Overall, food here is much more expensive here than in the States; most fast food ranges from at least 65-80kr ($8-$12). They also use the metric system here, so it has been a bit of a challenge to not only convert the monetary amount, but also change our thinking from gallons to liters, ounces to grams, etc. It’s a lot of mental math. So for you, my dear readers, I am going to try to convert both the units and the currency from Swedish to American to give you the best idea of our typical shopping trip.
STUFF WE BUY: KRONER USD
1.5 liters* of milk (.4 gallons) 12kr $2
2 liters* of orange juice (.5 gallons) 20kr $3
A dozen eggs 26kr $5
Box of cereal 25kr $4
Yogurt (1000g**, 35.3 ounces) 13kr $2
Chicken breast (6 pieces, 99kr/kg) 107kr $16
Sausage 33kr $5
Loaf of bread 27kr $4
Shredded cheese (1000g**, 35.3 oz) 58kr $9
TOTAL: 321kr $50
*it takes 3.8 liters to make 1 gallon (1 gallon of milk - $4.60; 1 gallon of orange juice - $6)
**it takes 28.4 grams to make 1 ounce; 453.6 grams to make 1 pound
Its interesting how much more aware of food prices I have become while over here; to which I can only attribute the exchange rate and metric system. At home, I know my favorite brands and what foods I like or dislike and buy my groceries based on that information instead of cost. Hopefully this newfound awareness will be another skill I can bring back from Swede-Meghan to American-Meghan. Those two people seem so different from each other.
But that’s another blog entirely.