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wasss Mar 13th 2017 5:44 pm

Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
I am moving to Canada just over a month's time and curious to know what things are cheaper in the UK and Canada?

I've read clothes and over the counter drugs like ibuprofen are cheaper in the UK, anything else?

dbd33 Mar 13th 2017 5:51 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by wasss (Post 12203710)
I am moving to Canada just over a month's time and curious to know what things are cheaper in the UK and Canada?

I've read clothes and over the counter drugs like ibuprofen are cheaper in the UK, anything else?

Cheese. Beer. Wine.

wheatsheaf Mar 13th 2017 5:53 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
books....novels, literature, magazines, text books.

Kentonmag Mar 13th 2017 6:14 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
I just got back yesterday from a 3 week holiday in the UK and would say you are going to find very little cheaper in Canada than it is in the UK. Alcohol, food (especially deli foods), restaurant food, including tips and taxes, are much more expensive. Clothes are probably on a par and maybe electrical appliances are similar or cheaper in Canada. The big downside for you at the moment is the current exchange rate with the UK pound to Canadian dollar. A historical average around 2 to 1 exchange would give the UK pound a 20% better conversion rate to analyze the same question.

Danny B Mar 13th 2017 6:26 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
Fags and booze. Almost everything else is cheaper, or the same here in Canada when you convert back to pounds.

Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 6:30 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
Expensiver here (unless on sale and sometimes even when they are on sale):
milk
lamb
alcohol
furniture
english cucumbers


Cheaper here:
Houses
Gas
Childcare

cheeky_monkey Mar 13th 2017 6:44 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
Decent clothes are definitely cheaper in the UK..petrol is cheaper here..N.American cars are cheaper eg Fords..European cars are more expensive like Audi or BMW..electronics are a little bit cheaper..food is about the same ...mobile phones are more expensive as are plans..tv/internet is more expensive but not by much..All is for my location it varies from Province to Province.

All in all i find for cost its about the same overall..but wages are higher so for me that is the gain.

Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 6:52 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
How could I forget :huh:
More expensive:
cellphone plans
internet
Sat/cable TV
cheese

dbd33 Mar 13th 2017 6:54 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 12203772)
How could I forget :huh:
More expensive:
cellphone plans
internet
Sat/cable TV
cheese

Car insurance is very much more expensive here and I question the claim that houses are cheaper. Houses in Vancouver or Toronto are more expensive than houses in most of the UK (not London, of course).

R I C H Mar 13th 2017 6:59 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by cheeky_monkey (Post 12203766)
European cars are more expensive like Audi or BMW..

At $1.64 to the pound, BMW prices here in Canada are actually slightly cheaper in many instances than UK equivalent models. Of course a better exchange rate may swing prices the other way, but a couple of thousand difference +/- is hardly a deal breaker if you've a $40k budget to spend on a new car.

Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 7:05 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by R I C H (Post 12203778)
At $1.64 to the pound, BMW prices here in Canada are actually slightly cheaper in many instances than UK equivalent models. Of course a better exchange rate may swing prices the other way, but a couple of thousand difference +/- is hardly a deal breaker if you've a $40k budget to spend on a new car.

And can afford to service and fix them as needed.

Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 7:07 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12203775)
Car insurance is very much more expensive here and I question the claim that houses are cheaper. Houses in Vancouver or Toronto are more expensive than houses in most of the UK (not London, of course).

They are in NS. We are 40 mins outside of Halifax on 1/4 of an acre lot in a 5 bedroom house of over 2500 sq foot. It was $250k. Substantially cheape, larger and nicer than my GBP310k house near Reigate, Surrey.


Yeah and I wouldnt want to pay Toronto or Vancouver prices...at all

Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 7:14 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
Our car insurance is bundled with our house insurance and its roughly the same as it was in the UK. I would have to confirm the monthly amount but we had max no claims in the UK and this isnt much different.

SchnookoLoly Mar 13th 2017 7:15 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
For Alcohol, I made a spreadsheet awhile back to compare prices: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

Gives you an idea of what's cheaper in Canada than in the UK. I've put in the current exchange rate of 1.65. Note it doesn't take into account sales and 2-for-1 deals or whatever. It's also using Ontario prices from the LCBO, so YMMV in other provinces.

dbd33 Mar 13th 2017 7:15 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 12203787)
They are in NS. We are 40 mins outside of Halifax on 1/4 of an acre lot in a 5 bedroom house of over 2500 sq foot. It was $250k. Substantially cheape, larger and nicer than my GBP310k house near Reigate, Surrey.

Much as I like NS, 40 mins out of Halifax is more akin to 40 minutes out of Aberdeen than it is akin to anywhere in Surrey. I'm surprised you're on a quarter acre; where do you keep your horse?


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