Food Prices in Philippines v Australia

Many people say that the Philippines is much cheaper to live in, than Australia or any other Western Country.
I’ve lived in both countries, for over 2 years in each, and my experience has shown that both are actually very similar in cost, when we compare the same things.

Grocery Cost Comparison

Philippines v Australia

Many people say that the Philippines is much cheaper to live in, than Australia or any other Western Country.


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I’ve lived in both countries, for over 2 years in each, and my experience has shown that both are actually very similar in cost, when we compare the same things.

During the last 6 months we have spent an average of $108 per week on groceries for 2 people in Australia
During the previous 6 months in the Philippines we spent an average of $79 on groceries for 2 people.

However, there was more eating out in the Philippines, and the combined weekly totals of Groceries and Eating Out came to:

$111 Australia
$ 95 Philippines

Philippines: April-Sep 2015

71,699 php on groceries = A$2,048 or A$79 pw
14,578 php in eating out = A$417 or A$16 per week

A$95 per week total

Australia: Oct 2015 – Mar 2016

$108 per week Groceries
$ 3 per week eating out

$111 per week total

FX rate used is actual net rate given in May 2016 (35.00)

An example of Australian Shopping prices today 12th May 2016

$ 2.99 12 eggs
$ 5.99 1kg Chicken Breasts Skinless
$ 2.00 2 litres Milk
$ 1.00 700 gm white bread sliced
$ 8.99 kg Boneless Pork Loin
$19.99 kg Eye Fillet
$10.99 kg Minced Lamb
$ 5.99 kg Mussels
$ 6.00 kg Cheese

 


Some example prices for grocery in mid 2015

Australian Price Comparison is based on similar quality products

Fresh Milk 80 peso per litre ( $2.35 ) but $1.00 in Australia
White Rice 48 peso per kg ( $1.41 ) but $2.00 in Australia
Eggs 35 peso per 12 ( $1.03 ) but $2.79 in Australia
Chicken Breast Fillet 194 peso per kg ( $5.71 ) but $8.99 in Australia
Ground Beef (Mince) 192 peso per kg ( $5.65 ) but $6.00 in Australia
Carrots 63 peso per kg ( $1.85 ) but $1.88 in Australia
Lettuce Iceberg 203 peso per kg ( $5.97 ) but $6.00 in Australia

FX rate used is actual net rate given in June 2015 (34.04)

1 : 117 : 2,203,132


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One thought on “Food Prices in Philippines v Australia”


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  2. My wife has just reminded me how we never ate decent Cheese in the Philippines, as it was so expensive. And a few other things, such as fresh milk, tender fillet steaks etc.

    The eating out though is higher in Australia, with a McDonalds Chicken and Cheese burger at $2 each (70 pesos).

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