Cost of Living, Food, Household Goods
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After going through 96 receipts of the past 3 months, our average monthly grocery expenses amounted to ta-da just HKD4,230 yey! These cover for the basics that we usually get from International and Taste but not for household goods we buy from a local shop that does not provide receipts most of the time ssshhh. I’d say we end up using HKD4,600 a month for groceries, which is waaay cheaper than what we anticipated. Good job, Mrs. Diplomat! For me, that means we can save more. For Mr. Diplomat, that means we can eat out more often!

But then again, I guess everything will depend on how you shop. I am a thrifty shopper. I almost always start buying the cheapest, and if we don’t like it, I buy the next one up the ladder. By cheapest, I mean the cheapest among products that are manufactured by recognized companies. I check the price, the country of origin, the manufacturer or importer and the label, in that order. (Hah! I know what you’re thinking.)

For a better gauge of how much living here might cost you, here are the prices of some basic goods, all in HKD.

15.00 seven-grain bread (8 slices)
13.90 skim milk (1 L)
22.80 emmental cheese (10 slices)
10.90 sugar (1 lb)
15.20 salt (1 bottle)
17.50 tomato sauce (1 can)
 8.30 cream of mushroom (1 can)
18.70 minced pork (0.5 lb)
19.90 minced beef (0.5 lb)
34.90 corned beef (1 can)
23.90 chicken fillet (1.5 lb)
19.90 egg (12 pieces)
24.00 mackerel fillet (2 pieces)
19.90 pollock fillet (2 pieces)
12.90 catfish fillet (2 pieces)
 7.90 onion (3 pieces)
 6.50 garlic (3 pieces)
 6.90 potato (1 lb)
 6.90 carrot (1 kg)
 4.90 tomato (1 lb)
 7.00 green bell pepper
 6.90 lettuce
14.70 banana (5 pieces)
 2.80 lemon


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