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Cost of Living

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Cost of Living

Beitragvon xilvah » Fr Jan 19, 2007 17:37

I am creating this topic in the hope that some people whom reside in Mauritius could assist in this by adding some prices of things on this topic.

Maybe this could be made a "sticky"?

Basically just to mention a few basic things we all buy on a weekly/monthly basis enabling us all to work out some kind of a figure for the living costs in Mauritius for those wanting to immigrate there like myself.

Feel free to add to the list. I can appreciate that some things might vary in price here and there, however this will give outside people some kind of an idea on costs, as unfortunately I have no idea what so ever.

But if a few people can go off their shopping slips it would be greatly appreciated

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Prices as per January 2007


garlic bread Rs29.99
marie biscuits Rs13.99
big french loaf Rs8.99
very big box of omo washing powder Rs89.99
cadbury chomp Rs6.99
big bag of potatoes Rs64.15
very big bunch of green grapes Rs106.38
pronutro Rs79.99
500g pasta between Rs19.99 and Rs33.49
nandos extra hot sauce Rs89.99
strawberry pops Rs96.99
long-life milk Rs31.99
500g frozen mix veg Rs44.99
250g peanut butter Rs19.99
250g cross & blackwell mayonnaise Rs47.49
ceres 1litre juice Rs32.99
mrs balls chutney Rs59.99
banana loaf Rs49.99
9 fresh meat balls Rs61.17
crab sticks Rs41.99
moirs jelly powder Rs16.99
babybel cheese bag Rs75.99
tinned sardines Rs36.99
condensed milk Rs35.49
500ml sachet fresh milk Rs7
loaf of bread Rs12.99
fruit yoghurt drink Rs12.99


Some prices (22 February 2007) Taken from shop brochures (Please be aware that these are current specials running in the stores at the moment, however shouldnt be too different from the usual price)

1. Corner Pot Diary vale 155g = Rs 11.50
2. Margarine Fleur d'Or 500g = Rs 44.95
3. Kiri Cheese x6 Portions 120g = Rs 35.50
4. The Laughing Cow 12 portions 200g = Rs 39.90
5. Kraft Sigle Cheese Slices 250g = Rs 46.50
6. Carte D'or Sorbet 1L = Rs 109.00
7. Bledor Cake Flour 1Kg = Rs 20.95
8. Riz Basmati Rice 5Kg = Rs 139.95
9. Tin Oyster Mushrooms 425g =Rs 21.95
10. Tin Young Whole baby Corn 425g = Rs 16.95
11. Tin Lucky star Mackerel (Natural) 425g = Rs 28.75
12. Tin Peeled Tomatoes 400g = Rs 14.95
13. 1.5L x 6 Crystal Bottled water = Rs 68.95
14. 2 xCoke 1.5 Lt + 1x 1.5L Sprite + 1x Fanta Orange 1.5 L = Rs 90.50
15. Orangina 1.5L = Rs 27.50
16. Perrier Sparling Water 750ml =Rs 66.95
17. Ceres nectar juice 250ml = Rs 8.95
18. Graham Beck Brutt 750ml = Rs 484.95
19. Vin Mateus Rose/Blanc 750ml = Rs 279.95
20. Jack Daniels Whisky 700ml = Rs 949.95
21. Williams Grant's whisky 700ml = Rs 699.95
22. Martini Vermouth Rosso 1L = Rs 339.95
23. Teachers whisky 700 ml = Rs 559.95
24. Phoenix Light beer Can 330ml = Rs 16.95
25. Adidas After Shave 50 ml = Rs 129.95
26. Dove Deodorant 150ml = Rs 104.95
27. Console Nintendo DS = Rs 9,999.00
28. Imation 1GB memory stick = Rs 889.00
29. Kellogs Corn Flakes 200g = Rs 36.50
30. Ceres Pure Fruit Juice 1 L = Rs 41.95
31. Payotts Cream Crackers 200g = Rs 34.25
32. Ovaltine 200g = Rs105.00
33. Ariel Machine Washing powder 4Kg = Rs 325.00
34. Toilet Duck 500ml = Rs 34.75
35. Kleenex x6 Toilet rolls = Rs35.95
36. Sunflower Oil 2L = Rs 99.75
37. Arbel Macaroni 500g = Rs 20.95
38. Duchesse Fine Rice 25kg = Rs 425.00
39. Rimilda Basmati Rice 25Kg = Rs 599.00
40. Heritage Basmati Rice 5Kg = Rs 168.50
41. Anny Sardines 125g = Rs 14.95
42. Sunny Tin Mixed Vegetables 425g = Rs 17.50
43. Rookee Instant Cup Noodles 65g = Rs 13.25
44. Rani Vegetable Oil 1L Sachet = Rs 30.25
45. Instant Noodles 400g = Rs 16.75
46. Nivea Deodorant 200ml = Rs 145.90
47. Brut Deodorant 120 ml = Rs 84.50
48. Lux Bath soap 125g = Rs 10.95
49. Timotei Shampoo/Conditioner 300/200ml = Rs 63.75
50. 25 pack plain white house candles = Rs 60.00
51. Frying pan 20cm = Rs 215.00
52. Frying pan 28cm = Rs 430.00


