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Re: Eating and living on a tight budget in Switzerland

As yet another shocked viewer of 'Eating Well for Less', I've often sat here totally gob-smacked at the incompetence of some of the families featured.

Tonight's episode was in many ways unbelievable, surely when the husband was first diagnosed as coeliac he'd have been given some dietary advice... even if it was only in the form of a few pamphlets, and there was no excuse for not walking into a book shop and buying a book or two!
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Old 22.08.2016, 23:07
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Re: Eating and living on a tight budget in Switzerland

I am also often gob smacked at people's stupidity on TV. But then you have to realise, that showing a program where the contestants spend sensibly is not entertainment.
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Old 22.08.2016, 23:30
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Yup....am watching it! This is where i come from too, with my stuff and scribblings..... so glad I can let rip about such stuff in Blog too!!!
Though the family portrayed tonight, I can somehow understand, coz they are scared...... but there have been other eps where my jaw simply hit the floor and stayed there throughout the ep
That show annoys the hell out of me. It really makes me want to slap some people for their blind brand loyalty and supermarket snobbery.

I worked in the food industry for 15yrs. My job was changing the labelling on the production line from the house brand, to Waitrose, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsburys, etc... The only brand we produced for that made any change to the recipe was M&S. They added more preservatives than the other brands. The only major British supermarkets we didn't produce for were Asda and Lidl.

I firmly believe that home economics should be compulsory in schools for a minimum of 2yrs from age 11-13, the same as it was at my school.
Our class was actually needlework and economics and covered how to cook, clean, pay bills, basic banking and budgeting, sewing, etc.

Is there not a website like this in Switzerland?

http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/shelf...ery_Essentials

Silly aside, during my college years, designer knitwear such as Sasha Kagan, and loose mohair jumpers became fashionable. I used to buy knitwear from charty shops, wash and unpick it, and knit designer patterns for friends and family. Also had a nice sideline in designing my own patterns for Triumph, Norton, BSA, etc and making them for biker friends. That paid for my weekends out for several years.

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Old 23.08.2016, 00:45
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Re: Eating and living on a tight budget in Switzerland

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Old 23.08.2016, 08:36
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Is there not a website like this in Switzerland?

http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/shelf...ery_Essentials
Yes there is:

http://www.aktionis.ch/
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No I didn't misunderstand you, I too am low on money. I am such a low earner, the health insurance Visana, actually refund me SFr 16.20 each month. Beat that then!

I wanted to point out that if shoppers avoid the thieving Coop and Migros supermarkets, there are some very big savings to be made.

Some friends I know don't like shopping at Lidl, as "It looks scruffy, compared to the Migros" Another one shops at Coop as they sometimes have triple points which can be collected.... wow, fancy ignoring a permanent ~25% cash discount! I do know that from where I live the savings made at Lidl, mean it is not worth while driving to France or Germany for cheaper food.

It is admirable that you post recipes for making good cheap meals, thank you.
Well you couldn't have posted this reply at a better time really Sbrinz

Actually I am spoilt with three Lidls in my vincinity, two of them walking distance from home. Since they opened they are my shops of choice for the weekly shop, bar some special items from Migros/Coop.


Now, I am so pleased about you starting this, because only last Saturday I posted about that in the Swissgerman Blog.

It is also stataed on both pages that all the produce i use comes from low price shops, such as Lidl, Aldi, Denner, Spar, or the cheapo lines from Migros and Coop.


First I had a discussion with someone some time ago....an ,,,errhhmm ,,,very stubborn and IAMALWAYSRIGHT person, claiming the Prix Garantie and M-Budget lines aren't as expensive or more expensive than stuff from little anymore. Telling me, so now you won't have to support that german crap anymore.....well I said already at the dicussion, NO, not true, the "Germans in CH" are still cheaper.

So as it happened, the Pirate had friends round and gave me money to suprise his mates with an apero to line the stomach for the beer
So since it wasn't my cash I was aallowed to spend, I thought this to be the best way to prove my point (not to the Pirate ) went shopping for everything at Migros and got, bar 3-4 products, everything from M-Budget.

