Vacation rentals in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland (holiday rentals, cottages)
Sample Prices for Groceries, Gas, etc.
I am keeping track of prices of things on this page and will update it during our current trip (May 2005).
£0.89 - £0.91 ($7.00) per liter for diesel
May 2005: We got just under 3/4 tank of gas. Diesel is £0.899/liter; Unleaded is £0.849/liter. It cost £41.00 to fill our tank (about $80). It probably costs about £55.00 ($110) to fill the tank and the car gets 540 miles on a tank (VW Passat Diesel). £0.899/liter is about $7.00/gallon. It works out to $0.20 per mile. Think about that when you are lost on the backroads!
Here are some sample grocery prices from Waitrose, May 2005.
£3.14 six 1.5 liter bottles of mineral water (Highland Spring from Scotland)
£15.00 plus 10% tip for a pub lunch for two (sandwich, half pint beer,
fish and vegetables, tea)
£0.60 Guardian newspaper
Long Distance Phone Card
£0.035 (3.5p) per minute to call North America. Purchase these phone cards at the Post Office.
Entrance Fees - museums, houses, cathedrals, historic sites, etc.
£38.00 National Trust Individual member (£25.50 additional member) 12 months,
for access to all National Trust sites.
Shipping Things Back to North America
You can find Mail Boxes Etc. and other shipping companies in the UK. In September 2004 we shipped a 10kg suitcase from Cheltenham to a London hotel for just over 17. We did this because we were flying EasyJet to France, but then returning to London. We sent our England guidebooks and hiking books and a few other things we would not need to keep our luggage light (EasyJet is strict on luggage weight).
We asked them what it would cost to ship this same bag to the US, and the price was £95! They told us that shipping prices are 30% more when shipping in the direction from England to the US.
At the post office, I got these prices (September 2004):
Neals Yard Remedies
These are wonderful skincare products made in England. You can also mail order in the US.
£6.75 Chamomile cleanser, 40g
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