For instance, everything I bought at IKEA last week I had delivered, so I could join friends for dinner that evening. Delivery cost $11 and boxing/wrapping $6 (!!!).
In the morning, when I'm huffing to work nearly late, I stop at a spot on the ground floor of my apartment building to by steamed buns and a hot, sweet, rice drink: $1.25. I ate a "western" style dinner last night at a cafe nearby, which is much much more than you'd pay at a little sidewalk Chinese restaurant. I think the most I've paid for dinner at a Chinese place is $2.25 for a huge meal--if that much. Dinner at the "Italian cafe" was $19 but I had wine. The difference is this: a meal at a Chinese sidewalk place is 10¥ and my pizza last night was 59¥. That's a $7.50 difference LOL.
What else... bus fare is .15 cents with a card and .30 cents cash. Subway tix are .30 cents. Household necessities are also very inexpensive.
The crappy Walmart-quality stuff from China must only be made for export, because I just don't see a lot of low-quality goods here. Even inexpensive items are decent-to-good quality.
I like it! More soon!