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That’s my take on it as well. They seem very keen to lace their mayo with Dijon mustard. It gives me raging indigestion even in small amounts.
“What costs more here than in the UK?”
Quite a lot of things but thanks to online sources it need not be a problem.Anonymous17th November 2016 at 11:54 am #61903
English food tends to be a bit bland, so its full of salt, sugar and various flavorings, cheaper quality cuts of meat are used, and the manufacturers use flavorings and sauces to compensate. We are brought up with it, get a taste for it.
French food is less processed, chocolate contains something called cocoa, sausages contain something we used to call meat.
Bacon. Streaky babe’s, testiclular cancer and heart disease.
Cars. All relative, pay more, resale value is higher, UK, pay less, resale value is less.
Funny thing is, most of the stuff us Brits got a taste for originated from somewhere else.Anonymous17th November 2016 at 12:54 pm #61909
We buy food, clothes, household materials, cars, here in France and see no advantage in importing anything
The majority of things are more expensive here. I did my own survey last year when I had to go back for my mum’s funeral. I took a standard bill from the Super U in Dol de Bretagne and went both to tesco nr manchester and then ASDA, Aldi and B&M Bargains – Bristol. Taking into account the exchange rate then I saved quite a bit on buying household cleaning products, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper etc. Meat even at the local butchers at Peasdown – Nr Bath – was cheaper than in butchers / supermarkets here and very good quality. A lot of family butchers have closed down around us so not a lot of choice but to buy at the supermarket and those butchers that haven’t closed have doubled their prices.
Dog food – the cheapest here is rubbish as is the most expensive – RC/ Eukaniba etc. If you want to buy quality dog food that doesn’t break the bank has to be ordered on line. I mean more than 50 euros for a 18/20 kg sack of too high proteins, addatives and colourants is way too far expensive. In the UK you can go to jollys/petsathome etc or even direct to the factories – (VAT free) to buy dogfood – have done that in years gone by and with several dogs then saved a lot of money.
Of course all British products are going to be expensive here that goes without saying. You cannot expect to buy a bottle of HP sauce and expect to pay British supermarket prices. if we are all daft enough to buy these British products they can charge what they like !!
Not all of us can afford trips home on a regular basis to stock up on products one misses or do a weekly/monthly shop even with the on-line shops delivering British goods are expensive.
we mainly buy all French products with the odd bit of English thrown in if we feel flush or get family to bring things over if they can.
Some meats are bland – especially pork as they take all the fat off so it is often dry though the butcher in our local supermarket now knows we prefer it with fat/crackling on and have converted him!! Some meats we do not know the cut as they are often different to that in English butchers/ supermarkets and unless you understand what cut you are buying it can be hit and miss not to get tough beef.
cars and second hand cars are far more expensive here than in England. It is hard to barter with a garage or even offer them cash for a reduction in the price of a car/second hand car. Infact it is very hard to barter here in France at all.
The B&M bargain type shops that have been here have been shut down by pressure from the french commercants so it is a closed market as it is also with the Pharmacies.
The French have a monopoly here in most things so it is hard to be competative – EDF for example – yes you can go to Energie BUt EDF have made it clear you cannot change back to them if you leave and change to what you may think is cheaper electricity.
To start with Orange ruled the telephone connections and when Free set up tried to close the connections they owned until the courts stepped in. yes mobiles are more expensive here with or without a contract. No real go as you pay.
Ok I will get off my soapbox now as could go on.
Just a few last words – France used to be a lot cheaper than the UK back in the days before the euro. Back in 1983 our weekly shop was really cheap and we could eat at the supermarket for 50 FF ( 3 course meal)for the 2 of us not today however.Anonymous17th November 2016 at 2:24 pm #61928
To be perfectly honest I couldn’t tell you what the every day things cost in the UK in comparison to here. The only things I import from missmysupermarket are things like Muscavado sugar and huge tubs of mixed spice and baking powder, which last me for ages. I do add a few other bits, as I’m ordering, but we can well do without them and I wouldn’t order especially for them.
