Financial Travel Tip #2: Supermarket Savings

by Nora Dunn on November 12, 2011

Last week, we discussed everything in moderation on the road, including the occasional necessity to shop for and cook your own meals to stick to travel budgets.

 

One of my favourite things to do in a new location is to visit a supermarket. It’s a great peek into local culture – from what is stocked, to how much it costs, right down to how you buy and pay for the goods. I can literally spend hours browsing supermarket aisles, looking at products, and watching people shop.

 

But shopping at supermarkets has its own set of pitfalls if you’re not careful. (Hint: beware of buying things from supermarket displays, and stick to the perimeter aisles to get the best value).

 

Here are some tips and tricks to shopping at a supermarket without falling prey to their tricky traps!

 

Supermarket Shopping for Savers: 6 Ways to Avoid Their Tricky Traps

 

 

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Naomi November 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I’m the same way – I could spend hours wandering around foreign supermarkets! I think it’s a perfect way to get an glimpse into the life of a country that’s completely untouched by the tourism industry…and therefore, I guess, as ‘authentic’ as you can get ;)

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ayngelina November 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm

The supermarket is one of my favourite places. I just spent an hour in one is Spain today.

Not simply for the financial need, but I also go for the vegetable and nutrient need. Sometimes I just need to eat something green!

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Shawn November 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

We love supermarkets, for the same reasons that many have commented here. It’s a great slice of local living and a great way to spend some time. We tried some of the best and unusual fruits while wandering little mom and pop shops.

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LAbackpackerChick November 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Completely agree with everyone!

I also spend hours in a supermarket whenever I arrive in a new city :-)

Supermarkets offer great insight to the local culture within any country whether its England or Mexico.

In addition to seeking out new products I like to compare prices to home. It’s interesting to see what products are cheaper or more expensive in different parts of the world.

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theprofessionalhobo November 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

Wow! I’m glad I’m not the only one who could easily pass an afternoon in a supermarket, comparing prices, looking at exotic fruits and veggies, and gaining a peek into what people eat, and how they shop.

My only problem is if I wander the aisles for too long, I start to become self-conscious! :-)

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