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How much money did you spend today in Poland and what did you spend it on?


Englishpoznan 4 | 102
2 Oct 2011 #1
Ok, this isn't a big dick contest! It just may prove usefull to people who want to get an idea of how much it costs to live here.

You don't have to say if what you spent today is typical of a normal day but please list the items you spent money on and the cost of them.

So I will start it off today I spent: 7zł (pack of fresh pierogi), 11zl (pack of fags), 4zł (tin of cat food), 12zł (four cans of beer), 25zł taxi into town and back) and 50zł (pub!!) In total 109zł.

(I would say for me this a pretty typical amount to spend (although I must say I don't go to the pub everyday, I normally find I spend more on everyday items.)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
2 Oct 2011 #2
3600PLN on new doors and 135PLN for door handles for my flat :) :) All to fit in with the Japanese look of my place.
OP Englishpoznan 4 | 102
2 Oct 2011 #3
i hope your having a drink after a day like that!! Last time I spent that amount in one day I had a few stiff ones in the evening!! Was there awoman involved?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
2 Oct 2011 #4
I'm a Scot so can't bear yet more expense ;)
teflcat 5 | 1,032
2 Oct 2011 #5
15.50zł for roast chicken, chips, red cabbage, yoghurt and a cherry pop, at "Podlasiak", the best place to eat in Białystok (unless you really need a waiter).
scottie1113 7 | 898
2 Oct 2011 #6
25zł taxi into town and back)

Are there no trams or buses near you, or did you just take a taxi for convenience?

50zł (pub!!) In total 109zł.

I prefer beer, and I can't drink 50zl worth of beer in a pub. :)

I usually spend about 50zl a day, or less, although restaurants once or occasionally twice a week can bump that number up.

11zl (pack of fags)

As an American, I always chuckle when I hear/read that. You know what I mean. A few years ago a British friend of mine asked me if he could pinch a fag. After a moment he smiled and said he guessed that was the wrong thing to say to a Yank. I just laughed and gave him a cigarette.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
2 Oct 2011 #7
ciggies 9.80zl (newsagents)

milk 2.15zl (biedronka)
OP Englishpoznan 4 | 102
3 Oct 2011 #8
Are there no trams or buses near you, or did you just take a taxi for convenience?

To be honest there is tram stop about ten minutes walk from me but I prefer to take a taxi, I don't run a car so I don't have the expense of petrol or anything.

I prefer beer, and I can't drink 50zl worth of beer in a pub. :)

I drunk three beeers and had a jd and coke to finish the night off with!

As an American, I always chuckle when I hear/read that

I thought someone would comment about that sooner or later!!

Guys thanks for posting as I said this could be useful for someone who wants to get an idea about day to day living costs.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
3 Oct 2011 #9
Today I spent about £700 despite being at work for 14 hours of this day. Dont ask!!!! This is the UK though.

Typical day in Poland, 8z for fags, 15z for food and about 10z for transport. On a pub night it could get upto 150z.
mische 1 | 14
3 Oct 2011 #10
13,50zł - 90 minutes on the swimming pool
teflcat 5 | 1,032
3 Oct 2011 #11
As an American, I always chuckle when I hear/read that. You know what I mean. A few years ago a British friend of mine asked me if he could pinch a fag. After a moment he smiled and said he guessed that was the wrong thing to say to a Yank. I just laughed and gave him a cigarette.

Reminds me of the time, as a British student, I asked an American exchange student if I could borrow his rubber (eraser). He looked a little shocked, so I promised to return it after I'd used it.
gumishu 11 | 5,122
3 Oct 2011 #13
Reminds me of the time, as a British student, I asked an American exchange student if I could borrow his rubber (eraser). He looked a little shocked, so I promised to return it after I'd used it.

hehehe - the guy must have went stupefied(in both meanings of the word ;)) (yes I admit to having edited that bit - you don't want to know what was before I changed it to stupefied :P) :) - American English and British English have more terrible (or at least on the same level) false friends than Polish and Czech
teflcat 5 | 1,032
3 Oct 2011 #14
4zł (tin of cat food)

You are spoiling your *****. I pay 2zł for catscoff from Kaufland, and my ***** just laps it up. edit. The PF naughty word filter doesn't like the affectionate word for cats.
OP Englishpoznan 4 | 102
3 Oct 2011 #15
You are spoiling your *****. I pay 2zł for catscoff from Kaufland, and my ***** just laps it up.

