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Top 10 places to retire on $2000 a month (Cebu one of them)

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No not saying you are wrong..I was just curious your reasons

I had seen that question discussed many times on that site, and the general idea was that you could live on 2K a month but not the same kind of lifestyle you live here

I have heard many ex-pats that live there say you can live on a good bit less if you live very frugal

I.E No Air Con, Lots of dried Fish and rice.. No luxuries

Honestly I have no clue, but am looking into moving there

Biggest thing with living in the Phils is "where", if you want a condo/house in the cities then it will be spendy. Manila/Makati is as expensive living as being in the USA; housing and food for sure are right up there, and I hate the traffic... :lol:

We are looking at wintering in the Phils at some point, but if we get real serious we will have to find a place that is a little more relaxed without being out in the provinces. My wife is from Taguig and she owns land there, which is just outside of Makati and even that is way too busy for me.

I know a few couples that have lived there, both just came back to the states recently. One was working in the Phils so making it on $2000 was not what he was doing, he had a big house, housekeeper ++, the other is retired but wanted to come back to the states.

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Biggest thing with living in the Phils is "where", if you want a condo/house in the cities then it will be spendy. Manila/Makati is as expensive living as being in the USA; housing and food for sure are right up there, and I hate the traffic... laughing.gif

We are looking at wintering in the Phils at some point, but if we get real serious we will have to find a place that is a little more relaxed without being out in the provinces. My wife is from Taguig and she owns land there, which is just outside of Makati and even that is way too busy for me.

I know a few couples that have lived there, both just came back to the states recently. One was working in the Phils so making it on $2000 was not what he was doing, he had a big house, housekeeper ++, the other is retired but wanted to come back to the states.

You are Korrect

I have been looking in the Cebu area. Rental prices are high

Someone sent me the below ling to the Damuaguete area .

Looks like rental prices are less than half of the Cebu/Talisay area.

Only problem is we want to be close to the family

http://www.islandsproperties.com/rentals/negros-oriental.htm

Biggest thing with living in the Phils is "where", if you want a condo/house in the cities then it will be spendy. Manila/Makati is as expensive living as being in the USA; housing and food for sure are right up there, and I hate the traffic... laughing.gif

We are looking at wintering in the Phils at some point, but if we get real serious we will have to find a place that is a little more relaxed without being out in the provinces. My wife is from Taguig and she owns land there, which is just outside of Makati and even that is way too busy for me.

I know a few couples that have lived there, both just came back to the states recently. One was working in the Phils so making it on $2000 was not what he was doing, he had a big house, housekeeper ++, the other is retired but wanted to come back to the states.

So your bottom line opinion on making on 2k per month

Doable in the Province ?

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You are Korrect

I have been looking in the Cebu area. Rental prices are high

Someone sent me the below ling to the Damuaguete area .

Looks like rental prices are less than half of the Cebu/Talisay area.

Only problem is we want to be close to the family

So your bottom line opinion on making on 2k per month

Doable in the Province ?

There is close to family and there is too close to family... ;)

I think it is very doable to live in the Phils for $2,000/mo and if you live in the province you can do it for less. Just depends on what you enjoy, I don't like cities or city night life, not big on eating at restaurants either. And what you are welling to live without.

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There is close to family and there is too close to family... wink.png

I think it is very doable to live in the Phils for $2,000/mo and if you live in the province you can do it for less. Just depends on what you enjoy, I don't like cities or city night life, not big on eating at restaurants either. And what you are welling to live without.

I am way past the night life stage of my life.. I like the province just fine

As for family

I am in one of those unique situations or maybe I should say not the norm

My family are all professionals. They shuttle me around and even pay when we go out to eat. Would never accept a penny for gas.

Still close enough to go see the kids 3-5 times a week, but not close enough to walk over every meal is about right for me

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http://mindanaobob.com/

Mindanao Bob has some nice diary-style articles about expat living in one of the more provincial areas of the Philippines. I perused some of them when I returned for the first time in 2011.

He has a few e-books as well. I was thinking of buying one a while back. I used his pointman PI services in the past.

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I know that without rent, my wife's family lives on slightly more than $600 a month with 3 people living in the house and 8 more family members in and out all the time. Figure another $200 for rent and $2000 should be very doable for them.

For me? Not so sure. I'm a bit more spoiled than they are...

Edited by DavenRoxy

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just love them Philippine beaches,,,,all the sewage and rubbish on the beaches,,all the wild dogs and animals runnin around,,yeah!! cant wait to move there

I have had dental care in Mindanao in my asawa's town. I got a cleaning and it only cost me 800php to get it down. The service was great.

I have also had to go get medical care a couple times and I went to the local clinic in town. I loved it because I always got front of the line privilege and the care was good. It cost me 500php and that was it.

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You can live high off the hog on $2k a month in the provinces of Eastern Mindanao as long as the whole family doesn't move in. We have a 1000 sqm lot in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. But my wife doesn't want to build/live there after what happened from the typhoon last year. She is scared of a once in a lifetime even happening again.

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