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Retire in the Philippines (You won’t Believe How Little It Will Cost)

Retire in the Philippines (You won’t Believe How Little It Will Cost)

Yes that is right; the monthly expense that you will be parting with once you decide to retire in the Philippines is unbelievable. Your small income might be small yes, but in Philippines it will seem like a kingly fortune.


That’s not the only benefit that comes with retiring in Philippines, unlike many other countries where you will be treated like an old man or woman with no one smiling at you and no one caring, in Philippines you are looked at as young man or woman who is treated like a king as they look at you as a wise person who is kind and really helpful. Its beautiful people and their culture are bound to change your view on how life is supposed to be so let’s get right into why you should retire in the Philippines.

One of the most crucial aspect that you will definitely have to handle once you decide to retire in Philippines is looking for a place to live. Getting a place to live in the Philippines is really simple and with market prices of around $380 US dollars you can be able to get a really nice house in a great neighborhood with a nice yard as well as communication devices such as telephones. In addition to that, if you are looking at continuing your education during your retirement or even writing your Ebooks, Philippines offers retirees an opportunity to do just that with colleges and schools with well trained tutors who are almost everywhere.

Another aspect that makes retiring in Philippines such a joy is its cheap labor, be it an electrician, mechanic, bricklayer, plumber or be it a welder that you are in the lookout for, you are bound to get him at a very pocket friendly price furthermore the people offering labor prefer to work with foreigners more as compared to their own. An example of how cheap Philippine labor is here is an example; if you choose to have two maids then it will cost you about $45 US dollars to hire them.

When it comes to food, you will be surprised at how pocket friendly they are, from McDonald’s to Shakey’s and even the best cuisines from Marriott hotel and with more and more US retailers such as Radio Shark flocking the market there are plenty of options for you to choose on when it comes to finding the rite and perfect meal for you or you and your family. In addition to eating at the restaurants you could opt to cook for yourself or alternatively have the maid prepare a meal for you, this can be achieved by teaching your maid on how to cook some of your favorite meals (be it American meals) and how you want them cooked. If you are into gourmet foods, there are plenty of cooking schools at a good price that offer cooking lessons that you could send your cook/maid to.

Internet connectivity is that one service which is a must have in this day and age; luckily these service is easily available in the Philippines thanks to its major telephone company. You can easily access (DSL) internet connectivity in Philippines at a price of $50 per month. I agree this is more expensive than other countries such as the USA but let’s face it there are plenty of other cheap services and products that parting way with this amount for internet should be easy. You could alternatively choose to go with a much dial up, 33K which is about 18cents per hour, but do note that it is not as convenient as DSL.

If you happen to get into a condition that will require medical attention, there are excellent hospitals in Philippines which are strategically located for your convenience and offer they services at a very affordable price. Visiting a specialist in his/her office will cost you $6 to pay US dollars.

Just to give you a picture of how much it will cost you medical wise, here is a case scenario: For someone suffering from throat cancer and undergoes a successful treatment that will take up to 6 months will have to pay a total of $800 US dollars and this also includes blood cost. For people who are suffering from cancer you could easily access treatment without meeting the deductible on your health insurance policy. Procedures such as putting caps on ones teeth might set you up $60 US dollars per cap and a face lift, the works, eyes up and down included will cost you about $3,000 US dollars which includes a stay of up to three or four days at a quality hospital.

When it comes to communicating, there is no better place than the Philippines. Thanks to its English speaking Christian community you can easily communicate with almost anyone with no problem whatsoever. When it comes to moving around you could choose to move around by Taxi which are air conditioned for a price of $2.50 US dollars. You could also opt for an air travel and this will cost you about $6.00 US dollars.

For personal, medical and other services in the Philippines such as a one hour massage at a well known professional massage parlor will cost you 200 to 300 pesos the prices tend to rice if you choose to get a massage from a first class hotel. Thanks to its numerous shopping malls which spread throughout the country, you can easily find everything that you need or better yet some of your favorite products from your home town. Reprints for sale only in the Philippines and new books can be accessed very easily thanks to their cheap price. Books touching on computer and other subjects costs which normally cost $40 US dollars cost $30 US dollars in Philippines.

The key to shopping when it comes to Philippines is to learn how to bargain, knowing the art of bargaining can easily reduce the amount of spending that you will require when it comes to purchasing things in Philippines. It’s best to get a Filipino to do for you the shopping as he/she is bound to get quality and value

New books, reprints for sale only in the Philippines, can be very cheap. I see books on computer and other subjects US price $40 selling here for $30. But I know there are discount bookstores in the States where you can of your money’s worth. Do note that Southeast Asians are popularly known for their bargaining abilities as well as being “nibble,” and can take a big bite out of you budget so it is advised that you send your Filipino helper.

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