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Old 18.07.2012, 07:44
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Starting to miss "family size"

Not that I have tons of space here in the Wohnung, but I wouldn't mind a bit larger bags of stuff
Like popcorn (un-popped) it does not go bad in a 6 month time or even a year, and stateside "family size" nearly always meant savings.
And milk, we are big consumers of milk, these cute little liter thingys are .... cute, but gone in a flash. LOL.

What do you all miss in "family size"?
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Old 18.07.2012, 07:58
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

Ha ha, I don't have a family so I never really used family size. But I'll tell you what I do miss, dearly...closets!!!!! We have one small one in the kitchen and the idea of buying this huge thing at Ikea to put into my already small bedroom...*sigh* Loved when it was already built into the walls!
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Old 18.07.2012, 08:03
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

Having been in Saudi for the past 3 years I can hear what you're saying... over there the packages are a very good size. Then again you must consider the size of fridges and cupboards over here. How I miss my Amercian fridge! But you know, I couldn't afford to buy the cuts of beef in Bern that I used to buy in Riyadh
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Old 18.07.2012, 08:06
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Ha ha, I don't have a family so I never really used family size. But I'll tell you what I do miss, dearly...closets!!!!! We have one small one in the kitchen and the idea of buying this huge thing at Ikea to put into my already small bedroom...*sigh* Loved when it was already built into the walls!
I sooooo hear you on that one too, in 10 or 11 weeks my house hold goods show up here, and tho I pared down the amount of junk I had, I still managed to use a full shipping container, and not just a half as I'd hoped. I don't have closets either, and the Keller storage is a dungeon like room with a gravel floor.
And quite small. I have a stair master coming I live on the 4th floor, I don't think I need the stair workout for a while LOL.
thanks for your post and sharing!
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Old 18.07.2012, 08:10
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Having been in Saudi for the past 3 years I can hear what you're saying... over there the packages are a very good size. Then again you must consider the size of fridges and cupboards over here. How I miss my Amercian fridge! But you know, I couldn't afford to buy the cuts of beef in Bern that I used to buy in Riyadh
In Seattle, we would buy Swiss, Italian and French cheeses at 3 or 4 times the cost of it here, the meat was cheaper tho, and grass only fed beef and or buffalo was easy to find. Here, we are telling ourselves, that we have swapped the ratio, the savings on the cheese, pays for the higher meat cost. ... we will see in a few months if it it true LOL
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Old 18.07.2012, 08:25
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

Me too and it is more the prices and buying in bulk and convenience of having stuff on hand as we are just the two of us. Some solution -- we live in a 4 family complex and agreed with our neighbors to buy a freezer together to put in the basement that we can all use. Just put your name on stuff. Now I can go to the Aligro (or France) and buy that 5KG of chicken breasts and store it.....
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Old 18.07.2012, 09:34
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Me too and it is more the prices and buying in bulk and convenience of having stuff on hand as we are just the two of us. Some solution -- we live in a 4 family complex and agreed with our neighbors to buy a freezer together to put in the basement that we can all use. Just put your name on stuff. Now I can go to the Aligro (or France) and buy that 5KG of chicken breasts and store it.....
You admit to the heinous crime of smuggling?
Five Kilos of poultry when you are allowed three. Woah! Now that is what I call living on the edge.
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You admit to the heinous crime of smuggling?
Five Kilos of poultry when you are allowed three. Woah! Now that is what I call living on the edge.
Isn't it three kg per person? Please correct me if I'm wrong, as I'm still somewhat of a newbie..
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Old 18.07.2012, 12:04
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

It's 3.5kg per person per day
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Old 18.07.2012, 12:07
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

You can occasionally get XXL items at Lidl in Landquart (Wuhrstrasse 22
7302 Landquart) or Thusis (Italienische Strasse 25
6033 Thusis). I think last week they had quite a few XXL packed items. There are stores similar to Costco which specialize in family sized items, such as Top CC. I believe some of the larger Coop stores (Coop City West) also has an area with family sized items. Coops also often has sales 3 for 2 (this week Barillo spaghetti sauce). We will often stock up on such deals when they come around. As for milk, we have a 3L container from Landi and get our milk directly from our local farmer 2-3 times a week.
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Not that I have tons of space here in the Wohnung, but I wouldn't mind a bit larger bags of stuff
Like popcorn (un-popped) it does not go bad in a 6 month time or even a year, and stateside "family size" nearly always meant savings.
And milk, we are big consumers of milk, these cute little liter thingys are .... cute, but gone in a flash. LOL.

What do you all miss in "family size"?
I don't miss "family size" things. Although I have to admit I've never actually lived a "family size" lifestyle so maybe I'm just ignorant to the wonders it beholds.

We do, however, have a "family size" bottle of laundry detergent which yesterday I nearly poured all over the laundry floor. So if anything these "family size" packets are probably good for a work out.

Now, having said that, you should see if there is an Aligro near you. It's like a mini mini Costco.
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Old 18.07.2012, 12:28
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What do you all miss in "family size"?
I don't really miss family size, I miss regular size. The crap they selll at stores here would mostly go under samples in other countries.
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Old 18.07.2012, 12:35
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

You get family sized bags of Paprika Crisps (chips for the septics) just about anywhere here.

Except they're not really "family" sized, if you scoff the entire bag yourself...
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Isn't it three kg per person? Please correct me if I'm wrong, as I'm still somewhat of a newbie..
Hee Hee. Well if I count me, my husband, and do dogs count? She will eat the chicken -- so I get what, 9kg? (she is the only one who has an EU passport!)
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

I am quite happy about those small packages.

If there would be any big package I'm sure that people would get those ones, and would get fat a lot easier.
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Old 18.07.2012, 13:20
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

Family-sized packages often come with family-sized people ...
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

I'm not really family sized myself so don't miss family sized portions.
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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

I'd be happy to have this family size stuff here. When I see this rather obscene amounts of food compressed in one packet or container my stomach reacts rather strongly. Just imagine how much weight I I could lose this way!
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Me too and it is more the prices and buying in bulk and convenience of having stuff on hand as we are just the two of us. Some solution -- we live in a 4 family complex and agreed with our neighbors to buy a freezer together to put in the basement that we can all use. Just put your name on stuff. Now I can go to the Aligro (or France) and buy that 5KG of chicken breasts and store it.....
WOW -it will cost you if they catch you! (remember for meat it is only 500g per person per day- I got caught recently with a 2 kg leg of lamb, 2 of us in the car, and had to pay more in taxes than I had paid for the joint! Ouch).

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Re: Starting to miss "family size"

I don't miss family-size stuff as much as I miss bags of pre-shredded cheddar cheese. I almost always manage to shred my fingers when I grade it myself, because that Cathedral-City stuff loves to fall apart.

And somewhat opposite of family-size, I admit that sometimes I miss those little single-serving frozen/microwave entree thingies (the decent ones, like Marie Callenders from the States). Mmmm. Preservatives!
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