Cost of Living in Dumaguete

Summary about cost of living in Dumaguete, Philippines:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 140.00 ₱ 100.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 ₱ 700.00-2,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 200.00 ₱ 175.00-250.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 55.00 ₱ 35.00-90.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 90.00 ₱ 60.00-125.00
Cappuccino (regular) 100.00 ₱ 60.00-140.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 29.00 ₱ 25.00-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 21.67 ₱ 15.00-30.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 303.78 ₱ 242.27-340.69
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 55.34 ₱ 40.82-70.76
Rice (white), (1 lb) 21.92 ₱ 20.41-22.68
Eggs (regular) (12) 84.17 ₱ 66.00-96.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 175.20 ₱ 48.50-272.16
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 108.48 ₱ 77.11-145.15
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 138.35 ₱ 102.06-158.76
Apples (1 lb) 49.14 ₱ 24.95-68.04
Banana (1 lb) 36.29 ₱ 18.14-54.43
Oranges (1 lb) 52.45 ₱ 48.50-54.43
Tomato (1 lb) 34.02 ₱ 22.68-48.50
Potato (1 lb) 40.45 ₱ 31.75-45.36
Onion (1 lb) 48.71 ₱ 40.82-54.43
Lettuce (1 head) 123.75 ₱ 48.50-280.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 30.00 ₱ 20.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 400.00 ₱ 300.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 50.28 ₱ 30.00-60.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 49.25 ₱ 48.50-50.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 101.50 ₱ 90.00-120.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 10.00 ₱ 10.00-20.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) ?
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 40.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.73 ₱ 14.48-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 80.00 ₱ 40.00-120.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 191.06 ₱ 158.99-200.63
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,350,000.00 ₱ 1,350,000.00-1,350,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,490,000.00 ₱ 1,320,000.00-1,320,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,954.76 ₱ 2,550.00-6,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 11.83 ₱ 7.00-8.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,349.86 ₱ 1,500.00-3,300.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,220.00 ₱ 650.00-2,600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 166.67 ₱ 100.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ₱ 220.00-300.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 7,138.89 ₱ 2,916.67-15,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 75,000.00 ₱ 60,000.00-90,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,000.00 ₱ 500.00-1,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 933.33 ₱ 250.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,450.00 ₱ 2,500.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,333.33 ₱ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 14,400.00 ₱ 8,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 12,212.50 ₱ 8,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 24,714.29 ₱ 19,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 21,142.86 ₱ 15,000.00-25,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,086.40 ₱ 2,322.56-7,850.24
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,090.30 ₱ 1,393.53-2,787.07
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 9,775.00 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.50 5.00-11.00

Prices in Dumaguete

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Last update: June 2021
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12 Comments so far
CC on Nov 29, 2020:
Dumaguete seems to attract lots of Cheap Charlies and USA lefties from California. So many foreigners not wish to speak up about the crime but there is certainly some of that too. For a city its size Dumaguete has a serious drug problem and the criminals that drugs attract. You should know foreigners have zero rights in the Ph. Police will protect the local native drug crazed over the foreigner because that's the law! Fact of the matter is police have instructions how to treat the foreigners and its not to the foreigners advantage. Don't be fooled by ignorant sexpats who remain clueless their whole time in the Ph.
CARL RIZZO on Jul 19, 2020:
what is the conversion rate, philippines currancy to usd?
MLC on Nov 06, 2019:
Been living in Dumaguete for two years. Very little rain. Nice place to live. Very safe. Restaurant choices are average. Port, bus and airport all close. Rents are increasing. There are about 10,000 forighners living here. People are nice. Getting really crowded. Not a good inferstuckure set up for all the new people moving here. Overall a good choice to live here.
Spike on Sep 16, 2019:
My 4th trip here in 13 years. Been here this trip about 3 weeks now. My how it has grown!My wife is from Dumaguete we've been married 10 wonderful years. I have always enjoyed my time here.Retired last year and looking to build a house soon. I've been treated very well and cant complain about the prices. Even her relatives have fiber optic service to there homes! I guess I'm still amazed that I'm not hated for being a US caucasian male and I'll go completely out of my way to keep it that way.
Angel on Sep 09, 2019:
The goods are cheaper than rentals and fares in Dumaguete
marco on May 04, 2019:
ciao..price water 0,50 euro? it is double of to buy one in a food market in italy
john estabrook on Nov 08, 2018:
what doe's it cost for a housekeeper/cook. who has a room in my house a month. I have $6,000 a month to live on but I don't want to buy a home maybe lease a nice place. but I need some to clean and cook.
James Bergen on Oct 31, 2018:
The prices look fair. Cloths way high. Those are mall prices. There is cheaper & better values there. Eating out a little low. Electric way low. But 1 run 1 A.C. 24/7 & a second 12 hours a day. + hot water in the showers. Larger home. Over all it would balance out. Depending on were & how you spent.
daryl houlden on Oct 31, 2018:
this must be very old. gasoline prices are around 54pesos per liter. disagree with many of your prices. try throwing the darts at the board again
John on Aug 03, 2018:
living in Dumaguete is really cheap, good for retiring people all over the world, it's also a tourist-friendly because the people are polite. If you are going to visit Dumaguete try visiting its a site dedicated for guiding people in roaming Dumaguete.
Bill on Mar 20, 2018:
I live 6 months in Japan/Philippines with most of that time in the Philippines,the other 6 months are in the USA. I live on 700 to 800 per month USD when in Dumaguete. I live what I call a basic life, don't drink or chase girls but I do eat out 2 or 3 times a day plus get a massage every other day. I could bring that amount to 400 to 500 per month but why.
Dumaguete is ok in my opinion. Too many trikes in my opinion but I'm just a guest in the Philippines. I try to respect the local culture wherever I go. I've learned a couple hundred words in Bisaya but learning a new language later in life is tough.
Respect the Philippine people and you should have little problems but always be mindful of your surroundings. Salamat.
Jeff on Aug 19, 2017:
You can live in Dumaguete as a single person for $1,000.00 to 1500.00 USD per month and live pretty well. If you are a Party Animal and like to drink and have fun with the girls, Then it would be considerably more. The people are very polite and respectful and expect to be treated the same.