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Can you save money?

With the unofficial exchange rate and the lack of things to do, yes. - Apr 23, 2016
Yes. The COLA is super high - currently 60% - and there is nothing to buy here besides groceries and an occasional meal out. Beaches are free. - Mar 28, 2015
Yes. The irony is that while travel outside of Angola and activities are expensive, most people just stay put and make due with what you have. You get a 50% COLA but there is just little to spend it on. - Aug 31, 2014
Probably not. Luanda is consistently ranked one of the most expensive cities in the world for expats -- and with good reason. The cost of life here is high. It's also very expensive to travel either domestically or internationally. It's about US$500-700 per person round trip just to fly to South Africa, more to Europe or other regional destinations. A "long weekend" trip for a family of 4 to South Africa will be at least US$3,500-- maybe more if you go on safari or do something special. Hotels here in Angola are expensive (US$300+ in Luanda, over US$150 in the provinces) and the provincial hotels are basic at best. - Jul 11, 2013
No, you must leave often for sanity, goods, and relaxation. - Apr 24, 2013
yes, everything is so expensive, so you won't want to buy many things here - Aug 4, 2011
No. - Aug 3, 2011
Nope, not a chance. The most expensive city in the world. - Apr 15, 2009