The purpose of this study is the analysis of changes in the quality of living of people during political transformation in Poland. It presents the dynamics of changes in access to resources as well as the conditions and social diversity of selected indicators of the quality of living. The empirical basis for the article is data collected in the framework of the research project on The quality of living of Lubuskie region inhabitants using a random test representative of the Lubuskie province. As the basic analytical category the author assumes the quality of living-its subjective and objective indicators. The analysed family living standards are determined according to the definition given in living quality research using the Geneva method. In conclusions, the author discusses strategies employed for satisfying one's needs that are used by the Lubuskie inhabitants under study.