53. Sonix Cord Kettle = Rs 229.00 (Not on Special)
54. 10 Vapour coils (rose) = Rs 18.00 (Not on Special)
55. Villeda Dustpan set = Rs 91.50 (Not on Special)
56. 3 in 1 Can Opener = Rs 82.00 (Not on Special)
57. 6 Pcs Cutting board = Rs 158.00 (Not on Special)
58. Doom (Insect Killer spray) 300 ml = Rs 72.50 (Not on Special)
59. Sliced White Bread = Rs 17.50 (Not on Special)
60. Ricoffy Coffee 250g = Rs 74.00 (Not on Special)
61. 6 piece clothes hangers = Rs 80.00 (Not on Special)
62. Door mat = Rs 45.00 (Not on Special)
63. PVC Door Mat = Rs 95.00 (Not on Special)


Utilities:
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1. Average cost of electricity 2 bedroom apartment 2 adults = Rs ?
2. Average cost of water 2 bedroom apartment 2 adults = Rs ?
3. Electricity bill = +-Rs 1000.00 monthly
4. Water and Waste Water bill = +- Rs400.00 Per month
5. Housing Council tax = +-Rs 1000 (in towns)
6. Petrol per Liter = Rs 40
7. New sim cards for mobiles are Rs 125.00

--Do you have road tax? - Road tax (depends on cc of your car) for a 1600cc = Rs4500 per annum
It depends on the ranges (<1500cc should be less and >1750cc should be more)

---Do your pets require licenses? No, but Pets do require to be registered with the Mauritius SPCA and dunno about the cost but should be Rs500 including vaccination. To be Confirmed

---2 Bedroom apartment Rent =Rs5000-Rs7000 per month, depending on location (upper band in towns and city)

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Beitragvon stefan » Fr Jan 19, 2007 20:23

i hope ud could understand your point.
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Beitragvon ud » Sa Jan 20, 2007 17:13

I'm working something on this! No worries! I'm trying to think about an alternative way to include all those necessities and not itemwise like you've said.

Stay tuned!

May I ask where are u from xilvah?? Just to give a more realistic comparison....

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Beitragvon nypy » Sa Jan 20, 2007 20:31

hi
i'd like to know something too, what cost

1 liter vodka
1 liter rum
1 bottle red wine
1 pack cicarettes
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Beitragvon stefan » So Jan 21, 2007 6:51

ud thanks.



nypy
what vodka?
what rum?
what red wine?
what cicarettes?
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Beitragvon ud » So Jan 21, 2007 15:56

@XILVAH

Just a quick review on the housing, petrol and taxes! Worst case scenario on some :Q :

2 Bedroom apartment =Rs5000-7000 depending on location (upper band in towns and city)

Electricity bill = Rs 1000 monthly

Water and Waste Water bill = Rs400

Housing Council tax = Rs 1000 (in towns)

Road tax (depends on cc of your car) for a 1600cc = Rs4500 per annum
It depends on the ranges (<1500cc should be less and >1750cc should be more)

Actual petrol cost (after recent 20% price drop) = Rs 40 Litre

Pets require licenses?? LOL don't treat them as objects!!!
If you're bringing them from your country they'll have to undergo quarantine and its gonna cost you on top of their special travelling costs. Pets do require to be registered with the Mauritius SPCA and dunno about the cost but should be Rs500 including vaccination. To be Confirmed!

About the food item costs! I'm not sure about the integrity of your question in an itemwise way. Come on! you cannot decide on the things you're gonna eat. You must not forbid yourself eating stuff you like after you've spotted them on the shelves!
Anyways I'm looking for a price sheet for these weekly necessities but still buying fresh stuff and buying stuff from the supermarket makes their prices differ.

I'm not in Mauritius right now and haven't been there since 2yrs dunno much about their actual price now. sorry but can't find any website for local supermarkets neither. DAMN I hope someone else might help.


@NYPY

Quite expensive (but affordable for someone from Finland) due to the fact that they are really hammered with taxes (some 200%). If you elaborated on some makes of the drinks and cigarttes you preferred, some people could help you.

MY PERSONAL ADVICE:

Come to mauritius...Enjoy yourself...Forget about those things for a while...Let your body recover from all this toxicity that has built up after too much smoking and drinking.. Take a deep breath..catch the damn Marlin after a 25 minutes reeling struggle...Drink moderately and smoke a thag when being photographed with your catch! and lastly....

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE: make your stay in Mauritius safe and special!


