sol, but not many know about Costa Tropical.

We are often asked “Why did you choose to live in Almuñécar (Costa Tropical) Spain?”.  The list of reasons are endless, but we thought we would share with you why we fell in love with Costa Tropical, a small stretch of Spain along the Mediterranean.  Obviously when choosing a location to call home there are other factors, such as education etc.  We just wanted to share with you what captured our hearts. Continue reading

Wagoner TV, Episode 05 – Almuñécar, Spain

Almuñécar, SpainWe are an American family of 4 living in Almuñécar, Spain.  We hope you enjoy Episode 05 of Wagoner TV for kids, of kids and a little of the parents too.  I am even briefly in the video.  Yes, you have all mentioned you need to see me more.  I like being behind the scenes, but you will start to see me more. Continue reading

Living Abroad Budget in Spain- Actual Spend (Months 5,6 & 7)

We are now in our 8th month and it’s time to provide you an overview/summary of our Budget in Spain and our actual spend this Quarter.  This post happens to cover months five, six and seven or Quarter 1 of 2013.  Continue reading