How high is the cost of living in your country?

@eileenleyva (10984)
Philippines
June 12, 2010 5:56am CST
My cousin brought his family to Japan for a 15 day summer vacation. Minus the accommodation which had been prearranged, all they have to spend for are the trips to Disney and the daily food. So he brought with him a thousand dollars. When he came back, he said that he never been so hungry in his life. He bought kilo of beef which costs 5000 yen or something like PhP1000 or $20. The overnight Disney package was priced at PhP25000. All the money he thought he would have enjoyed the whole of Tokyo was gone for drinks and noodles alone. Sigh!
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13 responses
• Philippines
12 Jun 10
hi there. i read from somewhere that the dollar is no longer the most powerful currency. this is a huge adjustment especially for those who come in and out of their countries. well, the cost of living in my country is quite affordable. i guess this is one of the reasons why there are a lot of expats in our land. the dollars that they earn that is spend stingy-ly is quite a lot here. here's an example: mcdonalds big mac meal - Php 120. to convert - roughly $3. soda in can - Php 20. to convert - $0.50.
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• Philippines
12 Jun 10
hello there, I guess there is an advantage for countries like ours, when the country reach one hell of an economic growth the prices of almost everything is high. but that's not fair in your family because they needed to spend a lot of money just do all of that. 25k could have been use to pay bills or buy more than a month supply of goods. first and second world countries cost more that's why OFW works there because they also earn more.
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@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
22 Jun 10
Hi Eileen!. No wonder because I hear japan is one of the most expensive city. One of my sister friend study here most of the time she eat instant noodle to make the money enough for one month. Even a vegetable really expensive something they can have here for 50 cent they had to pay ten times there. I think My family will spent about $150 a month for our grocery and kitchen need. That for 5 person so every one need $30 a month to keep our stomach full.
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• Pamplona, Spain
15 Jun 10
Hiya eileen, Cost of living in Spain is getting much higher and although no one seems to want to admit it everyone here is having problems. Our Electricity Bills on average are about 50 to 90 Euros a Month even if you use very little electricity they still seem able to stamp you with a least 50 Euros in your Bills. Same goes for the Gas too. Food is quite expensive if you eat things like Meat and Fish. Just try telling your Family you are only going to put potatoes on a plate and maybe a Salad. A lot of People here do meals made up of Bread and put mashed Potato and Greens the local greens which have already been mashed up with whatever flavour is going like Olive Oil or Garlic and hey presto there you have it very filling cheap meal. Eggs are being used here and although it´s not that healthy this is the main diet for a lot of People along with Rice the cheaper Rice that is. I could go on.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
Your cousin should have do some more research regarding the cost of living of Japan before going there. Yes the cost of living in Japan is so high. But they also pay high to their workers. Here in the Philippines the cost of living is really not that high. But its increasing year by year. I just hope it wont reach to the point that the cost of living is the same as Japan but the average wage is still the same.
@oldchem1 (8144)
13 Jun 10
The cost of living in England is soaring, with petrol prices breaking the back of many families - especially people like us who live in a rural area where the buses are only every tow hours - we depend on our car!!
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jun 10
hi eileenleyva if the prices at that Disney package were anything' like the ones here in t he US at Disneyland in Anaheim California they are way too too high .the cost of living here in the US and specially in California is really high but wages are not rising to stay with the rise, which is sad, also a lot of our people here in Ca are out of work too.
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• Estonia
12 Jun 10
Well, it's hard to give a certain answer in one word. I will provide you with some facts. I live in a countryside, so my expenses are slightly lower, than the expenses of people that live in city. every month we pay aroun 100 bucks for water, heating (if needed), garbage service etc. I think another 10 or 20 bucks is spent on electricity. A liter of gasoline costs like 1,6 dollars here. Food... I think that a kilo of beef will cost around 7-8 dollars here. A cheeseburger in local McDonald's costs like 1,4 dollars. Note that I have transferred all the prices from my local currency into dollars. I don't think that life in my country is too expensive in general, there are places much more expensive around the world, but nevertheless there are people who are having problems with surviving here in my country too.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
12 Jun 10
it all depends on where you live. i am in canada and if you live in toronto, montreal or vancouver, the price is high! i live in a smaller city and the prices are a little better.
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@prinzcy (5057)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 10
I live in a village, of course our cost of living is very low. Most of the villagers are self employed like they own their own farm/estate or they open small business. Since this is our own house, we don't pay for rent. Food usually sell by local grocery or we can visit the nearest town for more option. Some even breed their own chicken, fish and other type of meat. Some plant their own vegetables.
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• Malaysia
12 Jun 10
how about indonesia?
@jimeny (640)
• Israel
12 Jun 10
I think it depend in what area you live. I live on the countryside, so it's kinda cheap there, but in the center of my country... it is almost not affordable. Though I did hear Japan is a very... costly country to live in.
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@redhotpogo (4422)
• United States
12 Jun 10
super high. I live in America for the moment. If you're making under $20 an hour $1 = about 46php $20= 920php then you're not going to be able to survive. Everything is expensive, especially gas and food.
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