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As essential items, and now that the US and Canadian dollar are pretty much on par... lets see how much it costs to survive in comparison.

I believe minimum wage is at $8/hr in BC and they put in a not-so-new-anymore clause that allows employers to hire for $6/hr for the first 500 hours a new employee works. Minimum wages vary from province to province.

In Victoria

Rent/month:

$750 for a bachelor

$850 one bedroom

$1000 two bedroom

$1400 average house

Food:

apples $1.69/lb

head of iceberg lettuce $1.79

english cucumber $1.69 ea

kraft dinner $1.29/box

can of Campbells tomato/chicken noodle soup $.99

can of any other Campbells soup $1.89

box of wheat thin crackers $3.49

average tub of yoghurt $3.99

can of frozen juice $1.79

I'm vegetarian at the moment so I don't know what the price of meat is at but I can look.
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koan;829518 wrote: As essential items, and now that the US and Canadian dollar are pretty much on par... lets see how much it costs to survive in comparison.

I believe minimum wage is at $8/hr in BC and they put in a not-so-new-anymore clause that allows employers to hire for $6/hr for the first 500 hours a new employee works. Minimum wages vary from province to province.

In Victoria

Rent/month:

$750 for a bachelor

$850 one bedroom

$1000 two bedroom

$1400 average house

Food:

apples $1.69/lb

head of iceberg lettuce $1.79

english cucumber $1.69 ea

kraft dinner $1.29/box

can of Campbells tomato/chicken noodle soup $.99

can of any other Campbells soup $1.89

box of wheat thin crackers $3.49

average tub of yoghurt $3.99

can of frozen juice $1.79

I'm vegetarian at the moment so I don't know what the price of meat is at but I can look.


Minimum wage is £5.30 / hour

In London, a fairly grot bedsit is £100 pcm (although you can sink to about £70 if you'll share)

1 bed flat £180 pcm

2 bed flat £230+ pcm



Leicester house £450 pcm up

Cucumber £0.80

Tomato / Ox Tail soup £0.75

Wheat Thin Crackers £1.00

Cod / Smoked Haddock £8.90 / kilo

Medium Chicken £3.50

Mushrooms £4.00 / Kilo

Baugette £0.89
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Post by abbey »

Bryn Mawr;830150 wrote: Minimum wage is £5.30 / hour



In London, a fairly grot bedsit is £100 pcm (although you can sink to about £70 if you'll share)



1 bed flat £180 pcm

2 bed flat £230+ pcm





Leicester house £450 pcm up



Cucumber £0.80

Tomato / Ox Tail soup £0.75

Wheat Thin Crackers £1.00

Cod / Smoked Haddock £8.90 / kilo

Medium Chicken £3.50

Mushrooms £4.00 / Kilo

Baugette £0.89Those accomodation prices seem on the cheap side Bryn

Are you sure it's pcm and not week?
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Post by Helen »

Bryn Mawr;830150 wrote: Minimum wage is £5.30 / hour

In London, a fairly grot bedsit is £100 pcm (although you can sink to about £70 if you'll share)

1 bed flat £180 pcm

2 bed flat £230+ pcm

Leicester house £450 pcm up

Cucumber £0.80

Tomato / Ox Tail soup £0.75

Wheat Thin Crackers £1.00

Cod / Smoked Haddock £8.90 / kilo

Medium Chicken £3.50

Mushrooms £4.00 / Kilo

Baugette £0.89


where i live you cant get a one bed flat for less than £450 or a house for less than £550 and thats per 4 weeks
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Post by Bryn Mawr »

abbey;830273 wrote: Those accomodation prices seem on the cheap side Bryn

Are you sure it's pcm and not week?


Oops - I dropped a bo-bo.

Indeed, they would be pw so :-

Bedsit from £430 pcm (grot from £300 up)

1 bed flat from £780 pcm up

2 bed flat from £1,000 pcm up



There are better areas (by far) but there are also worse.
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Post by CARLA »

San Diego CA average rent rate by year. As for the food add at least 30 cents to the price of everything and sometimes more. Gas is going for $3.80 a gallon, minimum wage is $8.00 and hour. Most of the rents are actually higher depending on your location. :-5

Year 1 bedroom

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Price: $856 $1050 $1177 $1094 $1163 $1161 $1182 $1209 $1251

% change: -

22.66% 12.1% -7.05% 6.31% -0.17% 1.81% 2.28% 3.47%

Yean 2 bedroom

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Price: $994 $1245 $1309 $1385 $1429 $1453 $1464 $1484 $1424

% change: -

25.25% 5.14% 5.81% 3.18% 1.68% 0.76% 1.37% -4.04%
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koan;829518 wrote: As essential items, and now that the US and Canadian dollar are pretty much on par... lets see how much it costs to survive in comparison.

I believe minimum wage is at $8/hr in BC and they put in a not-so-new-anymore clause that allows employers to hire for $6/hr for the first 500 hours a new employee works. Minimum wages vary from province to province.

In Victoria

Rent/month:

$750 for a bachelor

$850 one bedroom

$1000 two bedroom

$1400 average house

Food:

apples $1.69/lb

head of iceberg lettuce $1.79

english cucumber $1.69 ea

kraft dinner $1.29/box

can of Campbells tomato/chicken noodle soup $.99

can of any other Campbells soup $1.89

box of wheat thin crackers $3.49

average tub of yoghurt $3.99

can of frozen juice $1.79

I'm vegetarian at the moment so I don't know what the price of meat is at but I can look.


Our prices are about the same, the average 3 bedroom 2 bath here is about 1200.00....I am moving into a 1 bedroom apartment garage for $600.00 and that is a bargain...no such bird around here.
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I'll convert to pounds weight and dollars for simplicity. Everything in the list is converted to per pound. This is all from last week's shopping receipt.

