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20 November 2016

For South African Expats, what do you bring back with you?

South African Expats, spending all your hard earned money
on trips back and forth... to see family, etc.

Make your trips back home, count.
Buy and bring back things which are cheaper.

Most people have this vision that one earns 'BIG money' overseas...
So, you should all be returning as 'Dollar Millionaires'.
But, it's not really the case.

Fact: The average person in Europe does not actually earn a lot.
A school teacher earns roughly 1.500EUR p/m.
The 'middle class' in Europe is actually poor.
The standard of living is very high and they just survive with their salary.
Don't forget, they pay a lot in charges, taxes, insurance, MOT, etc.

Fact: The cost of living in Paris is 100% more than in Johannesburg.
(, -The cost of living index, 2016.)

Just like in South Africa, most people in supermarkets in Europe
also buy the 'no name' products just to get by every month.
Beef is very expensive here and most people only buy chicken or pork.

Because of strict regulations and very high taxes in the EU,
the public is actually getting robbed!
Yes, the value of the South African Rand is very low.
Fact: 1.00 Euro can not even buy you a coffee in a café in Europe.
People also don't realise that the cost of most goods double in price
every10 years.

Research for yourself:  Take the cost of for example:
- your favorite tube of toothpaste today, now, go check what the price
was 10 years ago.

Bunny Chow. A real South African lunch for around 1.60EUR
crepe with chicken and cheese in a restaurant in France, 8.50euros..
that's R140.00 for a pancake! 

Some examples:20 Nov, 2016.  Regular Headache tablets
A pack of normal headache tablets
(8 tablets in a pack only)
in France is 1.95euros. Nov, 2016

A pack of 50x headache tablets (Grand-pa or Compral)
in South Africa is R45.00
Ok, a rough exchange conversion..  say 1.00Euro is equal to 17.00 Rand.
This means...  the 8 tablets in France are R33.50   WOW!
Ha,. a pack of 24 Compral's are R24.00 in SA!

Paper and books are very expensive in Europe.
The public are getting robbed here. Basic notepads and school exercise
books cost around 3.00euros in a supermarket.
That's R50.00 a 80 page notepad!
In South Africa you pay around R6.00 an exercise book.

150g Tick & Flea Powder for dogs in France 8.00euros  = R119.00  Wow!
150g Tick & flea Powder for dogs in South Africa R45.00

400g Peanut Butter (Smooth) in France 4.50EUR = R76.50, that's 3 Jar's in SA!
400g Peanut Butter (Smooth) in South Africa, is around R25.00

Yes, not everything is always cheaper back home.
Exchange rates, import duties, etc are constantly changing.

Generally, if you change your Euros, Dollars or Pounds into
South African Rands and you buy more than one item in big supermarkets
(eg, Shoprite or Pick n Pay) you score.

List of things to buy in South Africa and bring back to France:
-All basic Cold and Flu Medication
-Tick & Flea powder for dogs
-Game Naartjie powder sachets (hard to find anywhere in Europe)
-Pro-vita Crackers (Not available in Europe)
-Peanut butter
-Kiwi Shoe polish (Cheaper and bigger selection of shoe polish in SA.)
-Spices for food. (You have a much larger selection of spices in SA.)
-Dried fruit and nuts (Bigger selection and better price in SA.)
-Books (Big book shops in South Africa have great specials.)
-Notepads and school exercise books
-Aloe products. (Bigger selection and better quality)

Amarula Cream Liqueur 700ml, is now available in the average Carrefour
supermarket for around 9.50EUR. has a living index for every country and city.

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