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Our nephew Sherwin has flown the coop. The 19-year-old moved to a boarding house in Guimaras in late March. Guimaras, of course, is the island province in Western Visayas we call home. One less mouth to feed in the future. Here’s a look at “Our 1, 170 Dollar March Five-Person Philippines Budget.” March’s budget came in 15 dollars higher than February’s budget.

The Crusty Old Expat has Additional Chores

I now do the morning dishes and clean our CR, Comfort Room, plus I have sweeping duties Monday through Friday. Our domestic helper left at the end of January.

Acquiring sweeping duties was a big deal. It takes me 90 minutes to sweep the floors of our 4,000 sq. ft. home. My wife is a harsh taskmaster and carefully scrutinizes my work.

Our niece Shaina helps with chores during weekday evenings and on the weekends. She teaches at my sister-in-law’s preschool in Guimaras during the day.

Unlike her brother, Sherwin, she has decided to stay with us. She’s awaiting the results of her Teacher’s Board Exams that she took in late March. It could take two or three months for her test results.

Our 1,170 Dollar March 2019 (Mostly) Five-Person Philippines Budget

Here’s a breakdown of our major expenses:

S&R: 10,271 pesos, 205 US dollars (Includes groceries and household supplies)

Rustan’s Marketplace: 2,297 pesos, 46 US dollars

Southern Trading: 5,573 pesos, 111 US dollars

(Local market we use for groceries and household supplies)

Food for our eight Dogs: 2,284 pesos, 46 US dollars

Guimelco (Electricity): 5,141 pesos, 103 US dollars

Vegetables & Fruit: 1,562 pesos, 31 US dollars

Fish: 1,810 pesos, 36 US dollars

Meat: 1,040 pesos, 21 US dollars

(This figure only includes meat purchased from our local markets in Guimaras. We purchase the bulk of our meat from Rustan’s and S&R. We love the new MarketPlace, Rustan’s, next to SM City in Iloilo. They often have 2-for-1 specials that we take advantage of.)

Red Rice 50 kilos: 2,000 pesos, 40 US dollars (Another bag of rice from a friend. We purchased a 50-kilo bag earlier and now have two bags of red rice in reserve.)

Diesel Fuel Ford Ranger: 1,425 pesos, 29 US dollars

father blesses our ford ranger

(We only have to fill up once a month and not just because Father blessed it for us.)

Expenses for other house: 2,441 pesos, 49 US dollars

(Food & supplies for my wife’s Mother, Nieces, Nephew who live at another home in Guimaras my wife owns)

Globe Internet & Phone: 1,000 pesos, 20 US dollars

Cignal Satellite: 500 pesos, 10 US dollars

Parking at Jordan Wharf, Tips, Porters: 1,400 pesos, 28 US dollars (That figure includes 300 pesos, six US dollars, for a car wash plus an interior cleaning)

Funeral Donations: 2,000 pesos, 40 US dollars (Two of my wife’s relatives in Guimaras died in March.)

Special Well & Pool Project: 4,168 pesos, 83 US dollars (Our pump was moved and equipment was purchased to help with our water shortage due to the drought)

Lunches in Iloilo City: 1,796, 36 US dollars (Two shopping trips to Iloilo in March)

Olivia’s Kitchen: 1,150, 23 US dollars

Clothing: 1,532, 31 US dollars

Father-in-law expenses: 1,197, 24 US dollars

Brother-in-law Joery labor expenses: 900 pesos, 18 US dollars

Take-out Meals (2): 900 pesos, 18 US dollars

Total: 52,387 Philippine Pesos

1048 US Dollars

Misc. Expenses

Other misc. expenses such as pan de sal, 247 pesos, and SM Supermarket, 626 pesos, made up the rest of our budget expenditures for March.

Rent or House Payments? None. All paid. Cash up front.

Truck payments? None. All paid. Cash up front.

Credit card or Installment billing accounts? None.

And that’s “Our 1,170 Dollar March 2019 Five-Person Philippines Budget.”

(Are we spending too much? Could be. The Philippine Statistics Authority says a family of five in the Philippines can live on a little over 200 US dollars a month! And rainbow-colored unicorns regularly fly over our house farting donkey-sized turds, too.)


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