3. Home (Food and groceries) – A couple living in Mumbai could get a monthly bill of 10000 INR to 15000 INR per month on groceries alone. I am listing down a few costs here below just to show you the living costs in Mumbai for Groceries….
Milk (1 Ltr.) – 35 INR,
Butter (500 gms) – 85 INR
Eggs 12 (large) – 28 INR
Rice (Long Grain) – 50 INR
Sugar (1 Kg White) – 25 INR
Corn Flakes (Packet of 375 gms) – 90 INR
Mineral Water (1 ltr.) – 15 INR
Tea Bags (Pack of 25) – 30 INR
Coke (1.5 Ltrs) – 45 INR
Coffee (Instant 125 gms.) – 118 INR
Ketchup (340 gms) – 58 INR
Marmalade/Jam (370 gms) – 80 INR
Chicken (whole Fresh 1KG) – 120 INR
Table Salt ( 500 gms) – 15 INR
Potatoes/Tomatoes/Onions (1KG) – 20 INR to 25 INR
Apples (1 Kg) – 135 INR
Grapes (1 Kg)/Pineapple(can 500 gms) – 100 INR
Lamb Chops ( 1kg) – 250 INR
Laundry Detergent(2.5 Kg) – 250 INR
Dishwashing Liquid(500 ml) – 60 INR
Toothpaste (120 gms) – 34 INR
Shampoo ( 200 ml) – 75 INR
Soap ( bar 150 gms) – 28 INR
Shaving razors (pack of 5) – 20 INR
Beer (Local can 330 ml) – 45 INR
Scotch Whiskey(0.75 ltrs) – 1000 INR
4. Utilities – The largest provider of landline telephone is the state run MTNL which also provides internet, GSM and CDMA mobile phone service. There are also many private players in the landline services like Tata, Reliance, Airtel etc. The average monthly rental for a land line phone is 375 INR, some free calls are included in this cost. You can purchase both CDMA and GSM type phones here. CDMA phones can be directly bought from the service providers like Reliance and Tata Indicom an average phone can cost from 2000 INR, the cost of making a call is as cheap as 0.50 INR depending on your plan. You can buy your GSM phones from Nokia, Samsung etc. and the cost of a SIM card is 90 INR for a lifetime incoming facility free. The energy cost for a couple for a month staying a 1000 sqft apartment could be 2000 INR. Internet for a 2MBPS ADSL connection can cost 700 INR/month.
5. Clothing – You will find all Major brands here including Levi’s, Lee, Adidas, Marks and Spencers, NEXT etc. The cost of Women’s shoes is 850 INR (you could also get them cheaper at 150 INR but then the quality is really bad). Men’s Shoes can cost INR 1000 and a Men’s Suit starts from 6000 INR and a pair of jeans can start from 550 INR. Women’s dresses can start at 1150 INR and a nice Indian Suit can cost 2500 INR.
6. Cars and travel – You can hire a taxi for 13 INR/km, while the fare for local City buses for 3Kms is 5 INR and you can hire a Chauffer driven car for 1000 INR for the whole day limited to some Kms for 8 hours. You can travel by the local trains the life line of Mumbai for 1000 INR monthly pass. You can also buy a car – The Suzuki Maruti Hatchback Swift costs about 500000 INR and the sedan Honda City can start from 900000 INR. You can also take a loan on the car which as an annual interest of 9.5% to 11 %. Being a very crowded city it is better to buy a small car, you can get around faster and also parking problems are solved.
7. Miscellaneous Expenses for living in Mumbai – A visit to the doctor can cost you 225 INR for a general physician to 1000 INR for a specialist. The Domestic help can cost INR 3000 for cooking and cleaning and a driver for the car can cost 7000 INR to 9000 INR. The fee for fitness club per annum can cost 13500 INR. The web Café for 30 minutes is 15 INR.
Conversion Rate at the time of writing the blog -
1 USD = 49 INR
1 Euro = 70 INR
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