Editor’s Pick: Living Expenses in Canada
This article has been long overdue. It happens to be in my drafts for over a year now. Don’t worry I made sure that the figures are still accurate. To be honest, this was intended to be a comparison of cities but I have decided to just share this with you as it is. I believe that a lot will benefit from knowing a little more about the cost of living differences between renting and owning a house. If you are interested, feel free to read more.
Currently, we are living in Winnipeg. For most of the expenses, you need to pay extra 13% on top of the price for taxes. Figures below are not ‘guesstimates,’ these are actually from our bills. Lifestyle varies from person to person, of course. For example, a car might be a luxury to other cities but in Winnipeg, it is simply a necessity.
Basic Costs of Living when Renting (Average per month)
|$30-40||Hydro Utility Bill (Electricity & Gas)|
|$290||Life Insurance – Seems too much? Your monthly payment will depend on the coverage, and ours is set up as payable in 20yrs + lifetime coverage.|
|$110||Critical Illness Insurance|
|$130||Mobile phone Bills ($65 x 2) – Having Unlimited Mobile Data is a luxury for others but this is a necessity for me. As a blogger, I need to be online most of the time. Doing FB Live videos anywhere, checking our FB Forum, and answering comments as needed require mobile data. Sino pa ang hindi member? Join here.|
|$80||Home Internet – This rate would probably seem to be expensive because an average household would be paying $60/month. Not everyone needs 150mbps but this is just necessary for me. I do a lot of uploads, download and stream to make sure everything is running smoothly in our FB groups and websites. Who tunes in for #RealTalk and Dr. Love, by the way? 🙂|
|$400-600||Groceries – Since it’s just the two of us at home, most of the time we either dine out or take out. It is simply time-consuming if we cook at home and wash the dishes if it will just be a couple of dollars in difference. Again, it depends on your preference.|
TOTAL: $2,910-3-120 for a family of two each month
At this point, I guess I know what you are thinking. Do you really need life insurance? Yes, you can just put the money into your savings. Life insurance is just optional.
After a year of renting, my wife and I got permanent jobs. After sorting out our financials, we have decided to buy our own house.
Basic Costs of Living with a House (Average per month)
|$50-$130||Hydro Utility Bills ($50 in the summer time; $130 in the winter time)|
|$110||Critical Illness Insurance|
|$130||Mobile phone Bills ($65 x 2) – Unlimited Mobile Data|
TOTAL: $3,955-4,235 for a family of two each month
The biggest expense will always be the house or the apartment. I can tolerate the big jump from $850 rent to $1300 mortgage. I didn’t think much about the other expenses related to housing like the property tax which varies depending on the location, house price and other factors, the water bill which is normally free when you are renting an apartment, and the hydro bill because gas for the heater is usually free when you are renting. Then, there are the insurance for the house and the alarm systems. There is more! The costs for the house maintenance expenses and everyone’s favourite, lawn mowing and shoveling expenses should be taken into consideration as well.
Indeed, from $900 (Apartment) to $1900 (own house), $1000 makes a huge difference. The figures above are solely based on my experience. At the end of the day, the you will live your life based on your own preferences and decisions. In no way am I suggesting or recommending either renting or owning a house. I truly hope that publishing this info out for everyone will be of help to someone.
Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments section below.
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