‘What is the cost in Mauritius, compared to South Africa?’
I often see this question come up in multiple expat groups. This ‘general question’ usually gets asked when people are considering moving abroad. Don’t get me wrong, it is a relevant question. We asked ourselves this same question before we decided to move. However, when we had to make the decision there was no ‘day-to-day’ comparison for me to look at. That is why I (finally) decided to put a little something together that may just give you a general idea of what it is like to live and spend, on the island.
It isn’t an all-encompassing price comparison between stores on the island. I didn’t list everything on offer from A to Z. This is just to show interested, future expats, what some everyday products cost. I will do schools, rentals, water and electricity in the next one. I need to do some more research on this and not use only my expenses.
Also, I would just like to mention, that when you search the Rand/Rupee exchange rate, you need mention Mauritian Rupee, as there are multiple Rupees out there.
‘Rupee is the common name for the currencies of India, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka, and former currencies of Afghanistan, Tibet, Burma, British East Africa, German East Africa, the Trucial States, and all Gulf Arab Countries (as the Gulf rupee).’ (Thank you Google)
The exchange rate as at 12 June 2019 between SA and Mauritius is R1 – Rs2,40
Mauritius has quite a big variety of shops, for everything from patio sets to toothpicks. Most of them remind me of Wallmart in a way. All are massive buildings, where you can find everything (or most of it) you need (and don’t need, but end up buying). I asked some of the expats where they do their shopping and what the reason is for that specific shop. Link to poll here
The most popular spot is SuperU, followed by Winners, then Intermart and fourth is London Way. There are other stores on the island as well, Store 2000, Jumbo and King Savers. All of which stock similar products, just at somewhat different prices.
The reasoning behind why people have a preference as to where they buy, was mostly due to convenience or proximity to either their home or work. Not necessarily due to the product cost. Another reason for shopping at certain stores was the products they offered. Some have a wider variety, while others stocked products not found anywhere else. Just this week, we South Africans were in a flurry over stores that stocked Mrs Balls Chutney (Rs118 for 450g).
*PLEASE NOTE THESE PRICES ARE TO BE USED AS GUIDELINES ONLY*
You may experience differences in prices from time to time.
Now I am sure some of you had a semi-heart attack when you looked at some of these prices. Just remember that Mauritius is an island. That means most of the products found on the shelves are all imported.
If you are considering renting a house, below is a short list of some household items and their average cost. I didn’t add things like a fridge, washing machine etc, as that was in the house that we rented.
Are you thinking of not cooking tonight? Want a quick familiar take out? Look at these prices.
Maybe you fancy a braai and some good (not frozen) SA meat? Have a look at these prices from The Famous Butcher
Look, I added gin, brandy and wine to the list, because some days, you really just need a drink on this island. You did after all just create a new normal for yourself. No judgment from my side
Also I would just like to mention this one other thing with regards to doing your shopping on the island. THE BAGS.
Each store has its own bag and design, but I would like to show you the ones from SuperU. They are made from 70% recycled material and have the most wonderful story and design on them. The cost of these bags vary from store to store but bargain on about Rs50 per bag
They are in French, so the wonderful Bea Chan from ‘Mademoiselle Nomad‘ did a translation for me. Please follow her on instagram and Facebook. She has quite an amazing profile. Thank you very much Bea.
that carries/holds my groceries,
bails me out when my luggage is full,
becomes a chest of toys 🧸,
hides my ballet slippers,
comes with me to the beach,
and holds my bouquet of peonies.
that carries my groceries,
helps me to quickly tidy up the living room,
that turns into a laundry basket/bag,
hides the children’s gifts,
accompanies me to the gym, and carries my new pair of takkies to school ☺️.
And I am not going to lie when I tell you that everything this bag says, is everything it is. We use these bags to go to the beach, to quickly clean the house, for the kids toys, to clean the car, literally for everything. Can’t find something? Go look in the SuperU bag.
I hope this post gave you some insight into cost on the island. Next up will be cars, housing, schools, medical, mobile operators, etc.
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