When I write for the Swissgerman blog, I have a folder of collected till receipts from Lidl, which I use to add the prices of the stuff needed in the dish to the postings.

Did this with my shopping for the Pirates apero...and guess what...M-Budget was still over 10 Francs more.
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Old 23.08.2016, 12:33
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That show annoys the hell out of me. It really makes me want to slap some people for their blind brand loyalty and supermarket snobbery.
Well it is not exactly annoying me, but more often than not I am left speechless at how thoughtless the people shop....and later on what they all bin

IMHO, Gregg and Chris should not only show the participants cheaper products to buy, but teach them some basics about budgeting and shopping for food.


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I firmly believe that home economics should be compulsory in schools for a minimum of 2yrs from age 11-13, the same as it was at my school.
Our class was actually needlework and economics and covered how to cook, clean, pay bills, basic banking and budgeting, sewing, etc.
I am totally with you on that.
After regular school , I went for a year to do the Rüebli RS (Haushaltschule),and we already had loads of the sewing, stitching, crocheting, mending clothes and knitting et al covered through regular school, from 1st grade onwards up to ninth!

My girls now 26,20 and 18 were taught Home Economics e.g. basic cooking techniques and dishes once a week for a a year in 8th grade, but they taught them never as much as we learnt in our time.....budgeting and such stuff was only skimmed..to me it is no wonder that so many youngsters nowadays are in debt...they never learnt how to look after the rappena nd Franken.

From early age I included them in all kinds of stuff in regards to the household chores, result all of them can manage on their own and I won't have to fear they would get in debt...one mantra of ours is...we only spend as much money as we have to spend


@Jag and Anjela,

this is also sending shivers down my spine, I couldn't live like that and eat all the time the same stuff in an endless loop....yet one of my grans ( born 1904) was like that, she had a set meal plan that got repeated week after week after week....if you were smart, you popped in on her when she did cook something you liked.

When the show ended yesterday , I was thinking alike Anjela, if you love your partner as much as you do and cry for fear you could hurt him with your food, then the least one could do, is make yourself smart about the special condition.


And now I am gonna post a dish I copied from the show from Gregg Wallace a few weeks ago, the Pork Burger with Apples. Turned out really yummy, btw.
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Re: Eating and living on a tight budget in Switzerland

Also go through this old thread, it has some nice tips.
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Blog foundation laid the way I want it to be.....ready for take off and jabbering away..

But first indulging myself with a dose of the new Bake off series, starting tonight ......I am such a sucker for any programme including/about/creating/portraying/ ppl competing with any food stuff....
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Blog foundation laid the way I want it to be.....ready for take off and jabbering away..

But first indulging myself with a dose of the new Bake off series, starting tonight ......I am such a sucker for any programme including/about/creating/portraying/ ppl competing with any food stuff....
The show on BBC2 "Inside the Factory: Sweets" last night was pretty neat.
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bump..... bump....bumpety bump... admitting to shamless self advertising

EE's waffling on about all kinds of Budget(ing) Stuff is up and running.....on that other page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1057050264371996/

..why not sneak a peek
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Old 07.09.2016, 13:46
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Re: Eating and living on a tight budget in Switzerland

Yes, I agree that there needs to be more basic education in schools, about food. It never ceases to amaze me that so many adults are unable to name the basic nutritional characteristics of a food (it is a source of protein, is it a carbohydrate, or a lipide, is it a source of roughage) or list a few typical foods representing each category.

Of course, there are many conflicting theories about diet and how much of each category it is sensible to eat, and that's quite another matter... but knowing those broad, basic categories can go a long way towards being able to make good money choices while not compromising on nutrition.
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Re: Eating and living on a tight budget in Switzerland

A main culprit of food wastage is the refrigerator. All these shows on TV where this piece of equipment stands proudly alone and then when the door is opened is crammed full of, well, for want of a better word - junk. There's not much that really needs a fridge so a small one would really do the trick for most normal families.


It's capacity rather depends upon the intervals of shopping done.


All those things at the back, you know, the things you have forgotten or have in mind to use tomorrow - that's where you've wasted your money.
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Well commercial per se it is not, just an advertising of some kind.

