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Post by nick_yarrow » Thu, 25 Nov 2010 6:29 am

I have been offered a job in the CBD - monthly salary of about S$3,700 but looking at appartment rentals I'm unsure whether I can afford to live happily on this salary. Can anyone please advise whether this salary is realistic to expect to live happily? Thanks.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 25 Nov 2010 6:52 am

No. You can't live happily. But then again, I don't know your definition of happily do I? :-|
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Post by nick_yarrow » Thu, 25 Nov 2010 7:06 am

true- happily as in pay rent, bills, food etc and still have disposable income. everywhere I look online is suggesting that rent is prohibitively high or is going to take well over 50% of monthly income. are general costs of living high as welll?

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Post by durain » Thu, 25 Nov 2010 9:38 am

nick_yarrow wrote:true- happily as in pay rent, bills, food etc and still have disposable income. everywhere I look online is suggesting that rent is prohibitively high or is going to take well over 50% of monthly income. are general costs of living high as welll?
yes.

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Post by revhappy » Thu, 25 Nov 2010 11:46 am

nick_yarrow wrote:true- happily as in pay rent, bills, food etc and still have disposable income. everywhere I look online is suggesting that rent is prohibitively high or is going to take well over 50% of monthly income. are general costs of living high as welll?
Everything is relative, you probably know that. You need take into account how much you are currently making, your experience/skills and then compare that with what you are being offered.

Second part is you seem to be from UK, so compared to UK the prices are about the same or lower.

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Post by JR8 » Thu, 25 Nov 2010 3:54 pm

Rent is expensive, particularly with what the £/S$ has done over the last year or two. As are designer goods and going out and partying.

On the flip side you can eat very cheaply, and public transport is also good value.

If you're young and starting out in a career - young enough to be happy perhaps living in a flatshare - it might be worth considering. Otherwise, I'd ask why you'd want to go through all the upheaval to earn less that the average UK salary.

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Post by Barnsley » Fri, 26 Nov 2010 10:21 am

nick_yarrow wrote:I have been offered a job in the CBD - monthly salary of about S$3,700 but looking at appartment rentals I'm unsure whether I can afford to live happily on this salary. Can anyone please advise whether this salary is realistic to expect to live happily? Thanks.
If you are happy to share a flat then you shouldn't have too many problems, though that depends on your definition of living happily.

I earn a little bit more than you, share an HDB, and I am having a very happy time of it. I do work pretty long hours though so I only really get the weekends to do anything.

I am guessing that if you are in the CBD there may be more socialising to be done after work, with temptations close by, and its pretty expensive to have a drink here unless you are in the Hawker Centres or Coffee Shops.
Happy Hours here are not as happy as the ones in the UK.

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