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Old Oct 26th 2011, 9:02 pm
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Default Coles vs Tesco - I have done online shops

And I have to say I can't see a lot in it.
Someone else may want to do the maths on an average exchange rate but I think there's not a lot in it.

I tried to put in like-for-like using own brand where possible.

My Coles basket came to $202.75
My Tesco basket came to £91.70 although there would be a couple of BOGOF's to come off at checkout.

What do people think?

Here are the lists for those who are interested:

Coles
Coles sensitive fabric softener 500ml $3
Dynamo Laundry Liquid Ultra Concentrate Regular 1L $4.99
Coles Garbage Bags Drawstring 10 pack $2.66
Coles Smart Buy Dishwashing Tablets 3 in 1 30 pack $5.87
Coles Foil Wrap Aluminium 10m x 30cm 1 each $1.97
Coles Smart Buy Bleach Lemon 2L $1.27
Coles Disinfectant Pine 750mL $2.66
Sorbent Clean & Fresh Per sonal Toilet Wipes 40 pack $4.14
Coles Toilet Tissue 4 Ply Print 8 pack $4.49
Coles Ultra Mould Cleaner 500mL $4.91
Coles Toilet Cleaner Gel Bleach 700mL $.2.45


Birds Eye Fish Fillets Steamed Garlic & Spring Onion Frozen 360 $8.04
Heinz Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce 420g $1.87 x2
Ingham Chicken Breast Tenders Frozen 400g $5.00
Coles Beef Mince 4 Star 500g $5.00
Coles Onions Australian Chopped Frozen 500g $2.66
Coles Peas Australian Frozen 1kg
Coles Butcher Sausages Pork 560g $4.60
Coles Chicken Breast Fillet Skin Off 4 pack approx. 900g $9.81
Bertolli Classico Olive Oil 500mL $6.94
Continental Chicken Tonight Simmer Sauce Cacciatore 500g $2.00
Continental Asian Tonight Sauce Thai Sweet Chilli 520g $2.00
Riviana Basmati Rice $2.79
Barilla Pasta Spaghetti No. 5 500g $2.46
Coles Mayonnaise 385g $2.77
Coles Oats Quick Original 10 pack $3.59
Coles Cereal Special Flakes 500g $4.27
Arnott's Chocolate Biscuits Tim Tam 200g $3.09
Coles Spread Sunflower 500g $2.68
Coles Eggs Free Range 6 pack 350g $2.60
Yoplait Go-Gurt Yogurt Tubes 70 g x 8 Pack $5.77
Coles Milk Lite Bottle 3L $3.00
Vaalia Yoghurt Passionfruit Low Fat 4 pack $5.24
Coles Peanut Butter Crunchy No Added Salt 375g $3.21
Coles Chicken Breast Sliced Twin Pack 100g $3.73
Coles Bread Wholemeal Sliced 700g $2.29
Kraft Basil & Herb Pasta Salad Dressing 300mL $3.50
Mushrooms Cup Prepacked 200g $3.98
Potatoes $3.95
Potatoes Sweet Gold Prepacked 1kg $2.98
Onions Brown Prepacked 2kg $4.95
Carrots Fresh Prepacked 1kg $1.65
Cabbage Drumhead Whole 1 each $3.48
Broccoli loose approx. 340g each $0.67
Coles Baby Spinach Prepacked 150g $3.00
Capsicum Red loose approx. 320g each $1.91 x3
Cucumber Green 1 each $1.98
Avocado Hass 1 each $1.68
Tomatoes Cherry Prepacked 250g $2.28 x2
Grapes Red Seedless approx. 800g $5.42
Mandarins Kids Pack 700g $2.45
Apples Royal Gala Prepacked 1kg 1 each $4.98

