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What One Ghanaian Cedi can get you….

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We thought it might be interesting to put a list together of what a Cedi (NB:  approximately 80 Australian cents) can buy you here in Tamale (in season):

–        12 ripe tomatoes

–        5 small – medium onions

–        1 diet coke (500 ml) – plastic bottle

–        2 bottled soft drinks (300 ml) – glass bottles

–        1 small papaya

–        2 coconuts

–        1 jar fresh peanut butter

–        1 jar salted peanuts

–        1 large packet of pasta (500 g)

–        Handful of green beans

–        2 small cucumber

–        2 medium avocado

–        10 bananas

–        2 cloves garlic

–        Large handful of fresh ginger

–        Two large handfuls of “flowers” (used in stir fry; we are not sure what the flower is – maybe hibiscus? Something yummy and edible, in any event!) – NB:  update:  it seems likely / possible that they are in fact, Okra flowers…..

–        Large handful of lettuce

–        Large cabbage

–        4-5 carrots

–        HUGE amount of “wooly wooly” (which is like a long thin, donut shaped crunchy snack made from peanuts)

–        5 x serves of salted fried plantain (like a local crisp equivalent)

–        Large bowl of fried yam – sufficient for lunch

–        Plate of jollof rice (rice with tomato based sauce) – also sufficient for lunch

–        5 oranges

–        10 boxes of matches

–        Large bar of bathing soap

–        Roll of toilet paper

–        5 x local “shortbread” biscuits

–        5 x local peanut “cookies”

These are some of the more common items that leap to mind;  it sounds like a lot (which in most cases, it is!) but bear in mind also that we are trying to live within our means of 10 cedis per day (each).  So each of the above single purchases would amount to 10% of our daily allowance.  But still, we are very happy with the variety of what can be obtained here, and with our purchasing power.


Written by Mar(k)

January 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

Posted in Life in Ghana

11 Responses

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  1. Really! A bottle of Coke and 10 boxes of matches will be more than 50 cents in all the countries I have visited. This sounds like a place to go for retirement.


    January 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    • Good point Tom, but you may find it more difficult to run your reservoir simulations in this part of the world! The living might be cheap, but it’s not easy!!!

      Mar Knox

      January 29, 2010 at 11:24 am

  2. Hey Mar and Mark,

    I need some clarification. Do you get each individual item for 1 GHC, or all the items listed above cost 1GHC?


    August 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    • hi James! so sorry for the lengthy delay in response! Happy to clarify – each line item above would cost 1 GHC – not the whole list!!! hope that helps, and thanks for reading! Mar(k)


      September 5, 2010 at 7:58 am

  3. I would like to know is it really that cheap to live in Ghana and I would also like to know what are is a peeweas


    January 12, 2011 at 1:37 am

    • By Western standards, yes Ghana is a very affordable place to live. But obviously that is not the case for so many impoverished people who struggle with day to day existence there. I’m sorry- I don’t know what the word peeweas is…. do you mean peshwa? it is a part of the Ghanaian currency…. the Ghanaian Cedi is similar to a dollar; the peshwa (100 peshwa to a cedi) is like the “cents” that make up a cedi! hope that helps, and thanks for reading!


      January 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

  4. thanks for the info guys it was really useful 🙂

    lynne coniff

    June 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

  5. Well how much would $270.00 buy in cedi if it was Australia money


    June 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    • hi Karen. Not sure what you are asking. but a direct currency conversion as of today’s date would be that $270 Aussie dollars would get you 842 Ghanaian cedes. But you can use this currency converter here, to work out any amount you wish!


      June 3, 2015 at 2:28 pm

  6. I gave my Ghana friend $200 to buy flowers for the funeral. What do you think? Is it too much? I know if I order via online international flower would cost me almost the same.


    October 20, 2016 at 1:35 am

    • Hi there! If you mean 200 Cedis then that is about $50 USD at the moment. I would have thought that would buy a lot of flowers! But having said that, funerals are expensive affairs, so even if the funds were used to cover other parts of the funeral expenses, I am sure they would be most appreciated and put to good use.


      October 20, 2016 at 6:17 am

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