Almaty - Post Report Question and Answers

Can you save money?

For USG personnel, the differential pay is very high - in fact some would say too high (those people in Astana). So it is difficult to save money, but it is not impossible. Don't eat out at nice restaurants, don't travel outside the country and shop at local markets and you can save money. - Aug 2015

No. People spend it all skiing, vacationing in Thailand, and buying carpets. - Feb 2013

It's tough, but possible. - May 2012

Yes, if you dont' go out to eat or travel too much/far. Flights out cost a minimum of $400, even to Astana, the capital. You can get to Delhi for about $500. - Mar 2010

Absolutely not. - Mar 2008

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