Philippines, cost of living

Philippines, cost of living

The cost of living in the month of June, as far as my lifestyle. As I have been emphasizing ever since I started occasionally sharing my cost of living: your cost of living depends on where you live in the Philippines and what your lifestyle is.
If you sit in front of the aircon all day all night, your cost of living will be so much different only because of your electricity bill. Mine is around 1000 pesos (20 euro) but switch on the aircon and you might end up paying a bill way over 3000 pesos.

Same with rent, my rent is 15k for a 2 bedroom cottage, in a huge garden and a private driveway. But next month due to the implementation of city taxes my rent will go up with a 1000 pesos to 16k.
The Philippines is copying the West where it comes to tax-strategies, development, housing, social care and health care. And prices raise quickly in this country.

For example the prices of Phill Health will be raised with 300 percent from this month onward. And many cities start charging city taxes for properties that are rented out.

here is my cost of living for the month of june:

SubjectAmount in PHPNote
TOTAL41,174that is 714 Euro or 816 US$
Rent15,0002 bedroom air con cottage incl. internet
Electricity987I do not use the air con
Water190including drinking water
Fuel Motorbike1,180price per liter 43 pesos
Eating out7,7992 pax mostly
Groceries4,4612 pax household
Clothes4,329I bought a pair of shoes due to laws in driving a motorbike and a Spyder watch, among things
Phone198Smart 99 / Globe 99
Gifts880I bought Oda a new short since he ripped his while doing some work for me
Helmet4300Spyder helmet
Travel1,850I went to Dumaguete a lot!

I had some extra expenses, since the law on wearing a helmet and proper shoes while riding a motorbike has been implemented and enforced. So regular checkpoints are held and penalties given.
I bought a black Spyder helmet with sunscreen, the price was 4,300 pesos (74.50 euro) my shoes Merrell’s (with which I can walk in the water also) were on sale for 2800 pesos (48 euro)
AndI had my tyre fixed, 2 holes in my tubeless, costs me 120 pesos (2.08 euro)

So an expensive month for me.
Next month the tune-up and oil-change for the motorbike is coming up and I probably need a new gas bottle in the kitchen. But I’m also do a little experiment to get it clear for myself if it is more expensive to go out for dinner or cook myself.

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2 thoughts on “Philippines, cost of living

  1. J.C. I enjoy so much sharing some of your experiences with you. I hope to visit you in the foreseeable future. We are not that far apart. My expenses vs. my pension limit my travels but with a few months, good planning and no life surprises, I can swing it. I am sure you have pension houses there? Here and on Leyte they run from p600 to p1000 depending on the aminities. Take good care always ate and keep up your hard work.

  2. Hi Richard, thank you for commenting. I get you totally on the travel-budget. I have to save up for things also. I saw a new build project near the town of Siquijor yesterday that offers big roooms from 680 pesos per night and up. For other prices I have no idea, but dorms offer 350 per night, and they have private rooms as well. Hotels start around 1,200 per night per room. Food and drinks are pretty cheap here.