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Cost of food       started by tonyrelph on 13 Feb 2007   (11596)
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From Marshy

To tonyrelph

13 Feb 2007 10:00 AM
(52446)
Bread depending on what type you buy and where from ranges from $2 to over $4 a loaf. Milk I pay around $4 for 3litres of milk. Chicken runs at around $10 per kilo and I buy fillet steak which I pay around $15 for 4 pieces. a dozen bog standard eggs costs me around $4. Bacon is crap so I don't know how much it is as we don't eat it, same goes for ham. I can't recall the costs of the other items you mention. We are cheap skates when it comes to wine and pay $12 for a 4 litre wine box of white wine. Red we spend more, roughly around $15 a bottle. Don't buy a lot of beer but a carton of 24 carlton mid strength costs around $30. All in all I spend around $250 a week on food + drink and things I may run out of, probably in total comes out at $300 per week. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 kids aged 9 and 4.
From LivingInPerth

To tonyrelph

13 Feb 2007 12:14 PM
(52464)
Weekly shop is about $230-250 for us for a family of four (excl any drink). Was about $200 but prices rocketed when fuel went up and (surprise!) didn't drop when it came down. Electricity - in summer with aircon on only occasionally and set high (26) and gas water heating and hob but electric oven, comes to $180-200 for two months. With the aircon on constantly in summer it would be likely be much higher. With a pool, no aircon, electric boosted solar hot water it was costing me $200-240 for two months on average. Gas about $140-150 for two months with gas hot water and hob. When only used for cooking gas was costing me $30 for two months. Rates - about $1000-1300 per year . You can't generally pay monthly here - three installments or all at once. Water costs (rates and usage) were about $700 p.a. with a pool and reticulated garden. You pay the reates element up front and get a usage bill every 6 months. So about GBP800 per year for water and rates, or GBP 67 pm, as opposed to the GBP180pm I used to pay in the UK. Phone - $80-100 pcm with Optus (which is cheap to phone the UK on). That includes 20 min calls to the UK every few days. However we have had up to $200 bills before cracking down. Mobile - would vary too much person to person. We bought an excellent phone from Optus direct on the internet which gives free calls to optus home/mobiles. With Optus at home and both of us having optus mobiles our call charges are non-existant - many people pay as much or more as their home phone. Beer - from $30 for 24 bottles/30 cans (375ml) of standard mid strength (3.5-4% alc) - e.g. Carlton Mid from $40 for 24 bottles/30 cans (375ml) of full strength (5-5.5% alc) - e.g. VB, Carlton around $50 for 24 bottles/30 cans (330ml to 375ml) of premium, boutique or imported beer (e.g. Redback, Hahn, Stella, etc.) Occasionally get the premium on special for $5-$10 less Six pack will be $14-$18 In a pub $7.50 is a good price for a pint - can get dearer and won't pay less than $5 in happy hour. (as an aside 1 can of mid strenght = 1 unit and the driving limit for a bloke is roughly 2 units in the first hour and no more than 1 an hour after that, though I wouldn't advise cutting it finely. Full strength is about 1.4 units per can) Whisky - $33-35/bottle for a brand you've heard of. Can get almost pure grain, rough whisky for $10 less (but why would you? ;o). A bottle of malt will start from $50 and could be $80 or more. I imagine most spirits are similar. WIne start from $5-6 for something to cook with, drinkable stuff starts from $8, you can get a nice enough bottle for about $10-12 and a very nice bottle from $18. Some cleanskins are good value (unlabelled surplus stock from wineries). However some of the off-licenses and wineries realised cleanskins had a reputation of good value and put out the undrinkable stuff they can't get shot of in this way. However, if you go to an upscale off-license and ask the (knowledgeable) staff you can sometimes still get a $25 bottle for around half price. Casks cost about $20 for something drinkable (such a beast as a drinkable cask wine does exist here). Mortgages - much higher interest raes here - typically over 7% currently. Average new mortgage is now $350k in Perth. Repayments on $250k are about $1800-1900 pcm.