Cost of living in Buffalo, New York, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.70
12 eggs, large $2.57
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.97
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $5.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.87
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.60
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $13
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.75
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.17
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,215
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $850
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $172
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $934
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $606
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $106
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $44
40” flat screen TV $292
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $89
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $15
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $37
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $48
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $81
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $100
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,130
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.63
Monthly ticket public transport $63
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $20
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $7
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $76
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.84
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $8
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.43
Tube of toothpaste $1.52
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $14
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $40
2 tickets to the movies $23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $159
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $91
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $3.73
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.29
iPod nano 16GB $117
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.66
1 month of gym membership in business district $22
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $10
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 457 prices entered by 25 different people.
Latest price update: April 29, 2017.

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