Retire to England? Maybe NOT!
I asked a friend who lives in the United States six months, and in London, England six months a year to please gather up some prices, because some readers might find the comparisons interesting.
Our friend, a widow for about two years now, must live only 6 months in the U.S. That’s what the laws say, so that’s what she does.
She is not a citizen of the U.S., and she has to keep her citizenship in England because she has health insurance there, and gets “pension” from the government, which she lives on, along with her savings. Her children also live in the United Kingdom.
This lovely lady owns a home (paid cash) in the United States, and takes care of the property. She bought her car (paid cash) in the states, and even a golf cart in the states.
This year, she has decided it is time to do some remodeling and updating on her home – so, there are a lot of workers who will be making money from her investment in the States.
She bought all of her furniture here, and she pays all taxes and licenses required of her, and never has asked for one thing from our government.
She just loves our weather –South/West – but especially she loves the freedoms we have here.
She has told us that to get anything done in England, be prepared to stand in line after line after line, and then nothing gets done.
So, just to get you in the mood, here are some comparisons and info:
“Great Britain” is made up of England, Wales and Scotland.
”The United Kingdom” consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, population 63,047,162
The United Kingdom is 94,058 sq mi., slightly smaller than Oregon.
Louisiana is 51,840 sq mile.
75 Englands would fit into the U.S.
Population of U.S. is 295,734,134.
Population of England, only, is 60,441,457.
England lists prices in pounds – £
GBP = Great Britain Pound
1.00 GBP = 1.615 USD United States Dollar (On September 13, 2012- it varies)
They use the metric system, so…1 KG = 2 pounds, 2 ounces (34 ounces)
Here are prices she found in some London Grocery Stores:
£ GBP equals= $U.S.
4 cans of Heinz Pork and Beans 2.49 3.88
Hellmann’s Mayo 2.79 4.35
Heinz Tomato Ketchup 2.54 3.96
Special K Cereal 3.29 6.17
6 cans Dr. Pepper or Fanta (orange) 3.35 5.23
8 pack Coca Cola 8X330ml 3.98 6.21
Yellow onions 2 kg (4 pound, 4 ounce) 1.75 2.73 (approx $.65 a pound)
Potatoes 12.5 kg (27#+8.92ounces) 4.85 7.57 ($.27 ½ a pound)
22-pack snack potato chip packs 4.35 6.78 ($.30 per snack pack)
20 frozen fish fingers 3.99 6.22
150 g potato chips 1.58 2.47
Cheerios 375g (12.68 oz.= about ¾ #) 1.00 1.56 (approx. $2.00 a #)
4 X 48g KitKat candy bar 1.00 1.56
24 X 440ml Strongbow beer 18.49 28.84($1.40 a bottle)
Pork Loin Steaks and Joints, 1 kg 8.50 13.26 (approx $6.60 per pound)
Electric bill, an efficiency apt, 1 person £211.18 (total taxes (VAT) £10.06) $329.44/month
Water for one year – no washer, 1 person £383.11 $49.80/month
Postage, is 1st class 60p (90 cents) supposed to be next day delivery, but usually takes 3 days.(Check the size of England above). And 2nd class 50p, (75 cents)
New Patient Consultation From £59.00 ($92.72)
Examination only £29.00 ($45.57)
Filling, white £39 to 171. ($61.29 to $268.73)
Filling, silver From £57 ($89.58)
Porcelain bonded crown £450 to £500 ($707.18 to $785.75)
3 teeth bridge From £1370 ($2,152.96)
One implant, including crown £3000 ($4714.50)
Zoom Whitening kit £475 ($746.46)
Wow! And when you compare these prices to Mexico’s – well, there just is no comparison!
One more little personal insight into the English – they seem to absolutely LOVE beef. (Most of them and it is so expensive in England, for a decent piece of beef…) So, when our friend comes back to the states, we almost always go, once a week, to a great buffet where they offer really good grilled beef – all you can eat, of course. She has her fill of beef while Dick and I enjoy the fish, chicken, etc. In England, there is no such place. And she says if there were, the price would be so far over everyone’s budget, that it just wouldn’t work – in England.
So, I guess above are several reasons why people aren’t choosing England as a place to which they want to retire! Just thought this might be interesting to some of you. And now, I realize even more reasons why our friend loves living in the states, and loves the United States!