Cost of living in San Salvador, El Salvador

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $5.10
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $5.59
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.77
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.43
12 eggs, large $2.25
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.98
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $3.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.55
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.51
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $13
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.74
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $0.93
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $975
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $585
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $94
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $689
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 $94
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $60
40” flat screen TV $478
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $115
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $7
Hourly rate for cleaning help $1.96
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $57
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $46
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $87
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $17,193
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.91
Monthly ticket public transport $27
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) $6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $23
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $24
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $4.78
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.86
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.43
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.33
Tube of toothpaste $2.07
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $6
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $26
2 tickets to the movies $10
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $14
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 $5.37
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $3.59
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $2.66
iPod nano 16GB $249
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district $36
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $2.85
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 372 prices entered by 35 different people.
Latest price update: March 28, 2017.

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