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Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 7:23 pm

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

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12203797)
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?

I have no idea as I have never been to Aberdeen. I do like Halifax a lot though so its all good :cool:


My horse is boarded at a barn in nearby Enfield.

dbd33 Mar 13th 2017 7:27 pm

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

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 12203803)
My horse is boarded at a barn in nearby Enfield.

Ah, ours are boarded too, we have paddocks but no indoor. I imagine everything equine is cheaper in Canada than the UK though it's all cheaper still in the US.

Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 7:30 pm

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

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12203806)
Ah, ours are boarded too, we have paddocks but no indoor. I imagine everything equine is cheaper in Canada than the UK though it's all cheaper still in the US.

Oh yes definitely. Perhaps I should have added that to the list.
We have no indoor either so not much riding in the winter but I dont care that much.
Home (back in 2007) was GBP400 a month board (fully inclusive), GBP90 every 5 weeks for shoes and then shows and all those fees, insurance etc.
Here (now) is $350 a month for board (fully inclusive), hes barefoot so $40 for trimming, insurance is $700 a year and then shows are roughly the same typed of costs but with a $ sign instead of a pound sign (which I dont have on this keyboard)

Vulcanoid Mar 13th 2017 7:34 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
Mileage will vary depending where you're going, and crucially where you're starting - eg for real estate my experience is that central Bristol and downtown Vancouver are on the same order of magnitude - most places in UK are cheaper, except London, most places in Canada are cheaper, except Toronto).

Food is much more expensive in Canada - eg bell peppers, 3 pack. ~95p in Britain, $4 in Canada. Own brand jam, 30p in Britain, $3 in Canada.

Clothes, I'm not sure are entire comparable. On the one hand, I just don't buy many, so I'm a lousy sample, but I found my UK wardrobe was almost entirely Canadian-inappropriate. My summer-wear had me sweating, and my winter-wear was totally inadequate. Soo... others have said UK clothes are cheaper, they might just be designed for milder climes. In Britain we'd normally consider vests underwear, I'm now completely blase about wearing them walking around town, because in Kelowna summers anything else is just too darned hot. But I could pick them up for a couple of bucks each, so no big deal. Most of my recent clothing additions come from Canada, cheap, on clearance (I have little concept of being up to date on fashion).

Gas/petrol: Expect the numbers to be nearly identical (less in AB). Whether this means 50% cheaper or 30% cheaper in Canada depends on exchange rate. But distances are much further, and 30mpg is too often vaguely aspirational rather than minimum acceptable.

Electronics will often hold their numbers perfectly between US, Canada, and UK, meaning Canadians complain how they get ripped off by exchange rate, but compared to Britain they're cheap.

All prices in north america, bear in mind when you look at a label, that's pre-tax. This is a point of... extensive transatlantic discussion. (My Canadian partner's assessment: "We're not American, but we do partially come from that tradition. I want to know how much government is taking from me, and that's made obvious by the price difference between what the store wants, and the total I hand over". Plus it makes national advertising easier).

beckiwoo Mar 13th 2017 7:34 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
Avacados are cheaper here (Vancouver) then in the UK and sushi!

dbd33 Mar 13th 2017 7:40 pm

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

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 12203807)
Oh yes definitely. Perhaps I should have added that to the list.
We have no indoor either so not much riding in the winter but I dont care that much.
Home (back in 2007) was GBP400 a month board (fully inclusive), GBP90 every 5 weeks for shoes and then shows and all those fees, insurance etc.
Here (now) is $350 a month for board (fully inclusive), hes barefoot so $40 for trimming, insurance is $700 a year and then shows are roughly the same typed of costs but with a $ sign instead of a pound sign (which I dont have on this keyboard)

We do ride in the winter, a couple of times a week in lessons, once or twice for practice. Costs here are about the same as in NS. It is possible to spend more, of course; we don't ride in an heated arena with chandeliers and a surface imported from Germany, other people do.

Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 7:45 pm

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

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12203814)
We do ride in the winter, a couple of times a week in lessons, once or twice for practice. Costs here are about the same as in NS. It is possible to spend more, of course; we don't ride in an heated arena with chandeliers and a surface imported from Germany, other people do.

I think I would have to clip my horse out as his coat is intense in the winter. Instead I just swop the riding for skating or, sometimes skiing.


