Category Archives: cost of living

China Expat Experience

We have put together expats experiences of different countries. Thinking of moving abroad? Then read our weekly blog from expats living around the world. Natalie Cossavella living in China Where are you originally from? I’m from South Africa Is this … Continue reading

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Xpatulator New Pricing Structure

We have changed the way in which you purchase from us, instead of buying credits we now have a Subscription Offering.  This new method of subscribing represent a substantial saving for our clients compared to our competitors, who either charge … Continue reading

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NEWS FLASH!! NEWS FLASH!! NEWS FLASH!! NEWS FLASH!! NEWS FLASH!!

International Assignment Management Calculator, User Interface AND Subscription  Offering! We have so many new exciting additions to our website with our new design, the question is where to start? Xpatulator.com has been redesigned for your convenience.  The new user interface … Continue reading

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What Are Basket Groups? Do They Affect The Cost of Living?

Basket groups are those items that you need to buy on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.  Some of these items are paid for by the employer on an expatriate assignment and others that come out of the employees pocket. … Continue reading

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How to NOT have an X-Trailing Spouse

I was that woman, I could have been a man in this situation, but I was that woman. You know the one, the Trailing Spouse as we are commonly known.  The one that gets to say “Yes” to moving abroad … Continue reading

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The What? The Balassa–Samuelson Effect.

The Balassa–Samuelson effect is the theory behind the Salary Purchasing Power Parity Calculator (SPPP). The goal of this calculator is to determine how much salary, in a host location, will give an employee the same purchasing power as they currently have in … Continue reading

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Being An Expat, Your Salary, Your Cost of Living

In many social or work situations, I often get asked the question: “So what exactly do you do?” or “What is the business about?” My usual response is to explain that I am a part owner in a Cost of … Continue reading

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Tokyo – Most Expensive Place To Live In 2012

Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world with an overall cost of living index of 139.89 compared to New York with an index of 100. Tokyo is followed by Zurich, Geneva and Luanda in the October 2012 world … Continue reading

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Transport Cost of Living July 2012

The top 10 Most expensive places – Transport Basket which includes Hire Purchase / Lease of Vehicle, Petrol / Diesel, Public Transport, Service Maintenance, Tyres, Vehicle Insurance and Vehicle Purchase: Malawi, Lilongwe Timor-Leste, Dili Sudan, Khartoum Austria, Vienna Switzerland, Zurich … Continue reading

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Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels Cost of Living July 2012

The top 10 Most expensive places – Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels Basket which includes Business Dinner, Dinner at Restaurant (non fast food), Hotel Rates and Take Away Drinks & Snacks (fast Food): Angola, Luanda Switzerland, Zurich Switzerland, Geneva Brazil, … Continue reading

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