TOTAL: $202.75


TESCO

Tesco fabric softener 750mls £0.90
Tesco laundry gel bio 630mls £2.25
Tesco 20 drawstring refuse sacks £2.40
Daisy dishwasher tabs 40's £2.23
Tesco foil 10m £1.38
Tesco pine disinfectant £1.00
Tesco thick bleach 750mls £0.67
Tesco moist toilet tissue 40's £0.71
Tesco luxury toilet tissue 9 roll £3.74
Flash spray with bleach £2.02
Harpic toilet power cleaner £2.00
Tesco simply bake cod fillets x 4 £6.00
Heinz baked beans x 2 £1.36
Birds eye southern fried chicken x4 £3.04
Tesco minced beef 500g £2.20
Tesco diced onions 500g £1.00
Tesco garden peas 1kg £1.40
8 cumberland sausages £2.00
Chicken breast fillets 812g £6.00
Napolina olive oil 500ml £3.24 BOGOF
Uncle Bens sweet chili cooking sauce £1.76
Chicken tonight chasseur sauce £1.00
Tesco basmati rice 500g £0.77
Tesco spaghetti 500g £0.89
Tesco mayonaisse 500mg £0.92
Tesco bolognaise sauce £0.90
Tesco special flakes 500g £1.85
Quaker oat so simple £2.00
Tesco choc fingers £1.50
Vitalite sunflower spread 500g £1.20
Tesco free range eggs x 6 £1.30
Wildlife choobs 12x40g £2.00
Danone activia yogurts 4x125g £1.60
Whole earth smooth peanut butter 454g £2.59
Tesco cooked sandwich chicken 10slices £1.00
Tesco wholemeal loaf £0.60
Hellmans garlic & herb dressing 235ml £1.49
Closed cup mushrooms 250g £1.25
King Edwards potatoes 2.5kg £1.60
Tesco sweet potatoes 1.25kg £1.64
Value brown onions 2kg 1.17
Carrots 1.2kg £1.00
Cabbage £0.70
Broccoli 335kg £0.97 BOGOF
Baby spinach 200g £1.12
Red peppers x 3 £1.89
Whole cucumber £0.80
Large avocado £1.09
Cherry tomatoes 300g x2 £2.00
Seedless black grapes £2.59
Clementines pack £1.00
Pack Gala apples £1.59

TOTAL: £91.70


What do you think?
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Interesting, you'd probably beat the meat (sorry) and veg prices in some cases by using the adjacent speicalist butchers and grocers from what i have seen.

The other day we walked around the veg and butchers, checked out the prices of what we wanted then left the dearer stuff in Coles and bought it outside on the way home, took a couple of minutes longer but i can see how once you get used to/ in the swing of it you could save $$ on the weekly shopping
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Originally Posted by Kapri View Post
And I have to say I can't see a lot in it.
Someone else may want to do the maths on an average exchange rate but I think there's not a lot in it.

I tried to put in like-for-like using own brand where possible.

My Coles basket came to $202.75
My Tesco basket came to £91.70 although there would be a couple of BOGOF's to come off at checkout.

What do people think?

Here are the lists for those who are interested:

Coles
Coles sensitive fabric softener 500ml $3
Dynamo Laundry Liquid Ultra Concentrate Regular 1L $4.99
Coles Garbage Bags Drawstring 10 pack $2.66
Coles Smart Buy Dishwashing Tablets 3 in 1 30 pack $5.87
Coles Foil Wrap Aluminium 10m x 30cm 1 each $1.97
Coles Smart Buy Bleach Lemon 2L $1.27
Coles Disinfectant Pine 750mL $2.66
Sorbent Clean & Fresh Per sonal Toilet Wipes 40 pack $4.14
Coles Toilet Tissue 4 Ply Print 8 pack $4.49
Coles Ultra Mould Cleaner 500mL $4.91
Coles Toilet Cleaner Gel Bleach 700mL $.2.45


Birds Eye Fish Fillets Steamed Garlic & Spring Onion Frozen 360 $8.04
Heinz Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce 420g $1.87 x2
Ingham Chicken Breast Tenders Frozen 400g $5.00
Coles Beef Mince 4 Star 500g $5.00
Coles Onions Australian Chopped Frozen 500g $2.66
Coles Peas Australian Frozen 1kg
Coles Butcher Sausages Pork 560g $4.60
Coles Chicken Breast Fillet Skin Off 4 pack approx. 900g $9.81
Bertolli Classico Olive Oil 500mL $6.94
Continental Chicken Tonight Simmer Sauce Cacciatore 500g $2.00
Continental Asian Tonight Sauce Thai Sweet Chilli 520g $2.00
Riviana Basmati Rice $2.79
Barilla Pasta Spaghetti No. 5 500g $2.46
Coles Mayonnaise 385g $2.77
Coles Oats Quick Original 10 pack $3.59
Coles Cereal Special Flakes 500g $4.27
Arnott's Chocolate Biscuits Tim Tam 200g $3.09
Coles Spread Sunflower 500g $2.68
Coles Eggs Free Range 6 pack 350g $2.60
Yoplait Go-Gurt Yogurt Tubes 70 g x 8 Pack $5.77
Coles Milk Lite Bottle 3L $3.00
Vaalia Yoghurt Passionfruit Low Fat 4 pack $5.24
Coles Peanut Butter Crunchy No Added Salt 375g $3.21
Coles Chicken Breast Sliced Twin Pack 100g $3.73
Coles Bread Wholemeal Sliced 700g $2.29
Kraft Basil & Herb Pasta Salad Dressing 300mL $3.50
Mushrooms Cup Prepacked 200g $3.98
Potatoes $3.95
Potatoes Sweet Gold Prepacked 1kg $2.98
Onions Brown Prepacked 2kg $4.95
Carrots Fresh Prepacked 1kg $1.65
Cabbage Drumhead Whole 1 each $3.48
Broccoli loose approx. 340g each $0.67
Coles Baby Spinach Prepacked 150g $3.00
Capsicum Red loose approx. 320g each $1.91 x3
Cucumber Green 1 each $1.98
Avocado Hass 1 each $1.68
Tomatoes Cherry Prepacked 250g $2.28 x2
Grapes Red Seedless approx. 800g $5.42
Mandarins Kids Pack 700g $2.45
Apples Royal Gala Prepacked 1kg 1 each $4.98

