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Old 24th July 2014, 11:55 AM
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I have read a few comments here and there in this forum, briefly touching on the topic of what it might take in monthly income to live comfortably in the Philippines. To further elaborate on this topic, could someone, (or several members), please give their personal feedback on a cost of living scale? The more opinions, the more finely tuned the results will be...

Such as:

Level One - a very basic, poverty level existence, ($?pesos).

Level Two - a simple lifestyle, but above poverty level, ($?pesos).

Level Three - a more comfortable existence, ($?pesos).

Level Four - a more fulfilling western hemisphere lifestyle, ($?pesos).

Level Five - A rich and luxurious existence living like a king, ($?pesos).

Gathering and gleaning all the information I can find in past discussion threads, there seems to be a vague suggestion that each of these above listed existence levels may be separated by approximately 25,000php per month...example:

Level One - 0 to 25,000php per month.
Level Two - 25,000 to 50,000php per month.
Level Three - 50,000 to 75,000php per month.
Level Four - 75,000 to 100,00php per month.
Level Five - 100,000 and up per month.

I am not sure how accurate these rough calculations are to the actual cost of living PLUS I also realize that there is a big difference between living in the Philippines and living in Cebu or Manila!

Perhaps someone can address each of these five categories twice...once for the Philippines in general and again if living in the bigger metropolitan areas or maybe give a percentage increase for living in the big cities, (ie: 35% or 50% more needed each month for city living).

This information could be very valuable to those of us who are preparing to relocate to the Philippines this year as well as those who will follow in the coming years.

I am late on this thread but just saw the link on another post. In my case I am living in a small city of 40k people, 2 hr drive from IloIlo. Been tracking expenses the last 3 months.

10,000 rent, brand new 2 bedroom house
1,500 hydro
150 water
food approx 10k
misc 7,000 which includes beer!
Total 30k more or less

I do not have a vehicle so that makes it less. I plan on building a house soon so that will be a large capital outlay but the rent will only be taxes after that time. We usually take a road trip once a month, usually Boracay, IloIlo or Guimaras. That is not included in the figures above.

2/3rds of our food shopping is in the grocery store the rest from markets.

We live a comfortable lifestyle, certainly not extravagant but nice.

$1500 a month would easily be a very nice lifestyle for us. That is 20-30k above our current expenses.

On your scale I would rate us as a level 3-4 for the money I mentioned.

Hope the info helps.

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It helps a lot and your reply certainly is not late...any and all information helps let me and others know about what to expect after we settle there. I am in my final 60 or 70 days in the US and this information is quite helpful to me and those who might follow. Thanks again for sharing your personal financial situation with the forum.
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Sounds like a nice lifestyle And Very Affordable!

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My experience having worked a lot in both PI and Thailand back in 90's, while also living down at Subic and travel a lot around PI 2008-12 for weeks at a time, and talking to Expats both places is that Thailand is ( or was) far better living. BUT my asawa is Filipina; so, for me no choice in Where we'll live come 42016pm between the two? Just I mostly get to decide Where IN the PI as she's afraid I'm going to feel like you....Im confident I've a good feel for it all, plus we plan to spend U.S. summer and fall in U.S. first few yrs...get my baseball and football fixes...lol. good luck I reckon on Your repatriation. Cleveland? ? Seriously? ?
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CC have you ever visited the Phils? because I live 2 minutes from upscale but really isn't anything but dead and quiet. If you are coming here for women then go and get a one bedroom in AC and have fun. If you are coming here to live with someone then get ready for a boring life. There is absolutely nothing great about this place, it's poverty everywhere, smells like crap, dogs crap everywhere and people are rude, loud and obnoxious. You also don't want to trust anyone because these ppl will fip on you in a second. They expect you to give them stuff and think they're smart than you. I've been here for 2 months, planned a year but getting the *** out of here going to spend a few weeks in Thailand and then heading back to USA.

Cleveland is way better than this place. Orlando as well. I currently live in Orlando but really don't like it, parents live there.

Also you are going to have to pay outrageous immigration fees to stay in this dump.

Traffic isn't as bad as Thailand but ppl drive all over the place, buses are crazy, jeeps are idiots and motorbikes obnoxious. PPl here eat some really nasty stuff, like fish head and use some of the worse cooking oil on the planet. They do have some okay stuff, like mango, bananas and pineapple.

Also remember if you need to get back to the States, Good luck, it will take some time or pay a ton for a non stop.

Anyway good luck, this place is garbage.
See, now there ya go. What is right for one person is wrong for another and so on. If one has a hard time adjusting or wanting to adjust to the Philippines it would seem horrible for sure.
Two months is surly not enough time to call giving a place a fair try though. Two years is barely enough for most people to see if they can or want to adjust to life in a 3rd world country. Thailand can be a lot the same and difficult for adjustment as well.

I've lived here bout 12 years now and like anyone had an adjustment. But being board without living the single life or something simply is not true. Naturally that could depend on what one finds enjoyable too.
I've been married the the entire time living here and have never had what I would consider a boring day yet. If I start to feel that way at all, my wife and I or just the kids and I head down the road somewhere or to a mall for an outing.

If you are not happy with living or being here, there are flights leaving every day. Get on one. But don't run down the place simply because you either can not or will not adjust to life here. This is not the US and is going to be different and that's the reason most of us are here and continue calling the Philippines home...

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