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How much money do you need to live in the Philippines?

When preparing to come and live in the Philippines many people worry about money. And I must say when researching the internet there pops up a lot of crap on the budget needed in the Philippines. A lot of information is outdated and written as a fact, and it is my strong believe there is no such thing as an actual budget needed to live here that fits all. For it, all depends on your lifestyle.

What might be a glamorous budget to me, can be poverty to you

A few tips on how to determine how much money per month you need when you plan on living in the Philippines

  • make sure you have backup savings for emergencies, and emergencies can be as much as having to leave the country in a rush due to calamities or unexpected medical costs, you need money for a rainy day.
  • search the internet for the latest information, look at publishing dates of articles and videos, for prices in the Philippines have gone up since January 2018 due to tax reformations and are still going up
  • know your budget at home, how much do you spend at home, especially on specific luxuries that you cannot live without. If there are certain luxuries that you absolutely need, add them to the budget you need for the Philippines
  • determine whether you want a luxurious lifestyle or clean up your life and live a minimalistic lifestyle, moving to another country can be a moment to clear out the attic but also to change your life.

Here are my budget and my main expenses

Budget50,000 PHP805 Euro937 US$
Rent17,000273 318
Electricity +/-70011 13
Flexibel amount +/-5,0008093
Total for food and drinks, clothing and fuel17,300 PHP278 EURO324 US$

In this video, I explain how much money you need in the Philippines



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Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher, and iPhone photographer. Always horizon bound preferably on a motorcycle. Currently, she lives in a desert village in Baja California Sur in Mexico. She is an emigration coach and works online.