Save money when shopping: With these 7 tips – despite rising prices
Created: 07/04/2022 04:51
By: Lisa Klein
Inflation, lack of raw materials and the Ukraine war ensure rising food prices in Germany.
Customers can save money when shopping with these 7 tips.
Food prices in Germany are rising continuously.
The inflation rate is at a record high.
But inflation is not the only thing driving up prices in Germany in a wide variety of areas - a lack of raw materials, poor harvests, the corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine also play their part.
This not only causes political debates, but above all also causes concerns among customers, because the rising prices are noticeable at the supermarket checkout.
What does inflation actually mean?
Inflation primarily means that the price level for consumer goods and services increases.
Consumers receive fewer goods for the same money because the value of money decreases, explains the
100 euros is therefore no longer worth 100 euros in real terms, but only 94.8 euros with an inflation rate of 5.2 percent.
Food prices are rising in Germany: save when shopping with these 7 tips
With a few tips, however, consumers can save a lot of money when shopping for groceries, as
In the further article, the individual points are explained in more detail, here is an overview of the seven tips that can be used to save when shopping.
1. Avoid impulse buying
2. Don't go shopping hungry
3. Pay attention to the basic price
4. Pay attention to offers and compare
5. Buy big packs
6. Know shopping traps
7. Avoid panic buying
1. Avoid impulse buying: Preparing a meal plan for the coming days and week and writing a corresponding shopping list helps to avoid impulse buying.
If you don't plan, you usually buy more than you need, explains the consumer advice center in Brandenburg.
Another tip: When planning meals, consumers should focus on seasonal fruit and vegetables in particular, as well as on offers, and also keep an eye on how leftovers can be used.
2. Don't go shopping when you're hungry: If you're hungry, you'll quickly feel like eating all sorts of things, and you'll end up with lots of things in your shopping cart that aren't actually on the shopping list.
The best time to go shopping is after breakfast or lunch.
If you are hungry, you should at least treat yourself to a small snack beforehand.
Above all, supermarkets with bakeries and discounters such as Kaufland and Lidl with baking stations quickly tempt customers to buy with their delicious smells, and even faster all hungry customers.
Rising food prices in Germany: save with these tricks when shopping
3. Pay attention to the basic price: In general, the comparison between branded products and private labels is particularly worthwhile.
Until recently, it was still difficult to compare products in different pack sizes.
How much cheaper is the private label now compared to the branded product?
The consumer advice center recommends a look at the basic price, as reported by the
German Press Agency (dpa)
And here there is no longer any need to laboriously convert: since May 2022, the basic price must be given in kilograms or liters.
This price is shown on the price tag on the shelf for each product.
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4. Pay attention to offers and compare: Promotional weeks and offers are available in every supermarket and discounter.
There are often good bargains, but offers do not always lead to savings.
Here it is worth considering in advance what is required and what is not.
Buying something just because it's on sale will end up unnecessarily increasing the total price of the purchase.
However, if you know that you use a product frequently in large quantities, you should grab an offer and buy something in stock.
However, only in commercially available quantities and only what is actually eaten by the use-by date.
5. Buy large packs: Another tip from the consumer advice center is to buy larger packs - they usually have a lower basic price.
Of course, bulk packs only pay off if they can actually be used up.
Inflation, shortage of raw materials, war in Ukraine: This is how customers save a lot of money when shopping for groceries
6. Know shopping traps: There are numerous shopping traps in supermarkets that can make your purchase more expensive.
This includes campaign signs that can mislead, “deceptive packaging” and deliberate product placement.
A trick that is probably already known to many: The most expensive products are usually at eye level - so it is worth taking a look at the other control areas - up or down.
7. Avoid panic buying: Panic buying, such as that caused by the war in Ukraine, should be avoided at all costs.
Because these also lead to price increases.
Demand regulates the price: the more in demand and the scarcer a product is, the more expensive it will be in the long term.
Besides, we all don't want the fight for the last pack of toilet paper in the supermarket to start again - like at the beginning of the corona pandemic.