Cost of living in Macao

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 85 Pataca
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 40 Pataca
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 26 Pataca
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 18 Pataca
12 eggs, large 29 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 24 Pataca
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 57 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 22 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 25 Pataca
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13 Pataca
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 128 Pataca
2 liters of Coca-Cola 18 Pataca
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11 Pataca
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 19,626 Pataca
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 13,120 Pataca
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,129 Pataca
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 10,692 Pataca
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 7,723 Pataca
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 678 Pataca
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 206 Pataca
40” flat screen TV 7,806 Pataca
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,145 Pataca
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 83 Pataca
Hourly rate for cleaning help 48 Pataca
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 614 Pataca
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 355 Pataca
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 772 Pataca
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,088 Pataca
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 257,000 Pataca
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 12 Pataca
Monthly ticket public transport 145 Pataca
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 103 Pataca
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 57 Pataca
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 136 Pataca
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 309 Pataca
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 42 Pataca
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 32 Pataca
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 63 Pataca
4 rolls of toilet paper 13 Pataca
Tube of toothpaste 26 Pataca
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 238 Pataca
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 398 Pataca
2 tickets to the movies 224 Pataca
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 938 Pataca
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 855 Pataca
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 92 Pataca
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41 Pataca
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 45 Pataca
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,201 Pataca
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.49 Pataca
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,022 Pataca
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 33 Pataca
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 198 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: April 19, 2018.

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