evansmr1 wrote:Sorry gents, no idea of how you arrive at such high figures. perhaps you both rent a very expensive Villa...
If you look at peebee's post, Mike you will see that he rents a villa that costs €7,200 per year. Perhaps he could pay half that rent BUT he doesn't. He makes a choice as do we all. If you take your €13,000 and add his rent you are up to €20,000, i.e. not far short of the €25,000 he quotes. It wouldn't take much to make up €5,000.
Use heating oil rather than wood and you get an extra €1,000 based on my experience.
Go back to the UK for a couple of weeks and a couple would probably spend €2,000 more than you would have spent in Greece during that time.
I can probably change my weekly food bill by a factor 2 simply depending on what I choose to buy or where I choose to eat out and what I choose to eat while I am there.
There are Greek pensioners living on less than €4,000 per year. I know some of them and no, they don't have any savings to supplement it. I wouldn't be surprised if Samaras spends more than that per week. You can't make decisions based on what somebody else does. You can only extract information that might or might not be useful from the data they provide.
Personally I am not terribly interested in the detail of what I spend. I have lived my whole life on the basis of the Micawber Principle and keep sufficient records to judge whether I am meeting it. So far I have managed to stay on the £19 19s 6d side.