How much is a loaf of bread? How much for milk? or gas? or a night out?
I remember wondering these questions before I came to Korea. As a matter of fact, I remember one night on Facebook pounding Yunji with question after question about her home country days before we were to leave. I was especially worried about finding cheese. Good old Wisconsin cheese. And milk. She assured me I could find "everything."
So, I thought I'd take this time to talk about prices and products - shopping in general.
I'm not a huge shopper. Never have been and never will be. But I can offer this: in general clothes and shoes and eating out at a Korean restaurant are quite a bit cheaper than in the US. Groceries, especially fresh fruits and vegetables and meat, is much more expensive.
First, clothes. The fashion here is wide-ranging but chic. It's almost impossible for me to find clothes that fit due to my size versus the normal female Korean sizes. But I did by a nice pair of shoes today for 17000 Won (about 15.50 US). Shoe stores are EVERYWHERE. Most shop keepers of all kinds put at least some of their wares out on the street in front of their place. So it looks like Maxwell Street Days all the time here. T-shirts abound for 5000 Won. In fact, Brent bought a short sleeved button up shirt for 5000 Won one day (about $3) So clothes are to be found easily and at good prices. There are also an abundance of up-scale shops to be found in certain shopping malls. Prices in these places are as you would expect - way beyond my budget. In general, Koreans love to have the brand name sort of stuff, so there are also quite a few knock off brands to be found.
Many Koreans simply eat out most of the time because it is cheaper than buying at the grocery store and making it yourself. We're doing a bit of both - so far. So it is always an adventure shopping for food!