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Average Israel supermarket & grocery store prices for 2019/2020.

How much does it cost to live in Israel? A 3 year comparison.

Hebrew: השוואת מחירי מוצרים בישראל 

Israel's inflation drops but prices continue to rise.  In February 2020, Israel is the eighth most expensive country to live in, according to CEOWORLD Magazine.

supermarket trolley filled supermarket prices

To help you build your monthly aliyah and relocation budget, every year for the past 10 years Anglo-List has been comparing prices of groceries and household items and every year we publish a 3 year comparison.

From city to city, the cost of living in Israel varies considerably. You will find large differences in prices in Israel's supermarkets and even in hyper- or neighborhood-stores within the same chain.  Online shopping is becoming more and more popular and prices are consistent.  Websites like Zap help you compare the prices of electrical items, insurance and clothing. 

Mega and Shufersal are the most expensive supermarket chains in Israel. Some swear that Rami Levy is the cheapest while others insist it's Yayinot Bitan and some say its Victory. 

The Shufersal online shopping experience is very user friendly and so for purposes of this comparison, we are quoting Shufersal prices only.  Some of the prices listed here are currently on special-offer.  Note that this is an independent comparison and Shufersal has NOT played any part in it or sponsored it in any way whatsoever.

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All the fresh meat products listed here are kosher under the local Rabbinate.  You will pay more for Mehadrin and Badatz.  You will pay less for meat bought at a non-kosher outlet.

All supermarket prices are quoted in New Israeli Shekels.  Expect to pay more in a makolet - the small neighborhood grocery store.

Dry Goods

Item June 2017 June 2018 January 2020

Shufersal house brand peanut butter 9.90 16.90 10.00
Skippy superior brand peanut butter 15.90 18.50 18.50
Nutella chocolate spread - 750g 24.90 24.90 25.90
Shachar local leading brand chocolate spread 12.90 12.90 12.90
Starkist tuna in oil - 4 cans in a pack 24.90 21.90  24.90
Small can sardines in oil 5.30 5.30 6.90
Adult breakfast cereal - 400g (Deli Pecan)
19.90 20.90 17.90
Children's cereal - 500g (Coco Pops - Kellogs)
14.90  19.90  19.90
Canned sweetcorn - 550g - Yachin
 5.90  7.10 6.50
Canned chickpeas  - 550g - Yachin
6.30  6.30 6.30
Pickled cucumbers in brine - Beit Hashita
6.30 7.00 6.30
Olive Oil - 750ml - House brand premium  32.90 35.90  35.90
Canola oil - 1L - House brand
7.50  7.50  7.50

Beverages

Alpro soya milk - 1L 12.90 13.90 13.90
Local brand soya milk - 1L - Tnuva
9.90 10.90 10.90
Fresh milk carton - 2L (price controlled)
10.90 10.80 11.80
Fresh milk in a bag - 1L (price controlled)
 4.80 5.00 5.17
Grape juice 1L -  Carmel Tirosh
17.80  16.90 17.90
Grape juice 1L - house brand 13.50  13.50 14.50
Pepsi Cola - 1.5L  5.30 5.90 5.40
Sprite - 6 x 1.5L  35.90 32.90 29.90
Flavored tea - 25 teabags Wisotsky's Jasmin
 21.90 24.90 24.90
Taster's Choice Instant coffee - 200g  29.90 29.90 29.90
Nescafe instant coffee  - 200g Red Mug
 22.90 21.90 21.90
Local brand instant coffee - 200g Elite
19.90  19.90 19.90
6 pack of local beer - 330ml - Goldstar unfiltered
 45.90 29.90 special 45.90

Spices, Grains & Staple Items

Granulated garlic refill house brand - 100g 9.50 9.50 9.50
Granulated garlic refill superior brand - 80g - 14.30 14.30
Spaghetti house brand - 500g 4.90 4.90 4.90
Plain white Persian rice house brand - 1kg
5.90 5.90 6.90
Basmati rice - 1kg 12.80 12.90 13.90
Couscous house brand - 350g  4.50 4.50 4.50
White sugar house brand - 1kg 4.40 4.50 4.50
All purpose white flour house brand - 1kg 3.60 3.60 3.60
Almond flour - 250g 25.70 25.70 21.80

Soaps & Detergents

Fabric softener concentrate - 1L 15.90 15.90 15.90
Local brand soap - 4 bar pack 11.90 11.90 11.90
Palmolive Soap - 4 bar pack 16.80 16.80 16.80
Liquid hand soap Pnina Rosenblum - 1L 9.90 9.90 8.90
Head & Shoulders shampoo  - 750ml 18.90 23.90 18.90 600ml
Pinuk family shampoo - 700ml 9.90 10.90 11.90
Men's deodorant Gillette 22.90 15.90 15.90
Baby wipes - 6 pack
17.90 18.90 21.90
Ariel washing powder  52.90 (5kg) 45.00 (7kg) 49.90 6kg
Dish-washing liquid - Fairy - 650 ml
8.90 10.90 10.90

