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Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

I come from a humble background (really I do).
A simple meal (lunch) back in my home country would have cost like 5 chf tops with a drink.

So I was really shocked with I had to pay 5chf for a bottle of Coca-cola at the Zurich HB back in 2001.
It is still the same today.

A cup of coffee costs around 4-5chf here (even at the Kiosks), while back home it is less than 1chf.

MacDonalds is 10chf, back home 50%.

But recently, I have started to blend in here, and do not think twice about shelling out 10-50chf or even 100-200chf for any simple things which may have costed 50% or less back home.

Have you adjusted (acclimatised) to the Swiss prices compared to your original country?

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Old 25.06.2012, 23:24
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

This is my home. I find prices crazy but I'm amazed I can eat like a Queen and still go on holiday. Plus I'm never afraid of fuel bills.
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Old 25.06.2012, 23:46
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

We pop over to Germany as often as we can 20 Km away and indulge. I only pay Swiss prices when I must. We also hit France and Austria every three months or so and soak up the atrmosphere and make a day of it.
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I come from a humble background (really I do).
A simple meal (lunch) back in my home country would have cost like 5 chf tops with a drink.

So I was really shocked with I had to pay 5chf for a bottle of Coca-cola at the Zurich HB back in 2001.
It is still the same today.
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At a station, on trains, in tourists' places ... I expect things to be quite expensive (however, I was amazed that on ZH's Bahnhofstrasse a slice of good cake and an Italian cup of cappuccino did not cost that much), that's not the point.

What I don't like is that sometimes children/pupils at school are charged 10 fr a mensa meal. That's scandalous in my eyes. Not that a person that earns 8.000 fr a month at ZH cannot eat out with his family every day.
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Old 26.06.2012, 00:00
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At a station, on trains, in tourists' places ... I expect things to be quite expensive (however, I was amazed that on ZH's Bahnhofstrasse a slice of good cake and an Italian cup of cappuccino did not cost that much), that's not the point.

What I don't like is that sometimes children/pupils at school are charged 10 fr a mensa meal. That's scandalous in my eyes. Not that a person that earns 8.000 fr a month at ZH cannot eat out with his family every day.
I am actually glad that I am acclimatised and also the restaurant prices across Switzerland are more or less standard for a meal + drink + coffee. Touristy or not.
This makes it easier for me at least. I don't have to feel the pinch if I am in Zermatt, St.Moritz or just downtown in Zurich or in my own small quiet village. All prices are very close. (Not saying those 5-star hotels type)

What is a "mensa" meal?
I agree the kids' meals are a rip-off.
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I am actually glad that I am acclimatised and also the restaurant prices across Switzerland are more or less standard for a meal + drink + coffee. Touristy or not.
This makes it easier for me at least. I don't have to feel the pinch if I am in Zermatt, St.Moritz or just downtown in Zurich or in my own small quiet village. All prices are very close. (Not saying those 5-star hotels type)
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I don't think that.

At the Lugano central bus station's kiosk a coffee is something like 1 frank or a frank and a half. Nothing like your 5 franks of 2001.


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The school restaurant's, if there is a school restaurant.


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I agree the kids' meals are a rip-off.
Kids and low earners pay a lot in CH. Mothers don't have an easy life neither. Maybe the elderly struggle to reach the end of the month in high immigration aereas where foreigners drive prices up. Yes, expats don't have those problems, so enjoy your life but maybe think sometimes of those who don't have your income.
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Old 26.06.2012, 00:08
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

No, I haven't adjusted...

Every time I go shopping here, I seem to develop an insatiable urge to run home and bite the heads off of my stuffed animals due to frustration.
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Old 26.06.2012, 00:15
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I don't think that.

Yes, expats don't have those problems, so enjoy your life but maybe think sometimes of those who don't have your income.
Yes I do.

I sometimes buy coffee or Gipfeli for some people who seem just...well hungry at the trainstation.
They are usually surprised and they don't want /like to take it.

Many of us here are on "local" salaries now, I am not an expat.
However, I can say I am not a low-wage earner either, and I am super conscious about low-wage people in this high-cost country.
Thanks for the reminder.
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Yes I do.

I sometimes buy coffee or Gipfeli for some people who seem just...well hungry at the trainstation.
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

Been here 15 years, and still haven't adjusted.

Or rather, I've adjusted my lifestyle downwards.
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Old 26.06.2012, 00:39
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

One has to buy sensibly.

I've given up buying food ..... I now just eat reasonably priced white goods - it's amazing how many meals you can get out of a fridge.
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

Ive actually had the opposite shock. I have been spending most of my time in Spain and Eastern Europe for the last 6 months and everytime I pay the bill for my tea (1euro) or for a family meal for 4 (25 euros) my first reaction is to tell the waiter he forgot to charge me for everything.

When I go to the Baltics Im in shock at the fact I can pay for a dinner for ten associates at a ritzy restaurant in Vilnius (with fresh food in copious quantities) for less than CHF150! (like for the whole dinner, not per person).

I now almost feel guilty that I pay so much less than I used to. Its like reverse sticker shock.

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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

adjusted...heck no, but it does make going home on vacation a whole lot of fun! Before I moved here, I would never order extras that cost money - like gravy or mushrooms - and would just enjoy an almost perfect meal. Now, when I go home, I could order the menu and still not pay as much as a dinner out for two!

now if only I could make it home more than once a year to enjoy that euphoria...
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Ive actually had the opposite shock. I have been spending most of my time in Spain and Eastern Europe for the last 6 months and everytime I pay the bill for my tea (1euro) or for a family meal for 4 (25 euros) my first reaction is to tell the waiter he forgot to charge me for everything.

When I go to the Baltics Im in shock at the fact I can pay for a dinner for ten associates at a ritzy restaurant in Vilnius (with fresh food in copious quantities) for less than CHF150! (like for the whole dinner, not per person).

I now almost feel guilty that I pay so much less than I used to. Its like reverse sticker shock.
Same for me too! Coffee for two: one espresso and one cappuccino: 3 euros.
The other day I bought watermelon, cherries, bananas, apples, grappes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, etc for 6 euros. I thought the guy forgot to charge many items.
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Old 26.06.2012, 09:14
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

I have not adjusted to the prices. They still remain the largest factor impacting what I buy. I'm trying to accept that they are what they are, without compromising our health, but I can't shake the sense that I am being gouged. Regularly. I hope this sense will go away when we aren't on a student budget.
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

But I bet you all adjusted to Swiss salaries without too much effort...
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Have you adjusted (acclimatised) to the Swiss prices compared to your original country?
Have you ever calculated the cost of living as a % of your income after tax?

Based on that alone, I am much better off here.

People are always comparing like-for-like, e.g. a coke here vs. a coke back home, which is highly misleading.
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Have you ever calculated the cost of living as a % of your income after tax?

Based on that alone, I am much better off here.

People are always comparing like-for-like, e.g. a coke here vs. a coke back home, which is highly misleading.
Perhaps but it still the same coke with huge difference prices. Salary doesn't change what you see and know.
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Re: Cost of living here: have you adjusted to Swiss prices compared to back home?

I do not think I will ever adjust, especially after repairing my Wife's Eternity Ring.

Quote in ZH -500CHF

Price for the same repair in UK - £120

Obviously GB got the deciding vote
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Perhaps but it still the same coke with huge difference prices. Salary doesn't change what you see and know.


No it isn't... it is Swiss coke... must be better, don't you know...



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