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Inflation: Germans save on groceries and new clothes


In view of the prevailing inflation, Germans prefer to use the cheaper butter in the supermarket. According to a survey, many assume that they will have to restrict themselves further in the future.

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Shopping cart (symbol image): Savings are made on groceries

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63 percent of consumers in Germany spend less money because of high inflation.

According to a survey commissioned by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), another 20 percent expect that they will have to limit themselves in the future.

This is reported by the newspapers of the Funke media group.

According to the survey,

the biggest savings

are :

  • Most consumers,

    61 percent

    , buy

    cheaper groceries


  • 56 percent


    less clothing


  • 56 percent


    consume less overall


  • A good


    of people

    drive their car less often


  • A good


    are currently avoiding air travel

    or at least cutting back on it


Change consumption for climate protection

At the same time, according to the survey, the majority of consumers are willing to change their own consumer behavior to protect the climate.

75 percent would wear their clothes longer instead of buying new ones.

60 percent want to buy energy-saving electronic devices, another 45 percent would have defective devices repaired instead of buying them new.

However, consumers want binding information from manufacturers on the service life of devices.

In this case, 60 percent would be willing to have defective devices repaired if the intended service life is far from being reached.

For example, consumers would like to use a washing machine for twelve years, vacuum cleaners, televisions and printers for ten years and mobile phones for five years.

In order to promote resource-saving repairs, manufacturers should be obliged to provide binding information on the service life of the devices, demands the board member of the VZBV, Ramona Pop.

"Politicians and manufacturers are responsible for creating the framework conditions to enable consumers to consume in a climate-friendly manner," she told the Funke newspapers.

"The right to repairs agreed in the coalition agreement is an important building block for climate-friendly and resource-saving consumption," said Pop.

The coalition must therefore deliver now.

»It must be ensured that manufacturers design their products in such a way that they can be repaired.

And of course repairs have to be affordable and the costs have to be within an economically reasonable range.«


Source: spiegel

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