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Cost of food

Hi,

I'll be moving to Bern soon. I've been looking at the cost of groceries and eating out and I nearly needed a defibrillator. It's more expensive than London and LA (where I've also lived)!

Is there any way to do Switzerland on the cheap without resorting to scavenging in bins, stealing and eating neighbours' pets, etc?

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Re: Cost of food

David please search for the forum for "food prices" and "cost of living", there are already a ton of threads that deal with this topic.

Please do the same for any other topics before asking more in-depth and specific questions.

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Re: Cost of food

I appreciate that we can find our way round the forum faster than you can, but a little bit of searching (top right > advanced search) gives this and this

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Hi,

I'll be moving to Bern soon. I've been looking at the cost of groceries and eating out and I nearly needed a defibrillator. It's more expensive than London and LA (where I've also lived)!
I was spending more on the weekly shop in the U.K. (and the family was smaller).

Eating out is expensive but in the middle of Europe, there are plenty of other countries to eat out in.
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Re: Cost of food

It might seem expensive if you compare prices with todays exchange rate. If you do that you will hate it here. Prices have hardly gone up here in years, esp since the £ was at 2.50 to the franc.

Most of us eat very well here (although because of high salaries restaurants are sometimes a luxury)
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Re: Cost of food

Well, your salary will reflect the higher living costs anyway so shouldn't be too hard to make ends meet.

Aldi, Lidl, Denner, Otto's/Radikal and Aligro are all sources of good quality cheaper produce. I do my main weekly shop in Aldi, with occasional purchases from the others and Migros.
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Well, your salary will reflect the higher living costs anyway so shouldn't be too hard to make ends meet.
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Unfortunately, I will still be on my non-Swiss wage.

What is the political/economic reasoning for the inflated price of food?

(ps - warnings noted. I will look around more before posting such generic enquiries)

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What is the political/economic reasoning for the inflated price of food?

(ps - warnings noted. I will look around more before posting such generic enquiries)
The increased salary. And do have a look around
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Unfortunately, I will still be on my non-Swiss wage.
Not a problem: foraging is not merely tolerated here - it is actively encouraged as it keeps the parks and countryside tidy.

Mushroom season has come to an end, but there are still chestnuts available, and the tubers of Alplerärdöpfeln to dig up. Swiss squirrels are fatter and more sluggish than their German counterparts as a consequence of all the cheese scraps they steal from dustbins, and marmot and fox flesh are tolerable if thoroughly dried and peppered.

Eagles, unfortunately, are no longer on the menu, but sparrows, blackbirds and starlings all make acceptable little snacks.

If you're lucky enough to live in Appenzell, you'll be able to eat your neighbours' dogs and cats too. Any household pet that is found outside between midday and sunset is considered fair game.

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Re: Cost of food

Food is cheaper here, compared to average income, than it is in New Zealand. Possibly also GB.

However I still go though more than 500chf a week with 2 teenagers and an 8yr old in the house. We never eat out, and I often go to Aldi.

You may notice that Swiss tend to be thinner than Brits.
I have yet to determine if this is due to better nutrition or the cost of food....
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Unfortunately, I will still be on my non-Swiss wage.



ooooops...I said that out loud didn't I


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The increased salary. And do have a look around
Well, that's me screwed. I won't have an increased salary.
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What is the political/economic reasoning for the inflated price of food?
The absurd exchange rate.

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Unfortunately, I will still be on my non-Swiss wage.
Why?

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Why?

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I'm a freelancer. All my clients are outside Switzerland.
I'm moving there with my wife (who will be on a Swiss wage)
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Re: Cost of food

Well if you're a nice person, approachable an who makes friends easily you will soon have some good friends, many of whom will have you over for parties and meals. Bern is a really great city.


Failing that, you can always shoot a bear, should keep you fed and clothed for a couple of years.
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Do your shopping in Germany!

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I'm a freelancer. All my clients are outside Switzerland.
I'm moving there with my wife (who will be on a Swiss wage)
Presumably the Swiss wage will be quite a bit more than the wage she earned in the UK or Germany? That should help with the food bills a bit...
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Well if you're a nice person, approachable an who makes friends easily you will soon have some good friends, many of whom will have you over for parties and meals. Bern is a really great city.
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Oh darn. I'm a misanthrope and recluse. Maybe there's somewhere I can rent friends as and when they're needed.
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Presumably the Swiss wage will be quite a bit more than the wage she earned in the UK or Germany? That should help with the food bills a bit...
maybe she won't want to share in her newfound wealth
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