Cost of Living Forum

BarringtonResident @barringtonresident
Joined: 2 years ago

What are the typical living costs in Barrington?

I’ve lived in Barrington for over 15 years now, and I’m always curious to hear other perspectives on the cost of living here. As someone with a family of four (two kids in elementary school), a decent income, and a mortgage on a 3-bedroom house, my expenses can really add up. I’d love to get a sense of what others are paying for major costs like housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, healthcare, and entertainment. What has your experience been? I’m open to hearing both positive and negative viewpoints, as long as they’re based on real-life situations in Barrington. Thanks in advance for sharing your insights!

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FrugalFoodie @frugalfoodie
Joined: 9 months ago

As someone who loves good food but is on a tight budget, I’ve found that Barrington has a decent mix of affordable and higher-end options for dining out and groceries. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will typically run you around $16-$18 per person, while a mid-range place might be closer to $30 per person for a three-course meal. Groceries are a bit pricier than average, with things like a kilogram of chicken breasts costing nearly $9. But you can find deals if you shop smart – I usually stick to basics like rice ($3.87/kg), eggs ($4.25/dozen), and in-season produce. Utilities like electricity and internet are on the higher side, but not outrageous. Overall, I think it’s possible to live relatively frugally in Barrington if you’re mindful about your spending.
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DINKyDebbie @dinkydebbie
Joined: 9 months ago

My husband and I are in our early 30s with no kids, and we find Barrington to be quite expensive for a dual-income couple. Our big costs are housing (we rent a modern 1-bedroom apartment downtown for nearly $2,000/month) and transportation. We each have a decent car and the associated costs like gas, insurance, and maintenance. Public transit is pricey too, with a monthly pass costing $100. But we save a bit by walking or biking when possible. Overall, our monthly expenses for two people are easily $4,000-$5,000 even without having children. The cost of living is high, but the proximity to jobs and amenities makes it worth it for our current lifestyle.
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FamilyMan82 @familyman82
Joined: 2 years ago

As a father of three school-age kids, I’ll admit that raising a family in Barrington isn’t cheap. Housing costs for a 3-bedroom place are around $2,250 for an apartment downtown or $3,500 in the suburbs. Add property taxes, utilities, internet, etc. and housing is easily $4,000+ per month. Groceries for a family of 5 run at least $1,000 monthly. School costs are significant too, from $1,400 for a private preschool to $9,000+ annually for an international primary school. Entertainment costs add up quickly with movie tickets, activities, and dining out on occasion. On the plus side, my wife and I both have good incomes, so while Barrington isn’t cheap, it’s very livable for our family situation. We prioritize housing, education, and quality of life over some luxuries.
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SoloSenior @solosenior
Joined: 6 months ago

Living in Barrington on a fixed retirement income can be challenging. My biggest expense is my mortgage ($1,200/month) for a modest 2-bedroom condo I bought years ago. Other costs like utilities ($200/month), groceries ($400/month for one person) and healthcare add up quickly too. I scrimp in some areas to afford little luxuries like the occasional restaurant meal or concert tickets. Getting around via public transit, walking, or affordable ride services helps keep transportation costs down. It’s an expensive city overall, but the amenities and walkable neighborhoods make it worthwhile for an active senior like myself. Just be prepared for sticker shock if you’re on a tight budget!
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YoungProfessional93 @youngprofessional93
Joined: 2 years ago

As a single 20-something just starting my career, I’ve found Barrington to be doable but definitely pricey, especially for housing. I pay $1,500 for a modest studio apartment downtown, which is a huge chunk of my entry-level salary. However, I try to offset that big rent payment by living frugally in other areas – cooking most meals, using public transit ($100 monthly pass), staying in for entertainment, etc. Going out to bars and restaurants in Barrington is expensive, with draft beers easily $6-$8 and mid-range dinners for two closer to $70. I sacrifice some luxuries now to afford living centrally and building my career experience. Barrington has a high cost of living for sure, but I’m making it work on an young professional’s budget.
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SportyFamily5 @sportyfamily5
Joined: 10 months ago

Our family of five (two working parents, three teens) has found Barrington to be on the expensive side, but fairly typical for an affluent suburb. Our 4-bedroom house outside the city center runs $3,800 per month including taxes and utilities. Groceries for a hungry family of athletes are at least $1,200 monthly. The biggest costs for us are transportation (two cars, auto loans, insurance, gas) and extracurricular activities. Club sports fees, equipment, traveling for tournaments, etc. can easily top $1,000 per month. We make decent salaries, but there’s little left over for luxuries after covering necessities and investing in our kids’ interests/futures. The upside is Barrington has great schools, parks, trails and a lively community making the high cost of living more worthwhile.
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ArtistSoul @artistsoul
Joined: 2 years ago

