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20 November 2016

South African Expats, what to 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 back, which are cheaper.

Most people have this vision that you earn '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, many are in debt and
don't have much savings.
The cost of living is very high and they just survive.
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, people in the supermarkets in Europe
also buy the 'no name' products just to get by every month.
Beef is very expensive 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 buy you a coffee in a café in Europe.

Bunny Chow. A real South African lunch for around 1.50euros.
A simple crepe with chicken and cheese in a restaurant in France, 8.50euros..
that's R140.00 for a pancake! 

Some examples: 20 Nov, 2017.  Regular Headache tablets
A pack of normal headache tablets (only 8 tablets in a pack!)
in France is 2.00euros. Nov, 2017

A pack of 50x headache tablets (Grand-pa or Compral)
in South Africa is R45.00
A rough exchange conversion.. 1.00Euro is equal to 17.00 Rand.
This means...  8 tablets in France are R34.00   WOW!

Paper and books are very expensive in Europe.
Basic notepads and school exercise books cost around 3.00euros
in a supermarket. That's R50.00 for a 80 page notepad!
In South Africa you pay around R7.00 an exercise book.

150g Tick & Flea Powder for dogs in France 8.50euros  = R120.00
150g Tick & flea Powder for dogs in South Africa R45.00

400g Peanut Butter (Smooth) in France 4.50EUR = R76.50
400g Peanut Butter (Smooth) in South Africa, is around R27.00

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

Things to buy in South Africa and bring back with you:
-All basic Cold and Flu Medication, is cheaper
-Tick & Flea powder for dogs
-Game Naartjie powder sachets (hard to find in Europe)
-Pro-vita Crackers (Not available in most countries in Europe)
-Peanut butter
-Kiwi Shoe polish (Cheaper and bigger selection in SA.)
-Spices for food. (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.)
-Paper notepads and school exercise books
-Aloe products. (Bigger selection and cheaper in SA)

You should all be buying/investing and collecting Krugerrands.
(Only the clever people know this)

Amarula Cream Liqueur 700ml, is now available in the big Carrefour
supermarket in France for around 10.00euros.

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