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5 Ways to Cut Your Budget Before You Cut Your Cake
2012-05-05 23:11:00
5 Ways to Cut Your Budget Before You Cut Your Cake is a post originally published on: Everything Finance - Everything Finance - Its all about Money!So you want a luxurious, elegant wedding on a Budweiser budget? Don?t worry; it is easier than you think! There are several ways that you can plan the wedding of your dreams without getting a second job or going into debt. The main way you will save money on your wedding is if you prioritize. ...Get a free mortgage quote!
Is it okay to hire a cleaning lady when you have debt?
2012-05-04 01:21:00
Is it okay to hire a cleaning lady when you have debt? is a post originally published on: Everything Finance - Everything Finance - Its all about Money!My husband and I have been living in our new place for almost three months now and we have still been unable to create a standard cleaning schedule. It used to take me a couple of hours, tops, to clean our 400 sq. ft. shack, but now it takes me at least a solid several ...Get a free mortgage quote!
How a Family of Two Can Save By Shopping at Costco
2012-05-01 02:16:00
How a Family of Two Can Save By Shopping at Costco is a post originally published on: Everything Finance - Everything Finance - Its all about Money!The majority of my friends are young, married couples, with no plans of children in the near future. When I recommend shopping at Costco, they never seem convinced that the right approach to Costco could actually save them money. I mean, isn?t Costco for those people with six kids? Starting off with the membership. I ...Get a free mortgage quote!
Recycling Christmas ? Five Christmas Items to Save that Will Save You Money
2011-12-29 21:50:00
Recycling Christmas ? Five Christmas Items to Save that Will Save You Money Next Year is a post originally published on: Everything Finance - Everything Finance - A Good Personal Finance Blog - Its all about Money!I love Christmas, but it can be a time of materialism and a time where you are just overwhelmed with too much stuff. Here are five ways and ideas on what to save this year, so that next year you have a frugal holiday. Curling Ribbon as Confetti: My family was never big into celebrating ...Get a free mortgage quote!
Cost of living
2010-12-22 08:05:00
Cost of living is rising fast. Everyone is trying to save and fine ways to shrink the bills. While looking online for ways to help me save some bucks I came upon Mainstreet - a free cost-savings tool...
Cost of Living ? Bali 2010 (in Rupiah, Dollar and Euro)
2010-08-05 10:06:00
I was asked many times over, to update the Cost of Living spreadsheet on this page. Time is definitely ripe for an update, as prices in Bali soared over the last 3 years. The economic crisis, a weakening Euro and an Indonesian Inflation (unofficially in the double digits) did all their part as well to ...
Compensation and Cost of Living
2009-04-13 17:01:00
Compensation and cost of living go hand in hand. Your compensation should reflect your responsibilities, talents, experience, and education. But it should also be informed by the cost of living in your area. Recently, I've recruited engineers from large metropolitan areas in the nor
Cost of Living in Goa
2008-12-03 04:10:00
I found this interesting post by Chris at nomad4ever about the cost of living in Goa. Chris is a European who leads a "nomadic lifetstyle" in Asia after quitting the rat race. He has posted previously about the cost of living in the Philippines and Bali, so it is interesting to read his travel notes from Goa.Chris's choice of items for comparing the cost of living (cigarettes, clothes and alcohol) may not be of interest to everybody, but it is no less relevant than the well-known Big Mac Index.Related links:Mercer cost of living survey of world cities.Originally published at Retire To India.
Most Expensive Cities - Mercer 2008 Cost Of Living Survey
2008-07-28 21:08:00
GUM Shopping Arcade: Moscow's most exclusive shopping mall Mercer have just released their new list on the cost of living in cities around the world. If you remember, we blogged about their list last year in the Mercer Global Cost of Living Survey. There have been some interesting changes although the top position for most expensive ...
The cost of living in Australia- HOW MUCH??