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Beitragvon nypy » So Jan 21, 2007 19:34

hi Stefan
prices don't mean anything of my drinking or smoking, :wink)
just curious, and i am planning to joy that trip very much :cool:

midle prices are ok, i'll smoke only cigars, not cicarettes, is there any limitations of smoking in mauritius?
what cost bacardi-cola in restaurant?

one of my friend is coming with me too and he is professional videophotographer, we are planning to make some document program of mauritius and especially fishing there, what else we should shoot?
the program will show many countries in europe

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Beitragvon xilvah » So Jan 21, 2007 22:23

Hi All

Thank you for your replies to this thread.

I will exlain my reason for doing this. I come from South Africa, immigrated to England with my parents, lived here for almost 9 yrs.

I would like to immigrate to Mauritius.

However, I would like to do this in the most sensible way possible. Yes to some the prices of groceries are not important, however i personally would like to account for it as to work out a budget that i will need to live in Mauritius on a daily basis.

I will explain my situation here in the UK

I have a 1.6L car:
Petrol= 87pence per Liter
Road tax = £96 per 6 months
MOT (compulsary every 12 month car safety check) £35-£50
Service (Full Service) £90 to £180 (depending where you go)
Car Insuarnce £40-£85 pm (third party, fire+theft) depends on age, claims, linece etc


I have a 2 bedroom terrace house:
Rent £325 pm ( Low class area)
Council Tax +- £800. PA
Gas £20.00 pm
Electricity £20.pm
Water £17.pm
Groceries for 2 adults +- £200.pm (average quality)

Other:
Internet 2mb = £21.99 pm
Digital TV = £21 pm
TV licence = £11. pm
Telephone = £10 pm (line rental only)


Ciggaretes (Mayfair 100) = £21.00


Therefore my basic cost of living is about £950. pm just to live with a few luxuries. However clothes, eating out etc is not included.

£950 = 62 559.69 MUR <-- is that what i need to earn per month to live in Mauritius?

All this gives me a round about figure as to what i would need to earn salary wise to survive or live a fairly normal life.

But instead of having many threads running on this forum requesting the same information, i thought this would be a good idea to have 1 and to update it. Different people need to know different things for different reasons.

In South Africa, if you had a dog, you had to have a dog licence but not for a cat. In England, you do not require a licence for a cat or dog.

However for example a very big box of OMO washing power in Mauritius is in UK it is +-£7.00 which converted is: RS 460. instead of the actual Rs90.00 wgich = £1.37 its a big difference
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Beitragvon ud » Mo Jan 22, 2007 3:08

I'm not aware of your actual situation in getting your visa and PR to mauritius but thos few words:

OMG Hell no!!!! You're converting everything into Rupees and its not the right way.....

You'll need like a minimum of Rs25000 to enjoy the stuff you've mentioned! Well if your partner is working as well it could work out even better! I'm not an Accountant or Economist but...a quick review...

For the car: more or less the same (20% cheaper)

For the house: Remove 700£ from the council tax, Remove 200£ from your monthly rent.

TV+Internet+Phone= Only 35quid pm

The only prob is getting that job which is by far another issue worth mentioning! Its not easy even for graduate Mauritians like me!

I'm not sure people will agree with me if I say Mauritius is an affordable place to live in with a decent job. Only those who've been travelling a lot will know how ridiculously expensive things can be for example here in da UK.

I'm still looking for that supermarket link!
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Beitragvon xilvah » Mo Jan 22, 2007 12:57

ud hat geschrieben:I'm not aware of your actual situation in getting your visa and PR to mauritius but thos few words:

OMG Hell no!!!! You're converting everything into Rupees and its not the right way.....

You'll need like a minimum of Rs25000 to enjoy the stuff you've mentioned! Well if your partner is working as well it could work out even better! I'm not an Accountant or Economist but...a quick review...

For the car: more or less the same (20% cheaper)

For the house: Remove 700£ from the council tax, Remove 200£ from your monthly rent.

TV+Internet+Phone= Only 35quid pm

The only prob is getting that job which is by far another issue worth mentioning! Its not easy even for graduate Mauritians like me!

I'm not sure people will agree with me if I say Mauritius is an affordable place to live in with a decent job. Only those who've been travelling a lot will know how ridiculously expensive things can be for example here in da UK.

I'm still looking for that supermarket link!


Hi ud

Thank you for your reply. Having come from South Africa to the UK, i know that you shouldnt convert, however i need to convert for the actual move as i earn £'s now and will need to convert vor a couple of months to tie myself over. Once i start earning Rupees i'll be fine.

As for the job part of things, im not too concerned about that. I believe the cybercity is up and comming and the entire island will be going wireless. I am an telecoms engineer here in UK and I have done some research, which seems pretty good in Mauritius.

As per other jobs ive seen a few where they require Afrikaans speaking people,(which I am), however the salary would not be too good. ( I am single however my brother would like to study in Mauritius, therefore he would be living with me and unable to work). Im currently learning French as well.

As for the costs I've seen so far, i feel alot better about it, as my car road tax is £96 per 6 months, whereas in Mauritius is +-£70 for the year. Big bonus there :D
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