The good life for less

It’s funny how the prices of some items are so very different in France compared with Australia. I guess a lot has to do with taxes.

It seems we can live a lot cheaper there while still being able to indulge in the good things of life like wine, spirits, chocolate, ice-cream… hmm, no wonder I always come back with a few extra kilos (and l’m not talking about luggage!) especially when Tony can devote so much more time to his passion for cooking delicious meals and decadent desserts.

Once we had been back in Australia for a while the scales stopped saying nasty things to me but oh dear, with the Christmas festivities just over, I’ve taken a step backwards.

Anyway, I was pleased to grab a Christmas gift pack of my favorite brand of facial creams recently because I resent paying twice the price here. Next visit to France I will stock up a bit more on toiletries and we are on strict instructions to bring back some French Champagne… apparently anything with “NM” on the label is good stuff (but isn’t it all?!)

And then there’s the things that we can’t seem to get in France that we will have to take back with us: fish oil capsules, Tony’s brand of aluminium free deodorant, and strangely, flat sheets.

I guess we get to have the best of both worlds!


About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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4 Responses to The good life for less

  1. It’s always good to have the best of both worlds, a bit like having your cake and eating it too. Speaking of cake, yum to Tony’s tarte tatin. I’m enjoying your blog. Keep it up.

  2. Debra Kolkka says:

    Living costs in Italy are also mu h cheaper than Australia, cheaper than the parts of France we have been to as well. This would be the case if we just stayed close to our village, but we spend quite a lot of time travelling about, which is not always cheap.
    I don’t buy cosmetics in Australia any more.

  3. frenchfry36 says:

    Even at the worst exchange rate toiletries are cheaper in France… and at the moment they’d be a steal. Hope the exchange rate stays up!

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