People have been asking about costs of everyday items where we live. I’ve been keeping receipts and thought I’d share what we pay for things while living in Granada, Spain.
Overall, we’re finding it very reasonable to live here. I suspect we’re in one of the cheaper areas of the country. I feel things in Granada are quite a bit less than bigger cities and high-traffic coastal towns in Andalucia. With that said, I also have seen that smaller, inland pueblos are even cheaper yet.
First, a couple of considerations:
- All prices are in Euros (€)
- 1 kg = a little over 2 lbs
- Most grocery prices are from Mercadona – a retail grocery store known for lower prices.
- Prices as of March 2015 (1 EUR = ~$1.09)
For our rental house in the historic quarter of town.
|Expense||Amount (EUR €)||Additional Information|
|Rent||1000||3 bedroom, 2.5 bath|
|Electricity (winter months)||350|
|Electricity (non-winter months)||130|
|Internet||40||Includes a land line telephone.|
The one item that sticks out like a sore thumb is the cost of electricity. It is the only thing that is considerably more expensive than back home in the States. It doesn’t help that our home strictly runs on electricity including all appliances (we don’t even have a tumble dryer) and all heat including the water heater.
I staggered a bit when I opened our latest electricity bill to see it was almost 700€. It isn’t uncommon for utilities to bill every other month so it feels like a double whammy. The price per kW is already some of the highest in Europe and then they sock an additional 21% tax on top of whatever usage you’ve accumulated. Cheese and crackers.
Out & About
|Expense||Cost (EUR €)||Frequency / Amount||Additional Information|
|Cell Phone Plan||12.00||per month per phone||1 GB data - phone calls and texts extra at 0.15 each (Spain only)|
|Men's / Boy's Haircut||7.00|
|Gas / Petrol||1.30||per liter||95 octane. Diesel less.|
|House Cleaning||10.00||per hour|
|Bus ride||1.20||per trip including transfers||Reduced to 0.79 per trip with metro card.|
|Glass - Beer (caña - small)||1.90||Includes a tapa|
|Glass - Wine||2.50||Includes a tapa|
|Gin & Tonic||5.00||For some reason does not include a tapa (!)|
|Coffee (cafe con leche)||1.30|
|Menu del Dia||10.00 - 12.00||Usually includes a drink, choice of first and second plate + dessert.|
|Expense||Cost (EUR €)||Amount||Additional Information|
|Fruit Juice||0.93||1 liter||100% juice|
|Black Tea||1.77||125 g||40 tea bags|
|Bottled beer||1.15||1 liter||Cruzcampo|
|Bottle of Wine (mid-range)||4.00||Spanish Rioja|
|Wheat bread||1.00||per loaf||Large - 28 slices|
|Butter||1.15||250 g||Without salt|
|Cheese||8.25||per kg||Havarti slices|
|Chocolate filled croissants||2.50||550 g||A breakfast favorite!|
|Yogurt||2.00||16 x 125 g||16 individual containers|
|Muesli cereal||1.60||500 g|
|Bananas||1.25||per kg||From S. America|
|Plátanos||1.95||per kg||From Canary Islands|
|Strawberries||2.50||per kg||When in season|
|Lemons||1.69||per kg||Bag of 6|
|Tomato||1.00||per kg||"Salad" tomatoes = 1.39/kg.|
|Red Pepper||1.79||per kg|
|Green Beans (frozen)||1.09||per kg||Bag|
|Broccoli (frozen)||1.62||per kg||Bag|
|Chicken Breasts||4.95||per kg||Boneless, skinless|
|Pork tenderloin cutlets||5.90||per kg|
|Salmon Fillets||14.90||per kg|
|Turkey cold cuts||1.89||225 g||Low salt|
|Granola Bars||1.15||138 g||Box of 6 (23 g each)|
|Potato Chips||0.90||160 g||Bag|
|Peanut Butter||3.50||500 g||Hard to find in most stores but available in some Halal shops.|
In the end, it is very reasonable to live here in southern Spain even in comparison to the “cheap” midwestern United States. After becoming accustomed to these prices over the next couple of years, I suspect it is going to be more painful returning back to home prices.
If there is anything you’d like to see added to this list, let me know in the comments.