Here is a random list of some items I have purchased lately during my stay in King Salmon, along with their cost in the market in town:
1 pound of butter - $3.25
1 liter diet coke - $3.89
2 pound bag of frozen shrimp (on sale) - $13.98
Lime in a plastic squeezable lime - $1.49
Gigantic bag of Kirkland M&Ms - $17.95
Gigantic tub of Kirkland chocolate covered raisins - $18.55
Fig Newtons - $5.99
Bag of flour - $4.55
There is no sales tax in AK so that is nice. What you see is what you pay.
I took myself out to breakfast this past Sunday:
Western omelet, toast, hashbrowns (a mountain of them) - $11.95
Extra salsa - $1.50
Innumerable cups of coffee - $2.00
Wireless internet for 3 hours in the restaurant - free
Yesterday I learned more about my living and rent situation for my summer at Katmai National Park. I am not having to pay rent while living in the dorm in King Salmon. Very sweet!
We move to Brooks Camp on Tuesday May 18, a week later than planned due to some maintenance work that needs to be completed. At Brooks Camp my living quarters will be a hard-sided tent cabin, shared with my current dorm roommate. Electricity, running water, refrigerator, stove - the works! The communal bathroom/shower building (males and females separate) is located somewhere nearby (hopefully not in the path of the bears).
The price busting cost to me of these beyond rustic living facilities will be $67.81 bi-weekly. This averages out to be $4.89 per night. I can't wait to move in!