TOTAL: $202.75


TESCO

Tesco fabric softener 750mls £0.90
Tesco laundry gel bio 630mls £2.25
Tesco 20 drawstring refuse sacks £2.40
Daisy dishwasher tabs 40's £2.23
Tesco foil 10m £1.38
Tesco pine disinfectant £1.00
Tesco thick bleach 750mls £0.67
Tesco moist toilet tissue 40's £0.71
Tesco luxury toilet tissue 9 roll £3.74
Flash spray with bleach £2.02
Harpic toilet power cleaner £2.00
Tesco simply bake cod fillets x 4 £6.00
Heinz baked beans x 2 £1.36
Birds eye southern fried chicken x4 £3.04
Tesco minced beef 500g £2.20
Tesco diced onions 500g £1.00
Tesco garden peas 1kg £1.40
8 cumberland sausages £2.00
Chicken breast fillets 812g £6.00
Napolina olive oil 500ml £3.24 BOGOF
Uncle Bens sweet chili cooking sauce £1.76
Chicken tonight chasseur sauce £1.00
Tesco basmati rice 500g £0.77
Tesco spaghetti 500g £0.89
Tesco mayonaisse 500mg £0.92
Tesco bolognaise sauce £0.90
Tesco special flakes 500g £1.85
Quaker oat so simple £2.00
Tesco choc fingers £1.50
Vitalite sunflower spread 500g £1.20
Tesco free range eggs x 6 £1.30
Wildlife choobs 12x40g £2.00
Danone activia yogurts 4x125g £1.60
Whole earth smooth peanut butter 454g £2.59
Tesco cooked sandwich chicken 10slices £1.00
Tesco wholemeal loaf £0.60
Hellmans garlic & herb dressing 235ml £1.49
Closed cup mushrooms 250g £1.25
King Edwards potatoes 2.5kg £1.60
Tesco sweet potatoes 1.25kg £1.64
Value brown onions 2kg 1.17
Carrots 1.2kg £1.00
Cabbage £0.70
Broccoli 335kg £0.97 BOGOF
Baby spinach 200g £1.12
Red peppers x 3 £1.89
Whole cucumber £0.80
Large avocado £1.09
Cherry tomatoes 300g x2 £2.00
Seedless black grapes £2.59
Clementines pack £1.00
Pack Gala apples £1.59

TOTAL: £91.70


What do you think?
...another option would be Aldi if you are looking for basic's. They have good quality and are well priced.
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And don't forget we have ALDI and now Costco (at least in Canberra) which is creating more competition.
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Interesting exercise!

Milk, bread and eggs always seem so much more expensive here and when I go back and look at the price of things in ASDA it always seems cheap even doing the sums. Toiletries and make-up are also more expensive here as well, maybe it's because shampoo always seems to come in huge bottles!

As the OP said, meat is usually better bought at the butchers (usually one in the shopping mall) or there are a lot of wholesale meat traders around so best to get a big freezer and buy in bulk. If you live near a market then you can get some good deals on fruit and veg as well, if you have the time to go to individual shops.

The supermarkets have improved a great deal since we moved here 4.5 years ago (maybe something to do with a few Brits at the helm now ) and some Coles are even selling clothes now.

We don't have an ALDI near us for everyday shopping but we normally go there and stock up on chocolate and it's the only place OH can get grapefruit marmalade!!

Food has gone up a lot since we first started visiting Oz when certainly back then a trolley full of food was cheaper than the UK...foolishly we thought hey lets come and live here and we can work less.........then we arrived and everything went sky-high....ho hum.....
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What do people think?
that you have too much time on your hands
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Yes, I guess in either country you can shop around for cheaper items.
However, when you both work full time it's nice to be able to do it all under one roof.

