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  2. blue mountain

    Reading your blog is very informative. I have now a fair picture about the cost of living in Jamaica. Thank you

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      Hi Blue Mountain and thank you for taking the time to comment. Glad you found the articles informative!

      Bless Up Jules

  3. Hannah

    The UK must be cheaper than I thought. I dont know but Jamaica sounds super cheap to me after reading this. All of those prices are way way cheaper than I’m used to and I live in the US. I’m excited to go there this summer! But this blog did help me on what to expect!

    1. Post author

      Hey Hannah
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I am glad that you found the article helpful and I hope you enjoy your trip this summer!

  4. Big J

    I plan to go to Jamaica soon to see my girlfriend.I’ve been doing a lot of research on the GDP and it saddens me to see people work so hard and get so little resources. If things continue to go well with us I plan to marry and get her out of there. All hard working people should be rewarded with happiness and I need someone in my life who realises the importance of a dollar and hard work.” Thanks for the helpful information and tips..

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      Hey Big J

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I am glad that you have found the site useful. I hope you enjoy your trip and I hope things work out for you in the future.

      Bless Up Jules

  5. angela

    hi tryig to work out the average cost of shipping groceries to ja verses sending money for them to go to the whole sale out there. Suggestiong please

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      Hey Angela

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      The cost of the barrel itself, plus the shipping fee from the UK to the wharf in Kingston or Montego Bay is reasonable, probably around the £100 – £150 mark dependent on where in the UK you live. If you opt for home delivery in Jamaica to avoid going to the wharf, then that will be an additional fee. The good news is there isn’t any weight limit when filling the barrels, which is ideal when sending tinned goods, rice or oil etc. Plus, when the barrel arrives, a barrel full of mainly food items doesn’t usually attract a high customs fee or tax to clear it the other end, normally around JA$6,500 in customs fee (there are other additional fees!); providing the quantities of each item isn’t excessive so that it looks like they will be re-sold. You will also need to buy all the items to fill the barrel, which dependent on what you buy and from where will be your biggest expense to consider and will make a massive difference to the overall spend. Then you have to consider the timescales, it takes 3 weeks for the ship to sail from the UK to Kingston (in good seas), then another 3-4 days for the containers to be stripped and the barrels to be ready to cleared and collected / delivered. Therefore you want to give yourself a good 4 – 5 weeks in total for the items to be collected from your home in the UK, to being available for use in the kitchen in Jamaica.

      If you send money for them to buy please be aware that food shopping in Jamaica can be expensive. Not necessarily when compared to the UK, USA or Canada, mainly because we produce so much cheap food over there and we additionally have access to so many discount food stores, or a ‘good bargain’ as we say in London! But when living here it can be hard for people on lower incomes to get by. If you look at the price of basic food items, such as: a loaf of National hard dough bread JA$300, 12 eggs JA$380, 1lb mixed chicken parts JA$190, 1lb flour JA$80, 1lb rice JA$60, 1 litre cooking oil JA$260, this comes to JA$1,270. Some people are living on JA$1,500 (or less) a day and they still have to pay their fare to get to work every day, so having money for groceries will help. Don’t be surprised if not all of it is spent on groceries though, as there will be basic needs that the money may go towards instead…

      You can check out this post for more information on sending a barrel http://www.sweetjamaica.co.uk/art-of-shipping-a-barrel-part-one/

      I would say that it really depends on who you are sending the groceries to and for what type of occasion. If you would like to private message me at contactus@sweetjamaica.co.uk with further details I will see if I can help you further.

      Bless up Jules

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