A UK VISA!

CasesHey Guys!

As promised I have started to update the page ”A UK VISA” with our story on how we came to live and work in the UK.

This will detail not only our own experience, but also provide you with some useful information, guidance, and resources on how you too can settle here!

I hope you continue to find this blog informative, and please also share your thoughts, comments and questions at the bottom of the relevant page!

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Price Comparison

After months of telling my Brazilian partner about the great budget shops with have in England, such as Iceland, £lanad, 99p store, QD, he was excited to see the comparison in Price, and find some great bargains!
Here’s what seems to be mighty cheap in the UK compared to Brazil
Perfumes – In Brazil they seem to be extremely expensive! I recommend buying them online in the UK to take back with you, or in Duty Free!
Computer / Phone accessories – £land and 99p store now do some great Laptop / PC accessories. For example a neoprene cover for his laptop £1 in the UK, or £11 – £15 in Brazil Multi-USB port (making 1 hole 4) in UK was £1, Brazil, was more than £10. Multi-card reader £1, Brazil £15, Laptop fan in UK £2, in Brazil we think around £20!
Frozen Food – Iceland in the UK is just amazing for price. When living like a student in the UK I loved shopping here. Pizza’s are £1, along with Lasange, and Curries, and MANY more. The cheapest frozen in Brazil is around £2.5 (which is normally very basic,) lasagne can be anything from £3 – 5, and curries, well, are difficult to find!
Toiletries – We bought shaving foam for £1, in Brazil we pay £3.5. Mouthwash was great! In England we paid £0.69p, in Brazil we pay £4.60 – £5!! Toothpaste we got 2 for £1, we normally pay around £2 each.
Electronics – I’m told by my partner that ALL electronics are cheaper in the UK
And in our case, here’s what’s cheaper in Brazil
Rent – In Brazil we pay £153 a month, in the UK we could find an equally sized property for around £500 a month
Bills – For 2 of us, per month, we pay around £10 for water, and £10 for electric. In the UK, it is slightly more than this I believe!
Eating Out – Although the UK has some great lunchtime deals now-a-days, dinner is still a pretty expensive experience. Brazil has great ‘Rodizio’ restaurants which offer sushi, pizza and much more for around £10, of course in the UK it’s hard to find such a great deal!
Cigarettes – If you’re a smoker, Brazil is still VERY cheap for cigarettes compared to the UK. 1 pack of 20 normal brand cigarettes in Brazil can be as little £1.3, in England its around £6 now!
Drinking IN – For those who enjoy a pre-drink before a night out, or just enjoy a drink in, Brazil certainly the winner. Comparing the cheapest you can get (e.g. Tesco / Asda’s own) in the UK, for 1 liter of Vodka you expect to pay around £14, in Brazil……… £2, Yep two Pounds! Amazing
Call me cheap, or call me a bargain hunter, but I wanted to share with you some of our experiences.
In summary, Brazil’s core living costs such as Rent and Bills are cheaper, but everything else seems to be cheaper in the UK. I guess for Brazil electronics, perfumes etc may still be classed as a luxury in some parts, for the UK it’s become a necessity.

Chris