I can’t deny that in our early days we probably imported more but as years have gone on and we adapted to our life here we’ve not bothered.
I doubt that either place is particularly cheap to live these days. If we go over to visit family, that’s all we go for, it’s never to trawl round the shops, although I don’t deny if I’m with my daughter while she’s grocery shopping I might pick up a couple of treats, but as we’re usually flying with hand luggage it doesn’t amount to much!
We don’t really get much in the way of visitors so no big import there either. We have had a couple of big tubs of cheap white emulsion brought over by some friends with a holiday home here when we were renovating!Anonymous17th November 2016 at 3:02 pm #61966
Andrea, there are plenty of bargain shops about. Cars is all relative, and yes stuff definitely was cheaper in 1983?. Actually no it wasn’t. Crapo is cheap in the UK, decent quality stuff is a similar price. My daughter is very picky and finds decent quality food expensive in the UK, although she does tend to spend most of her time in Nando’s. Amazing how everyone wants a better standard of living, higher wages, yet wants everything in life cheap. We were in Germany few weeks ago, Aldi had uht milk at 45c a litre, very large white sliced at 85c, good selection of reasonably priced vegetarian stuff, and irish Cheddar at 7.50 a kilo, shop was queued out the door with swiss folks. Its swings and roundabouts. Over here its a mortgage fixed at 1.24% for 25 year’s, flats in Paris from 120 grand, better levels of family allowance, free crèche. What you lose in one way you gain in another. But nice news is after Brexit its import limits, duty and TVA on your UK bought food and cars, so France won’t work that more expensive after all. The old Cheddar might go up 35%.Anonymous17th November 2016 at 5:45 pm #62037
Not so much salt in it over here tigre. Look at the major health problems with a nations population, then its easy to see who eats what. The French system as we know is not the same as the UK system, social charges are higher, so in turn prices are higher. Social charges are higher because the state provides more than the UK does. All quite simple really. Its a pity Amazon India don’t ship to France, stuffs dirt cheap.
were you here in 1983 bodiddly?
I can assure you France was cheaper than the UK back then. There was no way we could have eaten in Luton for the equivalent of 50FF for a meal for 2 people even at a Bernie Inn !!
Back then TVs were very expensive – we paid 6500 FF for a tv that had PI so we could play British videos and then in the 1990’s when we lived in Brittany we got a video and tv with PI so that with an aerial poited at Jersey we could get Britisih tv.
When we moved to the Oise there was a supermarket called F1 as it was on the route national 1 and boy was that cheap and for meals – sanglier or deer to eat at very cheap prices.
However the things to do with babies was very expensive – got dotting grandparents to bring things over bar the pram and that cost an arm and a leg here.
we moved back to the UK for 4 months house sitting after my OH was made redundant but one of his clients offered him a job back here in France so we came back. I loved it back home and became involved with an obedience club plus working my collies on sheep with a local farmer which I have never been able to do here in France – it all depends what you want from your life here and it doesn’t mean high wages and cheap food etc but unless you are involved with the French in any other way than ‘ the life’ it is hard work and very expensive ( to register my pups here as purebred costs 26 euros per pup but just £16.00 with the ISDS and the LOF registration is going up to 28 euros or so they say in their news letter this month)
So it is all perspective and what you do here – will be glad to get back to England and am really looking forward to it after 33 years here – no rose tinted glasses in this house.
Haha salad cream sandwiches? Never tried that. And yeah me too didn’t like the mayonnaise at first, but now I prefer it.
Thanks @witchypoo, great suggestion. I’ll have a look and let you know. I do find it expensive here buying turmeric, which we use a lot of for our ageing arthritic dogs (and us!).
@jackie ground almonds are definitely terribly expensive, though have never bought it in the UK. I discovered it about a year ago when making chocolate beetroot cake (yum ), is fantastic in curries, but I don’t use it often due to the price. Netto is about the cheapest I can find for it.