2008-07-17 23:50:00
"OK, so you want to go back to university - that's fine. But why Australia?" my Dad was asking, nearly two years ago. Inexplicably, the theme from Family Fortunes ran through my head as background music while I considered my choice of quick fire answers. Was it:(a) "why not?" - the enigmatic reply(b) "it's got better weather" - the chav answer(c) "the laid back lifstyle" - largely based on the holiday I'd just come back from(d) "the cost of living's cheaper" - the uninformed response(e) "I need a change and I wanna spend more time with Dave" - the truth.I opted for a combination of (c) and (d), and steered clear of (e) for more credibility. At that point a big Family Fortune "EH URR" (not there) warning noise should have gone off in my head: Like a lot of poms, I really did think living in oz for two years was going to be cheaper than blighty. Doh!So it was with growing dismay that after arriving, all excited and optimistic, I soon found out the truth: Which is that with only a ...
Cost of Living
2008-07-06 00:07:00
I’m heading back to San Ramon tomorrow, July 4th after spending some time in my other home, Ithaca, NY. I’m in NYC at the moment, the ultimate contrast to San Ramon.When I was growing up in the 1960’s, the United States and NYC was the land of opportunity for working and middle class people. Now the rich are richer and life is challenging for most. Watching the news leaves you with a bleak scenario for the American Dream moving forward.During this time in the USA, it felt like a scary time economically. The stock market is tanking, gas hit $4+ a gallon, real estate and the banks that made real estate loans seem shaky. Health care is unaffordable and a college education costs 10 times what it did for me in the early ‘70’s. I feel so lucky to have my life in San Ramon, Costa Rica for many reasons. As energy costs explode, I don’t use heating or air conditioning here and my monthly utility bill is in the $5 range. Virtually all the food I eat is local, excellent quality an...
rising cost of living
2008-06-04 15:11:00
With rising petrol prices, many working people are tightening their belts and some have started car pooling to work. This is the time to count my blessings that we can work from home and thus, not be so affected by the rising petrol prices. The rise in the cost of living will probably affect those ...
Indonesia Will Give College Students Cash to Offset Cost-of-Living Increase
2008-06-01 03:18:00
After a week of widespread protests by students against a rise in fuel prices, the Indonesian government has announced that it will give cash payments to poor university students to help offset the impact of transportation and living-cost increases.Minister Bambang Sudibyo, education minister, announced on Friday that 400,000 students, about 10 percent of the total number enrolled in the country, will receive a $54 cash payment starting next semester. The government said it wants to double the payment next year. The minister did not say how the government would determine who would receive the payment.Indonesia News Blog: http://indosnesos.blogspot.com-
Cost of Living Chart - Philippines (in Peso, Dollar and Euro)
2008-05-21 11:28:00
The Philippines is a country in South East Asia with breath-taking natural features and scenery on over 7.000 islands. You will find pristine beaches, volcanoes, rice terraces, hot springs and waterfalls aplenty in a very pleasant tropical climate. People are genuinely friendly and most of the Pinoys can speak English, so easy communication is guaranteed. Despite ...
True cost of living in East Meath Utopia
2008-05-14 00:35:00
Are people still coming to East Meath for the bucolic bliss? By that I mean stone age bucolic bliss where we can live out our fantasies as cavemen with none of the modern distractions of an education system or any form of culture. We can head down to to the local shopping centre to hunt ...
Cost Of Living In Japan
2008-04-29 10:26:00
It would probably be more accurate to say “The Cost Of Living In Tokyo” considering that’s where my figures are derived but i’m sure you can make the necessary adjustments for cheaper, less inhabited areas. It’s a question i had to research prior to making the decision to live in Japan and in important question to ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Cost Of Living In Japan", url: "http://neilduckett.com/cost-of--living-in-japan/" });
Cost of Living Update: Food Items
2008-04-29 10:03:00
"Look at these lemons," said my wife recently as I walked into the kitchen. The pack of four lemons had a price tag of 12 riyals. "They were a riyal each not long ago."I realised it was time for an update on the cost of living. I don't believe in giving estimates of how much it costs to live in a country, because it is different for everybody - some people survive on less than a 1000 riyals a month (although survive rather than live is the appropriate word) - while others struggle on 20,000. One thing you should do before accepting a job is build some slack into your cost of living expenses. Unless Qatar abandons the dollar peg, prices will continue to rise.The cost of goods here were taken either from Carrefour or from Family Food Centre, two of the major food stores in Doha. On balance, Carrefour has proven to be the cheaper of the two.Exchange rates:The riyals is roughly equivalent to the following:1 riyal = 0.27 US dollars/ 0.14 pounds / 11 Indian Rupees / 11.5 Philippine Peso...
