Yes, everyone's experience will be different. I've been here almost 7 years and I've lived in rented CBD condos the whole time. No, I don't have a rental allowance.boffenl wrote:Hi Segue,
Not sure how long you've been in SG, but we've been here over 5 years. I live in an HDB and take the bus and MRT to work everyday (around $4 per day). I am very, very familiar with wet markets and NTUC.
My per month cost of gas and maintenance in the US for my car was about $100USD--I lived 7 miles from my office and had free parking there. My commute was also about 10 minutes.
Please don't mistake my experience with others from the US--it's all relative, right?
But we all make sacrifices to be here. I understand your experience and salary here has allowed you to save money. Coming from the mid-west we kept our two homes and have saved zero during our time in the Garden City.
Everyone's experience is different.
Actually, in Singapore, the older the car is, you may pay a lot and a lot more .. including no full insurance for cars beyond 10 years .. though the purchase price drops ..Segue wrote: Back to the cost of a car, its a lot more than fuel and maintenance. Its the hidden costs that you forget about - insurance, cost of capital, depreciation, unscheduled repairs, etc. Its true that you can save a lot of you drive a 15 year old car, but no way its going to be less than public transit in Singapore.
Yah, I did, and then was given a company car and was driving the company van too for customer site visits / delivery .. and I know how painful it is when you are on third party, when you have to pay for dents, broken / chipped windscreen .. and when my then company van's roof speed-light used to get bumped when I forget the height limitation .. and have to fix the 'hole in the sky' ..sundaymorningstaple wrote:Hey squirrel, you ever own a car here?
mummy mantras wrote: Of course, I took it one step further and actually married a local guy and moved into a HDB flat... and I've got 2 kids in preschool (just like the OP) and I used to live in a big city (London, not New York). But I've survived just fine!
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