Cost of living in General Santos City, Philippines

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php166
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php119
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php85
12 eggs, large Php68
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php45
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php204
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php100
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php80
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php45
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php350
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php65
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php25
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php11,640
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php5,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php8,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php5,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,500
40” flat screen TV Php25,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,600
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php750
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php1,800
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php350
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,500
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,500
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php500,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php41
Monthly ticket public transport Php5,000
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php211
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php450
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php323
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php700
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php229
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php169
4 rolls of toilet paper Php60
Tube of toothpaste Php135
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php180
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php450
2 tickets to the movies Php268
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php346
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php700
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php700
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php350
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php45
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php35,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php600
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php70
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: June 28, 2018.

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