500 ML Coke for 100 Yen
2008-04-27 10:51:00
I was craving a bubbly soda and I’ve hit the jackpot! I’ve seen soda in the (estimated) 16oz/500ml plastic bottles just like the U.S. but they run about 150 yen. A while ago I went from convenience store to convenience store to see what the different stores offered and I found a 500ml can of ...
Cost of living
2008-04-23 16:26:00
Is it me or has everything become really expensive! I am absolutely skint and the daughter’s had to have new shoes. She had a pair of shoes and a pair of trainers - from Clarks - and it cost £50!! We are told as Mums that we MUST get our tots feet measured every few weeks but it’s so bloody expensive! They don’t make it easy for us do they? I nearly fell through the floor when the cashier told me I had to pay £50 and then she had the cheek to try and sell me the shoe creams that would be best to protect them! I used to work in a shoe shop and I know for a fact that they get commission on selling what is known in the industry as “sundries”. When I worked in a shoe shop I was only a teenager and I used to hate asking people to buy the creams - hardly anyone bought them anyway. The husband really annoyed me though - even though she’s gone up a shoe size and HAD to have new shoes, he decided she didn’t! He said she wasn’t crying in pain...
Expats look abroad for cheaper cost of living
2008-04-03 02:00:00
The high cost of living in the UK is creating widespread disillusionment among many Britons, to the point where many are considering emigrating, a newspaper has said. A report in the Telegraph stated that many British people are thinking of packing up and leaving for another country. This was largely attributed to the current state of the UK economy, which has led to increases in the prices of groceries, fuel and other necessary expenses. People were also said to feel unhappy with their rising tax burden, with council tax in particular flagged up as a particularly unpopular charge. Therefore, many are looking to overseas property as a way of avoiding these payments and reducing their outgoings. The Telegraph commented; "It's hardly surprising many British homeowners are seriously thinking of selling up and moving overseas." Earlier this week, a poll of expatriates by NatWest revealed that the vast majority believe they are financially better off now that they live a...
Don't You Make Excel Spread Sheets Featuring the Cost of Living Across the
2008-03-31 15:37:00
Last night my husband came into the kitchen, a bit bored since our oldest daughter had his laptop and our youngest was downstairs doing the playstation Dance Mat (so the television was taken). He isn't one for 'reading' or doing odd jobs around the house so instead, he sat at the table and watched me working at the kitchen island bar with my laptop. As I worked I was commenting to him about the
BURKINA FASO: Cost of living coalition threatens more action 17/3/08
2008-03-18 10:54:00
More on the Burkina Faso food protests from IRIN NEWS BURKINA FASO: Cost of living coalition threatens more action OUAGADOUGOU, 17 March (IRIN) - A coalition of civil society organisations that on Saturday mobilised several thousand people to take to the streets of Ouagadougou and other towns and cities in Burkina Faso has threatened a ...
BURKINA FASO: Cost of living coalition threatens more action
2008-03-17 18:22:00
Source: IRIN NEWS BURKINA FASO: Cost of living coalition threatens more action OUAGADOUGOU, 17 March 2008 (IRIN) - A coalition of civil society organisations that on Saturday mobilised several thousand people to take to the streets of Ouagadougou and other towns and cities in Burkina Faso has threatened a nationwide strike if the government ...
Cost of Living Chart - Bali (in Rupiah, Dollar and Euro)
2008-03-17 07:02:00
In general, Bali is a beautiful place on our planet, where you can survive pretty well on a very small budget. The Cost of Living here is dramatically lower than in the US, old Europe, Australia or even some other parts in Asia. I was asked many times by readers how much I spend here and ...
What?s your internet speed?
