One question which is asked by many contemplating moving to Spain is "how much does food cost"? For reasons not apparent to the writer, many ex-pats claim it is far cheaper than the UK.
However, this does not seem to be the case. Butter, cheese and milk are all about the same price or a little cheaper. Vegetables, the quality of which are far better than that in the UK are considerably cheaper but this is more than compensated for by tinned food which is far more expensive.
A tin of beans for example will cost in the region of 60 - 70 cents or 44p. Tinned spaghetti, pasta etc. are similarly priced. If you can get hold of them! Frozen foods are similar or slightly cheaper to that in the UK.
The Spanish are famous for healthy eating and because of this, buy a lot of their food fresh. This no doubt explains the paucity of tinned produce.
If you include alcohol in with the food bill, then prices are certainly far lower. Include cigarettes and the price drops even more. Spirits are well below half the price, with Spanish brands even cheaper.