No prob if a Mod with the knowledge I lack, moves the thread to the appropriate forum.

After two years blogging again about above topics in Swiss German on FB. I have now started an English written "sister" Blog as well.

I am pretty certain there are people on the English Forum, who don't live luxuriously on a 6-7 figure p.a. salary and have to watch their pennies very closely.

To live on a shoestring is second nature to me due to my life's circumstances and I only share my personal experiences, hints, tips and stuff I experienced during my lifetime so far.
It is a read only Blog, for information and enjoyment (hopefully) .

Main topic is about eating well (omnivorous, no fuddyduddy newfangled foodie trends are covered as too expensive) on a very tight budget, posts usually show a pic and the cost of the dish calculated down to the Rappen exactly what it costs to make.

Furthermore general saving tips in regards to food and drink and/or general household stuff.

Ideas for multi-course menues on a budget. Yep, with cunning planning and saving up they are possible!

The various files I did write for the Swiss German group, will be translated continously to english and posted there as well.

The files cover all kind of stuff in regards to life on a tight budget and as a mum of three I also cover stuff in that regard. Children ARE quite expensive.......

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1057050264371996/

If just one person gets new input/ideas from it, or the solace; "I am not alone fighting constantly not to drown" (financially) - I have already reached my goal.

It is not an easy life and needs much more energy and organisation than someone without those pecuniary problems, but it is feasible.
Wanted to take a look, but the page is only avaialbve to Facebook subscribers, is that true, or is there a way round?
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Yes, it is the case that it is on Facebook only......because it is free and I don't have the money to pay for my own website/domain or some such thing.

I admit, (naively perhaps) I was under the impression when stuff is public over there, that everybody can have a glimpse at it, even non FB subscribers.

I've been blogging for almost 20 years now, using several free blog templates over the time (blogspot, jiimdo and more) but sooner or later the spammers and other problems took over and it led to me either deleting the entire thing or moving to another page, very tiresome that was......I have found the FB page the one that works best for me.

I am sorry not being able to offer another way to read the scribblings.
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Yes, it is the case that it is on Facebook only......because it is free and I don't have the money to pay for my own website/domain or some such thing.

I admit, (naively perhaps) I was under the impression when stuff is public over there, that everybody can have a glimpse at it, even non FB subscribers.

I've been blogging for almost 20 years now, using several free blog templates over the time (blogspot, jiimdo and more) but sooner or later the spammers and other problems took over and it led to me either deleting the entire thing or moving to another page, very tiresome that was......I have found the FB page the one that works best for me.

I am sorry not being able to offer another way to read the scribblings.

Just use a regular blog and disable comments.
See, no spammers.

Facebook pages can be made completely public. But don't ask me how that is done. I've never had a FB-account and hopefully it will go under before I really need one.
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Just use a regular blog and disable comments.
See, no spammers.

Facebook pages can be made completely public. But don't ask me how that is done. I've never had a FB-account and hopefully it will go under before I really need one.

...... and you think on the previous Blogs which I wrote, I didn't do just that??

Communication with people who read my stuff is key for me, especially in the written form, due to me being totally deaf.

If I have to nip this in the bud by not allowing comments, I may just as well stay silent for ever.....
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I think that you make it public by altering the page settings (one of those mysterious icons in the top right-hand corner), drawback is that FB members comments on your page are then also made public, rather than only visible to followers of your page; but non-members can't comment or post unwanted stuff and muck up things up.
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...... and you think on the previous Blogs which I wrote, I didn't do just that??

Communication with people who read my stuff is key for me, especially in the written form, due to me being totally deaf.

If I have to nip this in the bud by not allowing comments, I may just as well stay silent for ever.....

Well, I can't comment now, either ;-)

From the first page of google-results, it looks like you need to disable any country-specific access-control setting on that page. Then it will show even to non-FB-visitors.
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I think that you make it public by altering the page settings (one of those mysterious icons in the top right-hand corner), drawback is that FB members comments on your page are then also made public, rather than only visible to followers of your page; but non-members can't comment or post unwanted stuff and muck up things up.

This is the setting it is at since it's 'open'. Visitors to the page can like, but not comment.
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