Shanghai is becoming more expensive at an alarming rate. I’ve never, for example, been a huge fan of Wagas, because 50 RMB for a sandwich plus say, 34 RMB for a drink, makes for a rather expensive lunch in my book (that’s about US$13 ). And that was before they decided to remove the bread and salad they used to give with their pasta dishes and charge an extra 12 RMB if you still want the salad. That’s effectively more than a 25% increase overnight!
But this is still China which means there are always going to be lower cost alternatives available as not everyone is on a nicely padded expat package, and I certainly am not!
So here’s my first recommendation for those who want to rein in their spending. Bacon and egg sandwiches at Paris Baguette – at just 18 RMB they’re less than half the price of a Wagas or Element Fresh sandwich, and once I removed the raw green pepper, it tasted perfectly fine!
Hot WoAi tip – after you remove the raw green pepper, bring it home with you and stir fry it with some beef for a lovely evening meal!
I know everyone thinks I live a very extravagant lifestyle and that’s because I mainly post the highlights and rarely post about spending a night at home eating cup noodles and watching CCTV9, even though that is what I do most evenings. After all, that WoAi retirement plan isn’t going to fund itself!