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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In America

July 19, 2013

Lisa asks…

should I get a 720p lcd tv now while they are cheap or wait for a 1080p? 32″?

I live in an apartment and do not want to get larger than a 32″ Widescreen LCD (currently have 27″ 4:3 flat tube tv). There have some amazing deals as of late on these TVs.

The ones out and on sale are the 720p, but I now that 1080p is right around the corner.

I will use the tv for DVDs (which I have a large collection of 300+) and my home theater PC. We also have a Wii.

The current resolution for a DVD in america is 752×480 (480p) and my wii will go 480p as well. My htpc should be just fine at 1377×720 I would think.

I have no interest in getting a blue ray or HDDVD drive for atleast 3 years I think. I am quite happy with the current DVD resolution.

Will I really notice any difference sitting 5-6 feet away watching this tv between the two standards?

Administrator answers:

On any pixel based HD TVs, you will see a difference between a regular DVD and a High Definition DVD. Pixelation will be visible – although not throughout – but on scenes with a lot of motion it will be more apparent.

1080p TVs are already out and falling in prices. A number of the network channels also broadcast in 1080i.

720p TVs are becoming obsolete – hence the “amazing” deals :-) . It wouldn’t be wise at this stage to invest in a 720p TV. A 1080p TV would be the way to go.

Joseph asks…

Volunteer Opportunities in Peru, the Amazon, Fiji, or New Zealand/Australia?

We’re looking for cheap or free volunteer opportunities in these places, what are legitimate programs or websites we can check out? And does anybody here have any experience volunteering in any of these places?

Administrator answers:

For Peru, there are tons of opportunities to teach English, work with children, participate in conservation projects. For a general overview of Volunteering in Peru, visit

A great combination of volunteer and Spanish study can be done through Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. The price includes a shared apartment-style house with three meals a day by local chefs. The price also includes two hours of Spanish lessons daily, in addition to your volunteer project.


A great Amazon volunteer project in Ecuador is Napo Runa. Projects include agriculture/farming, building, conservation education (assisting in workshops for locals), and much more. For more information, visit VIVA Travel Guides’ page on this lovely volunteer organization:

Happy Travels!

Ruth asks…

i love to imigrate to other countries in which i can follow my education and live there cheap?

i graduated chemistry and i can translate

Administrator answers:

Pick Costa Rica for living cheap and healthy
Costa Rica is one of those few countries that can offer the baby boomer retiree all the amenities, the perfect climate and a low cost of living all at the same time.

Many who will not even be ready to retire for years to come are already looking to buy their retirement home or apartment ahead of the rush on Costa Rica.

Water, power and telephone are still very cheap in Costa Rica. For a family of 4, the monthly bills will normally be:

* Water: $20 per month
* Power: $ 40 (without air conditioning, heating pool)
* Internet: $ 15 RACSA (state ISP) Unlimited home user plan
* Internet: $30 Amnet Cable Modem • Cable TV:

The rule of thumb for groceries is that your bill will be about 2/3 of what it is in the U.S. A lot depends on what products you buy. Some products have price controls under what is called the “basic food basket”. Products imported from Latin America and other countries under free trade agreements, or products grown locally or considered local cuisine (rice and beans) will have a lower price than imported “luxury” items.

* 1 kilo onions – $1.10
* 1 head broccoli – $1.14
* 400 grams Mozzarella Cheese – $3.00
* French’s Dijon Mustard 340g – $1.87
* ACT II Extreme Butter Microwave popcorn – $.58
* 3 kilos RINSO laundry detergent – $6.40
* 1 can Refried Beans – $1.13
* Kraft Sandwich Spread 215g – $1.28
* Natilla 300 ml (light sour cream) – $.52
* 40 Panadol tablets (acetaminophen) $1.09
* 2 liters milk Dos Pinos – $.99
* Case of Cerveza Imperial (national beer, not including bottle deposit) – $15.14

Depends on specialty. There are four public universities in Costa Rica:

* Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR)
* Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR)
* Universidad Nacional Autónoma (UNA)
* Universidad Nacional Estatal a Distancia (UNED)

There are also several private universities:

* Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE)
* United Nations University for Peace
* Universidad de EARTH
* Universidad de Iberoamerica (UNIBE)
* Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica (UACA)
* Universidad Católica de Costa Rica
* Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

The University of Costa Rica (UCR), the largest and oldest university, enrolls some 35,000 students, mostly on scholarships, but even paying full tuition is not hard as it rarely surpasses $200 a semester. The main campus is in the northeastern San Jose community of San Pedro but the UCR also has regional centers in Alajuela, Turrialba, Puntarenas and Cartago. The National University in Heredia, offers a variety of liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies to 13,000 students .

Chris asks…

How much to go travelling?

i really want to go to America for my gap year, me and my friend would like to see all the states and drive round sight seeing and shopping…

does this mean i would have to get a visa for every single state separatly?? and how much would i have to pay for each one???

