Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district R$ 29
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R$ 21
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.17
12 eggs, large R$ 5.20
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.52
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 5.33
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.25
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 3.37
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 37
2 liters of Coca-Cola R$ 4.99
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 2.99
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 4,789
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 398
Internet 8MB (1 month) R$ 88
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,760
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt R$ 380
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 16
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 14
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R$ 216
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) R$ 155
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) R$ 359
1 pair of leather business shoes R$ 252
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 60,953
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 3.35
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 181
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) R$ 30
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) R$ 16
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R$ 15
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 10
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.21
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 30
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 105
2 tickets to the movies R$ 46
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 192
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert R$ 212
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 20
Capuccino in expat area of the city R$ 7
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 8
iPod nano 16GB R$ 727
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.51
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 163
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R$ 7
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 7,139 prices entered by 730 different people.
Latest price update: March 31, 2015.

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