Cost of living in San Luis Obispo, California, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.00
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.96
12 eggs, large $3.13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.02
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.56
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.28
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.02
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,270
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,643
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $177
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,357
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,052
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $119
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $359
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $172
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $8
Hourly rate for cleaning help $19
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $52
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $49
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $107
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,923
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.93
Monthly ticket public transport $39
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) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $68
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $75
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.47
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $6
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.45
Tube of toothpaste $2.27
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $46
2 tickets to the movies $26
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $170
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $89
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.92
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $426
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district $51
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $8
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 393 prices entered by 25 different people.
Latest price update: April 20, 2018.

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