Cost of living in San Salvador, El Salvador

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $8
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $5.46
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.71
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.52
12 eggs, large $2.35
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $2.14
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.64
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.55
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.42
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.59
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $0.90
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,373
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $700
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $101
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $733
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $331
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $70
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $64
40” flat screen TV $476
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $112
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $7
Hourly rate for cleaning help $2.47
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $52
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $42
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $104
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $82
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $18,707
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.89
Monthly ticket public transport $23
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $18
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.23
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $26
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $24
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $4.73
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.64
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.60
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.31
Tube of toothpaste $1.92
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $6
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $28
2 tickets to the movies $9
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $15
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $43
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $5.39
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $3.88
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $2.55
iPod nano 16GB $221
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district $37
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $2.78
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 28 different people.
Latest price update: December 05, 2016.

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