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# What can you buy with US \$ 1?

We all know the economy is plummeting everywhere, prices are volatile, currencies are shaken, crashing, and difficult to predict. The situation is exacerbated by the behavior of rogue entrepreneurs or traders who hoard goods so that products become scarce and prices soar. Fortunately, panic buying has died down.

Various government policies, any country, both serious to help the difficulties of its people or that contain hidden agendas have been launched, whether influential or not to overcome the difficulties of society.

US dollars, which are generally used as benchmarks, continue to experience shocks and affect other currencies. Of course, it affects product prices. In my country, with one US dollar, I can buy a glass of medium-sized coca-cola or the cheapest piece of hamburger (beef burger or chicken burger) at McDonald’s or a pair of inexpensive flip-flops. How about in your country, what can you buy with one US dollar?

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## Written by Albert Herdianto Widjojo

1. In our country we can buy many things for \$ 1. We have some shops where they have low prices.

2. Now I don’t know exactly what the trade Us dollar is – Eur I just think you can buy a lot of things for us for \$ 1 ….. for example from food …. you can taste 1kg of tomatoes ….. 20 decagrams of salami also 1kg of bread it works …. but we also have \$ 1 stores where you get a lot of stuff ….. what’s smart, too

3. I live in Israel so if there are dollars here they are converted to shekels and for one shekel you cannot by much at all. You need lots more than one shekel to buy things. The conversion rate of one shekel is 0.28 to U.S. dollar.

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• Yes, my friend, Of course, we are talking about buying something with the prevailing currency in our respective countries, you use shekels while I use rupiah. I checked on Google and the result is the US \$ 1 is 3.53 shekels (as you said), so what can you buy with 3.53 shekels?

4. Hence I believe in Do It Yourself. This will soon be over, but there are always people who seem to profit for this situation.

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• I am also a lover of DIY, but not everything we can apply because we have many needs of this and that, and it seems, yes, there are always those who benefit from such situations, both high and small classes.

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• Yes, DIY can be too much , and you can only do so much, you are right.

5. We have a store in NYC called Dollar Tree where everything is a dollar. So you can buy many things for a buck. Of course there is a tax so it will be slightly more than that.

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• Ya ya ya… there are also such stores in my country, for example, “All \$ 1, each shop with a condition that the price like 50 cents, \$ 1, \$ 2, of course in my country’s currency.

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• We have such shops too. The big sign says “everything for 1 lv.” but the small letters under it say “prices from 1 to 50 lv.” 😁

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• Yes, there are also some such shops… “Everything but…” Just to catch the eye of visitors.

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6. Many things can be bought with one dollar. The “dollar stores” offer many bargains like the flip flops, and many more items. But it is not like it used to be. The value is down of course.

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• Did the situation during the pandemic greatly affect the prices of various products?

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• Yes, mainly in the grocery store. Many have gouged the prices.

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• Hmmm… It turns out there is always someone who takes advantage of the difficulties of others everywhere.

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• There have ben many arrests but it continues unfortunately.

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• There are even state-owned companies that carry out such violations in my country that auction sugar outside the specified price limit. I don’t know what the next government will do about it.

7. Umm, Good question, I can buy a Soft-drink in \$1..
But now a days I prefer to buying 2 surgical Face Mask in 1 dollar.

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• Yes, with 1 dollar I can also get at least two 3 ply surgical masks. It’s impossible to buy 2.7, right?

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• One piece of a mask? What kind of mask is that? I previously wanted to use the price of a mask as a comparison unfortunately the type and price are too varied.

9. One dollar is less than one euro (0,80 euros more or less). You can buy some sweets, bread, an a coke at the supermarket,

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• Yes, the comparison is quite good here. I can get around 1.4 liters of coke at the supermarket or 1 bottle containing one liter plus 1 other bottle containing 390 ml.

10. The flipflops are surely out, I might get some veggies for under a dollar, a couple of Kgs of flour or rice ( not good quality) a liter of milk but if I buy one I may have to forgo another.

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• I can also get some vegetables for 1 dollar (for example 400 grams of spinach) as well as various types of bulk rice or 1.5 kg of wheat flour. Looks like the price in your city is not too different from the prices in my country for certain products.

