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Big Jim:
No idea about Angeles City but here are my thoughts.
 
If you want everything to be the same as home, you might have to stay there as it could well be cheaper at home than importing everything to the Philippines.
 
No matter what your income level is, you can live on it in the Philippines. It is just the level of comfort that will vary.
 
You don't say if you are single or married.
 
I no longer live in Cebu City but if I was living there as a single man, I would prefer usd $1800 per month and believe I could still get by on about usd $1100 if I had to but usd $1500 is enough for me to live a happy life there. On usd $1500 per month, I can live permanently in a family room in a hotel, eat out for every meal, have a massage every day and socialise with friends ever day.
 
Here is a really cheap option. While I was in Cebu City in August, an Australian man on his first visit to the Philippines asked me if I could find some one one Leyte who could look after him for P12,000 per month. I found some one. They had a boarding house near the sea. The rooms were let at P600 per month per person for 6 people in each room. The lady who ran the boarding house told me that for P12,000 per month, he could have a room to himself, with aircon. She would provide 3 meals a day and wash his clothes for him.
 
On Leyte, about usd $800 is enough for 5 of us to live happy in Palompon. That is living a very Filipino life style. USD $1500 would give us a very comfortable life.   

Lee2:
My wife and I live in our own condo in Cebu City 4 months a year and even with the condo paid for so therefore no rent but we do have to pay monthly fees of around p3000 and property tax yearly of around p8000, we cannot live on $1500 a month unless we would be willing to do without aircon. Our last electric bill for May should be around p12,000 (I had the meter read before we left and prepaid it) with the a/c running 24/7 in an 80 sq meter condo unit but turned up two degrees when we go out for 2 or 5 hours or shut off if we know we would be out for the whole day. We have found electric in Cebu City to be two times what it cost us in Florida per kwk and with all the other fees tacked on such as we have to pay a fee for those who steal electric, the bill is then 3 times what we pay in our twice as large home in Florida  and also with the a/c running 24/7. So just electric and condo fees cost us almost $400 a month, how much more if paying rent.

One very important thing to be aware of is the ever changing exchange rate. When we bought our condo years ago the exchange rate was 48.7 to one US dollar and today the exchange rate is somewhere around 40 to 41 to one US dollar and cost of everything has gone up in the last 6 or 7 years many times over, so IMHO $1500 is not enough to live in a city but might be enough to live outside a city but then one should also figure in what the cost of health care might also be for them.

We all wish to live different lifestyles so one size will not fit all but as Big Jim already wrote, if you wish to keep your lifestyle, as we wish to do when in the Philippines, then $1500 might be tough to live on, but if you are willing to live a more local lifestyle in say a smaller place and eating more rice and local foods and mostly without a/c, then it could easily be done as long as the exchange rate does not go back down to where it was when I first went to the Philippines 19 years ago when it was 19 or 20 to one, but I think we all should remember that what goes up can also go down and visa versa so it could happen and it could also go the other way in our favor, so always best to have a reserve fund. 

wildbill:
6 pesos per kw here

Lee2:

--- Quote from: wildbill on May 19, 2013, 09:55:52 PM ---6 pesos per kw here

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Have you taken the total bill and divided it by the kwh used to come up with that figure? Actual cost per kwk once all taxes etc are added in is what I am referring to. In Florida it is 11 cents per kwh after all taxes added in, in Cebu it is p12 per kwh plus plus plus, so if my math is correct p12 equals about 29 cents. Please take your kwh's used and divide them into your total bill total and then see if it is p6 and if so then electric is much less expensive where you are but still more than in Florida. 

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:

--- Quote from: Lee on May 19, 2013, 11:22:46 PM ---
--- Quote from: wildbill on May 19, 2013, 09:55:52 PM ---6 pesos per kw here

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Have you taken the total bill and divided it by the kwh used to come up with that figure? Actual cost per kwk once all taxes etc are added in is what I am referring to. In Florida it is 11 cents per kwh after all taxes added in, in Cebu it is p12 per kwh plus plus plus, so if my math is correct p12 equals about 29 cents. Please take your kwh's used and divide them into your total bill total and then see if it is P6 and if so then electric is much less expensive where you are but still more than in Florida.

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My last month's bill was P8,720.10, total kwh used was 719, that comes out to P12.12 per kwh.
My current bill I just paid today was double! I'm sure it will go down the next following billing cycle once our visitors leave the end of this month! ;)
Wild Bil's P6 per kwh sounds about right! We love our comfort! Electric fans just doesn't do it for me! 

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