While shopping at NTUC one of the afternoon lunches, I caught a close friend of mine, Joshua, converting the price of milk powder and fish into per kilogram.
“Why would you want to do that?” I asked.
“It just seems interesting. Do you know that the price of milk powder is more expensive than the price of fish?” came the reply.
Seems like a silly thing to do for some, but my geeky eyes lit up and I instantly knew that I must write a blog post based on this.
Hence started my mini unscientific research on 14 March 2015 at the Giant Hypermarket at IMM while I was shopping with my mum. I had only about 45 minutes before the hypermarket closed for the day. Armed with a pen and a few sheets of paper, I wrote down the price and the weight of whatever I could as the both of us strolled through the shopping aisle. Back at home, I pull out my spreadsheet and started converting the price of everything into a common unit, price per kilogram.
The table below was the result of the shopping trip and some post-calculation. It is sorted by price per kilogram…
|Item||Price per Kg|
|Giant Powder Laundry Detergent||$1.50|
|USA Potato Russet||$1.59|
|Australia Loose Carrot||$1.90|
|Song He Thai Frangrance Rice||$3.00|
|Tai Sun Rice Vermicelli||$3.00|
|Mili Luncheon Meat||$3.00|
|Narcissus Whole Mushroom||$3.06|
|Lebon Frozen Whole Chicken||$3.63|
|Flying Man Tapioca Starch||$4.10|
|Sadiz Frozen Chicken Drumlet||$5.00|
|Sunshine Softmeal Bread||$6.25|
|Leggo’s Balognise with Bacon Sauce||$7.13|
|Giant Frozen Minced Pork||$7.20|
|Nescafe Ipoh White Coffee||$10.03|
|Lion Dance Pork Ball||$10.50|
|Fresh Golden Pomfret||$10.90|
|Zenxin Organic Carrot||$14.00|
|Sunmaid California Raisins||$16.08|
|Frozen Pork Belly Sukiyaki||$16.25|
|Nissin Cup Noodles||$20.00|
|Tai Sun Cashew Nuts||$25.92|
|M&M Milk Chocolate||$33.75|
|Gain IQ Kid IntelliPro (Milk Powder)||$34.94|
|Enfagrow A+ Stage 3||$40.92|
|Frisco Gold 2 (Milk Powder)||$51.67|
|Cod Fish Steak||$59.90|
Observations which I felt was interesting
Disclaimer: Since this is a random basket of stuff which I’ve picked, I don’t expect my observations to be scientifically accurate. Sweeping generalisations are inevitable.
- Surprise! Sweets are the most expensive.
- Cod fish which is believed by Chinese to be very nutritious for post operation is more expensive than baby milk powder.
- Baby milk powder cost a bomb.
- Organic carrots cost seven times more than the usual carrots.
- Coffee and Pork Balls cost about the same.
- Sunshine bread is more expensive than chicken
- Rice and rice vermicelli cost the same
- Laundry detergent cost about the same as vegetables