Administrator answers:

No, you will only need the one travel visa, a B1 or B2, however, you can only be granted a stay of 6 months and have to give a very good reason to have it extended another 6 months. Check this, its $79.90 along with the ESTA application which everyone has to complete online beforehand to get permission and to prove you are a nice innocent person entering the country!
My Husband and I travelled New York, Florida, Arizona and Nevada by both car and plane earlier this year for a month and I must state its quite expensive so make sure you have ALOT of money, we spent £6000 in a month, including flights, car hire, hotels (cheap hotels too) and apartment rental, cheap dinners etc, we didn’t even pay to see expensive sights like Rockefeller, theme parks etc. Note that for example if you drop a hire car off in a different state then you have to pay fees etc. You could always get a work visa then you can work your way around so you always have an income, or do a stint in a hotel for a few months otherwise i would say you will need £60,000 or more to drive to every single state sightseeing and shopping!

Sandy asks…

How to start? I wish to live in Argentina?


I live in Costa Rica but was raised in the U.S (Im a costa rican citizen). I have always wanted to live in Argentina, especially in Buenos Aires. I finished high school and have been going to college for about 2.5 years now studying computer sciences but I recently stopped going to school and presented my resignation letter (from a big multi national IT company that I have been working with for the last 3 years in outsourcing). I am really tired of working in IT and I have actually come to hate it – hence me leaving the university and quitting my job. Before I start looking for any more jobs here I would like to follow my dream of moving to argentina but have no idea were to start.

Does anyone have any experience or know were I could start?

-How much money would I need to live there for a few months until I get a job? – Nothing fancy, just a small apartment and some decent food (grocery store)

-I hear buenos aires is more expensive than other cities – what other nice places do you guys recommend? Ive heard a lot about mendoza and cordoba.

-wouldnt buenos aires be the best place to find jobs?

-how hard is it to find a job over there? especially for a foreigner?

-i dont want to live illegally over there. what must I do to get a work permit (if needed?) and how can I become a resident?

and basically do you guys recommend that I just get all my money together and grab a flight over there and as soon as I get to land, look for a cheap motel while I look for an appartment and then buy some food and look for jobs on the newspaper – I really have no idea how to do this.

Thanks and regards!


Administrator answers:

First if it is your plan to live and work there, you must declare that when you apply for a visa. And you’ll need that visa before you seek a work permit. Shame you gave up on IT as it’s one job that would be almost instantly open to you in B.A., this is an enormous city constantly in need of technical assistance. A few years back B.A. Was a bargain….compared to cities in North America and Europe but that’s not so much the case. Food and meals are inexpensive and, frankly, it’s hard to get a bad meal there. What you need to understand is that each bock, perhaps two or three, comprise their own barrio; You get to know everyone, there’s everything you’ll need from a green grocer to a butcher to a baker….it’s city that shops everyday. Of all the cities in South America this is the one most closely modeled on Europe and not Madrid, as you might expect, but Paris. The years from 1880 on, although heavily colonized by the British, were stylistically under the sway of the French. Mansard roofs abound, many streets could be in Paris. But the secondary population is Italian. Porteno, the language of the city, is a mixture of Italian and Spanish with bits and pieces of French, English and German. It’s largely a friendly city-particularly in your own barrio. As large cities go, it’s reasonable safe, far more so than Rio or Sao Paulo. Half the population of the country lives in B.A, so the other cities you mention, Mendoza and Cordoba, would seem small by comparison although both are very attractive. This is a country that really comes as close to having it all as you can get. From the semi-tropical North to the nearly polar South there’s the kind of weather you prefer no matter what it is you like.

Do not even consider entering Argentina and overstaying your visa, they’re quite strict about that as with many countries who have a stable economy, they’re constantly faced with illegal immigration. If you don’t like B.A, there’s a substitute closely at hand, just across the Estuary; Montevideo. Uruguay is a much overlooked country give its proximity to Argentina and offers much of what their neighbour has at a lowered price.

If you plan to land and look for a “cheap motel” you’ll find that Ezeiza Airport is way out in the country in suburban B.A. In advance, online, find a place to stay. One of the questions on anything but a tourist visa form is an address in Argentina and you cannot just put down the address of a hotel that you got from the internet. I’d suggest that you visit the embassy or consulate of Argentina where you are to get accurate answers to your questions. If you are unprepared for a city of 17 million people, you might want to rethink your plans. As I mentioned earlier, whether you hate it or not, your abilities in IT will help get you not only a visa but a job. Look through some of the Spanish Language want ads from local papers on line. Also, your fluent in English which will help. As of now, all students are required to take at least six years of English. After a turbulent period in the last century, the thrust there is to continue to build the economy and to attract foreign business.

B.A. Has a large, youthful population that definitely knows how to have a good time. BUT that good time costs money and, in advance of arriving, I’d have at least two thousand dollars available to you and that’s not including your rent for two months. Being broke and stranded in a big city can be a frightening experience. If you have friends there, contact them, get their opinions. You may wish to contact the Costa Rican Embassy in Buenos Aires for their advice.

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