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Weekly Food costs - Krakow


confuseddude 4 | 19  
5 Jul 2009 /  #1
Moving to krakow soon, and balancing my expenses before I go . . . trying to :) can anyone tell me the average weekly cost of shopping for food, for one person ?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
5 Jul 2009 /  #2
can anyone tell me the average weekly cost of shopping for food, for one person ?

About a 100 Zloty but of course it depends on where and what you eat.
You should probably budget for double that until you find your feet and know where to go.
terri 1 | 1,665  
5 Jul 2009 /  #3
If families i.e husband, wife and child spent 100 each every week on food, what would they live on? That woudl woprk out approx 1000-1200 just on food. To some people that is take-home pay for the month.

I've lived on 50 pln z week, bought own food from the market, cooked, did not go out to McDo (for their restaurant-type food), did not buy Coca Cola or other such rubbish, drank flavoured tea and not coffee.
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254  
5 Jul 2009 /  #4
It'd be a doddle to live on 50PLN - when you think that you can get a kilo of chicken breasts for 12PLN or so, it's really not difficult.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
5 Jul 2009 /  #5
I never said that each person would live on 100 per week, your assumption is incorrect.

I've lived on 50 pln z week, bought own food from the market,

That is easy, when you know where the market is.

go out to McDo (for their restaurant-type food), did not buy Coca Cola or other such rubbish, drank flavoured tea and not coffee.

That is why I put such a high price.
Happymeal 7 | 35  
5 Jul 2009 /  #6
How much does it cost to live in Poland: expats-in-poland.com/?mod=fs_cost_of_living
Expat letters: expats-in-poland.com/?mod=expat_letters

Is it possible to live a modest retired lifestyle in the smaller Polish cities on an income of 10,000 PLN per month? Any idea as to what the minimum might be and which areas are the cheapest?

Len in Green Bay, WI

1jola 14 | 1,879  
5 Jul 2009 /  #7
That is easy, when you know where the market is.

...and know how to cook some basic dishes. I'm shocked to see people live on kebabs and not know how to make soup. Polish way of making soup is great. It's a good start and any neighbour will show you once you break the ice.

The trick is breaking the ice :)

I'm willing to deliver home cooked meals to Len from Green Bay for say 8,000 PLN anywhere in Poland. lol
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
5 Jul 2009 /  #8
average weekly cost of shopping for food, for one person ?

If you cook at home It's really cheap but If you want to eat out the cost obviously skyrocket.

and balancing my expenses before I go

In my opinion you should count in 500 PLN a month - the salaries are paid here monthly anyway. I saw your other topics and you should think about giving up a car. The price of fuel and insurence is high. The most importent cost is the rent anyway and remember that many owners are trying to ripp off foreigners.
ozdan 8 | 67  
5 Jul 2009 /  #9
If you cook at home It's really cheap but If you want to eat out the cost obviously skyrocket.

This isn't completely true if you pick the right places to eat. Krakow has a massive student population, therefore there are a heap of eateries that cater for student budgets. If you know where to go you can have a filling meal for 10-15 zl easily, or even less. I went to a place the other night which served a big bowl of soup (a meal in itself) for 3zl.
OP confuseddude 4 | 19  
6 Jul 2009 /  #10
Polish way of making soup is great. It's a good start and any neighbour will show you once you break the ice.

Im irish so Ill probably break the ice with alcohol hehe. Ive tasted some Polish food before, delicious and hearty !! cant wait :)))

depends on where and what you eat.

I dont eat much, and Im cheap :))

I've lived on 50 pln z week, bought own food from the market

I love the idea of buying food from the market, cheap and fresh, way to go !!!

It'd be a doddle to live on 50PLN

Hope so !!

That is easy, when you know where the market is.

Do you know where it is in krakow by any chance ??

If you want to eat out the cost obviously skyrocket.

Im more of an eat at home person to be honest, although I am partial to the occassional indian curry :D

I went to a place the other night which served a big bowl of soup (a meal in itself) for 3zl.

I like the sound of that :D

Im going to give up the car for the moment, and perhaps return to the idea later when I am settled or have more money to put aside for it. I got a room close to the centre for 700 pln every mth, bills are included in that. Im sharing with 4 others, but its ok for the moment and I will maybe look for something else later.

Thanks for your replies everyone, you have really helped me a lot. Its always a little daunting moving to a new country and culture but getting advice on the practicalities of everyday living and expences from people living there is fantastic.

Na zdrowie !!! :))
ozdan 8 | 67  
6 Jul 2009 /  #11
Do you know where it is in krakow by any chance ??

Theres an ok market called Stary Kleparz (sp??) It's just the other side of the planty not too far from the big galeria near the train station.

It still doesn't compare to the markets I had at home but thats the best one i've seen so far here in krak.
OP confuseddude 4 | 19  
6 Jul 2009 /  #12
Thank you, it will be my first port of call !! :))
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
6 Jul 2009 /  #13
Do you know where it is in krakow by any chance ??

Click here for recommendations for Krakow. There are many markets in Krakow.

Im irish

So am I, I live just south of Krakow and I work in Krakow quite often.
OP confuseddude 4 | 19  
6 Jul 2009 /  #14
Paintballing, I had a bad experience the last time I went paintballing lol great craic though ! Ill check out the link . . cheers Sean
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
6 Jul 2009 /  #15
No bother, just out of curiosity confuseddude, what made was you choose Krakow?.

What was her name ?;)
OP confuseddude 4 | 19  
6 Jul 2009 /  #16
What was her name ?;)

Exactly :D . . . long story, ill tell you over a pint sometime !!

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