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Shopping Around the World July

I thought I’d join in with Bacon and Fozzie’s Shopping around the World feature this time around. The idea is post the costs of various items so that we can see how much things cost around the world!

Here’s the list. My prices come to you from Cornwall, South-West England.

Toilet Paper
I always buy Andrex Puppies on a Roll. It’s a bit more expensive but I don’t care. It absolutely has to be Puppies on a Roll. Because it’s cute. Even when I was saving up to buy a house I splurged on Puppies on a Roll. Why? Because it’s cute.

One time I couldn’t get Puppies on a Roll and I was most dismayed.


That’s a picture of a 4 pack but I always buy a 9 pack (sometimes you even get 3 rolls free!).

A 9 pack costs me £4.49 (€5.67, US$7.60).

Regular package of ground beef
Small problem here – what’s a “regular package”? Come to that, what exactly is “ground beef”? Minced beef I guess? I’m going to post the price of the stuff I buy – store-brand lean minced steak beef, 500g. That costs £4.00 (€5.06, US$6.77).

Store bought pizza
I always buy thin-crust pepperoni pizza (store brand). This costs £2.25 (€2.84, US$3.81) for one, but I always buy 2 for £4.00 (€5.06, US$6.77). They’re not the highest quality pizza, but I add cheese and plenty of Tabasco sauce on the top. Yum 🙂




Is that extra cheese? Why yes, yes it is.

Package of hot dogs
I haven’t bought these for years, but I located several examples for all sorts of prices. They don’t come in packages in this country, generally. Proper sausages (i.e. the Great British Banger!) come in packages, but hot dog sausages come in tins, usually in brine.


This is probably the sort of thing I would buy, were I to buy them, and this tin of 8 hot dog sausages would set you back a very reasonable £1.29 (€1.63 , US$2.18).

Tell you what’s really nice – hot dog sausage, slice along the sausage but not all the way through, fill with Marmite so it melts and stuff it in bread. Mmm! Bit messy, mind.

Package of bacon
Mmm, bacon. I buy store-brand back bacon, 8 rashers, unsmoked (300g) costing £2.55 (€3.22, US$4.31).

Mmm, bacon.

  1. July 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of puppies on a roll, but now I want it too! It almost seems like things are a bit cheaper there. Either that or you are a keen shopper getting the best deals you can.


    • July 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Our groceries may be cheaper but you beat us hands down in cheap petrol (“gas”) 🙂
      Of course it’s hard to tell without comparing average wages and so on – in some countries groceries look very expensive, but then you find out that they get paid a lot more, and vice versa.


  2. July 30, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Your toilet paper is about the same price as ours. Your minced beef is more expensive (but not outrageously so). Your hot dogs look inedible and the British passion for Marmite has to be genetic because I’ve never met anyone from anywhere else that can stomach the stuff 🙂 Otherwise, your store-brand pizza is slightly less expensive and looks yummy. Hard to tell without a taste test.

    I like the puppies on a role concept because it is such blatant sentimentalist marketing and it works. Cool.


    • July 30, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      That minced beef is “prime”, I would say. I don’t buy it very often so I get pretty decent lean stuff.
      The hot dogs are pretty bad until you add Marmite 🙂 I love hot dogs, but with “real” sausages, properly grilled on my little one-man George Foreman. The pizza’s not bad, but there are plenty of much more sophisticated (and expensive) ones you can buy.

      Andrex has used Labrador Retriever puppies to sell their toilet paper for as long as I can remember. They’re so cute, how can you not buy their brand? 🙂 It’s a British brand, but if you trace it right back up the tree it’s actually American-owned (Kimberly-Clark). According to the font of all knowledge (!), Wiki, it’s sold in the US as “Kleenex Cottonelle”.


      • July 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

        But no puppies in the U.S. Same TP otherwise and more or less the same price.


        • July 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

          Boo, no puppies 😦 That means no Puppy Points so no little stuffed puppies to collect.


  3. July 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Snorts – everyone is loving the puppies on a roll. So very cute!! I’m going to get mommy to look at the market the next time she goes to see if we have that here. I will definitely keep you posted. And those hot dogs in a “can”. OMP (oh my pig) that is too neat! Ours come in little plastic packages that once is opened drips everywhere. Awesome posting my friend. Thank you so very much for participating this month! XOXO – Bacon


    • July 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      I can imagine what a mess hot dog sausages in a plastic package would be once opened! Good luck finding the Puppies on a Roll 🙂
      Thanks for hosting the challenge!


  4. NotAPunkRocker
    July 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I think it is very cute that you buy toilet paper that is cute. This has to be the same company you got the stuffed animals from, right?


    • July 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      I like cute things. I just have to be a bit careful so as not to damage my manly reputation 🙂
      That’s right – you get “Puppy Points” with each purchase of (any) Andrex toilet paper, then you redeem them on their website and they send you a fluffy Andrex puppy of your very own!


      • NotAPunkRocker
        July 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm


        Actually, I think it may mess up your reputation for dark humor. Any other mention of “puppies on a roll” would normally trigger some sort of gruesome short story from you 😉


        • July 31, 2014 at 6:41 am

          That’s true. Though I don’t think I could handle the blasting I would get if I did something gruesome to cute little puppies 🙂
          Now I’m thinking of a story of a group of puppies who go to Vegas and win big, i.e. they’re “on a roll”!


          • NotAPunkRocker
            July 31, 2014 at 7:27 am

            Punny! Now all this talk is making me want a stuffed puppy toy. Darn you, Cottonelle! LOL


            • July 31, 2014 at 7:51 am

              Yay stuffed puppy toys 🙂 I’ve really started something here with my choice of toilet paper.


