It is with great pleasure to announce the long-awaited 2017 Cost of Living Report, Sardinia, Italy. The last report was almost five years ago, so I thought it was due for an update.
Most villages in Sardinia have a weekly fresh market that sells local fruit and vegetables, cheese and salami, clothing, kitchenware, locally made leather goods, locally made pocket knives and fresh flowers. I prefer to buy local and go to the town’s weekly market every Monday morning. I fill my re-cycled cotton sacs with enough in-season produce to last about a week, I also buy about 400gr of aged pecorino and local salami at the market. It’s fresh, it’s local and I’ve bought like this for over 10 years and I wouldn’t change a thing!
There are many shops where you can get your daily meal:
- Buy local from the farmer at his farm or farm stand.
- Buy from the local supermarket.
- Buy from larger supermarkets like Sigma, LD, LiDL, Nonna Isa, Auchan, Sisa, and many others.
Prices will vary across the island, closer to the sea expect to pay 25% more than in rural areas. Prices will also greatly vary from supermarket to supermarket. The prices listed below are a median price between discount supermarkets, Major Brand supermarkets, and the Local Farmer supermarket.
Cost of Living Report
|1 liter of Gas||€1,65 in the city €1,85(rural)||€1,39 (city) to €1,95+(rural)|
|Electricity (every 2 months) and depends on the time of year.||Winter €63
|Winter €75 (now includes a €10 a month fee for RAI television channels.)
|Home Internet – Vodafone, Wind, 3, Telecom Italia (Alice), Infostrada, Tiscali, Fastweb are the main providers. Most bars and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi.||€15/month for 10 hours of internet time, a day.
|€20/month for 10GB of usage per month. (Much better 4 years ago when there was longer internet usage, could watch videos, the odd movie, and even MotoGP. The only way around this is to have a fixed line for home internet and a contract. I prefer pay-as-you-go with zero contracts as some companies automatically charge crazy amounts for going over your usage, not recharging the monthly payment on time, taking GB from the user and the list could go on.)|
|Cellphone – same companies as above.||€10 a month, only calls & texts.||€7 a month with 4GB, 300 mins to Canada, 500 mins within Italy, Unlimited text to other Vodafone users, 1 free text to other telephone companies.|
|Water||Drinking water we get from a freshwater fountain a few towns over.||Still get drinking water from the same fountain. Great water!|
|Eating Out||Two pizzas €5-€12 plus cover change €2,50, a bottle of local wine €8, dessert €4-€8, coffee €2.
Let’s not forget the high-end restaurants in areas like Porto Cervo, Palau, Cagliari City and Santa Teresa where you can pay anywhere from €100 to €600++ a person for dinner out.
|About the same. Pizza prices haven’t changed in 5 years. Some places have charged a higher cover charge; bottles of wine will be more expensive than local wine.
There are still those fabulously glitzy restaurants to spend those euros on.
|Rent||By the sea €700 to €1200. Interior €300 to €600.||By the sea €800 to €1500+. Interior €400 to €800+.|
|6 eggs free range||€1,15||€.99 (discount store) or €1,20 to €1,99 in other supermarkets.|
|1 liter of milk||.79c to €1,77||.99c to €2,99|
|300 grams local bread||.95c||€1,20|
|500 grams major brand pasta||.64c to .83c||.50c – €1,10|
|1 kg potatoes||€2,50||€3,00|
|5 large bananas||€2,39||€2,79|
|6 two liter bottle of water||€1,80||€1,99 – €3,28|
|16 regular maxi pads||€2,39||€2,79 (for 11 pads)
|8 Tampons||€3,29||€3,49 – €4,29|
|Major brand toothpaste||€2,39 – €3,59||Prices haven’t varied much here. You can find good toothpaste on sale for .99c.|
|Laundry detergent||€2,50 – €8,99||Roughly the same.|
|Dish Soap||.99c||.99c – €1,50|
|Diapers (small pack)||€4,99 – €7,29||€5,29 – €8,79|
AT THE BUTCHER
|5 thinly sliced chicken breast||€5,41||€2,39 – €3,50 (the only thing that has gone down in price.)|
|400 grams minced beef||€3,85||€4,19|
|500 grams local salsicca||€5,48||€6,15|
|¼ local pecorino cheese||€4,23||€4,65|
Have I forgotten anything or is there something I missed that you’re curious about? Please tell me about it in the comment section below.
How does the Cost of Living Sardinia 2017 compare to where you live?