Cebu City Expenses

If I get fired from my job due to this whole background check thing, I want to ensure I spend approximately 1,000 USD per month in Cebu City. To do that, I need to seriously monitor my expenses.

In this scenario, we’re assuming I have 10,000 USD saved up.

  • Rental: $325 – $377
    • This ends up between 17,000 PHP – 20,000 PHP.
    • Don’t immediately rent an apartment. Spend 3 days in a hotel when I first arrive in Cebu. Start contacting real estate agents or property managers when I first arrive.
  • Utilities (water, electricity, etc): $160
  • Transportation: $100
    • Don’t use Grab unless I’m taking a girl home.
    • My primary source of transportation will be Angkas. It’s a motorcycle service used like Uber or Lyft. A single ride literally costs $1. So, let’s say I day game 5 days a week: $2 x 5 = $10/week x 4 = $40/month.
    • Only use Angkas when I’m going for day or night game. Most of the time, hang around my neighborhood.
  • Phone and Connectivity: $100
    • Internet costs are roughly the same as in the United States ($50/month).
    • I’m getting reports of prepaid phone plans all over the place. However, here’s a few links about prepaid mobile data:
      • https://www.reddit.com/r/Philippines/comments/sfnjv2/how_good_is_the_internet_in_cebu_city/hus6qk4/?context=3
      • https://www.reddit.com/r/Cebu/comments/b73011/how_much_do_you_need_to_live_decently_in_cebu/ejp4ftb/?context=3
  • Food (my biggest expense): $150 – $250
    • It’s cheaper to eat at a carinderia than it is to cook. They cost $1 – $2 USD for a meal. If you do that twice a day, that leaves you with $4 – $5 USD for eating lunch and dinner.
    • For now, buy eggs, bacon, ketchup and water from grocery store. Sink water is unsafe in Cebu City.
    • Cheapest supermarket seems to be Puregold or Colon Street.

TOTAL: $860 – $980/month

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