We all agree that foodstuff in Johor Bahru is generally cheaper then Singapore. This is evident by the number of Singaporeans swarming into Johor Bahru everyday, especially on Saturday and Sunday for the weekly/monthly grocery shopping. My Johorean friend said that It is easy to spot a Singaporean on a weekend, all you have to do is to look for people with shopping trolleys filled to the brim (sometimes two trolleys ) and the number of times the use the word 'cheap'.
I did a survey of 10 common food products found in Giant Hypermarket at Pelangi Leisure Mall and Giant Hypermarket at Sembawang Shopping Centre. I narrowed down from a list of 30+ products to 10 as I excluded products on offer and products that were not identical (i.e. different packaging, flavor etc.). Bulky and heavy low price items were excluded so were items that need refrigeration, My guess is that most Singaporean wont buy such stuff.
I use the exchange rate (Sg$1 = Rm$ 3.09)
Milk Powder - Omega Plus 600g
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 7.54 ( 47.3% Saving) in Johor Bahru.
Among all the 10 products, this will save you the most money (both absolute and percentage terms).
Nescafe Instant Coffee - Blend and Brew - 25 Sticks
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 1.52 ( 24.7% Saving) in Johor Bahru.
A fellow Singaporean said that if you buy brands like OLD town instant coffee the price difference is even greater. Perhaps in future blog post I will do one on instant coffee.
Knife Brand Cooking Oil - 2 litres
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 2.94 ( 44.2% Saving) in Johor Bahru.
Apparently cooking oil is subsidize by the Malaysian Government, that is why it is a controlled good and we cannot bring back car loads back to Singapore.
Hero Raspberry Jam -340g
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 1.88 ( 31.6% Saving) in Johor Bahru
Better value for money then peanut butter, but it is in a glass container (fragile) and weighs more.
Lipton Tea Bags - Yellow Label - 50 bags
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 0.94 ( 25.4% Saving) in Johor Bahru.
Its light and small. I will buy the 100 bags box instead of 50.
Lay's Stax BBQ Potato Chips
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 1.00 ( 29.4% Saving) in Johor Bahru.
Alternative brands like Pringles have a narrower price difference.
Maggi Instant Noodled - Chicken
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 0.81 ( 36.8% Saving) in Johor Bahru.
Dont' buy imported Korean Instant Noodles from Johor Bahru. The prices are about the same as in Singapore.
Prego - Tomato Sauce -Traditional Flavor
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 0.24 (0.09% Saving) in Johor Bahru.
Most imported foodstuff are not worth to buy in Johor Bahru. The key is to know what is imported and what is not. I am still in the learning stage.
Ayam Brand - Tuna Chunks in Water /Sunflower Oil
Price Difference: Less Sg$ 0.17 ( 6.9% Saving) in Johor Bahru.
The word 'Ayam" mean chicken in Malay. People assume that it is a product of Malaysia. Check the fine print on the label and you will see "Product of Thailand".
Just these 10 products alone will save me Sg$17.97. My weekly grocery shopping in Johor Bahru is around Rm $450 ( Sg $ 150). This is less that half of what I use to spent when I was living in Singapore.