2008-03-01 08:03:00
I have fiber optic internet here in Japan and forabout $50 USD per month it’sa pretty good deal for how fast it is.It’s cheaper than my old Comcast cable modem too.Sometimes it seems lightening fast, other times sites from the U.S. load slow but it could be on the other end and not the fault ...
Cost-of-living seems to be increasing everywhere
2008-02-25 16:00:00
As the cost-of-living seems to be increasing everywhere, Key West, Florida is no exception. Many are blaming rents and mortgages which are twice as high as on the mainland.
Blog Stuff - Cost of Living So Paulo Updated
2008-02-18 20:26:00
Added a link to Gringoes.com of a discussion about the cost of living in So Paulo. Do search: CLB Sao Paulo
Cost of Living Increases Need for Debt Management
2008-01-24 05:39:00
In Britain, the cost of living seems to be steadily on the rise. More and more people are struggling to make ends meet and subsequently the nation's debt is spiralling out of control. One reason for this is that taxes and interest rates are increasing at a faster rate than wages, leaving thousands of workers out of pocket and unable to meet ever-increasing demands for money. They are finding it difficult to cope with the payment of everyday bills along with the necessary food and heating. It's a scenario that is becoming all too common in Britain, and sadly, it's only set to get worse. As more and more adverts appear on the television promoting credit cards and loans, the temptation for some people to get quick cash is overwhelming. If this strikes a chord with you, you may be in need of some debt management. This involves assessing your debts, first of all, and trying to come up with a way to manage them more effectively, in a way that won't compromise your standard of...
Wordless Wednesday:Cost Of Living!
2008-01-24 04:11:00
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Wordless Wednesday:Cost Of Living!
2008-01-24 04:11:00
If you are new to this blog please consider subscribing to my full feed RSS. You can also subscribe by Email and have new posts sent directly to your inbox.Thanks for visiting!Related Posts2007: Hold On To The Hallmark MomentsIt's The Journey That's Important.....Escape From Your Comfort Zone To Bring Out The Best In You
Cost of Alcohol in Japan
2008-01-21 03:54:00
A lot of people wonder about the cost of living in Japan. Sure there’s living expenses, transportation, food, etc., but last weekend I decided to do some research on the cost of alcohol so you can compare it to your local store. There’s a law in Japan that makes people list their prices with tax ...
Cost of Living Brazil or CLB
2008-01-21 01:38:00
As many people are seeking information on the CLB, the next entries will focus on this subject. Input from readers stating the type of info needed or required would be helpful.
Cost of Living
2008-01-11 16:50:00
Yesterday I happened to be grocery shopping in North London’s desirable Crouch End (celebrity residents have included: Simon Pegg, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Clare Grogan, Bernard Butler, Gillian Anderson, etc). I needed some bread, so I took a look at a fresh loaf in the local Budgens supermarket - 1.75 for a standard loaf of ...
Cost of Living in the Huntsville Metro
2008-01-10 06:22:00
See how the Huntsville Metro Area Stacks up against the rest of the country for cost of living. National Average = 100 Metropolitan Area Composit Index (100%) Grocery Items (13%) Housing (28%) Utilities (10%) Trans- portation (10%) Health Care (4%) Misc. Goods & Services (35%) Huntsville, AL 94.3 92.2 ...
Cost of Living in the Huntsville Metro
2008-01-07 09:00:00
See how the Huntsville Metro Area Stacks up against the rest of the country for cost of living. National Average = 100 Metropolitan Area Composit Index (100%) Grocery Items (13%) Housing (28%) Utilities (10%) Trans- portation (10%) Health Care (4%) Misc. Goods & Services (35%) Huntsville, AL 94.3 92.2 ...
Help needed with higher cost of living in Singapore
2008-01-04 23:24:00
Help needed with higher cost of living in Singapore S’poreans urge Govt to do more to ease impact of hikes in transport, food prices By Gabriel Chen  THE rising cost of living and other bread and butter issues were the hot topics at last night’s public dialogue session to prepare for the Budget debate in March. Retirees, civil servants and salaried workers were united in demanding that the Government do more to alleviate higher transport costs and food prices. ‘The current hike in taxi fares - it’s becoming ridiculous,’ said Madam Adeline Chan, as she appealed to the Government to keep prices more affordable. ‘When I go to the market, I end up carrying a lot of things, but taking a taxi has become a luxury.’ Madam Chan was among the 30 participants from the Chinese-speaking community that bounced ideas around at the two-hour session held at the Grassroots Club in Yio Chu Kang. ‘Why do Singaporeans go to Malaysia and import milk powder...
