The most significant wave of price increases since the 1970s is causing household problems. Especially when it comes to daily shopping, many have to turn over every euro twice. No wonder who buys food today pays around 9% more than one year ago. Especially oils and fats and meat have become more expensive, as has bread (see chart).
So some increases can hardly be avoided, but it can be worthwhile, for example, to do without meat (in total +11.3%) at times. When it comes to fruit, there are sometimes significant differences: strawberries have become a fifth more expensive, while peaches are 27% cheaper.
Generally, a few simple tips help: Simple dishes and “leftover recipes” are cheaper. In addition, you should never go to the supermarket hungry or without a shopping list. It often helps to compare the products carefully, look at prices per quantity, and take a look at the bottom shelf. In the case of meat or beverages, there are always special offers. Apps such as “Aktionsfinder” allow you to find them at the click of a button and set alarms.
Those who find it challenging to make ends meet when shopping despite all the savings measures can also use a network of social markets. Svjetlana Wisiak from the Vinzi needs says: “Every day, 1600 people come to our ten markets. Food costs a maximum of one-third of the normal price.” Per week, people can shop for around €30 (value of goods from €90 to €100). Eligible are all those who earn under 1050 €. For two-person households, the limit is 1550 € per child, 150 €. “The weekly purchases are geared so that a family can get by well on them,” Wisiak emphasizes.
To Good to Go: App against waste
The social markets thus save tons of food every day. This is also the goal of Too Good to Go: with the app, users can save food that is left over at the end of the day. “For 2.99 euros, you get a package worth 10 euros, for 3.99 euros one around 12 euros,” explains boss Georg Strasser. Partners include Spar, bakeries, hotels, restaurants, and gas stations. The price increase is boosting the number of users: “We’ve seen a 20 percent rise in demand over the last few months,” says Strasser. Those who want to pick up a package reserve it in the app (be quick!), pay immediately, and then pick it up. The contents are then a “surprise.”
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