Average Israel supermarket & grocery store prices for 2018.
How much does it cost to live in Israel? A 3 year comparison.
Hebrew: השוואת מחירי מוצרים בישראל
In July 2018, Business Insider ranked Tel Aviv as the 14th most expensive city in the world and Jerusalem comes in at no. 17. There is a wide gap with Numbeo, their July 2018 figures rank Tel Aviv as the 50th most expensive city in the world while Jerusalem ranks 57th. According to Numbeo, the cost of living index in Tel Aviv-Yafo is 21.75% lower than in New York.
To help you build your monthly aliyah and relocation budget, every summer 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.
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 - a small neighborhood grocery store.
|Item||June 2016||June 2017||June 2018|
|Shufersal house brand peanut butter||17.70||9.90||16.90|
|Skippy superior brand peanut butter||17.90||15.90||18.50|
|Nutella chocolate spread - 750g||23.90||24.90||24.90|
|Shachar local leading brand chocolate spread||11.90||12.90||12.90|
|Starkist tuna in oil - 4 cans in a pack||23.90||24.90||21.90|
|Small can sardines in oil||5.90||5.30||5.30|
|Adult breakfast cereal - 400g (Deli Pecan)
|Children's cereal - 750g (Coco Pops - Kellogs)
||23.90||14.90 (500g)||19.90 (500g)|
|Canned sweetcorn - 550g - Yachin
|Canned chickpeas - 550g - Yachin
|Pickled cucumbers in brine - Beit Hashita
|Olive Oil - 750ml - House brand
|Canola oil - 1L - House brand
|Alpro soya milk - 1L||12.90||12.90||13.90|
|Local brand soya milk - 1L - Tnuva
|Fresh milk carton - 2L (price controlled)
|Fresh milk in a bag - 1L (price controlled)
|Grape juice 1L - Carmel Tirosh
|Grape juice 1L - house brand||12.90||13.50||13.50|
|Pepsi Cola - 1.5L||5.30||5.30||5.90|
|Sprite - 6 x 1.5L||29.90||35.90||32.90|
|Flavored tea - 25 teabags Wisotsky's Jasmin
|Taster's Choice Instant coffee - 200g||29.90||29.90||29.90|
|Nescafe instant coffee - 200g Red Mug
|Local brand instant coffee - 200g Elite
|6 pack of local beer - 330ml - Goldstar filtered
Spices, Grains & Staple Items
|Granulated garlic refill house brand - 100g||9.50||9.50||9.50|
|Granulated garlic refill superior brand - 80g||10.80||-||14.30|
|Spaghetti house brand - 500g||4.90||4.90||4.90|
|Plain white Persian rice house brand - 1kg
|Basmati rice - 1kg||12.80||12.80||12.90|
|Couscous house brand - 350g||4.90||4.50||4.50|
|White sugar house brand - 1kg||3.90||4.40||4.50|
|All purpose white flour house brand - 1kg||5.90||3.60||3.60|
|Almond flour - 250g||25.70||25.70||25.70|
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 house brand - 1L||10.00||9.90||9.90|
|Head & Shoulders shampoo - 750ml||18.90||18.90||23.90|
|Pinuk family shampoo - 700ml||10.90||9.90||10.90|
|Men's deodorant Gillette||19.90||22.90||15.90|
|Baby wipes - 6 pack
|Ariel washing powder||54.40 (6kg)||52.90 (5kg)||45.00 (7kg)|
|Dish-washing liquid - Fairy - 650 ml
|Toilet paper - house brand
|Disposable diapers - local brand - 40
|Kitchen paper towels - house brand||10.00 (6)||8.90 (6)||9.90 (6)|
|Hummous Tzabar - 1kg||14.90||14.50||14.90|
|White cottage cheese Tnuva - 250g||5.20||5.50||5.50|
|Yellow cheese Emek Tnuva - 1kg||41.30||39.00||39.00|
|Small fruit yogurts - Yoplait
|Cremissimo ice-cream 1.3kg||21.90||17.90||17.90|
Frozen Foods & Fresh Meat Products
|Frozen french fries house-brand -2.5kg||29.90||29.90||31.90|
|Frozen real chicken schnitzel superior brand - 700g
|Vegetarian corn schnitzel Zoglovek - 750g||29.90||29.90||19.90 special|
|Frozen pizza Maadanot - 500g||23.90||15.90||14.90|
|Fresh chicken breast - 1kg
|Fresh chicken wings - 1kg||13.90||11.90||11.90|
|Fresh turkey wings - 1kg||17.90||17.90||17.90|
|Frozen minced beef - 1kg
|Frozen kebabs Tivon Veal - 440g||19.70||18.90||18.90|
|Frozen hamburgers Tivon Veal - 400g||21.90||18.90||19.90|
|Chicken vienna sausages - Tirat Zvi - 1 kg||29.60 (1.5kg)||24.90||25.90|
|Fresh chicken - 1kg||18.90||18.90||18.90|
|Standard bread - sliced - 750g
|Factory produced non-standard loaf||11.90||15.50||15.90|
|Sugar-free bread - 700g||18.44||22.60||22.60|
|Fresh baked bread rolls
||2.00 ea||2.00 ea||2.20 ea|
|Chocolate croissants - 1kg||33.00||35.00||37.00|
|Ketchup Osem - 750g||10.90||11.50||10.90|
|Mayonnaise - 1kg - Telma
|1000 Island salad dressing Osem - 290ml
|Digital microwave - Pilot
||399.00 25L||235.00 20L||268.00 20L|
|Kettle 1.75 L - Pilot
|Toaster oven - Pilot
||229.00 35L||230.00 35L||199.00 35L|
|Refrigerator - Pilot
||2000.00 465 L||1286.00 302L||1899.00 465L|
|Bottom range washing machine - 5kg
|Computer screen - 24"
|Home printer/scanner inkjet
||350 - 800||-||419.00|
|Television 50" LED Pilot
||4100.00||2924 (49" Smart)||1799.00|
Saving money is Israel
Think carefully about every shekel you spend. A one shekels price difference here, 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?
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.
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.
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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 started his retail career working in a small grocery store (makolet) in Jeruslem's Mahane Yehuda market.