People always want to know what the cost of living in the Philippines is. In this video, find out exactly how much you need to spend.
One of the great things about living in the Philippines is the fact that there is a wide range of lifestyles.
Many people come here and live on the cheap. They rent a cheap apartment and they eat cheap food.
At the bottom end, you can live in a cheap bamboo hut on the beach. There will be no running water, but it’ll be as cheap as you can get. The most a shack like this is likely to cost is $100 a month, though you probably get it for cheaper. If you eat local food (a lot of rice, pork, and fish), you can spend as little a $100 a month on your food. So in the end, it works out to be $200 to $300 a month to live on the beach in the Philippines.
Not bad, eh? Especially considering what it would cost to enjoy the same lifestyle in any Western country.
If you’ve got money to burn and would prefer something that is bigger and better, you can rent a mansion. You can rent a million dollar house for $2000 or $3000 a month. There are plenty of places like that in the Philippines. Usually, it’s a beautiful house on a edge of a beach.
You can enjoy whatever lifestyle you want in the Philippines. Depending upon your desire and your budget, you can live like a poor person or a king. It’s totally up to you.
There are also plenty of options in between those two extremes.
In Manila, there are ample options for people that want to be comfortable but don’t want to overspend to get there.
For about $800 a month, you can rent an apartment in Manila. Depending upon your air-con use, add another $100 on top of that. In the center of the city, two people can eat pretty good for $200 a month. All in all, about $1100 a month to get yourself set up comfortably in Manila. Some apartments include things like rooftop pools, volleyball and basketball courts and spectacular views of the surround area.
The nightlife in Manila is something along the lines of the Puerto Galera nightlife. It’s a great place to have fun, relax and enjoy your evenings. In Malate, one of the main nightlife areas, you’ll find restaurants, bars and clubs where you can make use of the night.
In the end, the cost of living in the Philippines is less than any Western country. Whatever lifestyle you want to experience, you’re guaranteed to be able to get the equivalent for cheaper in the Philippines.
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