99 Food and Drink Prices, S01E01: Sri Lanka

Welcome to Season 1 Episode 1 of “99 Food and Drink Prices.”

This whole new series is designed to show you what the prices of food and drink items are in countries all around the world so that you can get a pretty good idea of what the cost of living in each country that I feature is.

As much as possible, I will try to list the same or similar items from episode to episode.

This episode is dedicated to Sri Lanka. The currency of Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee, abbreviated LKR.

All of the pictures below were taken at Keells Supermarket, except for the last picture, which was taken at a place called P&S Bakery. I decided to use Keells as my source because it’s probably the biggest and most popular supermarket chain in Sri Lanka. You can, however, often find most of the items pictured here cheaper at other shops/stands.

Note: ALL PRICES ARE IN (the equivalent of) USD for easy comparison to other episodes of “99.” The exchange rate I used was 310 LKR to 1 USD.

Scroll all the way to the end of this article to see how much money you will need to buy all 99 items!

Fruits (15) –> $43.29 buys you one kg of each, except for the pineapple, which is one piece

Vegetables (15) –> $47.99 buys you one kg of each

Drinks and Such (15) –> $109.08 buys you one each

Breakfast / Sandwich Items (15) –> $47.67 buys you one of each

Canned Goods (9) –> $23.83 buys you one of each

Oils, Condiments, and Pasta (9) –> $34.73 buys you one of each

Cookies and Ice Cream (8) –> $13.92 buys you one of each

Baking Items and Bulk Foods (6) –> $22.49 buys you one kg of each

Baked Goods and Sandwiches (7) –> $5.01 buys you one of each


$348.01 buys you all 99 items here (although sometimes that means you are getting a kg of an item).

That works out to an average of $3.52 per item.

Note: The most expensive item listed here, by far, is the Jim Beam, which costs nearly $70, thus skewing the grand total and the average per item quite a bit. Furthermore, the bottle of wine I chose to include here was the second most expensive item at over $18. If you replaced the bourbon and wine with much cheaper products (for, say, $15 instead of $88), the total cost of the 99 items would be closer to $275 and the average would then be closer to $2.78 per item.

What do some (or all) of these items cost where you live? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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