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Shopping for Groceries

Hi all, quick question that I know is fairly open to debate, but I'm struggling to work out my finances and need some thoughts.

2 x adults in the same flat (not including going out to restaurants and bars etc), roughly how much should I be budgeting for food/grocery shopping. One book I've read indicates 1000CHF, someone at work with a young child suggested more towards 100/115CHF per month.

Anyone any more thoughts, greatly appreciated.

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Old 18.04.2011, 20:46
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

My girlfriend and I spend roughly 400-700CHF per month on groceries. We very rarely eat out at restaurants.
We set aside 100CHF cash every week and strive to have some left over. It rarely works, but it's a good target to have.

Edit: The 400-700 range is because we often invited people for dinners and go out for group picnics.

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Re: Shopping for Groceries

We are 2 adults - eat nearly every meal at home. I love to cook and we eat very well on 600 CHF a month. It was a little more for the first 2 or 3 months we moved here because I needed to stock up on staples but now it has evened out. I don't work so that means I can go to the shops and markets nearly everyday and see what is on special and I bulk buy and freeze what I can. My husband said he had this discussion with people at work and most of the people he spoke to spend at least 1000.

I also find it useful to set a budget - of 150 CHF per week - take that much out of the bank and that's it!! Instead of feeling restricted, we found that we usually had 30 or 40 left at the end of the week to buy something special (usually bakery or chocolate related!!!).
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

Hi, 115 chf per month would not be a great diet! I would suggest a minimum of 75 chf per week if shopping carefully and purchasing with weekly offers, buying the 50 % off, not purchasing alcohol, etc... and with home cooking. Depends on your tastes of course you could easily spend alot more!
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

I'm guessing your colleague meant more like 100/115 per week. Per month that's not enough unless they are eating spaghetti and nothing else.

I'd also say 1000 is a bit high. We used to spend about CHF6-700 per month for two.
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

It's no challenge to spend over 1000CHF/month on groceries, but I'd be willing to bet that those who do either a) waste a lot, b) buy pre-made meals and the like (as opposed to making things from scratch) and/or c) don't have any need to budget.
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

Wow, thanks for the speedy replies. Much appreciated.

Yes, apologies, I meant 100/115 per week.

That's made me feel quite a bit better about finances. I'm getting myself in a real tizz with things as I'm getting so much conflicting information from people at work, the relocation company (who don't seem to be askig the right questions till it's late in the day) and books I read. .
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

We spend 800CHF a month but this is for 2 adults and 2 kids. We eat very well with meat dishes at least twice a week, however we dont go out for meals very often once a month usually as that as our treat. I could probably get by on less but I am a bit snobby when it comes to food.

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Re: Shopping for Groceries

We are two adults and eat well, but not elaborate and spend roughly 200chf a week, and this is without buying fresh meats - the price goes up considerable if we purchase fresh meats and we find meat extremely expensive here.
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

Ja, depends on what you eat.

If you restrict yourself to local produce, in season, and don`t buy pre-packaged/prepared meals, then food is not a big deal.

However ... shopping after work, on an empty stomach, much increases the cost of living.

Beiing invited out for meals at traditional old swiss homes ... I see that locals eat very simple type foods. For instance, a Sunday bbq seems to consist of a piece of meat (or sausage) (bbq`d), a lettuce salad (sprinkled with chopped Schnittlauch) with a good home-made dressing, and hunks of fresh bread. Followed by a home-made cake ....and coffee, served wtih Schnapps. Of course, the meal is accompanied by quite a few bottles of local wine (usually home-made if the host has some grape-vines). If not, then some local stuff. The Schnapps is also usually home-made.... and so you go rollicking home in a good mood..........
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We are two adults and eat well, but not elaborate and spend roughly 200chf a week, and this is without buying fresh meats - the price goes up considerable if we purchase fresh meats and we find meat extremely expensive here.
Agreed - we've made substantial cutbacks by reducing our meat consumption. Not to mention the environmental benefit, but I stray...
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

I assume you are planing to move to switzerland and want to have an idea of how much you will be spending (otherwise it is kind of funny to imagine ).

We are two adults in the same apartment. We don't really have budget and we eat out at least once a week (not counting every lunch at work).

My guess is that I spend 400-500 in groceries and my OH spends something similar.

As I said we dont have a list of things to buy and I dont pay that much attention to prices (I try to avoid unreasonable food though).

I eat mostly salads and we hardly make any elaborate dishes... I am happy with bread, olives and cheese ...

I should say food is important to me so I don't mind paying for it...

That is just one example, hope it helps for your evaluation.
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

I tend to check out what's coming up on offer in the supermarkets and fit that round a menu for the week. We (as a family of 3) can spend between CHF 500 & 600 per month on food.

We eat well with a reasonable mix of meat, fish, veg, etc., but I make bulk dishes and freeze quite a bit and I am pretty nifty with cheaper cuts of meat. I work full-time so have to get my act together with meals because I'm not over-keen on using ready meals which can build up the cost.

This website is pretty useful - it shows you what products will be on discount in the coming week.
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

Hmmm, with two adults and two semi-adults, I'm generally spending at least 1500/month, not counting wine and beer.

But, we do eat well.

Tom

P.S. This is almost exclusively raw ingredients, we don't go for ready-made stuff much, even my kids make pasta sauce from scratch.
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

@ terco - I'm already out here, working in Zug, but stuck up in Zurich. I say stuck, but most people seem to think that would be a good thing Horses for courses I guess.

My girlfriend (who I can only put on the highest of pedestals for committing to give up her job to join me) is due to be joining me in the next few months, but hasn't got a job yet to come to.

I've had a relocation team who are seeing to my move from Leeds to CH, but for me haven't been asking the right questions and running me through things I could've done with knowing as I set out on this adventure. I've kinda had to muddle through and use this brilliant website for practical info. I think without some help from this website, I'd be all over the place (even worse than I am now).
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

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This website is pretty useful - it shows you what products will be on discount in the coming week.
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But I can't get it in French & it seems some stores don't have updates for the Romandy region. ;(
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

It depends which shops you choose. Aldi & Lidl are very cheap compared to Coop or Manor, hotly followed by Migros. If possible I buy the shop's own branded products.

I spend about Fr 80 per person per week, but I shop carefully and we eat meat or fish every day, with a second meal of eggs or cheese and bread.

I seldom buy ready meals, nor exotic foods unless on half-price offer.

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Re: Shopping for Groceries

2 adults and a small child. We spend 100 chf a week on groceries. With alot of leftover in stock. It could possibly decrease since were new here and still experimenting/comparing on the items were getting. But we shop in germany and save alot in kaupfland since we live only 20 minutes away.
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

Damn, we're 2 adults and 2 adolescents and we burn 2k a month on groceries/petrol. Hell, we even shop at Aldi/Lidl most of the time. Must have words with the wife about grocery shopping
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

Alex, you can see from here that different people have different lifestyles and tastes. Some are contented not to eat out, whereas some of us occasionally indulge in the Globus food section from time to time.

The best is to go onto leshop.ch, do an imaginary shopping trip of the necessities that you would buy a week/month (for example: eggs, bread, washing powder, toilet rolls etc) based on YOUR diet, preference etc - add about 20% from there (for the occasional exotic stuff/treats) - that should give you a rough idea of what to budget for your household's food bill monthly. I did that initially when we first arrived, and have hardly deviated from that amount.
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