Monday, July 22, 2013

How Expensive Are Baby Items in Argentina?

Let's say that you're planning to move to Argentina for work or to start a new life, but you have a baby or a toddler? You’d have to bring their crib, their play pen and all those baby related things. Wouldn’t it be easier to simply buy all these baby items again once you’re in Argentina?

In terms of simplicity, yes, it’d be easier to buy baby furniture here, but be warned! It will burn a hole in your pocket. 

My spouse and I have been talking about adopting a child within the next three to four years. But I'm not really sure if I'd want to raise a child in Argentina. But there are other potential expats who have been planning trips to Cordoba, and have reached out to me with questions. So, I decided to start looking at the cost of baby furniture in Cordoba and here is what I found. 

A crib like this costs 675 Argentinian pesos at Walmart, which is roughly 123 US dollars.

 A high chair like this costs 399 Argentinian pesos, which is 73 US dollars.

A play pen costs 1,099 Argentinian pesos which is 201.24 US dollars.

A stroller can cost anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 Argentinian pesos, depending on the quality, which is between 183 to 549 US dollars.

Huggies Diapers can run you anywhere from 69 Argentinian Pesos to over a 100, depending on how many diapers come in a bag. In US dollars, this would be about 12.60 to 18.30 US dollars, perhaps a bit more.

A car seat will run you about 1,499 Argentinian pesos, which is about 274.36 in US dollars.

Pacifiers are as low as 25.90 in Argentinian pesos, which is the equivalent of 4.74 US dollars.

Baby bibs are 15.99 Argentinian pesos, which equals to 2.92 in US dollars.

You can always search for cheaper baby furniture at which is Latin America’s version of eBay. Then again, it’s a gamble. You aren’t guaranteed quality. So, just like with eBay, you’ll just have to go on faith.

As far as the health of your baby's concerned, you won't have to worry about costly medical bills, vaccinations or medicine. Why? It's simple. You have the option of free health care in Argentina and you can take advantage of these free services regardless of whether you're a resident or a foreigner. If you have an emergency, you go the emergency room at a public hospital, and your child can get the medical care he or she needs, which is a pretty sweet deal.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cordoba Neighborhoods in Argentina - Video Tour

I celebrated my 36th birthday on July 9th, so I figured I'd go out on a mini shopping spree and splurge on myself. Then I figured, as long as I'm out and about, why not film a few video clips of Cordoba's neighborhoods, so that my readers could get a glimpse of what homes are like down here. 
Watch the video!

I apologize in advance for the shakiness of the camera, and also for being so self-centered that I posted two photos of myself on my birthday 🙂 

Enjoy the video! 
A boy's never too old to celebrate by shopping ;-)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Argentine Product Pricing Comparison 2013

One of the things that may surprise tourists and expats when they step foot in Argentina are the prices. While some items are relatively cheap, others, like toys and electronics are a bit more expensive. This would explain why I haven't seen a Toys R Us around here. It probably wouldn't make any money from locals.

I was honestly floored by the prices during my first few weeks here, but after doing the conversion from Argentine pesos to U.S. dollars, I realized other items, such as food, are relatively affordable. 

The price conversion you see in this entry are based on the Argentine peso vs U.S. dollar ratio as of July 1st, 2013.

So, here are a few items. Take a look for yourself, and let me know what you think. I'll be monitoring the prices and posting updated comparisons over the next few years.
Trix Cereal = 26.75 Argentine Pesos = 4.97 USD
Ham and Cheese Sandwich – 46.90 Argentine Pesos = 8.71 USD

Power Rangers Action Figure = 369.00 Argentine Pesos = 68.52 USD

Doll House Sets – 320.00 Argentine Pesos = 59.42 USD

Hello Kitty – 189.00 Argentine Pesos = 35.00 USD

Ben 10 Book Bag – 409.00 Argentine Pesos = 75.95 USD

Board Game – 329.00 Argentine Pesos = 61.00 USD

 84.90 Argentine Pesos = 15.74 USD

 1,099 Argentine Pesos = 203.71 USD