Hot 2008 topic: The rising cost of living in Singapore
2008-01-04 23:19:00
Hot 2008 topic: The rising cost of living in Singapore By Goh Chin Lian  WHEN Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang announced last November that inflation could hit 4 per cent or 5 per cent in the first quarter of this year, analysts and consumers sat up. It would be a ‘historic high’ in the 25 years since 1983. The previous high was in July 1991, when it hit 4 per cent. But today, some analysts are even more pessimistic, predicting that inflation could surge past 6 per cent on the recent wave of increases in taxi fares, electricity tariffs and the continued rise in oil prices. Views are also divided on whether inflation will taper off by the second half of the year, averaging around 3 per cent, or persist at current levels. The way the numbers are looking, the impact of these increases is not only on the low-income and retirees living on their savings, but also on the middle-income, MPs tell Insight. Among them, those who feel it most are the ones who earn too much...
Bahamas: Cost of Living Soars For Bahamians
2007-12-29 04:08:00
Cost of Living Soars By Candia Dames - Nassau, Bahamas: Bahamians are paying more for everyday goods and services as the cost of living continues to climb amid weakening economic growth. As an example, the Department of Statistics says in its latest consumer price index report that Grand Bahamians paid 21.19 percent more for electricity in the month of November compared to the previous month. New Providence consumers also saw a continued increase in the Consumer Price Index during that period. The report says the Consumer Price Index for Grand Bahama showed "a considerable increase" and the CPI for New Providence also "moved forward." In New Providence, the major groups that helped moved the CPI forward were: clothing and footwear, medical care and health and food and beverages. Increases were also noted for transportation and communications, housing and other expenditures. In Grand Bahama, the housing index was the leading group with an increase of 4.21 percent. This was fol...
Cow Inflation: Cost of Living or Showing Off
2007-12-23 13:00:00
Adil Najam Last year we posted a rather disturbing video that might have been titled the ‘revenge of the cow’; if you did not see it, it may be worth watching again. Our bhains video this year is more docile but equaly though-provoking. WPvideo 1.10 This is a Geo News report from Bakra Mandi, Walton, Lahore. Rs. 10 ...
Cost of Living in Qatar: Inflation, Rent and Pay Rises
2007-11-29 16:29:00
Inflation has increased again in Qatar, largely due to rents which rose by nearly 30% in the period July - August, according to the Gulf Times yesterday.Inflation has also been helped by the declining dollars, and these latest figures could help speed the demise of the doomed dollar peg.Worryingly, the figures are higher than for neighbouring countries such as the UAE, which face many of the same problems.Meanwhile, one expert has estimated that rental prices will continue to rise for another two years, after which supply should finally meet demand.The message is clear for potential residents - make sure accommodation is included in your contract!However, it's not all doom and gloom, according to rumour mongers, at least for public sector workers. The whisper is that Qatar will be following Dubai with a massive pay increase.Dubai recently raised the pay for government workers by 70%. There is a lot of competition in the job market between Dubai and Doha, and rumours have been circ...
Reverse Mortgages & The Cost of Living
2007-11-29 00:12:00
The Pension Rights Center raises an interesting point: Does your pension have a cost-of-living adjustment? Don’t be too quick to say year. While state and federal pensions have COLAs, that’s unlikely to be true with private programs. If you get $5,000 a month today then even with small amounts of inflation it will buy far less than ... read more
The Cost of Living In Barbados
2007-11-28 12:10:00
We are pleased to publish the following article by Dr. Justin Robinson. His article provides an in-dept analysis about the vexing and topical issue of the high cost of living in Barbados. We encourage the BU family to give the Doctor a warm welcome and we hope that he and his colleagues at the ...
Cost of living in Indian cities not too expensive afterall?