As someone pursuing a creative career, I’ll admit that living in Barrington is a bit of a stretch financially. My income is modest, so I have to be very budget-conscious. I rent a small studio for $1,100 in a quieter neighborhood. Groceries and utilities run $400-500 monthly. I drive an older used car to avoid car payments and expensive insurance. I rarely eat out, instead cooking at home. Entertainment is thrift store browsing, enjoying parks/trails, and the occasional gallery exhibition. Barrington has a vibrant arts community, but the cost of living is quite high relative to my income. It works for now while I’m single, but I’d likely need to move somewhere more affordable if starting a family down the road.
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HealthNutHolly @healthnutholly
Joined: 10 months ago

From a health/wellness perspective, Barrington is quite expensive but there are ways to make it more affordable. Groceries can be pricey if you’re buying all organic produce ($4.58/kg for apples!) and meats. But items like rice, bananas, potatoes are still relatively cheap. Fitness is an investment, with gym memberships around $40/month. However, there are tons of free outdoor options like running/biking trails too. My biggest health expenditure is healthcare – I pay around $400 monthly for a premium insurance plan since I prioritize quality holistic care. But lower-cost plans are available. Overall, Barrington has fantastic recreational amenities and healthcare facilities, but you’ll pay a premium to access them.
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BeerBuddyBrent @beerbuddybrent
Joined: 2 years ago

One area where Barrington’s cost of living really hurts is in vices like alcohol and cigarettes. Buying a 6-pack of decent imported beer can easily run you $15-20. Drinking socially at bars ($6+ for a draft beer) adds up quickly too. Cocktails and wine are similarly expensive. And if you smoke, a pack of cigarettes is $14 here! I supplement my restaurant/bar expenditures by being smarter with groceries (buying store brands, taking advantage of deals, etc.). But throwing back a few beers on date night or at a sports game can put a real dent in the wallet. The cost of casual drinking and other vices is a factor to keep in mind when budgeting for Barrington.
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TravelBugTara @travelbugtara
Joined: 2 years ago

My husband and I are avid travelers, so while Barrington is undeniably expensive for day-to-day life, we’ve found ways to cut costs to allow for incredible vacations and adventures. We live in a modest 2-bed condo ($1800/month) and drive used but reliable cars to avoid car payments. By cooking at home, hitting happy hours instead of full-priced drinks/meals, and limiting entertainment spending, we’re able to save significantly. That allows us to truly splurge on 2-3 big international trips yearly, staying in fun areas and not nickel-and-diming every activity. Sure, Barrington rent/utilities/groceries are high. But there’s a vibrant, global culture thanks to the diverse Community. For travellers, it’s a great home base if you manage your domestic expenses judiciously.
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  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant – 16.50 $
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course – 60.00 $
  • McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) – 8.00 $
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) – 6.00 $
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) – 8.50 $
  • Cappuccino (regular) – 5.00 $
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) – 2.33 $
  • Water (0.33 liter bottle) – 2.25 $
  • Milk (regular), (1 liter) – 1.14 $
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) – 3.58 $
  • Rice (white), (1kg) – 3.87 $
  • Eggs (regular) (12) – 4.25 $
  • Local Cheese (1kg) – 15.43 $
  • Chicken Fillets (1kg) – 8.80 $
  • Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) – 12.61 $
  • Apples (1kg) – 4.58 $
  • Banana (1kg) – 1.20 $
  • Oranges (1kg) – 4.11 $
  • Tomato (1kg) – 4.20 $
  • Potato (1kg) – 1.74 $
  • Onion (1kg) – 2.18 $
  • Lettuce (1 head) – 3.00 $
  • Water (1.5 liter bottle) – 1.00 $
  • Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) – 12.00 $
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) – 1.73 $
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) – 3.20 $
  • Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) – 14.00 $
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) – 7.38 $
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) – 100.00 $
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) – 5.00 $
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) – 3.00 $
  • Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) – 35.00 $
  • Gasoline (1 liter) – 0.93 $
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) – 23,000.00 $
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) – 25,500.00 $
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment – 194.79 $
  • Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data – 45.00 $
  • Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) – 60.00 $
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult – 40.00 $
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat – 11.00 $
  • Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child – 1,400.00 $
  • International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child – 9,075.00 $
  • 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) – 80.00 $
  • 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) – 46.67 $
  • 1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) – 100.00 $
  • 1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes – 145.00 $
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre – 1,925.00 $
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre – 2,250.00 $
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre – 3,500.00 $
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre – 1,732.99 $
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre – 2,034.38 $
  • Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) – 5,833.33 $
  • Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate – 6.73
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