The Cost of Living in ( and around) Paris – Comparing Costs
Here’s what it costs to live in or around Paris. One can eat incredibly inexpensively if you bring it HOME with you from the MARKET, as the above picture shows – – – We’ve reduced costs about as far as we can possibly do this, invoking others to 1) bring their own beds if they want to stay with us (LOL), 2) eating a LOT of pizza – which has got to stop 3) cooking in more now that I have a CUISINE fully stocked 4) recording prices in my iPod at the AUCHUN or markets and comparing 5) not buying into simply gorgeous, all natural cosmetics as much as I want to (okay, I did buy one incredible face wash) 6) hitting flea markets as often as possible. THIS PICTURE below is of eating well at the MAISON (home) with duck pâté, fine cheeses and caviar (my girl friend’s idea) ……….
I’ll be adding to this page – this is just a start………..
AND I WILL BE BRINGING (SNIF SNIF) LOVELY FLOWER PHOTOS SOON TO THIS SPACE – wait! I have them now, duh…..
BUT, at present, I have not bought ONE pot of flowers to plant outside on our balcony as they are TRES CHER & am scouting flea markets for less expensive pots – SOMEWHERE!
I don’t even have to tell you the price of these plants – these plants you can get at Walmart for $.89 – yes .89 CENTS!!!! I am disgusted, but the disgusted demon kind of stays around permanently because whatchagonna do? I can’t leave (yet) and don’t want to leave just cause prices of flowers and a lot of other things are sky high…..Hmmmmm – dilemma…….
Usually for TWO – prices below:
Lemon curd tartlet – 2. 60 euros = $3.84 for one tiny tarlett
One Pizza and 2 beers $18.76 – $36.00
Dinner at Haute cuisine restaurant – $100.50 without wine up to $560.00 for 2 with wine. DON’T DO IT!! (Okay – do it ONCE!)
Any kind of plat du jour dinner (something – in between the pizza and the Haute cuisine )- 43 euros or $56.20 with carafe house wine
Salad with goat cheese 7- 9 euros = $9.28 – $12.06 – it’s usually quite filling
French onion soup with the cheese and bread $9 – 11.00
GROCERS or sometimes FLEA MARKET:
Roasted chicken with herbs = 11 euros or $15.00 (at Costco it’s $3.50 !!!) I know, I know, get OVER Costco –
it ain’t a happening HERE!
2 small pieces of North Atlantic Salmon with Poivre on top = $15.85
Cache of fresh veggies (eggplant, artichoke (1), garlic, carrots (2) small potatoes, pepper, bananas (3), leafy greens and mache, mushrooms, = $12.46 (the best deal of the day)
1/2 pound of Cheddar Cheese – 3,56 euros ($4.66)
2 lemons ,92 euros ($1.20) – good
3 potatoes ,76 euros (.99 cents)
(a typical run to the market next door: 4 tomatoes, 1 huge yellow apple, 2 huge oranges, huge clove of garlic, large fr. lemonade, 2 large spring waters = 7,00 euros ($9.17) – this is a local market, where prices probably are a bit steeper than going an hour away by bus to AUCHUN, the huge grocers. )
coffee at an outdoor café = $2.14
Tea (with the entire POT) at outdoor café = $3.48
Water = free (tap)
Cosmetics – any fabulous French lab, all natural night cream $85- $150.00
The list of cosmetics would take PAGES……………
Ibuprofen – $9.00 ( think 30)
Aspirin with Vitamin C – 20 – $8.20
Paracetamol with codeine – 18 – $10.80
There is NO pain med named TYLENOL in France, however,
DOLIPRANE is – Tylenol if you just love your Tylenol!!
Toothpaste, offbrand medium size = $2.14
Electric Tea Kettle $30.00
Crockpot – $50-75
least expensive Toilet paper (4 rolls) $5.00 and it’s PINK! ug!
Plain white medium size towel $15.00
Coffeemate (teeny tiny) $2.68 – it’s crap for you anyway – so I gave this up
Razors – pack of 12 $4.90 – 6 Bic Flex $5.92 10 Gillette Blue $5.00
There are no DOWNEY sheets
Drying for 24 minutes in a laundromat = $4.02 (this is why there are no DOWNEY SHEETS )- they dry everything on portable clothes lines in the bathroom or on the heated towel racks!! One needs a HEATED towel rack for their $15.00 plain medium-sized towel ! 😉