Paper Goods

Toilet paper - house brand

37.90 39.90 39.90
Disposable diapers - local brand - 40 27.90  28.90 30.00
Kitchen paper towels - house brand - 6 in a pack  8.90  9.90  9.90

Refrigerated Items

Hummous Tzabar - 1kg 14.50 14.90 14.90
White cottage cheese Tnuva - 250g 5.50 5.50 5.50
Yellow cheese Emek Tnuva - 1kg 39.00 39.00 42.70
Small fruit yogurts - Yoplait
5.00 5.00 5.00
Cremissimo ice-cream 1.3kg 17.90 17.90 18.90

Frozen Foods & Fresh Meat Products

Frozen french fries house-brand -2.5kg 29.90 31.90 31.90
Frozen real chicken schnitzel superior brand - 700g
31.90 33.90 41.70
Vegetarian corn schnitzel Zoglovek - 750g 29.90 19.90 special 25.90
Frozen pizza Maadanot - 500g 15.90 14.90 23.90
Fresh chicken breast  - 1kg
31.90 31.90 31.90
Fresh chicken wings - 1kg 11.90 11.90 11.90
Fresh turkey wings - 1kg 17.90 17.90 17.90
Frozen minced beef - 1kg
42.90 49.00 49.90
Frozen kebabs Tivon Veal - 440g  18.90 18.90 19.90
Frozen hamburgers Tivon Veal - 400g 18.90 19.90 20.90
Chicken vienna sausages - Tirat Zvi - 1 kg 24.90 25.90 25.90
Fresh whole chicken - 1kg 18.90 18.90 18.90

Baked Goods

Standard bread - sliced - 750g
5.90 5.90 6.10
Factory produced non-standard loaf  15.50 15.90 15.90
Gluten-free bread - 700g 22.60 22.60 23.70
Fresh baked bread rolls
2.00 ea 2.20 ea 2.20 ea
Chocolate croissants - 1kg 35.00 37.00 39.00

Canned Goods

Ketchup Osem - 750g 11.50 10.90 10.90
Mayonnaise - 1kg - Telma
16.50 16.90 16.90
1000 Island salad dressing Osem - 290ml
8.90 10.90 10.90

Electrical Appliances

Digital microwave - Pilot 20L
235.00  268.00  249.00 
Kettle 1.75 L - Pilot
79.00 69.00 special 99.00
Toaster oven - Pilot 35L
230.00  199.00  199.00
Refrigerator - Pilot
1286.00 302L 1899.00 465L 1699.00 435L
Bottom range washing machine - 5kg
930.00 799.00 999.00 7kg
Computer screen - 24"
699.00 599.00 449.00
Home printer/scanner inkjet
- 419.00 199.00
Television 50" LED Pilot
2924.00 1799.00 1599.00

Saving money is Israel

Think carefully about every shekel you spend. A one shekels price difference here or 5 shekels there all adds up.  Choose your supermarket with care.  If you can save one shekel on every grocery item you purchase that could translate into 100 NIS/month or 1200 NIS/year.  What can you do with an extra 1200 NIS per year or is that a silly question?


The history of the supermarket in Israel

Did you know that the Shufersal supermarket chain was founded in 1958?  It was originally called Shufra-Sal and then Shufersal. It is commonly known as Supersol in the Anglo community.

Rami Levy, now a supermarket giant, started his retail career working in a small grocery store (makolet) in Jeruslem's Mahane Yehuda market.


Pay less with a loyalty card

Loyalty cards are very popular in Israel.  They allow you to accumulate points or get immediate discounts. Some loyalty cards are combined with credit cards. Some are free but not all.  If combined with a credit card, the loyalty card is free for the first year after which you can expect to pay around 15 shekels/month for the card. Check the small print before you sign up.

Learn the Hebrew words for supermarket items with our free word sheets with English and transliterations

Discounts on bulk packaging are popular in Israel; buy one, get the second at half the price, buy two get one free, four for 10 shekels or 3 for one hundred.  Be price-wise, often these are marketing tactics designed to get you to part with more money than you were planning to spend.  

More price checks

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Other ways to save

Israel Cost of Living: Housing, Utilities, Clothing, Services

Tips for Saving Thousands Every Year

Alon Gal - Financial coach extraordinaire offers 10 Top Money Management Tips

Tips for Shopping at the Shuk - Fresh Produce Market

 

Making Aliyah soon? Do the currency conversion.

January 2020 -  1 shekel equals...

US Dollar Canadian Dollar Australian Dollar ZAR British Pound Euro
0.29 0.38 0.43 4.29 0.22 0.26