Everything in America is so damn cheap. Even without the strong euro vs. weak dollar, everything is still ridiculously inexpensive. Your money travels sooooo much further in the U.S. compared to Finland, I don’t think people understand how inexpensive everything is unless you’ve spent time here.
First off, there are sales everywhere. You are a fool if you pay full price for anything. I went to the grocery store and half the products I bought were on sale, many were half price. I went clothes shopping and virtually everything I bought was like half to two-thirds off. Go to places like TJMax, Marshalls, Kohl’s and buy name-brand clothes for a tiny fraction of the price. Even with the gas price tripling in the U.S., it’s still about a 1/3rd cheaper than Finland. Automobiles are virtually half the price. I rented an awesome Chevrolet HHR mini-SUV for $39/day (30 euros). Hotels start as low as $39/night. And if you don’t mind buying used goods, quality used stuff is almost given away for free. What’s great about low costs is that it benefits everybody, especially America’s poor, immigrants, young families, single mothers etc..
There’s no comparing making 20,000 euros a year in the U.S. versus making 20,000 euros a year in Finland – you’re so much better off in the states. Most all your necessities are much cheaper here. One exception is housing prices, but they’re high in Finland as well – the difference being, it’s easy as hell to get a nice loan in the U.S. Healthcare is a major factor though, 20,000e/year is nothing if you don’t have any healthcare. Imagine if the U.S. cut that military budget in half and spent the other half on healthcare! However, isn’t it amazing how millions of immigrants are flooding into the states each year even without the guarantee of healthcare?