Cost of living in McAllen, Texas, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $10
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.77
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.75
12 eggs, large $2.51
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $2.08
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.65
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.57
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.41
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $12
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.73
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $784
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $257
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $806
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $536
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $132
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $47
40” flat screen TV $321
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $93
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $7
Hourly rate for cleaning help $13
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $42
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $45
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $80
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $71
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,013
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.56
Monthly ticket public transport $38
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $22
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.83
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $19
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $89
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $4.10
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.47
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.04
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.18
Tube of toothpaste $1.71
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 $20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $27
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $47
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $3.37
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district $34
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 256 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: February 18, 2018.

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