Judging by the traffic that visited, the "2014 Living in Bali Price Guide" post became very popular.
But we are now 2019, so an update to the price guide was necessary.
January has been a busy month for us here at BaliManual, as we’re ramping up to provide you with much more information in 2019. We’re proud to kick it off with an update to the BaliManual "2019 Living in Bali Price Guide.”
After visiting grocery stores, traditional markets, beverage distributors and more, our new price guide will help you budget your life in Bali and see just how affordable Bali remains for most of us.
In a nutshell:
Note: there is a 2016 version of the price list available. I'll give you the link. But before I do, I want to say it's still interesting to read the introduction article here on this page. It's just the price guide itself that you better view here: 2016 Price Guide
If you're interested in the cost of living in Bali, you'll probably also be interested in my book, The Ultimate Guide for Moving to Bali. In the book, I walk you through all the steps necessary to start planning out your new life in Bali, so you can hit the ground running without any hassles. Check it out if you're considering a move to Bali in your future.
Bali has always been known as a budget destination, especially if you’re coming from a country like Australia, America, Canada or England. These days, it’s still a budget-friendly destination, although it can be very easy to spend a lot of money if you’re not careful. It’s just as easy to come to Bali and live cheaply, as it is to come to Bali and spend more money than you do back home.
One of the most important things to your life in Bali, will be how you are going to make a living here. Finding a job in Bali is not easy, as the Indonesian government would rather give jobs to locals whenever possible. For the jobs that they will allow foreigners to do, it can be hard to find an open position as so many people want to be here. Don’t get discouraged though because it is possible, even more so if you are willing to think outside of the box.
One thing that will need to become like second nature to keep your living expenses down will be the ability to bargain or haggle. Unless the price is clearly marked, like in a supermarket for example, just about everything in Bali is able to be bargained on.
Many people aren’t comfortable with this practice as we don’t do much of it in our home countries, but it is the way of life for people here.
If you already have an even rudimentary command of Bahasa Indonesia then things will be easier as well, as you will be perceived as a little more "in tune" with things.
Just like anything else there are some rules and guidelines to go by to make sure you don’t get ripped off and don’t offend anyone in the process.