In what may be (some of you may wish to argue and suggest other entries) my most boring post to date, I bring you a relatively meaningless grocery price comparison chart. I say boring because it wasn’t much fun writing it and I can’t imagine it makes great reading. But if you are considering coming here to live, this is information you need to know.
I say meaningless because….
- I don’t normally do the shopping, so what do I know?
- Items were picked randomly.
- I have only compared 12 items.
- I have only compared Australian costs with the UK.
- UK prices were taken from a Tesco website. (Could it be biased?)
- Australian prices taken from Coles v Woolworths pricechecker.
Having said all that, the outcome is exactly as I would have predicted. First, here are the results…..
Australian Grocery Prices
I can convert £39.72 into Australian dollars by multiplying by 2.05. So if we had Tesco prices here, it would have cost us $81.43. So by shopping in Cole’s and Woolworths instead of Tesco, we have saved $5.05.
So on the face of it, Australia wins again. In my first article on the cost of living in Australia, I looked at petrol prices and Australia won hands down. They have just about sneaked it on grocery prices too.
But a closer look will tell you that had it not been for the steak, UK prices would have been cheaper. And as I hinted at earlier, that is the outcome I expected. Beef here is much cheaper but not too many other things are.
Our shopping basket isn’t well balanced, with just 11 day-to-day items plus a kilo of beef! Take that beef out of the basket and the UK wins. Last week I said some things were cheaper, some were dearer, but net you’d probably end up evens in your overall expenditure. That holds true for food shopping too.
For this reason I am calling this particular cost of living battle a draw. There really isn’t much in it.
You may be interested in reading the updated version of this post…
Petrol Prices – A Quick Update
Whilst we are on the subject of the cost of living in Australia, in my petrol prices post, I predicted the price would rise to a weekend high of $1.45 per litre following the removal of the 8 cent subsidy. I am delighted to report that I was wrong. The highest price I have seen is around $1.28 and the lowest about $1.19.
It’s good to be wrong.