That's US$1.5k (~S$2.5k) excluding rent, which seems to me to be entirely feasible -- it's a budget of over S$80/day.Makan24-7 wrote:On US$1.5k, you'd have to live pretty darn frugally to get by with a family of 4 but it it is possible.
But local foods are cheap, asparagus is $2 a bunch, Bok Choy is like $1.20, grapefruit $1.20, chinese broccoli = $1, and if you change your eating habit food can be cheap... we've totally overhauled our eating habits, we don;t buy potatoes, but eat rice, and try to buy local and hey we even lost some weight But then I buy expensive coffee $15 a tin, and forget about ice cream B&J about $12 a tub.shef wrote:I cannot answer your question directly on whether your budget is enough. However being an expat here now for 6 months, I can give you some local prices on groceries. This may give you an indication of the cost of living for a Westerner in Singapore.
Mince Beef $40/kg Which we don't buy much of anymore, we buy pork (for stir fry = around $5, or rolled loin $30) or chicken (whole $5)(two breasts $4.30)
Steak (various cuts) from $55/kg again we avoid because it is all imported and expensive
1 litre full cream milk $2.60we do pay this
2 litre fresh OJ approx $7 imported is more expensive than local around $4
1 litre skim milk $3.20
Beer and wine - I cannot give you exact costs as we do not drink but I am told extremely expensive if you like to drink it will be a real shock to the system. 8 tiger beer cans = $19 (approx) 12 Bud on special was $37, and wine varies from $20 - $50 and on
I hope this helps with your planning.
Lost_canuck- it's not exactly walking distance from you I don't think, but the one I go to is on Farrer rd, between bukit timah and holland rd. If you want any more info, you can PM me. I had someone who already lived here show me where it was when I arrived, it's pretty fun even if not as cheap as I thought- although to be fair the produce is pretty good.lost_canuck wrote:sms: been there done that, I am 5'7" and a bit. I like to say 5'8" but hubby mocks me. anyway... I can always buy shoes *lol* til I get home to canada.
Have yet to find a wet market, are there any in the Upper bukit timah area? I have to admit I end up at cold storage because it is convenient, and for some things they're cheap enough...... I also go to carrefour, but some of their things are actually more expensive, and hey you get the perk of durian smells thrown in, bleh!
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