Germany: How to save money amid a sharp rise in food prices


Consumer prices in Germany continue to rise. Compared to the same period in 2021, prices increased by 11.1%. In June, growth was 8.6% compared to the previous year, and in August, despite temporary preferential measures (a discount on fuel and a ticket for 9 euros), the inflation rate reached 7.9%. Between July and August, consumer prices rose by 0.3%. Is it possible in such conditions to reasonably plan spending in order to save more money?

MAKE A MEAL PLAN

By planning your purchases in advance, you can save a decent amount. Before heading to the supermarket, think about what you will need during the week, how often you will cook, what you will give the children to school or take with you to the office. Also plan ahead for what you can do with leftover cooked food. How to use them correctly.

GO TO THE SUPERMARKET… FULL AND WITH A SHOPPING LIST

Never go to the supermarket without a pre-made list of what you need to buy. Firstly, it will prevent unnecessary items from getting into your shopping cart, and secondly, it will save your wallet from the temptation of so-called special offers. It doesn’t matter how much the price of a product is reduced – if you don’t need it, you will waste money on buying it.

Going grocery shopping on an empty stomach is also not a good idea. In this case, it is much more difficult to resist all temptations.

WATCH FOR SPECIAL OFFERS

Try to regularly monitor promotional discounts, it is quite possible that among the offers there are goods that you purchase regularly. The right approach to promotions will save you money. Buying products with an expiring (in a couple of days) expiration date will also help reduce costs. If you know for sure that you will have time to use them, you can safely go with them to the checkout.

COMPARE BASE PRICES

Big pack or smaller pack? Before deciding on a particular product, compare the base prices per kilogram or 100 g. Sometimes it is more profitable to buy more.

WORTH LOOKING AT THE LOWER SHELVES

Most supermarkets put low-priced home brands on the bottom shelves, while more expensive branded products are displayed at eye level. If you bend down, you can save a couple of euros…

CHOOSE SEASONAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Fruits and vegetables that are in season are usually cheaper. Even if these are ordinary beets or carrots, you can cook delicious and unusual dishes from them. Buying directly from the manufacturer or the weekly market will also help keep costs down.

DO IT YOURSELF INSTEAD OF USING READY PRODUCTS

Relying on buying pre-cut salads or pre-made meals may save you time, but it will also make your wallet thinner. It’s cheaper to bring your own knife and wooden spoon. As a rule, it is even more useful.

USE OIL SPARELY

Faced with a shortage of oil this year, especially sunflower oil, there is an irresistible desire to purchase it for future use. However, interruptions in supply are only temporary, so do not accumulate huge stocks at home. Firstly, it tends to deteriorate (like all products), and secondly, the economical use of oil is good for both health and the wallet.

TAP WATER INSTEAD OF BOTTLED WATER

By choosing tap water over mineral water, you save money and protect the environment, and most importantly, without compromising your health. Drinking water in Germany is strictly controlled, making it competitive with bottled water.

TAKE FROM HOME, DON’T BUY

Here’s a sandwich from the bakery, there’s coffee to go. By taking your favorite food from home and skipping those on-the-go snacks, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how impressive the savings can be.

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