Cost of living in Sonsonate, El Salvador

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $5.61
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $5.74
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $1.89
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.53
12 eggs, large $1.62
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $2.00
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $3.61
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.52
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.63
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $12
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.88
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.25
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $405
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $414
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $130
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $294
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $108
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $215
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $36
40” flat screen TV $325
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $100
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $2.80
Hourly rate for cleaning help $5.63
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $33
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $28
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $110
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $63
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $10,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.70
Monthly ticket public transport $28
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $20
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $11
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $20
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6.00
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.01
4 rolls of toilet paper $1.13
Tube of toothpaste $2.25
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $3.00
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $13
2 tickets to the movies $9
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $11
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $28
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $28
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $3.25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.75
iPad Air 2, 64GB $325
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.11
1 month of gym membership in business district $29
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $9
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 143 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: September 26, 2017.

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