Price comparison of every day expenses in France

Our price comparison this month covers prices from a Carrefour supermarket for food and general household items. Carrefour is probably equivalent to Tesco in the UK.

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You will see that many prices are similar, some cheaper and some dearer than in the UK. In our experience, wine and dairy goods are very reasonable and most fruit, veg and meat counters have produce grown locally, so it is very good quality and probably at a similar cost to the UK.

 

Don’t forget also that shopping in markets is very popular in France. Practically every town and village has at least a once weekly market and prices are much cheaper here.

Petrol and diesel are not far off their UK prices.

 

Household bills, too, are probably roughly the same. The two taxes everyone pays as a property owner here, the taxe d’habitation and the taxe fonciere, equate to the UK’s council tax. They will vary with the amenities of the town or village, as well as the size and type of property: whether it has land or a pool, for example.

 

DIY goods are dearer, as France has not yet caught up with the UK in terms of doing it yourself! We have noticed however that these are gradually coming down since we have been in France; and more and more folk are interested in doing home renovations.

 

Item

France

UK cost**

Comparison France vs. UK

EUR

GBP*

EUR

GBP

Baguette

€0.90

£0.64

€0.63

£0.45

HIGHER

British style loaf of bread

€1.20

£0.86

€0.77

£0.55

HIGHER

2 pints of milk

€2.40

£1.72

€1.10

£0.79

HIGHER

6 eggs

€1.80

£1.29

€1.24

£0.89

HIGHER

500g cheese

€5.00

£3.59

€4.19 for 450g - €4.65 for 500g

£3.00 for 450g - £3.33 for 500g

HIGHER

200g jar instant coffee

€5.50

£3.95

€3.91

£2.80

HIGHER

40 teabags

€3.50

£2.51

€0.98

£0.70

HIGHER

1kg apples

€2.00

£1.44

€2.72

£1.95

LOWER

1kg banana

€1.00

£0.71

€0.95

£0.68

HIGHER

2 medium chicken breast

€4.00

£2.87

€4.19

£3.00

LOWER

500g pasta

€1.35

£0.97

€1.05

£0.75

HIGHER

500g fresh fish (e.g. salmon)

€6.00

£4.31

€5.59

£4.00

HIGHER

500g cornflakes

 

€2.60

£1.87

€2.09

£1.50

HIGHER

Laundry detergent (40 washes)

€9.00

£6.46

€8.38

£6.00

HIGHER

Washing up liquid 433ml

€1.80

£1.29

€1.05for 450ml – €1.01 for 433ml

£0.75 for 450ml – £0.72 for 433ml

HIGHER

Tube of toothpaste 75ml

€2.80

£2.01

€1.33

£0.95

HIGHER

2l Coca-Cola

€1.80

£1.29

€2.58 for 1.75l - €2.95 for 2l

£1.85 for 1.75l - £2.11 for 2l

LOWER

40g chocolate bar

€0.80

£0.57

€0.84 for 43g – €0.78 for 40g

£0.60 for 43g – £0.56 for 40g

HIGHER

1 400g can of dog food

€ 1.90

£1.36

€0.63

£0.45

HIGHER

 

1 litre petrol

€ 1.46

£1.05

€1.58

£1.13

LOWER

1 litre diesel

€ 1.35

£0.97

€1.66

£1.19

LOWER

 

Monthly water cost for three bedroom property

€40.00

£28.72

€62.74

£45.00

LOWER

Monthly electricity cost for three bedroom property

€80.00

£57.46

€135.24

£97.00

LOWER

Monthly internet + satellite cost

€55.00

£39.50

€48.80

£35.00

HIGHER

Property/council tax for three bedroom property per month

€100.00

£71.82

€2549.75 per annum –€212.44 per month

£1825.36 per annum – £152.11 per month

LOWER

 

 

Glass of house white wine in a restaurant

€2.50

£1.80

€4.18

£3.00

LOWER

Bottle of beer in a restaurant

€3.00

£2.15

€4.32

£3.10

LOWER

Main course in local restaurant

€16.00

£11.49

€14.81

£10.62

HIGHER

 

*Based on GBP/EUR rate of 1.3923, 12/05/2015.

**UK food cost compared to Tesco.com 12/05/2015, fuel and eating out costs are an average on 12/05/2015.


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