Cost of living in Salem, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨150
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨186
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨91
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨40
12 eggs, large ₨58
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨50
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨282
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨141
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨44
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨111
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨948
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨77
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨33
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨12,100
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨20,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨3,500
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨14,246
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨5,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨1,450
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,550
40” flat screen TV ₨43,322
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,906
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨360
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨200
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,928
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨3,204
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨4,023
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨3,543
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨758,491
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨69
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,390
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨305
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨168
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨300
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨400
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨151
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨104
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨279
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨122
Tube of toothpaste ₨48
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨181
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,100
2 tickets to the movies ₨253
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨565
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,675
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨1,033
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨80
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨275
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨30,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,100
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨135
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 76 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: June 24, 2018.

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