Thursday, September 06, 2012

FLYERS



The paper kind, not Hockey. 
Very much the same as in North America, once a week we get flyers. 
Grocery shops, clothing stores, DIY markets and so on. Maybe not as many big box stores here in France, so there are less of them in the door.

And of course we read them. Always great to buy something on special. If one sticks to necessities and not door crashers, it can save a few Euros here and there.
Our buying pattern so far is very disjointed compared to when we lived in Calgary. Superstore was it 8 out of 10 times.  Costco the other two.
Here, twice weekly we go the fresh market for fruits and vegetables, some cold cuts or meats and fish. Depending on what we feel like.
Fresh milk (cannot stand the popular UHT version), we have to buy at the supermarket and we also frequent Lidl, our favorite discounter.  The images shown do not reflect what we buy but rather for comparison for you. I am not going into the cost of living details, we seem to be not your normal family. If you are interested,  this three part article is very well written. 


Some things are more expensive in France, others of course are cheaper. To me, it seems to even out. One big difference though is our behavior. We eat fresher and we cook in smaller quantities. In Calgary, there were always always leftovers in the fridge. Many times, after not eating them, inevitably they ended up in the garbage. 
Here? I have yet to throw out food. An interesting observation. The roasted chickens always seems to be the perfect size for the three of us, unlike the one I used to purchase (for less) at Costco. Of which, we could have dinner, a couple of sandwiches for Isabella Mondays and Tuesdays and them some for the garbage. So I rate that as a good thing.

Since we were renovating (and still are), the DIY store flyers are always the ones we watch. Come October, we are going to insulate the attic. 120m2, currently wide open and drafty space. We ill just lay some of those  fiberglass rolls down for now. until we decide what to do up there.



WE GET THEM AT THE STORE FRONT, BUT NOT AT THE HOUSE

SIMILAR TO SUPERSTORE 

OUR HOME DEPOT

THE BETTER DISCOUNTER

ANOTHER LARGE SUPERSTORE

BETTER THAN TWO BUCK CHUCK AT TRADER JOE'S........

THAT'S A DOOR CRASHER PRICE

WE NEED ABOUT 120M2 OF THAT STUFF

I WAS UNABLE TO TURN THEM, SO YOU HAVE TO TURN SIDEWAYS

CHEESES, ALWAYS A BARGAIN

LIDL, BETTER THAN A DOLLAR STORE

CAN YOU EVEN FIND RABBIT IN CANADA?

OF COURSE IT'S LESS HERE

2 comments:

American Mom in Bordeaux said...

Totally agree with you..some items cost more, others less. It evens out for us too. Funny also, I mad the same observation after moving here..very little left overs and we also don't waste as much food either. I think it's shopping fresher and small quantities. I also think we eat fresher and better here...all of those markets! Thanks for your post!

H.Peter said...

It's a good habit isn't it? Eat better, but less.
We likeit.