Someone recently asked me “how expensive is Switzerland?”. Well, an article this year named Zurich as the #1 most expensive city in the world. Geneva ranked at #3. Just to put it in perspective, New York City is 47th.
I thought I would showcase some examples.
One of my favorite sources for expensive deals is Glocals, which is like our Living Social or Groupon.
How do we live in such a city?
Here, we only eat out once a week. Back in the States, we ate out 5-8 times a week between lunch and dinners. However, the average meal out at a low to mid-range restaurant with a glass of wine costs 80 CHF. A nice place is 200 CHF. So, thus the cut-back.
We eat less meat. It’s 3-4 times the prices of the US. So we have more vegetarian meals.
We don’t buy any clothes here. The extent of our purchases are a H & M furry hat for me when it was -20 degrees and a pair of boxers that were half off for Gabe.
We don’t buy “stuff”. The desire is less great here (both their less commercialized way of life and the fact we don’t understand all the ads), but we make due with what we have. We never go out just to shop or pick up something because it looks cool.
Pretty much, we spend all our disposable income on groceries and travel. All in all, we don’t actually mind this change in lifestyle. It will be interesting to see how this changes or stays the same when we return home.