LOL at the chandelier indoor with imported German floor, thats so spot on a description.

cheeky_monkey Mar 13th 2017 7:56 pm

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

Originally Posted by Vulcanoid (Post 12203808)

Food is much more expensive in Canada - eg bell peppers, 3 pack. ~95p in Britain, $4 in Canada. Own brand jam, 30p in Britain, $3 in Canada.

Clothes, I'm not sure are entire comparable. On the one hand, I just don't buy many, so I'm a lousy sample, but I found my UK wardrobe was almost entirely Canadian-inappropriate. My summer-wear had me sweating, and my winter-wear was totally inadequate. Soo... others have said UK clothes are cheaper, they might just be designed for milder climes. In Britain we'd normally consider vests underwear, I'm now completely blase about wearing them walking around town, because in Kelowna summers anything else is just too darned hot. But I could pick them up for a couple of bucks each, so no big deal. Most of my recent clothing additions come from Canada, cheap, on clearance (I have little concept of being up to date on fashion).

see i don't find my weekly groceries bill any different to the UK given the exchange rate.

As for clothes i don't wear anything different in Canada than i did in the UK apart from gloves in the winter...granted summers temps in Edmonton are no different to the UK in fact they are more tolerable than London where i used to live as summers are far less humid and comfortable here...again it depends on where in Canada you live.

Aviator Mar 13th 2017 8:19 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
The important things are cheaper in Canada, Gasoline, Harley Davidson and aeroplanes.

christmasoompa Mar 13th 2017 8:42 pm

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

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 12203807)
Oh yes definitely. Perhaps I should have added that to the list.
We have no indoor either so not much riding in the winter but I dont care that much.
Home (back in 2007) was GBP400 a month board (fully inclusive), GBP90 every 5 weeks for shoes and then shows and all those fees, insurance etc.
Here (now) is $350 a month for board (fully inclusive), hes barefoot so $40 for trimming, insurance is $700 a year and then shows are roughly the same typed of costs but with a $ sign instead of a pound sign (which I dont have on this keyboard)

That must be Surrey prices though - they made me wince! I pay £32.50 to our farrier, not as often as every 5 weeks thankfully. Only shod on the front though but it would still be half what you paid even for full shoes.

Our livery is £215 per month including bedding and hay, in a yard with an indoor school, outdoor school, small x country course and outside jumping arena.

We used to pay £60 a month for grass livery, sadly the good old hardy Welsh mountain pony was outgrown and now we have a prima donna of a pony that needs stabling so it's not quite the bargain it once was. Sigh.

cheeky_monkey Mar 13th 2017 8:57 pm

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

Originally Posted by Aviator (Post 12203833)
The important things are cheaper in Canada, Gasoline, Harley Davidson and aeroplanes.

How much is a Triumph or BSA in Canada?

Howefamily Mar 13th 2017 10:02 pm

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

Originally Posted by christmasoompa (Post 12203847)
That must be Surrey prices though - they made me wince! I pay £32.50 to our farrier, not as often as every 5 weeks thankfully. Only shod on the front though but it would still be half what you paid even for full shoes.

Our livery is £215 per month including bedding and hay, in a yard with an indoor school, outdoor school, small x country course and outside jumping arena.

We used to pay £60 a month for grass livery, sadly the good old hardy Welsh mountain pony was outgrown and now we have a prima donna of a pony that needs stabling so it's not quite the bargain it once was. Sigh.

They made me wince too. To be fair they were PG shoes as she needed remedial shoeing. The yard has indoor, outdoor, mirrors, heated wash stall etc etc. It was very nice

Hurlabrick Mar 13th 2017 10:15 pm

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

Originally Posted by Aviator (Post 12203833)
The important things are cheaper in Canada, Gasoline, Harley Davidson and aeroplanes.

Commendable set of priorities IMHO!!!

Edo Mar 13th 2017 10:40 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
Bring some cheap short haul airlines with you if you can.

christmasoompa Mar 13th 2017 10:41 pm

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

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 12203891)
They made me wince too. To be fair they were PG shoes as she needed remedial shoeing. The yard has indoor, outdoor, mirrors, heated wash stall etc etc. It was very nice

It should have been for double the price we pay - frankly for that I'd want champagne on tap and a chauffeur to take me there and back every day. :lol:


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