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We could reduce our budget by eating more pasta but are concerned about our waistlines!!
Yes, that's a big problem.
I've also reduced the amount of pasta I eat - and when I eat, I prepare smaller portions. Which is a shame, because with difference sauces and makes of pasta, you can bring a lot of variation to it with little effort.
But the calories are pretty bad.

I can prepare the pasta fresh (well, from dry pasta) at work. I prepare about 120g of dry pasta (and weigh that). For rice it's 100gr. But I've probably got to reduce the portions further as I get older and lack the time to work out longer :-(

Same for bread.
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Yes, that's a big problem.
I've also reduced the amount of pasta I eat - and when I eat, I prepare smaller portions. Which is a shame, because with difference sauces and makes of pasta, you can bring a lot of variation to it with little effort.
But the calories are pretty bad.

I can prepare the pasta fresh (well, from dry pasta) at work. I prepare about 120g of dry pasta (and weigh that). For rice it's 100gr. But I've probably got to reduce the portions further as I get older and lack the time to work out longer :-(

Same for bread.
For two of us I prepare half a 500g bag of pasta.

Being old and dumb last Monday I prepared half a bag before I noticed the advert "extra 250g free" on the bag; luckily we could eat all of it.....
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Bullshit, they are much cheaper in season here compared to winter.

Tom
Tessin different as always? Or shopping in Italy?

Right now in Lidl the cheapest are something like CHF 3 - 3.50 / Kg. In a few months this will drop to nearer CHF 2 / Kg.

If I pop over the border to Austria they are of course much cheaper.
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Re: Food cost family with two kids - Zurich

Omg, so many replies, sorry I can't respond to each person.
You've all been very nice and helpful.

I am coming from Romania (I wish it was US haha) and of course, it's like a third world country for most of you here, but we lived quite well in terms of jobs, accomodation and food. Romania is a beautiful country, too bad it's populated . (If you wondered why I came here, I introduced myself in a different topic - Employment)

We are used to have lots of veggies and fruits all year round which, obviously, I can't afford here - at least not yet. Eggs are always kept in refrigerators in our country and we only bought the bio ones.
We usually drink vegan milk and we don't use much meat but we do buy fish weekly.
The girls are not used to sweets (maybe some homemade cookies, apple pie and pancakes) and they always have plain youghurt. We cook different soups, beans, lentils with potatoes and other Romanian dishes.

Maybe saying I can't "afford" so many fruits and veggies seems a bit exaggerated, the point is that I want to spend as little as possible while looking for a job. Of course we saved money for this move, to be able to live couple of months without a job. My husband did keep his job in Romania and I am still paid from my former employer until December, though salaries are very low there.

Also, my kids are still in Romania, until I find a job (or until my husband does or both) and an apartment and this is killing me but I'm telling myself things will improve in the next couple of months.

I think it's a big difference between living well with 500chf and 1500chf, I think living good with less takes a lot of planning and cooking .

I feel very welcome anyway, people keep asking me directions in English every time I go in the city - this is funny enough.

I currently live in Uitikon, but I will move this week-end to Zumikon.
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