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The cost of living in Portugal with grocery list


Most frequently asked question

What is the cost of living in Portugal?

Everyone considers the cost of living before moving to Portugal. I see this question asked many times on expat pages on Facebook and I will give you the true, right answer: it depends on your lifestyle. It depends on your lifestyle, because I don’t know if you will be drinking champagne and eating oysters or bake your own bread and raise your own chickens in Portugal. Your utility costs depend on how much time you spend in the house, shower, and on the computer. How often do you use your telephone, Internet, TV? Health care costs depends on what kind of care you need and will need, monthly rent of a house or apartment depends on the location. In general, the costs of living in central Portugal are lower than in the UK and the Netherlands. Also, most of us move to Portugal to live a different life, where we don’t need to go along with that rat race, but to be close to nature, back to basic. And central Portugal is the place to be. Please feel free to share your monthly expenses to help others getting an idea of what to expect.

Groceries with Home Key Portugal

In order not to leave you empty handed, I composed a shopping list with prices of common groceries. These are the prices of the super markets Lidl and Jumbo in Castelo Branco. If there is no brand mentioned, it is the price of the cheapest option. You have very good wine starting already at € 1,49 – € 1,99 per bottle. The price of Sagres beer given is with 50% off, because there is always a super market that has the beer in promotion so you never have to pay the ‘full’ price if you are shopping smart! Lidl also has their own brand of beer: Argus, which is really cheap as chips!

Product

Price each

Super market

Breakfast / Lunch

French bread (210 gr.) €0,39 Lidl
Small bread (90 gr.) €0,17 Lidl
Delta filter coffee regular (250 gr.) €2,39 Jumbo
Nescafé Instant coffee (200 gr.) €6,29 Lidl
Lipton Tea (20 pyramid bags) €1,59 Lidl
Cheese slices of Gouda (150 gr.) €0,89 Jumbo
Philiadelphia cheese spread (200 gr.) €1,92 Jumbo
Ham slices (200 gr.) €0,79 Jumbo
Butter spread (250 gr) €0,89 Jumbo
Milk (1 Liter) €0,45 Jumbo
Kellogs Cornflakes (300 gr.) €1,54 Jumbo
Eggs Large (1 dozen) €1,75 Jumbo

Candy

Yellow M&M’s with peanuts (250 gr.) €3,49 Lidl
Maria Tea Biscuits (4×200 gr.) €0,99 Lidl
Fruit & Vegetables
Tomatoes (1 KG) €0,99 Jumbo
Cherry Tomatoes (300 gr.) €1,19 Lidl
Apples Royal Gala (1 KG) €1,49 Jumbo
Pineapple (1 KG) €0,99 Jumbo
Mango (1 KG) €1,59 Jumbo
Potatoes (1 KG) €0,99 Jumbo
Onions (1 KG) €0,50 Jumbo
Bananas Import Costa Rica (1 KG) €0,79 Jumbo
Lettuce (1 KG) €0,99 Lidl

Dinner

Chicken filet (1 KG) €5,75 Jumbo
Chicken (entire per Kilo) €1,59 Jumbo
Minced meat (400 gr.) €3,45 Jumbo
Pork chops (1 KG) €3,85 Jumbo
Beef (sirloin steak 1 KG) €7,85 Jumbo
Fish – Trout Filet (1 KG) €4,49 Jumbo
Deep fry pizza Dr. Oetker €3,67 Jumbo
Vanilla ice cream Carte D’or (1 L) €2,39 Jumbo

Drinks & Spirits

Beer Sagres 24 x 33 CL €12,99 Jumbo
Wine red (0,75L) €1,49 Jumbo
Smirnoff Vodka (0,70L) €9,99 Jumbo
Johnny Walker Red Label (0,70L) €13,99 Jumbo
Bacardi Rum (0,70L) €13,49 Jumbo
Coca cola plastic bottle (1L) €1,25 Jumbo

General

CIF All purpose cleaner (1,9L) €2,89 Jumbo
Toilet paper 2-ply – 12 rolls €1,99 Jumbo
Kitchen Paper 4 rolls €0,79 Jumbo
Colgate Toothbrush ZigZag 2+1 free €3,89 Jumbo
Colgate Original Toothpaste (75 ml) €2,89 Jumbo
Sugar (1 KG) €0,75 Jumbo