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  1. #21
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    Finally got around to totting up the final figures for 2016, so here is what we spent on what I consider "essentials"

    union (gas) = $582
    horizon (electricity) = $1451
    internet = $459
    property taxes = $3786
    car(1)/home insurance = $2061
    cellphones (x2) = $1016
    home phone = n/a
    hot water heater = $152
    tv = n/a
    LCBO = $819

    - myself and DW. 50 year old bungalow in the Hamilton area.

    "That's what I do, I drink and I know things" - Tyrion Lannister

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    Moved to Van Island but haven't been here long enough to know all the costs yet. Vehicle insurances, property tax etc is very similar to Alberta. The big shocker so far is BC Hydro. We bought a newer energy efficient place supposedly, has a heat pump with aux backup but the hydro bill for 2 months was over $700 and it's not even that cold here. I'm expecting the next bill will be higher again as we had some colder weather than normal. Why the builder didn't put a gas unit in is beyond me, as I think there would be considerable savings using gas for heating. We have natural gas but the only thing it runs is the outdoor barbecue and a fireplace. I am going to look into what it would cost to have the heating changed to gas but I don't think I would be able to recover the costs as we will likely downsize in the next 3-5 years. I guess now I know why there is so much pollution from wood burning floating around in some areas.
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    Okay... I'll bite for 2016

    Gas (Fortis) - $1496
    Electricity (BC Hydro) - $1295
    Municipal water/garbage/recycle - $927
    MSP (BC Provincial Health Care) - $1646
    Internet/Cable/Home Phone (Shaw) - $2761
    Cell phones - $732
    Home Security - $452
    House cleaning - $1690
    Auto(2)/home insurance - $3043
    Property Taxes - $3685
    Pool Service - $3679
    HOA - $350

    Total $21756

    Empty Nesters - 15 yr old large raised ranch w/ large pool
    Last edited by AltaRed; 2017-01-22 at 02:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsgomarching View Post
    Could be included in groceries.
    It is amazing though that people would complain about necessary items to live and omit how much they spend on beer.
    Looks like you have some issues Who is complaining here?! People just compare numbers on how much they spend on utilities...
    The comment on beer was a joke

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    MSP (BC Provincial Health Care) - $1646
    ON Health Care taxes included in our provincial tax, so don't know how much exactly we're paying.... as per rates I found on the Web about $1650

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    AB Healthcare was free but in BC will be $1800/yr. Not really utility cost though. Kinda like my beer and Whisky bill, lol

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    In ON it was introduced in 2004 .... the reason was to improve provincial health care.... however, it becoming worse and worse

    Except BC and ON, any other provinces has health care additional tax?
    Not really utility cost though
    No, it's more like additional provincial tax

  9. #28
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    It is a matter of perspective. The OP's original post of 'utilities and other essential services' included cell phones, not exactly an essential service.

    OTOH, BC won't let you 'not' pay for the MSP.

  10. #29
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    The OP's original post of 'utilities and other essential services' included cell phones, not exactly an essential service.
    Cable TV is not essential, but cells are (esp. if you don;t have land line), or you can say that Hydro (electricity)is not essential service (Amish don;t use it )

    OTOH, BC won't let you 'not' pay for the MSP.
    same in ON, and it depends on your income, so pure tax

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    Cool yellowknife

    People always complain about the cost of living in the North. Looking at some of the responses so far its doesn't seem that bad...

    for our 1251 sq ft home :

    Property tax - $234/month
    Insurance - $180/month -
    Landline - $33/month
    Internet and TV - $450/month
    Electricity - $200/month average
    Water and garbage - $110/month average
    Heating Oil - $150/month average
    Firewood - $50/month average - about $600 for the year

    Having the garage and a woodstove really saves a lot of money. People complain a lot about the power company but its Northwestel that is just as bad and I'm paying a lot more for similar level of services that I got in Calgary.


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