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Old 21.11.2015, 10:29
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Yep- I do wonder sometimes what rose tinted glasses some people here are wearing when talking about things being so cheap in the UK. We are surprised every time we go at how fast prices are going up all the time.
We were (mildly) shocked last time with the supermarket bills. Much higher than previous trips back.
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Old 21.11.2015, 10:32
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Back on topic, I have been to the UK twice in the last month and I can honestly say that the place is not as cheap as people like to make out when you take restaurants and luxuries etc into consideration. A pizza at a non-descript chain was £12 and a bottle of Old Speckled Hen was £6... six feckin quid... in a shitty Birmingham suburb! That is the price of a pint of exported ale in a Swiss Irish pub.

The average price of a pint was more or less the same as an an average pint in CH. The North of the UK is of course cheaper, but then who in their right mind wants to live up North?

Yes, UK supermarkets are cheaper, but overall the UK is not the mecca for low prices it once was when you take overall lifestyles into consideration. All things considered, salary, tax, quality of life, cheapest electronics in Europe, I find CH one of the most cost-effective places to live as a single guy.

If people started to realise that some of the more intangible yet important aspects of life in Switzerland were as important as the often nigh-on irrelevant tangible material aspects, maybe people wouldn't moan as much.



I love how you seem to repeat long-established facts as though they are somehow new nuggets of information that you have to share with and enlighten the world. Food is cheaper in Germany? NO ****!



No money for savings... what a ridiculous exaggeration. Food in Zurich isn't that expensive if you are a savvy shopper, and you can eat well on a modest budget if you cook daily.
I paid £9.75 for a glass of white wine last week, at a pub in Warwickshire, I really don't think London or Zurich is any more expensive.
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Old 21.11.2015, 10:37
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I paid £9.75 for a glass of white wine last week, at a pub in Warwickshire, I really don't think London or Zurich is any more expensive.
Coming from one of the forums most anal authorities on economics and savings, I'll take that opinion over plumtree's vague ramblings any day.
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Old 21.11.2015, 10:52
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We were (mildly) shocked last time with the supermarket bills. Much higher than previous trips back.
We've been saying the same for a long time.
I think people remember the prices of things as they were when they left the country and conveniently forget that things have changed a bit since the.

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Coming from one of the forums most anal authorities on economics and savings, I'll take that opinion over plumtree's vague ramblings any day.
Does anyone really take any notice of Plumtree's vague ramblings?

Edit: I see she's been permenently banned this time so we won't have to put up with her ramblings any longer.
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So, like nobody who has contributed to this thread so far, then?


what I am finding a bit sad really, is that for so many people it seems to become either one or the other. We, eg OH and I, absolutely love the contrast of the two- we criticise both too- and try to truly make the very best of both worlds. We go to the UK, and when we see the White Cliffs at Dover our heart soars with 'yeah- we are home' and after a while we return, and as soon as we climb above Besançon and reach the Jura hills and spruce forest, our heart soars, and we say 'yeah- how lovely to be home again'.

We are very lucky I know- and the contrast is truly a major + in our lives.
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Old 21.11.2015, 11:01
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Re: CH -> UK? Worth it?

When people don't like places, sometimes it says more about them than the place itself.
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Old 21.11.2015, 11:24
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Re: CH -> UK? Worth it?

People can change places and also places can change the people. We always think it's better where we are not ...

If you are young and brave yearning for adventures, then go to the UK. However, if you are serious about life and quiet family oriented type then CH is good place for you to live in.
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Old 21.11.2015, 15:26
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The difference is that the Swiss who move to the U.K. don't moan about it as much as Brits moving here, as they like it so much!

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Re: CH -> UK? Worth it?

I recently (6 months now) moved back to the UK and agree that things aren't as cheap as they used to be. Places like the UK really come into their own if you have a bit of space to store things and can buy a bit more when there is a special offer on.

An example would be that Tesco were recently selling 24 packs of Coke cans for £5. 21p a can is pretty cheap if Coke is the sort of thing you like to drink. If you buy 5 of them you've got enough Coke for a good while even if you have a family.

Or having lunch out. We had a work lunch at a local Italian place. Nothing fancy. 3 course meal for £10 or 2 course for £8 (lunch menu of course)

CH really becomes expensive if you add a trailing spouse and a few sprogs onto your month bill. If it's just a single person, then it can work out really reasonable.
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