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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #45 on: April 23, 2018, 11:26:32 AM »
Chicken?
I'm not sure exactly, I believe I pay roughly $3.50 a pound for cutlets. What's the norm in America?

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #46 on: April 23, 2018, 11:34:12 AM »
Anecdotally, fwiu accountants at big 4 Israel get paid a quarter of what they would get in the US. (Which isn't much!)
My co-worker switched to Israel recently into a big 4 and got half his salary.

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #47 on: April 23, 2018, 01:22:59 PM »
I'm not sure exactly, I believe I pay roughly $3.50 a pound for cutlets. What's the norm in America?
On sale in KRM its $3.99LB Normal $4.69 - $4.99

The quality of the US meat is vastly superior to Israeli meats. You cant get a rib steak or for that matter any decent cut that even resembles steak in Israel. It's almost like they draw a grid on the cows and cut squares and rectangles.   
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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #48 on: April 23, 2018, 01:23:23 PM »
On sale in KRM its $3.99LB Normal $4.69 - $4.99

The quality of the US meat is vastly superior to Israeli meats. You cant get a rib steak or for that matter any decent cut that even resembles steak in Israel. It's almost like they draw a grid on the cows and cut squares and rectangles.   
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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #49 on: April 23, 2018, 01:29:49 PM »
On sale in KRM its $3.99LB Normal $4.69 - $4.99

The quality of the US meat is vastly superior to Israeli meats. You cant get a rib steak or for that matter any decent cut that even resembles steak in Israel. It's almost like they draw a grid on the cows and cut squares and rectangles.   

As I said

Cost of living is less, cost of living on their previous American standards is usually more.

Although I will agree that the average frozen bulk packages of meat in the local supermarket are like that, any and every butcher will cut you a proper steak.  But I'm fine sticking with my misformed London Broil for $4.60 a pound (yes, I know that's not actually a real cut)
And the chicken is the same stuff.

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #50 on: April 23, 2018, 01:41:05 PM »
As I said

Although I will agree that the average frozen bulk packages of meat in the local supermarket are like that, any and every butcher will cut you a proper steak.  But I'm fine sticking with my misformed London Broil for $4.60 a pound (yes, I know that's not actually a real cut)
And the chicken is the same stuff.

...but don't you have protexia and only have the finest?  ;D

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #51 on: April 23, 2018, 01:42:29 PM »
...but don't you have protexia and only have the finest?  ;D
Sure, and I only get the finest. But nonetheless I see no fault in the $4 a lb meat.

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #52 on: April 23, 2018, 02:22:37 PM »
As I said

Although I will agree that the average frozen bulk packages of meat in the local supermarket are like that, any and every butcher will cut you a proper steak.  But I'm fine sticking with my misformed London Broil for $4.60 a pound (yes, I know that's not actually a real cut)
And the chicken is the same stuff.
Malformed square of bovine flesh. Appetizing, isnt it?

I took one look at unbroiled chicken liver and swore I'd never have liver in Israel again.
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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #53 on: April 23, 2018, 02:28:49 PM »
Malformed square of bovine flesh. Appetizing, isnt it?

I took one look at unbroiled chicken liver and swore I'd never have liver in Israel again.
You remind me of this.
https://youtu.be/TrSL5MlDzNM

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #54 on: April 23, 2018, 03:54:25 PM »
You remind me of this.
https://youtu.be/TrSL5MlDzNM
Hardly. Osher Ad meat department did me in.
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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #55 on: April 23, 2018, 11:16:14 PM »
I saw our salary scale when I was at a b4 and I think it was 50-60%

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #56 on: April 24, 2018, 10:27:58 AM »
i am married, living in israel for about 13 years. 4 kids- monthly tuition is about 600nis a month. Will go up soon to about 1000nis a month. me and my wife work, spend little and live in a 3 bedroom apt. No one should move to Israel to move up in life financially or wanting to live with luxuries. Those are both not reason to move to israel. With that said, a simple middle class life style (i have no debt, and pay my bills in full each month with leftovers), own a home, no car- but if i wanted i could afford one. I have gone back to the states for summers for the last 8 years, i found food to be much more expensive there. Tricks to making it work - starting here when your young if possible, dont be afraid to start off with a low paying job and work hard to move up. If you can take a USA job to israel (via the internet etc) that is one of the most solid ways to make aliyah. family of 6 - we live on about 16,000nis a month, without being stingy on expenses but living simply. I go out to eat, travel, vacation etc. 

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #57 on: April 24, 2018, 10:33:12 AM »
i am married, living in israel for about 13 years. 4 kids- monthly tuition is about 600nis a month. Will go up soon to about 1000nis a month. me and my wife work, spend little and live in a 3 bedroom apt. No one should move to Israel to move up in life financially or wanting to live with luxuries. Those are both not reason to move to israel. With that said, a simple middle class life style (i have no debt, and pay my bills in full each month with leftovers), own a home, no car- but if i wanted i could afford one. I have gone back to the states for summers for the last 8 years, i found food to be much more expensive there. Tricks to making it work - starting here when your young if possible, dont be afraid to start off with a low paying job and work hard to move up. If you can take a USA job to israel (via the internet etc) that is one of the most solid ways to make aliyah. family of 6 - we live on about 16,000nis a month, without being stingy on expenses but living simply. I go out to eat, travel, vacation etc. 
Very cool.
Care to share a breakdown of expenses and where you live?
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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #58 on: April 24, 2018, 10:45:21 AM »
Very cool.
Care to share a breakdown of expenses and where you live?
Rent 6500nis (I own a place, but rent it and rent elsewhere (complicated- i live in the old city which is not a standard place, but its best for my job)
tuition- 600-1000
utilities including property tax 2500 approx
3000 for food?? Hard to tell
1500 other expenses. clothing etc
600 for additional medical insurance. (reduces some of the issues of socialized medicine)

This is a super generic off the top of my head list...not to be held against me.

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Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
« Reply #59 on: April 24, 2018, 10:48:45 AM »
when i first got married i lived on 5500 nis a month. (plus a side job sponsored by dansdeals of credit card point "optimization") but im not sure that can be had anymore.

Also monthly expenses shoot up if i need to buy an appliance or pesach hits....

I just got a new air conditioner that set me back 4500ns. A new fridge- 3000nis. But those have to swallowed into the year accounting not the monthly. 

I do live very simply, but not poor or lacking in any way. We have meat or chicken for dinner almost every night. I have cleaning help and babysitters when needed. It was my agreement when i got married and we chose to live here. We would be simple and spend thrifty, but never have we had to say no to any form of basic needs or standards of life due to money. there where times that we had small amounts of debt, but nothing that was not paid off in a year or so etc....
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