Long grain rice is $0.40, dry pasta's $0.34.

Canned sauce (mostly tomato and onion) to put on the rice is $0.06.

Canned grapefruit segments is $0.50 (still per pound), canned mandarin orange segments is $0.20.

Loose apples are $0.52.

Shampoo $0.25, conditioner $0.45.

Ground coffee £3.20

Clothes washing powder $0.44.

Natural yoghourt $0.80.

Furniture polish (aerosol) $0.30 for a 10 ounce spray.

Shopping isn't my favourite sport and I'm not very good at it.
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Post by Bryn Mawr »

spot;831558 wrote: I'll convert to pounds weight and dollars for simplicity. Everything in the list is converted to per pound. This is all from last week's shopping receipt.

Long grain rice is $0.40, dry pasta's $0.34.

Canned sauce (mostly tomato and onion) to put on the rice is $0.06.

Canned grapefruit segments is $0.50 (still per pound), canned mandarin orange segments is $0.20.

Loose apples are $0.52.

Shampoo $0.25, conditioner $0.45.

Ground coffee £3.20

Clothes washing powder $0.44.

Natural yoghourt $0.80.

Furniture polish (aerosol) $0.30 for a 10 ounce spray.

Shopping isn't my favourite sport and I'm not very good at it.


If you can get 1lb of pasta sauce for £0.03 and a pound of tinned grapefruit for £0.25 and a pound of shampoo for £0.12 then you're magnificent at it.
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Post by spot »

Sainsbury's Basics Broken Grapefruit Segments, 539g tin, 30p, £0.56/kg

The shampoo's 27p per litre but I put it into a rather snazzy Pantene Pro-V container because it has a better je-ne-sais-quoi. Grip. Flip-top.

The sauce, admittedly, was on offer.

I prepare a shopping list before I go, the online search at each UK supermaket chain is very useful.
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spot;831558 wrote: I'll convert to pounds weight and dollars for simplicity. Everything in the list is converted to per pound. This is all from last week's shopping receipt.

Long grain rice is $0.40, dry pasta's $0.34.

Canned sauce (mostly tomato and onion) to put on the rice is $0.06.

Canned grapefruit segments is $0.50 (still per pound), canned mandarin orange segments is $0.20.

Loose apples are $0.52.

Shampoo $0.25, conditioner $0.45.

Ground coffee £3.20

Clothes washing powder $0.44.

Natural yoghourt $0.80.

Furniture polish (aerosol) $0.30 for a 10 ounce spray.

Shopping isn't my favourite sport and I'm not very good at it.


how much for ones with morals?? :D
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There's no such thing as a prim apple. Who'd want one that wasn't juicy?
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Pinky;832348 wrote: Really? London is cheaper than the sticks then...how is that possible?

A one bedroom flat here goes from anywhere between 320 - 410 a month...a three bedroom house is around 580 - 700!


Easy - with me typing the figures there's no difference between a week and a month :wah:

I really ought to engage brain before typing posts.
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Post by Bryn Mawr »

Pinky;832375 wrote: Ah, ok!!! No, it's probably me that needs to engage the brain, been making stupid mistakes all week!:-3


Tell me about it - I went to work today, big mistake!
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Post by KarmaDoodle »

if you have good financial tips - you should add them to the Scott Common Sense community tip base - I always find really neat ideas here, such as this one to save $$ on annoying things that always take up a ton of cash like Draino - here is a way to make your own drain cleaner:

http://www.scottcommonsense.com/tip_det ... tipID=6802

We avoid costly, toxic drain cleaners by using a cup of bleach followed by a cup of hot water every three months in our bathroom drains. We use a cup of vinegar followed by a cup of hot water in the kitchen drain. No fumes and clean drains!
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I'm still freaked out about the cost of dirt here in Victoria! :wah:


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Post by Lon »

koan;829518 wrote: As essential items, and now that the US and Canadian dollar are pretty much on par... lets see how much it costs to survive in comparison.

I believe minimum wage is at $8/hr in BC and they put in a not-so-new-anymore clause that allows employers to hire for $6/hr for the first 500 hours a new employee works. Minimum wages vary from province to province.

In Victoria

Rent/month:

$750 for a bachelor

$850 one bedroom

$1000 two bedroom

$1400 average house

Food:

apples $1.69/lb

head of iceberg lettuce $1.79

english cucumber $1.69 ea

kraft dinner $1.29/box

can of Campbells tomato/chicken noodle soup $.99

can of any other Campbells soup $1.89

box of wheat thin crackers $3.49

average tub of yoghurt $3.99

can of frozen juice $1.79

I'm vegetarian at the moment so I don't know what the price of meat is at but I can look.


The food is exactly the same for the part of Northern California that I live in. Add 10& more for the rents.
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Post by Nomad »

Loose apples are $0.52.



sunny104;831769 wrote: how much for ones with morals?? :D




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Post by petunia »

It is awful! I am trying so hard these days not to fall into debt! I try to follow some of these rules so I don't! Rent for the house is about $1,000 right now plus utilities and I spent over $130 dollars at the grocery store last week! Everything is so expensive! Ahhh!

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Post by Odie »

in Ontario: minimum wage is now 8.00 pr. hour

one bedroom apartment, 800-900.00-rentals

two bedroom up to 1100.00-1200.00-rentals

utilities not included

homes now range from 350,000 and up to buy. mortage rates are 5.5 for four years.

to rent a house is 1600.00 plus utilitilies

lettuce, 179

kraft dinner, 1.39

instant coffee, well over 6.00

gas, is now 1.38 per litre

cookies, 3.59

toothpaste, 2.99

milk, 4.50- 6.00 for the 4l bag

now we shop wisely and do not pay these prices for foods.
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