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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    It just ins't. Western food yes but food as a whole is cheaper.
    Food here is more expensive than back home in the UK, no question. Even if you ignore imported cheeses, hams etc - meat, fruit, anything in a tin/packet is generally a lot more expensive here than the UK.

    Yes, you can eat out at $25 for a bowl of noodles and balls - that is definitely cheaper than the UK. However, for grocery shopping it's simply much more expensive in HK.

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    "Food" is cheaper here than UK. I put it in quotes for the following reason:

    If you try to eat same/similar - then yes, you will pay a lot more for imported as well as relatively expensive ingredients.

    However, if you compare a typical local family food budget to a typical UK/EU/Aus family food budget, you will find local is a lot cheaper. Locals eat a lot less meat, a lot more rice and a ton more veg.

    If you want cheap - eat like locals (or Asians in general) do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    Food here is more expensive than back home in the UK, no question. Even if you ignore imported cheeses, hams etc - meat, fruit, anything in a tin/packet is generally a lot more expensive here than the UK.

    Yes, you can eat out at $25 for a bowl of noodles and balls - that is definitely cheaper than the UK. However, for grocery shopping it's simply much more expensive in HK.
    No question, LOL.

    You really are funny with your statements as if you hold the truth, the only truth.

    I buy fruits/Veggies here that are much cheaper than in Europe, noodles too, rice too, hot pot beef and all also, fish also...

    The only items for which I pay more are milk, cheese (but then again that is western) and wine.

    I guess we just don't eat the same thing, that's all.

    HC, exactly - comapre local english family vs local HK family, not a brit married to a japanese living in HK vs an english family living in england....
    Last edited by Mat; 27-08-2012 at 10:38 AM.
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    You should also put a tought or two to your opportunity cost. How much less do you save here and is the move good in terms of career


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    Dear OP, bottom line is your HK$50k salary for two people should be fine.

    HOWEVER the biggest issue you need to consider is the visa situation for your g/f.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    No question, LOL.

    You really are funny with your statements as if you hold the truth, the only truth.
    Yoiu are really funny with your pro-China/pro-Hong Kong bias in everything you type

    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    I buy fruits/Veggies here that are much cheaper than in Europe, noodles too, rice too, hot pot beef and all also, fish also...
    Ahh... you are really funny with your statements as if you hold the truth, the only truth... blah blah blah

    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    HC, exactly - comapre local english family vs local HK family, not a brit married to a japanese living in HK vs an english family living in england....
    Pretty stupid comparison though - the OP isn't going to be a Chinese family, living in Hong Kong. You can eat cheaper in Europe too if you cut down meat, eat more vegetables and cheap carbohydrates.

    You can't compare the costs for a meat & cheese eating family in Europe with a vegetable and rice eating family here. It's so facile it hardly needs pointing out... but....

    I agree with pin though - the majority of groceries here are more expensive than Europe, so much more so. Milk is a good example - 1.5litres from Kowloon Diary is $32.90 in Park'n'Shop... 268p where I can buy 2.28l in the UK in Tesco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    You can't compare the costs for a meat & cheese eating family in Europe with a vegetable and rice eating family here. It's so facile it hardly needs pointing out... but....
    1) We happily compare salaries, school costs why cant we compare "weekly food budgets" ?

    2) I changed my diet when I came here. I know lots and lots of others that did the same. This was partially due to friends, partially due to having an asian domestic helper and partially due to wanting to save money.

    Yup - if you with to continue to eat a European diet, you will pay more in Hong Kong. You can make the same argument to any Japanese : if you want to continue to eat a Japanese diet in Hong Kong, you will pay more. We can do the same with many other countries....

    If you choose to adopt and do as the Romans do, you will save money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    1) We happily compare salaries, school costs why cant we compare "weekly food budgets" ?

    2) I changed my diet when I came here. I know lots and lots of others that did the same. This was partially due to friends, partially due to having an asian domestic helper and partially due to wanting to save money.

    Yup - if you with to continue to eat a European diet, you will pay more in Hong Kong. You can make the same argument to any Japanese : if you want to continue to eat a Japanese diet in Hong Kong, you will pay more. We can do the same with many other countries....

    If you choose to adopt and do as the Romans do, you will save money.
    Yes, I don't think anyone is disputing that eating more vegetables and rice and less meat will save you money - be that in Hong Kong, be that in France or be that anywhere in the world.

    Saying food costs are cheap in Hong Kong if you switch to cheaper foods is akin to saying reading costs are cheaper in Hong Kong if you switch to cheaper books & newspapers.

    The facts say - on a like for like basis - grocery shopping is a lot more expensive here. Even if you avoid the expensive imported items from CitySuper/Jasons/Taste you're still going to be paying up for everyday items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    Locals eat a lot less meat, a lot more rice and a ton more veg.
    The rice is true, but I see locals eating meat in every single meal, and not much variety of veg at all. To me, the typical diet for HK people seems terrible, very focused on meat, oil and empty carbs like noodles.

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    OP, good luck with your move and kep us posted on how it goes!

    Cheers

    Last edited by Editor; 27-08-2012 at 01:14 PM.

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