Almost all people know the following facts about shopping: They want to buy a few groceries for 5 to 10 Euros and are then after shopping at the checkout with an invoice of 30 Euros (and x times more content in the shopping cart). A classic in the supermarket.
There are many people who can’t afford to buy over the (previously planned) budget: they often only have a few euros a day to live on and therefore can’t buy more than is on the stock market.
Overdrafts, ATMs or credit cards make it considerably easier for the average citizen to show disturbed consumer behaviour: The shopping frenzy in the supermarket is a widespread disease. It is a disease that damages above all those who are not already materially blessed. Because top earners can hardly get into debt in the supermarket.
But not only the threatening debt trap should make us think – also the growing garbage dumps (and their costs for the general public) are a product of unbridled consumption. Which in this form would not be necessary at all.
Also the Geldmarie knows this buying frenzy in the supermarket (sometimes I would like to take half the supermarket with me – fortunately, the transport capacities are mostly limited) and would like to offer to you – quasi as penance for own buying sins – a listing with “Spartipps Beim Einkaufen”, which saves you with security the one or other euro – thus you consider most points of it.
I would like to mention the probably most important thing thereby however first and separately: The shopping list.
Even if it doesn’t look very sexy (especially men like to reject such notes and don’t bring half of them with them or buy them completely inappropriately): A shopping list is the non-plus-ultra of the intelligent buyer.
It is even more intelligent if you stick to the specifications of the shopping list (which was written at home in peace) – then you have almost won the game against the supermarkets.
And if you also consider the following tips, you should be able to draw a great balance in the next shopping month. Just go shopping once a month with a shopping list and then a (comparable) month without one. The difference will have washed probably. But you can also save money in the shopping environment…
Tips for shopping – Before shopping
Write shopping lists!!!
Special attention should be paid to perishable foods: If these are really consumed or you can freeze them or feed them to animals.
– Short distances on foot or by bicycle.
– Very frugal people buy goods where they are cheapest: Discounters usually bring many savings. And a few more ways (on foot) to promote health…..
– Buy staple foods from discounters and then treat them individually.
– If possible, study the food retailers’ brochures – this will also give you a feeling for the price.
– Take shopping bags with you, do not buy them locally. It is best to take bags or scooters with you – it is also practical to carry.
– Take deposit bottles with you
– Don’t forget the shopping cards (discount cards).
– For the undisciplined: Do not take credit cards or ATM cards with you. -Only cash is counted so that the budget is not exceeded.
– Take a small change for shopping carts (or the appropriate chip) with you when shopping carts are needed.
– “Hunger is the best cook” is an old kitchen saying. When shopping, however, you should leave the hunger at home (and satisfy it there before) – because in the supermarket it becomes an angry animal;-)
Tips when shopping – When shopping
- Stick strictly to the shopping list – unless you have REALLY forgotten something important and can only find it in the supermarket.
- Buy your own brands – these often have the same quality as the branded products. Sometimes it is even the same manufacturer.
- Special offers of branded products are often still much more expensive than a no-name product.
- Compare the same product groups in terms of price – but also pay attention to weight.
- Large packs do not always have more contents – packs are often intentionally filled with a lot of air.
- Bulk packs are often cheaper – but they don’t always have to be! Do not fall blindly into this, but also compare. Because if you (have to) eat twice as much at the same price, you will either be fat or the product spoils.
- Therefore, only buy quantities that you and your family can/would like to eat. Especially with special offers you are often tempted to buy more – quantities that might end up in the dung bucket…
- Fruit or vegetables out of season are often incredibly expensive and taste worse than the seasonal product (whether due to long transport distances or dubious cultivation methods).
- Leave smaller children (if possible) at home: These usually cost (at the latest at the psychologically malignantly lined cash desk) a certain “hush money” with every purchase and disturb your concentration when shopping. And if you let the children choose something, you strictly limit the quantity or the price.
- The goods the supermarket wants to sell (with the best margins for the supermarket) are usually at eye level. Let your eyes wander a little downwards (or upwards).
- As already mentioned concerning children: The waiting area in front of the cash desk is the zone for spontaneous purchases. Avoid these purchases.
- Only buy expired goods when you really need them. What good is the special offer if it doesn’t taste good or it expires too early or the quality no longer corresponds?
- Otherwise, pay attention to the expiry date of the goods – and consider whether you can actually consume the purchased quantity in the specified period.
- In the supermarket, the shelf is usually refilled from behind – so you’ll usually find the goods that last even longer there. Especially in the case of larger units or goods that expire quickly, you can take a look further back.
- Especially the cheap offers at the “Schütttisch” (or “Wühltisch”) are often shopkeepers whose expiration date has already come close. With some probability, quantity purchases will become here also quite old – and load perhaps unopened in the dung bucket.
- “Organic” is usually (but not always) more expensive. Unfortunately.
- “Made in Austria” mostly vouches for quality. Even if other goods often seem cheap – if you have to throw them away due to catastrophic taste, you have saved nothing.
Tipps for shopping – After shopping
- Analyze shopping lists, transfer them to the cash book and, if necessary, scold yourself:-)
- Clear sorting of the purchased goods – pay attention to the expiration date
- Expired foods are almost still edible
- Some foods can be frozen…
- Don’t eat everything just so that nothing remains – a diet can become much more expensive.
- Often there are pet owners who are happy about food leftovers…rarely – but nevertheless – also people in your environment…
By the way: If your income does not secure your livelihood and shopping in the supermarket is no longer affordable: In Austria, there are also social markets, which offer special conditions for people with little income/pension.