I was impressed that I could get Coles peanut butter with no added sugar and salt quite reasonably. Here in the UK I have to get Whole earth which is pricey. All the others have added sugar.

I was shocked at the price of moist loo paper in Aus, I hope Aldi do it cheaper
However, normal loo roll seems cheaper.

I didn't put shampoo etc on because I got bored, it took ages to do

There's no alcohol on the shopping lists because Coles don't do it, and I deliberately left off bananas as I didn't want to skew the results

What I really want is for some clever mathematician type to give an informed view on the comparison

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There isn't a huge amount in it overall, I found fruit and veg to be quite a bit cheaper in the UK. The biggest thing is how much it has all gone up over here, as has been said not that many years ago the difference in prices was huge and now the UK often comes out ahead. That is what surprises many people.
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that you have too much time on your hands
I did think that myself - it took bloody ages!

I am on leave this week and had a houseful of kids today, so I sat and chilled doing this with my cups of tea
It was a welcome relief from work, believe me
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And I have to say I can't see a lot in it.
Someone else may want to do the maths on an average exchange rate but I think there's not a lot in it.

I tried to put in like-for-like using own brand where possible.

My Coles basket came to $202.75
My Tesco basket came to £91.70 although there would be a couple of BOGOF's to come off at checkout.

What do people think?
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So converting at the cost of living rate (2.2):

Coles = $202.75
Tesco = $201.74

Can't wait for Tesco to get here and drive down the prices by that final $1
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There isn't a huge amount in it overall, I found fruit and veg to be quite a bit cheaper in the UK. The biggest thing is how much it has all gone up over here, as has been said not that many years ago the difference in prices was huge and now the UK often comes out ahead. That is what surprises many people.
Chris, one of the reasons I spent the time doing this today is because I wanted to make sure I could afford to live in Aus. Obviously there are other factors to look at too
I have never understood some of the UK bashing that goes on on this site - I guess because I have a nice life here, plenty of friends, secure jobs etc, and I don't see the crime and anti-social behaviour that others speak of

However, I didn't want to take it on hearsay that COL is now cheaper in the UK. Prices have also risen here and we have felt the effect of this over the past year. I guess it is a global thing. When I first started looking into emigrating, Aus was definitely cheaper and this is clearly no longer the case. I had believed through this site that groceries were more expensive in Aus, but not sure that the evidence bears this out?

There are things not included in these shopping lists that may make a difference.
E.g. I love reading and have an Amazon prime account. I also buy stuff from Ebay as it's so easy here in the Uk and there is so much choice. I'm not sure Aus compares in these areas just yet?
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Ah yes that's right you subscribe to this rather odd 2.2 exchange rate

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So converting at the cost of living rate (2.2):

Coles = $202.75
Tesco = $201.74

Can't wait for Tesco to get here and drive down the prices by that final $1
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Ah yes that's right you subscribe to this rather odd 2.2 exchange rate
Sorry Chris, I forgot I promised to stop using the rate worked out using average salaries and mathematics and use the one you plucked out of your...
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There is absolutely no doubt that the COL here has increased dramatically in recent times, housing, food, utilities, fuel etc. It isn't the cheap place to live that it used to be.
When I read some of the UK bashing I do wonder if they are talking about some sort of alternative UK that I have never been to. We also came from a nice area and will in fact be returning to a very nice area. If I lived in a bad area in either country my opinion would obviously be different.
From my research when I did my reccie back to the UK last year is that groceries are cheaper in the UK and there are far more deals and the numerous BOGOF offers make it even cheaper.
The way I look at it is that both countries can and do offer a good quality of life and it just comes down to what you want out of life.

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Chris, one of the reasons I spent the time doing this today is because I wanted to make sure I could afford to live in Aus. Obviously there are other factors to look at too
I have never understood some of the UK bashing that goes on on this site - I guess because I have a nice life here, plenty of friends, secure jobs etc, and I don't see the crime and anti-social behaviour that others speak of

However, I didn't want to take it on hearsay that COL is now cheaper in the UK. Prices have also risen here and we have felt the effect of this over the past year. I guess it is a global thing. When I first started looking into emigrating, Aus was definitely cheaper and this is clearly no longer the case. I had believed through this site that groceries were more expensive in Aus, but not sure that the evidence bears this out?

There are things not included in these shopping lists that may make a difference.
E.g. I love reading and have an Amazon prime account. I also buy stuff from Ebay as it's so easy here in the Uk and there is so much choice. I'm not sure Aus compares in these areas just yet?
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Yes that's right it is all very scientific, I forgot that

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