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Post by despagnac » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 5:02 am

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Re: How much do you need for a family of 4 to live in SG com

Post by x9200 » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 8:15 am

Try to ask this question in the right place: Staying, Living in Singapore or Relocating.... There is a very similar thread over there right now and many more similar threads from the past so perhaps you could use a search function.
All the expenses depends on your life style. I would say some of your figures may be underestimated esp. if you are both not orthodox teetotalers :)

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Post by despagnac » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 4:46 pm

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Post by bkkmum » Sun, 14 Mar 2010 4:16 pm

Hi there

I think the main thing that you have underestimated is the nursery and school fees. If you want to send your 2 year old to an International School then I think it would be at least 1500 per month - it would be less of course if he only goes part time. Not sure how much you would pay for an 8 month old, but not many international preschools would take someone so young. Maybe other posters could advise if this is not the case....

Also the cost of the 4 bedroom condo can vary greatly depending on which area you will be living in. If it is central (ie near orchard) you could pay anything from 6-15k per month

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Post by cdnxpatq » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:30 am

i kinda have the same question as you did about the fam of 4..from my online research, I agree with x9200 looks like the school fees are really low for int'l..i would think somewhere around 4K for both per month.

Also have to think about flights home, travel around the region, insurance which add to the monthly budget.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:22 am

I moved the thread to the proper forum. - moderator
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Post by despagnac » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 7:28 pm

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Post by despagnac » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 7:32 pm

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 9:06 pm

despagnac wrote:sorry, forgot to say, so does this mean that everything else on the budget planner are ok? any other alterations? does anyone knows about the average cost for a dentist, like check up cost, filling cost, etc? and also what about GP visit cost? it's an area I know very little about.
All the costs are fairly accurate, but at the end of the day, we are giving figures based on our personal usage. And that varies widely. My average utility bill is around 200/mo and that's with a old crone living with me who leave the water running all the damn time (it's also with 7 adults & one baby of 2 living there. How so cheap? We use ceiling fans and no aircon. We are much healthier for it. But that's us. Some of us can use public transport (even with babies like durain does) others cannot do without being soccer moms and having Lexus SUV's. Some of us live in HDB flats that cost less than 2K/mo, other must have a landed bungalow that costs in excess of 8K/mo. So it's all up to you. If you can eat local you can eat cheap. If you much have a totally western diet then it's gonna costs you 4x as much or worse. Same with drinking alcohol.

Dental? You can have extractions done for $60 dollars or you can pay $250 dollars. Depends whether you insist on the office address being in a prestigeous downtown medical centre or a dental clinic in the heartlands. Also depends on whether you insist on a western doctor or a western trained doctor. Again, the choice is yours and what your budget can stand. But you do have some decent working ballpark figures to start with.
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