So it's not so long ago, the then part, but I finally found where I'd posted some prices from nearly 6 years ago. Food prices in particular have gone way up, sometimes at least four times. No wonder I was so shocked in January, even in Tokmok where things are less expensive. Here's some of the original post from February 2006 and current December 2011 prices in bold:
Five som is worth about 12.5 cents. In Kyrgyzstan, five som buys a loaf
of flatbread, about 9 inches around. It takes you one way on a minibus
anywhere in Bishkek. It buys one head of garlic, or a small Kit Kat, a
package of Ramen noodles, or a pound of potatoes or onions.
Five som is currently worth about 10.5 cents. A small loaf of
flatbread (smaller than the comparison in 2006) costs 10 som and a
standard loaf is 20 som. A marshrutka ride is 8 som, a head of garlic
is 15 som, a small Kit Kat is 10 som, and a pound of potatoes or onions
is at least 20 som.
20 som buys a bag of milk, one banana, a pack of four rolls of toilet paper, or a kilo of cracked wheat.
A bag of milk is 35 som, a banana is still about
20 som, 4 rolls of nice toilet paper are about 40 som, and a kilo of
cracked wheat is 40 som.
25 som is a minibus ride to Tokmok, about 80 km away.
It costs 50 som to ride to Tokmok.
30 or 40 som is for a kilo of apples, a bottle of dish soap, 5 liters of water, or a half liter of kefir.
range from 30-80 som with 50 being average, although they're still in
season here. A bottle of dish soap is probably 50-70 som, I have no
idea how much the water is now.
40 som is for a kilo of Batken rice, a jar of tomatoes, a kilo of white rice, or a liter of apple juice.
A kilo of Batken rice is 70-80 som, I think (I don't buy that
now; Chinese Elita is 60-70 som and Pakistani rice is 60-70). A jar of
tomatoes is 80-90 som.
50 som is for a short taxi ride around town.
You have to pay 50 som in Tokmok now. Bishkek isn't less than 80 for a short ride.
is for a kilo of tomatoes in the winter, a jar of jam, a bottle of
shampoo, a package of the least expensive diapers, a longer taxi ride in
Bishkek, or a bottle of honey.
I can still get a
kilo of tomatoes right now for 80 som, but I expect that will increase
in the next few weeks. A jar of jam is probably 150 som, but I make my
own, so I'm not sure. A bottle of jam is at least 150 som for the same
price. A longer taxi ride is 100 som. No idea on the diapers, but
there's no way they're 80 som. A bottle of shampoo might be 120?
About 200 som buys a kilo of reasonably priced cheese, 500 sheets of paper, or a package of pancake mix.
Cheese is closer to 400 som, and I don't know what the other two things cost.