Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Cost of Living - From Readers



I've received a very nice contribution from Edison Llerena, he shared his data with as as a single and then as married. Thanks a million Edison :)

Here is what he had to say:

Neat,
I'd be great if you publish in your blog several data from several people...

I was living alone until April, here's my data (for a single guy):

Monthly rent: $875 (nice bachelor)
Transportation: $180 (TTC monthly pass + tickets because I work outside Toronto)
Gas: $0 (I lived in TOR downtown, TTC is enough)
Home Parking: $0
Other Parking: $0
Car Insurance: $0
Grocery: $200 (vegetarian)
Household: $50
Utilities: $70 (Bell phone + 3Mbps internet. I also didn't have TV)
clothing: $30
Entertainment: $200
Laundry: $20

Now, in 2008 I brought my wife and baby daughter

Monthly rent: $2000 (mortgage for a house + property tax)
Transportation: $50 (carpooling)
Gas: $120
Home Parking: $0
Other Parking: $30
Car Insurance: $170 (car + home + life insurance)
Grocery: $600
Household: $100
Utilities: $70 (Bell phone + 3Mbps internet. TV from FTA satellite)
clothing: $60
Entertainment: $200
Laundry: $0
Electricity: $50
Gas (heat): $130
Water: $25
This is a reality check guys ... I encourage everyone to share his data in different cities in Canada and I will post it here directly, so people will have great understanding about Living Cost in Canada :)

Cheers,
Nabil

4 comments:

nal said...

This is so great! Thanks for compiling this. I will be moving to Vancouver later this year, so I really hope someone will share their cost of living in or around Vancouver B.C. Once I settle down, I will revisit and share my info too.

Smitten by Britain said...

I live almost two hours outside D.C. and your second budget with a wife (and kids?)looks exactly like our budget. Husband and I are looking into living in Canada. Glad to see we won't have much to adjust to as far as our cost of living.

Anonymous said...

Hi, my family of 4 landed Toronto last Nov. 2009 but would like to settle in Regina. Can anyone give us some hints on the cost of living there?

Indira Prabhakaran said...

Hello There,

This is Indira and I'm an aspiring immigrant to Canada. I came across this blog via facebook and this is a great find for me. It has plenty of information for aspiring immigrants like us. What i love the most about this blog is that it has personal experiences of more than one person and so the info is more reliable and realistic.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Indira Prabhakaran.

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