I normally get it at the supermarket and for whiskers for example it's about 3zł but today I had to buy from a small local shop, hence 4zl!
Sasha 2 | 1,083
3 Oct 2011 #16
3600PLN on new doors and 135PLN for door handles for my flat

How many doors? Are they made of wood?
From what I read so far life in Poland is relatively cheap.
pip 10 | 1,661
3 Oct 2011 #17
yesterday wasn't a typical day. 660 pln for my daughters birthday party and about 170pln for dinner at a pizza place.

today I buy groceries- so it is usually about 500 pln for the week and I also need to get some supplies for work so that is probably about 200 more.

my car is economical on gas- It is about 200 to fill up and it will last me about 2 weeks.

3600PLN on new doors and 135PLN for door handles for my flat :) :) All to fit in with the Japanese look of my place.

That is pretty high. If you are in Warsaw I can tell you some of the good places. My doors are solid wood with glass inserts for about 1000 pln less per door than your price.
bullfrog 6 | 603
3 Oct 2011 #18
yesterday, I spent the equivalent of 58 PLN on 2 sandwiches (16 CHF) ,about 390 PLN on groceries, 94 PLN on 2 cinema tickets (Zürich Film Festival).. A bit expensive, you might think, but that's Zürich for you..
ChrisPoland 2 | 123
3 Oct 2011 #19
200 zloty to tank up the car (the tank was even full after that) and I gotta tank up at 2-3 times a week.
PWEI 3 | 612
3 Oct 2011 #20
teflcat
You are spoiling your *****. I pay 2zł for catscoff from Kaufland, and my ***** just laps it up. edit. The PF naughty word filter doesn't like the affectionate word for cats

A better option is to buy from zooplus.pl I get Gourmet Gold for my three and it's 1.49zl per can.
sobieski 107 | 2,128
3 Oct 2011 #21
Just spent 60 PLN going with our cat to the vet and he (the cat) was not even grateful for it :))). Also renewed my "Karta Miejska" which set me back another 90 PLN. But good value for money I think. Not the cat :)

My wife is at the hairdresser now, and I am positively convinced she will refuse to tell me how much she spent on it :)
My hairdresser charges me 20 PLN by the way.
peterweg 36 | 2,316
3 Oct 2011 #22
55pln (+20pln tip) for a meal for two, three beers and carafe of red wine.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
3 Oct 2011 #23
Just spent 60 PLN going with our cat to the vet and he (the cat) was not even grateful for it :))).

Reminds me of when I had a bad back. My wife, acting on advice, went to the vet for something you put on horses. The vet asked what kind of horse it was. She then admitted it was for me. The vet just said, conspiritorially, "You didn't get it here". It's great stuff and costs about 25zł. Can't remember the name but your vet will know.
bullfrog 6 | 603
3 Oct 2011 #24
55pln (+20pln tip) for a meal for two, three beers and carafe of red wine.

Makes me wanna cry when I see this, in Zürich, just the beers would cost more than the whole meal you had in PL..
paulinska 9 | 86
3 Oct 2011 #25
The last time i was in Poland (a month ago), My missus took me to a sunday market where i bought a quality pair of shoes @50PLN.

The same pair of shoes (design, material - different brand name) costs about 150-200 PLN here in the UK, depending on where you go. Things can be cheaper in poland but you need to look in the right places.
sobieski 107 | 2,128
3 Oct 2011 #26
Can't remember the name but your vet will know.

I doubt it :). The przychodnia we are going to (meaning our cat and me) is only doing cats :) It is quite famous here in Warsaw. It is called Myszkin by the way. They are not cheap but very good.
welshguyinpola 23 | 463
3 Oct 2011 #27
55pln (+20pln tip) for a meal for two, three beers and carafe of red wine

Is it still possible in Poland to eat for this price? Were they 2 full meals or jsut starters. I find this incredibly difficult to believe since where I live beer is at lest 8 zl
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
3 Oct 2011 #28
Makes me wanna cry when I see this, in Zürich, just the beers would cost more than the whole meal you had in PL..

So I suppose that to survive a month they must earn a little bit more than Electrician in Olsztyn ;)
OP Englishpoznan 4 | 102
3 Oct 2011 #29
Is it still possible in Poland to eat for this price?

I can think of two places in Poznan where you can, obviously they are not high end places but both pleasent enough little Italian places especially in the summer as both have gardens.
PWEI 3 | 612
3 Oct 2011 #30
Is it still possible in Poland to eat for this price?

I had a stormingly good meal at a place in Przemysl last month for 48zl (2 x soup + 2 x main course + 'salad' + potato + one desert + three large beers). But a large beer down there is sometimes below 4zl.


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