Tuesday, June 22, 2004

foreign exchange dealing

There has been some good discussion around the kiwi~mission~diet. I live in New Zealand, so my figures for food costs are obviously New Zealand dollars. Tammy commented, asking how this might translate in her currency.

Can any of my blog readers
a) take the kiwi~mission~budget shopping list, and price it in their currency
b) ring a budgetting agency and find out what the average person spends on food.

I would appreciate such information.

Posted by steve at 10:51 AM


  1. your shopping list is about twice as expensive as our food here in the USA, assuming you’re talking in american dollars.

    and i found this:

    ‘As of December 21st, the exchange rate was $NZ 1.00 = $US 0.44.’

    so there you have it. we americans need to take the numbers on these posts and divide by half. which sounds pretty reasonable to me.

    Comment by tammy — June 22, 2004 @ 1:45 pm

  2. ok – you asked for a list from the USA. here’s my estimate of what these things cost in rural ohio, USA — some of these i don’t buy very often, so it’s only an estimate (signified by ?), and some of them i’ve not heard of. and i shop at discount stores, where i bag my own groceries, so some people in the USA spend up to twice this amount at regular grocery stores. and things are more expensive on the east and west coast as well.

    here it is:

    Bacon (one pound) $3.00?
    Bananas $.50 a pound
    Beef Pork or Corned Beef (kg) $5.00?
    Beef Stock (tbspns) $.50 for 16 ounces
    Beetroot slices (415gm can) (never heard of this)
    Bread (Sandwich – slices) $1.50 a loaf
    Bread Long rolls $2.00
    Bread – Hamburger Buns $1.00
    Breadcrumbs (cup) -less than $1.00
    Butter /Margarine(gms) $2.00 a pound
    Cabbage $1.00 (?)
    Carrot $1.00 for 2 pounds
    Celery Sticks $1.50
    Cheese (gms) $2.00 per pound
    Chickens $.50 per pound
    Corn $.75 per pound, canned
    Cucumber (Slices) $.50 for one, fresh
    Eggs $1.25 per dozen
    Fruit – Canned $.89 per pound
    Flour $2.00 for 5 pounds
    Lettuce $1.00 her head
    Maggi Mushroom Soup (Pkt) ???
    Milk $2.50 per gallon
    Mince (gms) ???
    Mushrooms $0.50 for 8 ounces
    Oil Canola $2.50 for 32 ounces
    Onions (ea) $.35
    Parsley $2.00 per ounce, dried
    Pasta $1.00 per pound
    Peas Frozen $1.00 per pound
    Polonies (ea) (don’t know what this is)
    Potatoes $3.00 for 5 pounds
    Rice – white $2.00 for 3 pounds
    Salmon Tinned $2.00 ?
    Spaghetti $1.50 per pound
    Sugar – white $2.00 per 5 pounds
    Sugar – brown $2.00 per 2-3 pounds
    Tomato Sauce (can) $.50
    Tomatoes $1.00 for 2
    Lemons $2.00 for 6-8
    Muesli Ingreds – Coconut (cups) ???
    Rolled Oats $2.00 for a large canister (12 cups?)
    Bran (gms) ???
    Wheatgerm $3.00 for a several cups
    Sultanas (gms) (don’t know what this is)
    Sunflower seeds (gms) ???
    Sesame Seeds (gms) ???
    Vitawheat crackers $2.00 for a pound
    S&P (don’t know what this is)
    Curry $1.00 for a large amount
    Dressings $2-$3 for a 16 ounce bottle
    Basil & Thyme $2.-$3. for a few ounces, dried
    Vinegar $1.00 for 16 ounces
    Cinnamon $2.00 for a few ounces
    Mustard $2.00 for 8 ounces
    Custard Powder (Tbspns) ???

    Comment by tammy — June 24, 2004 @ 6:30 pm

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