But is it cheaper than say a year, two years ago?
I'd say a little cheaper, but that's just a feeling. Someone who buys the same basket of groceries every week would have a better idea. There are more temptations in terms of what used to be seen as luxury items, but as Jon says (and perhaps because of greater choice), there is more discounted stuff on offer. I am happy to report that the prices of essentials like wine and beer are steady. Prices at the pump have also stabilised, and LPG is really cheap now (under 2 PLN the last time I noticed). Perhaps I'm wrong, but the cost of good shoes and clothes seems to have risen.