Talking of dog food @shepherdscrook I don’t know where you are, but have found a great pet store behind the Lanterne Rouge in Pontivy. They have super quality non OGM complete croquettes for about 18euros for 20 kilos, and treats and other stuff a fair bit cheaper than most places.
Am quite happy now with buying most things here, though I do miss unsweetened peanut butter and baked beans. Could try making both of those at home though, the home made baked beans are supposed to be fantastic.
Extension cables and treated timber, far more expensive here. Don’t know that mobile phones are more expensive. I went into Orange a couple of weeks ago and got a contract for 9€ a month. Ok, it isn’t the latest iPhone or anything, but I get 2 hours of calls and unlimited texts to French numbers anywhere in Europe every month, and 3 magic numbers that there are free unlimited calls to. And the phone is ‘very robust and water repellent’.Anonymous17th November 2016 at 8:42 pm #62135
Andrea I suppose the main problem was the clearing off with some bloke you worked with, but 33 years is an awful long while to go into hiding, perhaps you should have got yourself on I’m a celeb, got yourself back into the public eye. Cost of livings going up everywhere, the UK government is cutting back on everything to try and save cash, French carry on spending and taxing. Its only the availability of cheap labour and zero hours contracts which is keeping prices down over the channel, and once the poo poo hits the fan big time, prices will indeed shoot up.
Obviously bodiddly you were nowhere near France when we came over haha
loved France back then – got the t-shirt etc
As our french friends say – france is in crisis and with hollande or Sarcozy they will never get out of it and Valls – well!!! Marie le pen again the worst that can happen and I am happy to leave you all with them – good luck.
no matter what we will be once again close to family and to us that what matters. I hope you are never left here alone with all the paperwork to deal with not knowing the system with no one to help – it is a nightmare and I speak and understand French. The French health system is like the Uk – a postcode lottery and even those outside the hospital are appalled at what we have had to go through – hope you have better treatment than us.
just had the Infirmier du secteur her and the dossier is going to take 2 months to put into practice and maybe even longer so all the help we are entitled to will not come into effect until 2017 – great!! No matter what you say a friend had the same thing in the North East of the UK and has all the help that we are entitled to already and he didn’t have his stroke until June whereas my OH ‘s stroke was back in March and I am still doing all the paperwork even for the insurrance we took out 20 years ago for the mortgage etc and we are still jumping through hoops!!!
I’m so sad that you have all this Still to deal with Andrea, I do so understand. We bought in the 1980′ s and yes it was way way cheaper then with the French Franc . Food was cheaper, eating out was cheaper, I agree when they joined the Euro it all got a lot more money for everything. We enjoyed our time in France and we are enjoying our time back in the UK . We came for an adventure , which we had and now we have another one! Each to their own! Good luck to you and I really hope you get the help you need when you get backAnonymous17th November 2016 at 11:02 pm #62182
T, there is a Mc Do, in Redon, which must obviously be patronized, but, now you mention it, after 18yrs here I haven’t met anyone who uses itAnonymous17th November 2016 at 11:11 pm #62185
Hope things work out for You Two soon Andrea, to far away to offer real supportAnonymous17th November 2016 at 11:53 pm #62203
9,000 Only humph!,
Thought there wazz more than that T.
All of that wee crowd , just their faces mind, never was great with namesAnonymous18th November 2016 at 12:30 am #62206
I take it after 33 years away even a UK citizen wouldn’t have automatic entitlement to care, I’ve no idea, but the service I have had over here since I had a health scare I can’t fault. But I do know that the treatment my father has received is abysmal, but then the care for old folk’s in Norfolk is way underfunded.
And no I’ve not been in France for 33 years, but it was 11 francs to the pound when we came over, which did make stuff reasonably priced, but a few years previous to that when we holidayed in France, it was 8 francs to the pound, we then found France quite pricey.
Swings and roundabouts they call it.
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