              • NotAPunkRocker
                July 31, 2014 at 8:08 am

                You’re a trendsetter! I wonder if the international section of my store carries puppy paper? It may just make up for not carrying Violet Crumble anymore 😦


  5. July 30, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    OK so Cornwall prices seem relatively comparable to BC – Fraser Valley prices with the exception of TP. Ours is apparently cheaper. We do not have puppies on a roll, but we do have Royale which features cute fluffy white kittens on the package or Purex with lovely flowers on the package (which is far better than their old symbol which was an annoying talking pillow – cuz you know it’s pillowy soft) and numerous other brands that I do not generally buy (like Charmin featuring animated bears). We pay around $10.00 CAD (currently comparable to the USD) for a 24 double roll pack – on sale of course but I only buy it on sale unless completely desperate.

    I am going to say that your canned hotdogs leave something to be desired. Our hotdogs come in a package with 5 – 12 wieners depending on if they are BBQ size or regular (at about $6 a pack) and honestly flavor wise they are comparable to little tubes of bologna on a bun. BLEH! of course I do occasionally eat them, sliced the same way you do, fried and then layered in cheese, perhaps some fried onions &/or bacon, or the best way ever – The Chili-dog! 😀


  6. July 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I would buy puppies on a roll if we had it here, though I would be slightly dismayed by the concept of puppies and what you do with toilet paper combined into one product.


    • July 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Yeah, that thought did cross my mind as I wrote this 🙂


      • July 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        I would totally still buy it though. My toilet paper doesn’t come with any discernible pattern. I feel swindled.


        • July 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm

          I’d start a petition. Everybody needs to treat themselves to cute-patterned toilet paper once in a while.


          • July 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

            Yeah! This is America! You can buy 9000 types of chocolate at the check out counter, but not puppy rolls. 😦


            • July 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

              Most supermarkets in the UK have voluntarily removed sweets from the checkout due to the “rising issue of childhood obesity”. Now they try to flog you own-brand insurance and bank accounts instead.
              Sorry about the puppy rolls 😦


  7. Lyn
    July 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    We have those adorable puppies on our rolls here in Oz too – and on the television ads.
    I absolutely love English style sausages with mashed potatoes, onion gravy and real English mushy peas. You can buy the peas in the international section of the supermarket. And the only pickles worth eating are Crosse and Blackwell’s Piccalilli or Branston Pickles 🙂


    • July 31, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Now you’re making my mouth water! I’m also a big fan of piccalilli and Branston pickle – I always have a jar of both in the cupboard.
      I’m glad you have the puppies in Australia – it looks like people in the US have missed out!


  8. Helena Hann-Basquiat
    July 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I’m a little concerned — you wipe with puppies?


    • July 31, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Yeah, but not real ones – too squirmy. We wipe with puppy pictures.


  9. July 30, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    What’s Marmite?


    • July 31, 2014 at 6:52 am

      It’s the best thing ever! In all the world, only about 50% of British people like it. Everyone else who tries it rolls around swearing and gasping.
      We tried some out on a German friend when I was living in Stuttgart. Man, you would have thought he was dying, the way he reacted. What a baby.

      It’s a very tangy, quite salty yeast extract spread. The closest thing I can think of which you may have heard of is Australia’s Vegemite, but Marmite is saltier and tangier.


  10. July 31, 2014 at 2:28 am

    At first I thought someone had Photoshopped a package of Cottonelle! Now I wish they sold it that way in America, but at least the puppy is still on the package. At Mecca, we sell a 12 pack of Cottonelle for $6.97…


    • July 31, 2014 at 7:01 am

      They do lots of different styles, but that’s the only one with actual puppy imprints frolicking of the paper! Sounds like it’s a bit cheaper in the US, I guess we pay a puppy premium 🙂


      • July 31, 2014 at 7:23 am

        I’m sure it costs more at other stores around here… we’re really good about keeping prices down at Mecca. Plus, the cost of living is pretty low where I live. I’ll bet that same package would cost ten bucks in New York City!

        I think shoppers here would pay a puppy premium though if the package looked like that!


        • July 31, 2014 at 7:51 am

          Yeah, I’m sure it costs more in London.
          I certainly pay a little premium for the puppies!


  11. July 31, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Ali, In India toilet paper isn’t something everyone buys. Many people here just use water. I’m not going to go much further into that point, but that’s the reason many do not eat food with the left hand. I both use toilet paper and eat with both hands. Most people we know are reconciled to my western ways. I don’t buy hotdogs here, and ground beef is not plentiful for obvious reasons. Where we are, it’s illegal to kill a cow. You can buy beef if you know where to go. Mostly the meat is chicken, pork, or mutton. After seeing pigs wandering around eating garbage, I usually eat chicken. 🙂 —Susan


    • July 31, 2014 at 7:10 am

      I’d heard that about usage of toilet paper in India but I didn’t know it still happened that way.
      When I lived in Germany, pork was by far the most popular meat. I’ll eat pretty much anything 🙂


  12. July 31, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Just wonder when they make little kittens on a roll 😀 Pawkisses for a Lovely Day 🙂


    • July 31, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Kittens on a roll would be really cute 🙂


  13. July 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Interesting DrAli, Unless I saved the puppy points and redeemed them I could not pay more for cuteness. That is frugal me.
    Prices vary depending where I shop.


    • August 1, 2014 at 6:50 am

      In the big stores around here prices are mostly the same, they’re still having a price war so no-one can afford to charge more than anyone else!


  14. August 5, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I’m laughing over here, doc! Puppies on a Roll? But yes, cute. Price for 9 is about this same as here – if we get the ones on sale. The beef is about the same here, for regular…I guess that’s 85% lean.



    • August 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I’m constantly amazed at how expensive toilet rolls are. Of course there are cheaper brands, but you can’t put a price on the puppies 🙂


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