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Ok, maybe I had a daddy look and I constantly remind myself being a father that I am a daddy, now don't come down on me and tell me to have a mummy look please.
I have been searching and searching but not found any posts on what it actually costs to live in the Philippines based on location and life style within the site, ( contributors personal experiences) plenty of comparisons to Thailand etc.

Having lived in Manila for a year and other more provincial areas for 2 - 6 month stints I have a bit of an idea of costs including rent, utilities, food, transport, internal flights, eating in canteens and nice restaurants, beer and JD, cinema, visas, the general cost to live there being about AU $ 2,500.00 per month. (Manila)
While I smoke like a burning tyre and drink like a fish, JD mostly (not so cheap there) and have a pretty good lifestyle here, we also had the same there.
Whilst not owning and running a car in PH. but spending on public transport, taxis, trains, jeepneys and tricycles, cheaper than owning a car we would buy one if we moved back permanently and probably a couple of motor bikes etc.

Now our lifestyle here in Oz costs us about two and a half times that, we own our home and other investments so no rent but run a few cars etc, normal here and would do similar there.
We want to live in a town and not a big city but not be too far from good services, hospital, shopping etc. As mentioned in other posts San Juan La Union area, provincial.
Have looked at Numbeo and other sites but there seems to be conflicting statistics.

Feed back from other members with their experiences in regards to costs of living would be greatly appreciated.

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I will ad to this that though I am within the The Philippine site when I search, seems to bring up all countries with regards to this post, newbie so slap me if I am doing something wrong.

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I will ad to this that though I am within the The Philippine site when I search, seems to bring up all countries with regards to this post, newbie so slap me if I am doing something wrong.

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This is what I found when I did a search on this site...some are old.....I can help for my area

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Well Chuck you obviously had a mummy look, not sure why my searches revealed comparisons with other countries and not what I was looking for,,,,,,,,,,now I have lots to read and take in, in my heart I know the answers from experience, just curios what other accomplished expats views were.
Thanks for the info.

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In the US I was a single dad with 2 kids. We did fine on $3,000 (USD) a month.

Here, in Iloilo, my wife and I are fine on p35,000 a month (about $750)
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Well Chuck you obviously had a mummy look, not sure why my searches revealed comparisons with other countries and not what I was looking for,,,,,,,,,,now I have lots to read and take in, in my heart I know the answers from experience, just curios what other accomplished expats views were.
Thanks for the info.

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For sure you can live here and save money but it takes longer than 1 year to figure this place out and nobody to help you either ... yet not only does the citizen know the prices of skills and services they also know the lowest priced spots to get grocery items and there's no such thing as a one shop stop so with that said you will figure out how to save money, another note don't send anyone to buy you stuff for sure get it yourself.

Live in maids or in-law similar setups will set you back big time, the food costs, clothing and what ever else they need for upkeep won't be worth it.

Our electrical bill with fridge, we use the electric stove, hot and cold dispenser, AC unit used sparingly and jet matic or electric water pump, (don't have city water) several fans and TV's, bill comes up to 5,000 pesos+ in the summer or dry/hot season 6,000 per month. Internet DSL with land line and SIM, standard price would be about 2,000 pesos per month, filtered water delivery for hot and cold is 25 pesos per bottle, money can be saved on food costs by cooking at the home, eating out will run up your bills, don't forget everyone waiting for that tip, grocery bagger, spotter, I try to limit my running around.
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The biggest problem I've noticed is that prices in the Philippines change quite regularly, over the years the level of inflation in the Philippines has been steadily whilst largely static in the west. When I first visited the Philippines 22 years ago I recond I got about 8:1 against the UK .
Now it's more like 3:1 and still diverging. Any statement of cost of living is only going to be valid for a relitively short period of time.
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Again, thank you Chuck and members for input not only here but other posts also. I have lived there and have a rough idea of costs, I don't understand why our electricity bills were between PHP 3 and 3,500 per month and others not only on this site are saying 5 to 10 per month,,,,,,,though PH. is very expensive for power compared to the rest of the world I found their charges very reasonable, 3 bed apartment, one was for the maid, our store room, but, 2 A/Cs, one in the living area that we rarely ran as there was a big balcony to Malina bay and was generally comfortable but our bedroom A/C was cranked up early to mid evening @ 24 deg until 9 or 10 in the morning. (not me as I am a very early riser) Maybe we had a doctored meter, in the scheme of things power costs are not an issue especially is solar investment is brought into the equation.

A question for the experienced, If we own our own property can we live comfortably on AU 2 to 3 per month,,,,,,ok, a broad question. Running the house, probably with a pool, a car, 1 or 2 motorbikes, western tastes, no hired help, Phil health etc. etc.

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Again, thank you Chuck and members for input not only here but other posts also. I have lived there and have a rough idea of costs, I don't understand why our electricity bills were between PHP 3 and 3,500 per month and others not only on this site are saying 5 to 10 per month,,,,,,,though PH. is very expensive for power compared to the rest of the world I found their charges very reasonable, 3 bed apartment, one was for the maid, our store room, but, 2 A/Cs, one in the living area that we rarely ran as there was a big balcony to Malina bay and was generally comfortable but our bedroom A/C was cranked up early to mid evening @ 24 deg until 9 or 10 in the morning. (not me as I am a very early riser) Maybe we had a doctored meter, in the scheme of things power costs are not an issue especially is solar investment is brought into the equation.

A question for the experienced, If we own our own property can we live comfortably on AU 2 to 3 per month,,,,,,ok, a broad question. Running the house, probably with a pool, a car, 1 or 2 motorbikes, western tastes, no hired help, Phil health etc. etc.

Cheers, Steve.
Electrical rates are not the same, Luzon has some discounts on electrical charges between the hours of 8 pm - 8 am but I have a friend that lives in Tacloban and his rates are much higher same with Mindanao and they don't have any discounted times and the rate charges are much more you could get stuck with bills as high as 20,000 pesos a month running AC unit, fridge and freezer stand alone unit around the clock. You will live very well here on $2000 - 3000 AU.

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Yep, my reasoning too with costs, was not aware we were possibly getting a discount when running A/C at night to sleep. We were in manila so discounts may have been applied.

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