2007-11-27 05:38:00
Now that I am moving back to India, one of the aspect that I am closely looking at is the cost of living in Indian cities. Contrary to my belief, one of the recent surveys showed Indian cities not being too expensive compared to its counterparts across the globe, even after sharp rise in rupee and booming economy. The survey conducted by Hong Kong-based ECA International showed that Mumbai, most expensive city in India, ranks lowly at 177 worldwide and poor 24th in Asia. I had always been under the impression that Mumbai was one of the top expensive cities in World let alone Asia. One of the reasons may be that this survey does not consider Real Estate.
Cost of Living in California is Hot Trash.
2007-11-21 07:08:00
And yes, I do mean it. So I finally got a chance to update my Quickbooks account, and import all of the bank account receipts for the past few months. *read: headache* And I nearly fell out of my chair when...
S’pore way to fight rising cost of living works: PM
2007-11-12 08:33:00
THE cost of living is rising, and the Government is helping Singaporeans cope with it, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday. While many people elsewhere would look to their governments to keep prices low, Singapore’s approach is different, and Mr Lee believes it is one that works. Its aim is to get the basics right - housing, jobs and affordable necessities. ‘We help, we do a lot, but we don’t help by keeping the prices individually controlled,’ he said at a dialogue at the People’s Action Party (PAP) annual convention. ‘We help by making sure that the low income are able to pay for their necessities, able to earn a living, able to have a roof over their heads.’ While Singapore has gone through years with a stable cost of living and very low inflation, he acknowledged it might be tough to maintain such stability going forward. Prices of flour, food, energy and even chicken are going up, and people are understandably worried, he ...
Costa Rica cost of living: A quick grocery trip to Mega-Super
2007-11-07 15:59:00
Figuring out the actual cost of living has been hard since we’ve spent 8 days in essentially tourist areas.  Cahuita was slow, laidback and quite small.  Aside from the beach and national park, there’s nothing there.  That fact, along with the distance from the Central Valley, made us realize that the Caribbean coast was not ...
Going to the Doctor
2007-11-07 15:45:00
Part 1 of 3 - Dying in Japan: I’ve been feeling sick since the middle of September (when we got our dog) and I’ve been thinking I was allergic to her. Anyway after we moved to our new place I’ve had a few days where I feel like I’m dying even when I wasn’t around ...
ATM Currency Conversion
2007-11-03 08:45:00
This might get long so I’m going to give you a breakdown of what I’ll be talking about: Today’s listed exchange rate, today’s Mastercard exchange rate, 2% currency conversion fee, adding this all up you’ll see my true conversion rate. I know some people have been curious about the conversion rate when you withdrawal from an ...
Is Japan Expensive?
2007-11-02 12:35:00
Some people think that Japan is an expensive place to live. From my experience it’s not that bad. Sure some things are more expensive than other countries, but other things are more affordable. Only Tokyo and Osaka made the top 50 list for the highest cost of living in 2007. Not bad! 1) MOSCOW, Russia 2) LONDON, ...
Cost of Living in Qatar: Household Items
2007-10-30 10:21:00
In our latest post on the Cost of Living in Qatar we have a look at the cost of household items. The prices here are taken from the supermarket Family Food, which is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive shop in Doha (you'll find cheaper in Carrefour in City Centre or Villagio Mall.)For comparison purposes, exchange rates at time of writing: 1 Qatar Riyal is equal to 27 US cents, 11 Indian Rupees or 12 Filipino Pesos. However, exchange rates can change rapidly, and if you want to be totally sure of the prices use our Universal Currency Converter.To see our other posts on the cost of living just click on the label below the post.Household Items Price in Qatar Riyals Price in US Dollars Washing powder 4 kg 23.506.45Washing up liquid 1 litre 7.752.10Ordinary bulb 20.60Floor Cleaner 2 litres 12.253.35Hair gel 102.75Shampoo 450ml 7.752.10Soap 41Tooth paste (colgate) 6.251.70Colgate Mouthwash 205.50Tea (100 bags) 92.50Coffee (100 grammes) 123.306 Boxes of tissues 143.85Toilet paper...
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