Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Basket Case

Every now and again, when I remember, I have a look at grocery prices in NZ and Australia.

Yesterday the old boy across the road was raving about some lunatic TV programme which had it that Australians were flocking to NZ  because the cost of living was lower there than in Australia.  Accordingly, This morning I spent half an hour or so on the net looking at Coles and Countdown supermarket prices.

Now you know why I don't watch the junk which passes for TV news and current affairs.

Try telling Auckland ratepayers their cost of living is low.  Their house prices are approaching those of Sydney and their rates are going up by leaps and bounds.

Anyway, here's the food basket which shows what you get in Australia for $144.84 costs $168.41 in NZ.  So much for TV news.


Supermarket prices Aust/NZ







             Aust            Coles


NZ   Countdown
Item  Quant Price $   Price
Bananas 1kg 1.5
3.49
Navel Oranges 1kg 2.2
3
Strawberries 1kg 14.3
20
Rock melon each 4
5
Potatoes 5kg 7
8.5
Carrots 1kg 2.5
2.4
Cabbage each 3
2
Rump steak 1kg 22
21
Leg ham 1kg 19
16
Leg roast 1kg 9.5
9
Shoulder chops 1kg 10
16
Premium mince ikg 15
19
Toilet paper 1 x 4 5
4
Cheese 1kg 9
9.5
Margarine 1kg 5
7.62
Milk 2l 2.5
4.15
Nutrigrain 800g 8.14
12.9
Eggs doz jumbo 5.2
4.85












144.84
168.41

4 comments:

Noel said...

Country of origin currency of both Aust or NZ Dollar

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Country of origin. A dollar is a dollar is a dollar. Exchange rates are meaningless in this case.

Noel said...

That's 3 rock melons instead of 1.

Anonymous said...

Interesting exercise but not to be taken seriously. I just run it past my last shopping bill in France and used todays Xrate. Comes to $95.25(Aus) less cheese, ham and nutrigrain whatever the hell that is.

In a country with a million cheeses, and a different ham for each day of the year it is impossible to compare but on the plus side I costed brill Normandy butter instead of marg and rump is a bit higher but it is from Limousin cattle fed on buttercups (I kid you not)...... I don't know the wage differential to Oz but it higher than NZ but they pay more tax which is why we don't run out of electricity:-) Now lets talk about wine....

Lord Egbut