Cost of living in McAllen, Texas, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $8
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.70
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.69
12 eggs, large $3.05
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.46
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.01
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.33
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.02
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.86
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $12
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.65
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.78
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $917
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $773
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $266
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $812
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $526
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $135
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $47
40” flat screen TV $301
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $84
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $6
Hourly rate for cleaning help $12
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $37
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $51
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $77
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $72
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,840
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.60
Monthly ticket public transport $41
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $25
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.43
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $20
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $66
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $3.73
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.20
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $3.59
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.33
Tube of toothpaste $1.50
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $12
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $37
2 tickets to the movies $21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $33
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $44
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.07
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $3.23
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $426
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.45
1 month of gym membership in business district $31
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 194 prices entered by 20 different people.
Latest price update: October 17, 2018.

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