I didn’t plan anything well. I should have done the shopping on Tuesday, pre-GST, but circumstances made it impossible.
So on day GST +2 I shopped in Tesco.
I ended up paying GST on about 40% of my purchases. I buy a lot of fruit and vegetables, which are exempt.
What I noticed was that prices have increased a lot – but not all to the same extent. Soil was RM1.40 last year, until they raised the price to RM1.90. Now they have increased the price to RM2.00 – so slightly less than 6% – but that’s on top of last year’s huge rise.
I didn’t note the prices before, but sort of remember some of them. Alcohol prices seemed to increase far more than 6%. Cheese went up a little over 6%.
Then I noticed with chocolate they were doing one of their tricks. They call their regular price a special, and the new higher price as the regular price. Although in this case I think the regular price was around RM18 a couple of weeks ago.
My general impression was that they have taken the opportunity to increase prices by more than the GST, sometimes far more.
In the afternoon I bought a new consumer article – I had been waiting for it to go on sale in Malaysia. There had been no sales tax before, so it now cost 6% more. It wasn’t available before April 1st.
On GST + 3 I bought a cup of coffee in Starbucks. Ugh. GST again. So it cost more.
Almost every time I buy something I seem to be slugged with the new tax. Thus I feel like a large increase in the cost of living has been imposed on me. I will try to find a way to spend less, particularly on anything that has GST on it.