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Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

Yep, there aren't too many things cheaper in Poland now. And salaries can't be compared with the west. Postmen, though, have just been given a 400 zł a month pay rise. Teachers about a hundred. Which bizarrely means a postman earns a few hundred more than a teacher does in Poland!

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

"Its only a matter of time when food, fruit and vegetables will be the same as in other EU countries."

As Hans says, a lot of food (mostly processed in some way) already is the same price or higher than it is across the border in Germany.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

Eating out is much cheaper in Poland

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

As Hans says, a lot of food (mostly processed in some way) already is the same price or higher than it is across the border in Germany

Sorry I cannot agree, general food items are still cheaper in Poland..

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

If you live only on sugar, potatotoes, low quality bread, and cabbage you're right

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

Well I was last there at the end of 2006 and I noticed that household items were not particularly cheap. Locally produced food was cheap, but anything imported e.g. oranges was expensive. You have to take into account the weakening pound if you are comparing with prices in the UK.

I guess one good thing about processed foods being expensive is that people will continue to retain a knowledge of cooking from scratch.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

I would have to agree with Hans. Root vegetables are inexpensive, but try to buy something like an avacado or eggplant (aubergine for our BE speakers) and it is ridiculous. Good, reasonably priced fruits and veggies can be bought at the outdoor markets, but those are inconviently timed (In our town Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:00 to around 12:00).

Eggs have gone up about 20%. Bread has also gone up about 20%. Of course that is just a few grosz (20-25 depending on the bakery/shop), but it is still a significant rise. Meat and cheese as well. The staples of the Polish diet have gone up, but not so dramatically for the majority. I think the pensioners and those on fixed incomes are the ones who feel it the most.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

If you live only on sugar, potatotoes, low quality bread, and cabbage you're right

Hans you may want to explain what low quality bread is?? this is a new one to me!!!

Polish bread, cabbage and potatoes are always yum.

The price of general food items are about half the price they are in Oz, although some items are a bit dearer. Petrol is dearer in Poland.
Its horses or courses, if you live in Poland things are very expensive, if you come for a holiday food is cheap.
Although are American Poles must be feeling the pinch, which reminds me where is Mike C..??

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

>>The price of general food items are about half the price they are in Oz.

I find that impossible to believe - when was the last time you were here?

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

As bread can be over $2 in australia and coffee can be $8 it's perfectly possible that Poland is much cheaper. I reckon there are wide regional variations within Poland depending on access to distribution channels. I guess in Australia cost of living overall may be cheaper, but food prices will again depend on logistics, particularly for imports from the other side of the world. I know for example that french wine used to be a real luxury in oz because of of the cost of hauling it around the world.

You can pay £1 for a loaf of bread here if it is something like olive pave from waitrose, but generally bread is about 60-70p (tesco value is 39p). Coffee is on average between £2-3. At the moment it's about 23p per zloty so you'd pay about 3 zloty for bread and 9-10 zloty for coffee. But tesco is probably one of the cheapest grocery shops here. In Australia you would pay about 4.6 zloty for bread and 16 zloty for coffee. This is taking into account $2 to £1 aus exchange rate and 0.48 zloty to $1 aus dollar, and 0.23 zloty to £1 (today's rates). As a couple of years back 1 zloty cost only 16p, exchange rate fluctuations have been responsible for part of the increase.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

Link deleted - please don't post direct links to copycat websites

Besides the prices were wildly out-of-date.

coffee - 14 zl for a small jar
tea - 12 zl for 100 tea bags
cheap white bread - 2 zł

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

Beer, vodka, cigarettes are all much cheaper in Poland. I seem to remember Marlboro cost 5 zloty for a pack of 20 on my last visit. Polish beer was 2 zloty a bottle.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

What's a copycat website....?

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

"Beer, vodka, cigarettes are all much cheaper in Poland."

I reckon much of that is down to taxes in the UK.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

I wonder why the Polish government doesn't tax such items more? It would certainly improve health and probably the average life expectancy, which is much lower than in the UK.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

Smoking is less popular than it used to be in Poland. They seem to smoke less than the Czechs. Last time I was in prague being in any cafe or bar was unbearable because of the smoke.

I guess with the general increase in prices coupled with low wages, taxing booze more would probably lead to a civil war.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

I find that impossible to believe - when was the last time you were here?

To suggest that prices in Poland are more expensive than in the west would indicate that Poland is well and truly finished and stand by for the revolution, as people commented in the times of communism "something will have to give".
The sad thing on top of all this is that wages are more than double in countries like Australia.

Its hard to specifically compare prices except speak generally, ie the price of eggs can vary a lot, like are they free range, what size, are they bought in a supermarket or market and lastly were they on a special.
Well having said that a dozen eggs would cost between 3$ (6zl) to 7$ (14zl) likewise bread could cost between 2$ to 10$ a loaf (4 to 20zl)
I recently purchased some John Dory fresh fish at the market, cost 35$ (70zlote) a kilogram. I doubt if too many people in Poland receiving the pension would purchase fish at that cost.
Unless wages increase dramatically in Poland something will have to give.

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

>>I seem to remember Marlboro cost 5 zloty for a pack of 20 on my last visit. Polish beer was 2 zloty a bottle.

Marlboro? 8.30 PLN last time I bought a pack... (still cheaper than the UK, but have increased massively recently)

Re: Cost of living in Poland - now compared to a couple of years ago.

Sorry it might not have been Marlboro. 5 zloty just stuck in my mind. I don't smoke but was amazed at how cheap cigarettes were. 8 zloty is still too cheap in my view.