Re: grocery bill
I agree with the advice of a second freezer we are a family of 5 and have 2 freezers. WE go shopping once a fortnight spend about 200 euros in france approx and just top up in the week between at migros for bread, salad and fresh milk.
At the moment we seem to get a lot more for our money than we do when we shop here. They seem to have a great selection of meat than i can find here. We are quite close to france so the travel isnt an issue but i agree 1/5 hours i wouldnt bother!