So, if you live in Germany, you will be all too familiar with the fact that every week, supermarkets and stores offer varying offers and discounts. This information will usually be delivered to you by post in the form of catalogs. Mostly, it’ll be on the weekend, so that you have time to browse through and plan your purchases for the next week. The store list includes Edeka, Rewe, Marktkauf, ALDI, Netto, K+K among others. Alternatively, you can visit their website for the same. Remember that offers are specific to store locations, so choose your location correctly.
The below websites/apps lets you see all these brochures at one place, so it is easier for you to choose and compare.They cover clothing, furniture, drug marts, travel and other businesses too.
If you are one that values the environment and believe in zero waste policy. Below are three great apps for you. In a nutshell, these apps connect supermarkets and restaurants for edible food that would otherwise be binned. You can browse and choose what food you are interested in, and get it for a lower price. This is a great initiative to tackle food waste.
If you are living in Berlin, a visit to Sirplus will give you access to discounted products too.
For those who can’t be bothered with all of the above and prefer quick trips to the supermarkets, this one is for you.
Shopping at discount supermarkets will definitely save you of 10-20% of your total bill than in regular supermarkets.
Is it true?
Well, it depends. Regular supermarkets stock up products in a number of brands including their own in-house brands, which are usually the cheapest of the lot. If you shop at a regular supermarket, but pick up only the in-house brand products (eg. Ja for Rewe, Gut & Gunstig for Edeka etc.), you’ll probably end up with a lower spend than when shopping at discount supermarkets. So, it’s a gamble.
There’s no doubt that you get what you pay for. Cheaper products may not be of the best quality, but will serve the purpose. Some may prefer to shop at regular markets for better quality fresh fruit & veg, but wouldn’t mind buying cheaper cleaning agents. I believe it’s a personal choice, best done when tried & tested.
What about Indian Groceries?
Although some supermarkets may house basics like rice, lentils and a few spices, it is better to visit nearby Indian/Asian stores to buy Indian Groceries. It is because these products will be overpriced at the regular/ discount supermarkets and you will get better variety and a whole different range of Indian products at Asian stores. In Germany, Afro-Asian stores are most common source for Indian groceries. Turkish/ Lebanese stores also offer a few things like lentils, rice and spices and fresh herbs and meat.
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