11. One dollar is around Rs. 75.00 That will fetch me a kilo of bananas, or 3 loaves of bread,

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• That’s interesting, although I’m a little difficult to compare the price of bananas because of the many types with different prices here in my country. For unit bread, 3 loaves of bread with lower middle brands can be obtained but with medium brands maybe I only get 2.4.

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• These are good bananas. The yellow ones with thin skin (lol) The bread is of normal size.

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12. Not even the slightest idea what I can buy with \$ 1. We shop here in euro. Out of curiosity I checked the course \$ 1 = 0.9125. For example, I would buy 1 kg of flour or two bundles of bread. Today, you can also buy one liter of diesel at some gas stations.

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• Yes, dear Elenka, of course, you have to check the exchange rate first as I also have to check the exchange rate of my country’s currency against the dollar. Well, now I can compare something with the price of wheat flour around you, in my country, in my city, 1 kg of flour is around 0.65 US \$ or get 2.5 pieces of bread from a pretty good brand. I can also get 1.5 liters of diesel in my country with one dollar in my country’s currency at Pertamina gas stations (my country’s oil company), Shell, BP, and others.

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• And there is cheaper flour here. What I buy is expensive because of the sweets and the bread I make. It is delivered to me from my home country which is 2930 kilometers away. I see that fuel is cheaper. I think each country has a different economic policy.

• Yes, of course, each country has a different economic policy, with different interests and agendas, with different entrepreneurs who can help or harm the community.

13. Beside those things that you mentioned we also can get 10pcs of spring rolls with 1\$ 😀

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• Actually there is quite a lot that we can buy with more or less Rp. 15,000 here but spring roll is very challenging! But, I’m sure, Lumpia in Monami Tanah Abang is definitely more expensive than that…

14. Same here, we can buy one McBurger or Jollibee Burger…

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• Aha, as neighbors, we have a lot in common, apparently, John.

15. We are more connected to the Euro. I have no idea what I can buy with a dollar! 🤔The husband goes shopping. I hate go shopping.

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• Of course, because you are in Europe, definitely use Euros. I also use Rupiah, my country’s currency. The dollar here is just one measure that might be used as a benchmark together, at least we get a dollar on Virily via PayPal, right?

You are unique because you hate going shopping.

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• I know I’m unique! I have been told several times. I had to get used to hearing that all the time!! Btw. I can buy 1.5(😀😀) face masks with a dollar!

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• I knew you were unique from the start and that is the reason I continue to disrupt you with strange questions and statements in order you can talk more.
Hm, it’s a little more expensive there, I now (previously the price of masks skyrocketed) could get 2.7 3 ply surgical masks for 1 dollar.

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• Ha, ha! I’m unique because I don’t like shopping. Otherwise I am a person like everyone else!

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16. interesting question – in some cases you can buy a lot (say the flip flops in your picture). Things that move into a story called everything for a dollar tend to have discontinued or overstocked items that are sold for around a dollar.

But the buying power of a dollar is not what it used to be.

I guess the easy answer is if you spend more time, you can find value for a dollar. But the cost of time is something we have to consider.

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• Actually there are enough products that I can buy under one dollar here, for example for one kilogram of granulated sugar, one kilogram of tomato sauce, etc.
Of course, there are many other costs when we consider the price of a product, Doc, including time costs. If I buy something at McD, I will definitely spend more than one dollar (of course in rupiah – my country’s currency) because of either buying by my self or buying online, the costs more than one dollar.

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• i know that my wife is often searching for a bargain. We discuss that – I always take the side of buy quality not cheap and you will have it longer.

• That’s a favorite of women in general; bargaining, but that can’t be done in supermarkets with the prices listed on the shelves or on the packaging.

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• my wife searches stores with the cheapest price on an item.

I once asked her how much time and gas she burned doing it that way. She just smiled and said I am saving money.

I know better than open that can of worms.

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• Oh, when it comes to shopping online, it is my daughter’s second hobby, not my wife. They don’t feel they have a problem spending time searching for the lowest price and then reading the comments of previous buyers.

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• online – then we both look for the best price. but that is a matter of seconds unless you have a gasoline-powered keyboard. Since the start of lockdown, she has gotten a lot better and only goes to 1 or 2 stores!

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