Cost of living in Shanghai

Depending on how much local Shanghai life you are willing to embrace, it is possible to save a lot of money in the city. Perhaps unlike any other metropolis in the world, Shanghai can be either formidably expensive or shockingly cheap.Shopping smart is key for many new arrivals, options such as Fields , Epermarket or City Shop provide many options for groceries and basic items, some being rather expensive but there are many cheap options and regular deals. Carrefour and Tesco have a large presence in Shanghai and provide ample stores for doing weekly shopping on a budget. Century Mart, NGS and Lianhua are some of the local options spread all over the city where you can find all types of local products at a very low price. Below you will find the price comparison for the market basket in shanghai for both local and imported products.

DAIRY

  IMPORTED LOCAL
Milk 1 L 25.00 $ 3.83 18.00 $ 2.75
Butter (200g) 30.00 $ 4.59 25.00 $ 3.83
Cheddar Chesse (200g) 60.00 $ 9.18 48.00 $ 7.34
Yogurt (200g) 25.00 $ 3.83 9.00 $ 1.38

MEAT, POULTRY & SEAFOOD

  IMPORTED LOCAL
Beef (200g) 100.00 $ 15.30 50.00 $ 7.65
Ground Beef and Pork (250 g) 15.00 $ 2.30 7.00 $ 1.07
Chicken Breast (500 g) 20.00 $ 3.06 10.00 $ 1.53
Sausages (200g) 35.00 $ 5.36 20.00 $ 3.06
Ham (250g) 30.00 $ 4.56 10.00 $ 1.53
Salmon (250g) 70.00 $ 10.71 50.00 $ 7.65
Pork Loin (350g) 28.00 $ 4.28 17.00 $ 2.60
Chicken drumsticks (665g) 25.00 $ 3.83 18.00 $ 2.75
Prawn (150g) 145.00 $ 22.19 45.00 $ 6.89

FRUIT & VEGETABLES

  IMPORTED LOCAL
Cucumber 450g 9.00 $ 1.38 5.00 $ 0.77
Broccoli 400g 25.00 $ 3.83 9.00 $ 1.38
Apples 2 Pcs 27.00 $ 4.13 10.00 $ 1.53
Tomatoes 300g 5.00 $ 0.77 3.00 $ 0.46
Green Lettuce 300g 7.00 $ 1.07 5.00 $ 0.77
Pumpkin 1.5 kg 24.00 $ 3.67 13.00 $ 1.99
Sunkist Orange 1kg 22.00 $ 3.37 18.00 $ 2.75

DRINKS

  IMPORTED LOCAL
Apple Juice 1L 30.00 $ 4.59 10.00 $ 1.53
Mineral water 1.5L 28.00 $ 4.28 4.00 $ 0.61
Table Wine 1 Bottle 70.00 $ 10.71 45.00 $ 6.89
Soft drink 500ml 3.50 $ 0.54 3.00 $ 0.46
Soft drink 1.5L 9.00 $ 1.38 8.00 $ 1.22
Beer 330ml 10.00 $ 1.53 6.00 $ 0.92

OTHER GROCERIES

  IMPORTED LOCAL
Sugar 453g 30.00 $ 4.59 10.00 $ 1.53
Coffee 250g 65.00 $ 9.95 30.00 $ 4.59
Jam 340g 30.00 $ 4.59 10.00 $ 1.53
Cooking oil 750ml 90.00 $ 13.77 60.00 $ 9.18
Potato chips 180g 39.00 $ 5.97 13.00 $ 1.99
Rice 2kg 60.00 $ 9.18 25.00 $ 3.83
Ketchup 350g 20.00 $ 3.06 7.00 $ 1.07
Bread (6 slices) 14.00 $ 2.14 10.00 $ 1.53
Tea bags (25 units) 60.00 $ 9.18 37.00 $ 5.66
Cookies (16 units) 30.00 $ 4.59 20.00 $ 3.06
Cereal (330g) 30.00 $ 4.59 15.00 $ 2.30
Pasta (450g) 32.00 $ 4.90 19.00 $ 2.91
Mayonnaise 443ml 60.00 $ 9.18 8.00 $ 1.22

TOILETRIES

  IMPORTED LOCAL
Shampoo (400ml) 50.00 $ 7.65 20.00 $ 3.06
Tampons 25.00 $ 3.83 20.00 $ 3.06
Kleenex (10 units) 9.00 $ 1.38 5.00 $ 0.77
Moisturizer 75.00 $ 11.48 20.00 $ 3.06
Toilet paper 4 Rolls 35.00 $ 5.36 25.00 $ 3.83
Soap (100g) 10.00 $ 1.53 6.00 $ 0.92

CLEANING PRODUCTS

  IMPORTED LOCAL
Bath Cleaner (900ml) 60.00 $ 9.18 25.00 $ 3.83
Mould Cleaner 55.00 $ 8.42 20.00 $ 3.06
Washing Powder 1.125Kg 108.00 $ 16.25 15.00 $ 2.30
Glass Cleaner 25.00 $ 3.83 15.00 $ 2.30
Toilet Cleaner 27.00 $ 4.13 20.00 $ 3.06
Softener 65.00 $ 9.95 10.00 $ 1.53
Dish Washing Detergent 25.00 $ 3.83 15.00 $ 2.30

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