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Kingston, Jamaica
What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?
Embassy families usually pay about US$25/day for domestic help and US$35/week for gardeners. We overpay SIGNIFICANTLY compared to locals. Nannies get about US$400/month usually.
What household or grocery items do you wish you had shipped to post?
Canned tomatoes and beans, which are CRAZY expensive here. Laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, sheets and towels. More toys and things for the kids to do as they don't get out as much here as at...

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