Thursday, September 4, 2008

Paying Your Bills in Peru

Updated 14 April 2014

Bills aren’t that expensive, but you will still need to budget. Gas, electric, water, and drinking water bills should come out to less than 200 soles a month. You’ll probably have to pay rent, gas, electric, and water bills while living in Peru. If you’re renting you will pay the rent directly to your landlord or landlady. Depending on the size of the building that you’re living in, you may also pay the gas and electric bills to them.

One tip to remember is that speaking Spanish will help you greatly. You'll be treated differently than if you speak English all the time, it'll help you assimilate, and it's easier to get things done. If you're looking to learn Spanish, check out Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.   

If you have to pay electric and water bills separately, you can easily pay these bills at banks, some supermarkets, or service branches. On the back of the bill, there is a listing of where you can pay. More and more banks are allowing you to simply log on to your bank account online and pay your bills that way. Ask your bank for more information.

Gas is used for stoves and comes in metal containers. You will have to call the gas company in order to get gas. The first time you purchase gas, you will have to purchase the container and the gas that goes inside. After that, you will only have to purchase the gas.

Drinking water can be bought in litre bottles or in large gallon containers. There are many water companies that offer this service. The first time you order, you will have to purchase a water cooler holder, plus the container and the water. After that, you only have to pay for the water.

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