Darlings. Please, I love you all. But for the last time, THIS IS WHAT FOOD COSTS! I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. See last post and the numbers in the Otago uni study. One commenter wondered on my last post if melons were out of season; no, it’s summer here, they don’t get much more seasonal than that. Trust me when I say I don’t buy produce out of season, and that we really do spend as little as humanly possible on groceries – although we do sometimes buy too many snacks. From what I can tell from your blogs, we pay more relatively for EVERYTHING than you guys do in North America and elsewhere – on fruit, on vegetables, on flour and sugar, meat, dairy, toilet paper.
And with that, I bring you the final week of February’s grocery challenge. Amazingly, we came in at $89.95 (I also made an emergency stop for flour mid-week.) Why so low? Well, we already had quite a few staples at home. But mainly, I think it’s because – stupidly – I kind of forgot about lunches. T hasn’t been eating much at work, so we decided not to plan for his lunches. Consequently, I neglected to think about my own, so I guess it’s peanut butter or egg sandwiches all week. Also, it’s a shorter week than usual, as we’re off to Wellington for four days.
And that means we’re $25 under our $500 target for February. Amazing! Three cheers for short months.
(Apologies for crappy photos. I’m a bit short on time at the moment)
I’ve got heaps of great posts starred in Google Reader to share, but I don’t know when I’ll get time to do a link roundup. I’m halfway through a 9-day stretch of work, with no breaks, thanks to the earthquake. Busy busy busy!
Your reciepts look similar to what we’d pay here in Canada, but I also live in Canadas most expensive city, so maybe that’s why.
In the US, everything is pretty much cheaper. I wish I could go across the border to grocery shop!
Congrats on finishing your challenge under budget! 🙂
I am pretty lucky where I live to have relatively cheap groceries.
Ditto to Daisy’s comments – I’m in one of the more expensive Canadian cities, too. Given the exchange rate, we’re on par with you for groceries. Sucks, eh? The Canucks feel your pain! Looks like you’re doing well though for feeding two people (and one who loves meat, at that). Congrats on keeping under budget :)!
The receipts look very similar to what I would pay in downtown Montreal if I didn’t shop around to ethnic shops or cheaper areas.
Like bananas at $0.79 is what I’d pay if I didn’t know how to get them for $0.69/lb.
That said, melons don’t cost that much here. Although I saw strawberries in a pint for $4 CAD the other day. <—EEEEEP!!!
And tomatoes at a whopping $6.99 a POUND. That's $14 per KG (give or take). I didn't take any, of course.
Green onions at $1.20 per small BUNCH. Enough for a full palmful, when chopped.
The U.S. DEFINITELY has cheaper food costs than Canada by 20% – 30% and of higher quality which makes me jealous.
Never mind. Your prices are close to ours then.
I just hosted a party, so my food spend this month will be higher than usual. At least I have lots of leftovers and beer that will last me at least a month. Pot lucks are great but I still end up spending more than I should because I love cooking.
Congrats on exceeding your goal. Fuel’s on a rise and since you live in a country that has to import just about everything, I’m sure you’ll be worse off than a lot of us in other places. The plus side is that you live in one of the most beautiful countries on earth, so that’s something a lot of us would trade for cheaper food.
HAHA! That reminds me of the conversations I tried to have with my parents when I moved out of the countryside and into a larger city. “Yes, food and gas is more expensive here” “How’s that?” Ugh … sometimes people don’t get it.
By the way, it’s winter here, and I would just about kill for a good, fresh tomato that didn’t cost a fortune 🙁
People outside of NZ do NOT understand what food costs here. I’ve given up talking about it to anyone besides people living in the country. They just don’t get it.
You do pay more for everything. In America things are way cheaper which is why some people spend 150 a month on food and that’s what we spend in a week. Oh well.
It’s amazing how differently priced foods can be – when I was in New York I was *shocked* at how much produce cost. An avocado was $4, whereas where I lived in CA you can get a pack of 4 for that price. So while I’ve never been to NZ, I completely believe you when you say it can get expensive!
Girl! No need to justify or explain away the price of food down under! I think it’s important for all of us to keep in mind the fact that the NZ dollar and the US dollar are not the same thing! Your $500 budget is roughly $375 in American terms, and $366 in Canadian. PLUS, in America, we benefit tremendously from massive agricultural subsidies, which keep the price of food artificially low – particularly processed food and sundries. Not sure if any such thing exists in NZ. And finally, with NZ being an island nation such as it is, and a relatively isolated one at that, it’s important to consider the cost of importing foods that are not grown or manufactured locally.
In any case, well-done you!
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