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Old 22-12-2011, 17:02   #16
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Re: Cost of living indicator for cruisers.

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Cost of Living Calculator

Some of the prices are out, but it gives an indication

I spent a while recently living in Nha Trang
What you have listed would cost around $12 usd
Thanks the only issue with that site is it doesn't represent the places Cruisers go to like St Marteen etc, however is good for comparing Populated areas.
My intent was more the out of the way stuff. Merry Xmas
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Old 22-12-2011, 17:03   #17
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It's like using the Big Mac index for comparing various countries currenies. because a Big Mac is a very standardized item, comparing the price in different countries gives a pretty good currenty exchange rate.

Big Mac index | The Economist
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Old 22-12-2011, 17:28   #18
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What is the sum total to purchase the following goods:-
Malaysia

1) 4 litres of diesel. $2.33 us
2) 4 litres petrol. $2.39us
3) 4 litres milk. $5us
4) A loaf of bread around 700 grams. $1.00usd
5) A kilo of minced beef. $3.28us
6) A kilo of potatoes. 0.63 us
7) A dozen eggs. $1.00 us

Total $15.63 us
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Old 22-12-2011, 17:31   #19
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Cost of Living Calculator

Some of the prices are out, but it gives an indication

I spent a while recently living in Nha Trang
What you have listed would cost around $12 usd
this is the calculator I was actually after, which is far more detailed
Cost of Living

It also allows for comparisons between cities in various currencies
cost-of-living-comparison
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Old 22-12-2011, 19:37   #20
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G'day, mate. Good idea. Just bought everything on the list as we did a shop up earlier in the week. $28.30 USD was our total. Some things were on special.

You didn't include a couple other key items. Bottle of clean skin sauvignon blanc wine = $5.30 and a case (24) of 5% alcohol beer = $25.50. Boneless, skinless chicken breast on special = $4.80 a pound if any one cares. All prices include all taxes.

We have been going back and forth between the states and NZ now for 13 years and overall manage to keep our monthly spend about the same between the two countries. Some things are definitely more expensive in N.Z. like the beer, protien, and insurance, but fuel is definitely cheaper in the U.S.

New Zealand does not subsidize our agriculture producers no where near the extent they do in the U.S. and Europe.

Have a great XMAS. Cheers.
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I like the idea. In California the breakdown is as follows:
1) US gallon of diesel $3.99
2) US gallon of gas $3.45
3) US gallon of milk $4.00
4) Loaf of Bread $4.59 (Fancy whole wheat Bread) can be much cheaper
5) Mince (Hamburger) $8.78
6) Potatoes (kilo) $2.20
7) Eggs $2.79

Total of $29.80. Lots of food was on sale for holidays
Gotta love those metric eggs!!!
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Re: Cost of living indicator for cruisers.

Here in Nevis (Federation of St Kitts and Nevis)...

1) 4 litres of diesel. $5.18
2) 4 litres petrol. $5.50
3) 4 litres milk. $9.76
4) A loaf of bread around 700 grams. $3.70
5) A kilo of minced beef. $8.15
6) A kilo of potatoes. $3.30
7) A dozen eggs. $4.07

Total $39.66 US
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Re: Cost of living indicator for cruisers.

I come on a total of Euro 34,70 = USD 45,11 in Holland.

Half of it is petrol and diesel, followed by the minced beef. Also dairy-products are quite expensive. Cheese is about USD 2,00 per 150 grs.
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just for my info, what's minced beef?
Ground beef.

Or more commonly called simply 'ground meat' in the USA.

If someone wants ground veal or ground pork or ground turkey, then one specifies the other meats. But 'ground meat' is usually used when talking about minced beef.
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1) 4 litres of diesel.
2) 4 litres petrol.
3) 4 litres milk.
4) A loaf of bread around 700 grams.
5) A kilo of minced beef.
6) A kilo of potatoes.
7) A dozen eggs.
The lowest price must be in Malaysia. I don't have the detail necessary for a proof. But fuel was practically free at RM1.70/liter. That's what ... AU$0.50??? That's delivered to the boat by friendly laborers, too. Food had no significant cost at all from a 'western' perspective, however one needed to be flexible on the menu ... for example ... do humans actually eat minced beef? Foreign food items actually cost a measurable amount. Local produce cost but pennies. Quality medical care is cheap to. Cheap, peaceful, modern, friendly ... but just a bit boring socially ... There are probably other comparable countries.
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Some of the prices are out, but it gives an indication

I spent a while recently living in Nha Trang
What you have listed would cost around $12 usd
I spent some time in Nha Trang too - 1968 - I eat C-rations mostly. I dont remember but I think the food costs were pretty low at that time - we were more interested in ammunition in those days!
I'd love to cruise to Vung Ro Bay again! Great spot when the mortar rounds werent flying!
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Re: Cost of living indicator for cruisers.

in spite of the high cost of living, it still remains very popular.
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Re: Cost of living indicator for cruisers.

Hi Fm Thailand

1) 4 liters of diesel. $4.00
2) 4 liters petrol. $4.83
3) 4 liters milk. $0.61 4)
A loaf of bread around 700 grams. $1.72
5) A kilo of minced beef. $0.43
6) A kilo of potatoes. $0.15 7)
A dozen eggs. $1.24
Total $12.98
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Re: Cost of living indicator for cruisers.

It sure looks like Asia is the place to make your dollar go the furthest. I'd be interested in Mexico too. I was there in January but can't remember the prices. They were inexpensive though.

I guess I should have a little party since this is my 3000th post ... Yeah yipee horah. Ok party is over.
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What about countries like Uruguay and Paraguay? Rarely that someone mention those two.
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