A WEEK’s worth of beer, petrol and toilet paper is 20 euros cheaper in Spain compared to the UK.
When it comes to the basic essentials and our favourite vices Spain has emerged as the land of plenty at affordable prices, the Olive Press can reveal.
Despite a recent study by consumer watchdog Which? suggesting that Spain may no longer be such great value, many goods still undercut the UK’s finest.
In a survey of 25 common products, 75 per cent were cheaper in Spain.
When adding in groceries and vegetables – apart from carrots strangely – the average expatriate family living in Spain is saving around 100 euros a month.
“If you are going to shop locally here then you can definitely save yourself money,” said Mona Arain Crites, owner of Al Lago restaurant in Zahara.
“It certainly costs less than your average Waitroses and Tescos, and even the farmers’ markets which charge more because they are individually owned.”
The main things costing more in Spain are mobile phone tariffs, internet charges and electrical hardware.
However, the smart buyer in Spain could buy many of these items in Gibraltar at far cheaper prices than even in the UK.
It certainly pays to shop around but overall local produce in Spain is much cheaper.
The Olive Press found that – when converted to euros – six eggs cost 1.64 euros in the UK compared to just 0.95c in Spain.
Ronda artist Gabriella Chidgey, who runs a household of four, said: “Fruit and vegetables are definitely cheaper here and they are of a higher quality.
“However, I have found it much more difficult to get hold of free range chickens here.”
Meanwhile, petrol in Britain now costs 1.26 euros per litre, while it currently stands at 1.09 euros in Spain.
Furthermore, a bottle of San Miguel, bought at a Ronda bar costs 1.50 euros, compared to 2.28 euros.
Interestingly, a four-pack of Andrex in the UK costs an eye-opening 2.31 euros, while in Spain a similar brand (Sandrex) weighs in at just 0.72c.
See feature https://www.theolivepress.es/2010/01/27/does-it-costa-bit-more-in-spain/ for the full in-depth report.
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