What is the lifestyle of an average Filipino family?

August 27, 2008 2:43am CST
What is the average income? Do they own a house and a car? How do they make ends meet and can they afford little luxuries such as a vaction, shopping spree, dining out...? I am from the Philippines but currently living abroad and am planning to settle there with my family. I want to know how do you budget your money/income.
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@nengs10 (3188)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
For an average Filipino family, I think they are only getting exactly what they need. I mean, their salary is only enough for their needs and there's nothing left for shopping spree and eating out with friends and others. The life of an average family here in the Philippines now is so difficult. I sympathize all other people. Though I am not really experiencing such, I am still happy that those people have something to eat daily.
@omar0913 (943)
• Legaspi, Philippines
27 Aug 08
An average Filipino usually earns around 6 to 8 thousand pesos a month and most of them don't have homes and cars some has motorbikes, they can only afford to shop things that they needed most and when it comes to vacation they can also afford but with limit on the budget, if you want to settle here and create jobs for other filipinos it's ok but take note most average filipinos here are falling in line just to buy rice from the govt. because commercial rice here are far too expensive.
@dong1970 (1573)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
If you are an ordinary employee,your income can't survive if you want luxuruios things in your life.Average employee earns only for the basic needs of the family.If you notice,some filipinos are aiming to go abroad to find a better job.But theres no place like home.If you want to live here in the Philippines and have A Luxuriuos life.You should invest first with your own house,car etc...so that you will have luxury living.Good Day
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@KRE123 (1)
• Australia
6 Jan 11
With all due respect, I think Filipinos are amazing in terms of survival and finding happiness eventhough a considerable number of the country's population suffer from poverty. Although I didn't grow up there, often my Mom, aunty, uncle and grandma usually share their stories of life in the Philippines and how they overcame hardships reminding us of the things we usually take for granted. It does not sound easy, and I guess it never was and perhaps is. Of all the things my family said only one thing stick - in the Philippines, you are either poor or rich, and no such thing as middle-ground. The poor is getting poorer and the rich getting richer. I think people make-ends-meet to survive. Thus, they'd do anything within their power to support a family. I've been advise that jobs are scarce too, therefore, I doubt the person with a college/uni degree standing behind a Jollibee counter taking orders didn't exactly picture they'd end up working at a fast food outlet in the end. That said, I don't think its by choice. It comes to a point where your choices become so limited. Is it fair to say the culture by Filipinos living in the Philippines and those Filipinos living overseas illustrate an immense difference? I think for most Filipinos vacations, shopping spree, dining out, etc. is not a mere luxury but a luxury on its own. With that in mind, it all comes down to priorities and what the individual is specifically budgeting for.