The Super-U out in the 7ème (near Gerland) has grocery prices that are about 30 cents less for the same product. My advice is simple: travel and save. Pick a day during the week when you can take about 2-3 hours to shop and you’ll save between €5 to €15 depending on your purchases. Here’s my plan to save:
- As stated before, make a list of meals during the week you plan to eat, and then a shopping list off of that.
- First grocery store: Super-U in 69007 (link address)
- Second stop: Producer’s Market in 69007 for Fresh Produce (great prices)
- Third stop: Picard Surgélées
- Final stop: Asian stores for rice, spices or coconut milk
It’s a simple map of places to go, but it’s definitely tiring. It’s worth it for us because we enjoy eating a variety of foods for less that €35 a person per week. An example of my list looks like this:Menu this Week
Monday: Mushroom Wine Pork, Steamed Potatoes, Yogurt Sauce Tuesday: Yellow Curry w/ Cilantro Rice Wednesday: Cuban Beans & Pork Thursday: Quiche Lorraine w/ Fresh Salad Friday: Chili Con Carne
Super U (around €15.00)
2 Cans red beans
Paté Feuillité (fridgerated crust)
Milk (2 bottles)
4 pork chops
Container smoked chopped bacon (lardon fume)
1 sm bag shredded cheese
1 can tomatoes
Producer’s Market (around €6.00)
1 bunch cilantro
250 grams small potatoes
1 head garlic
½ bag fresh salad
1 spicy green pepper
1 whole green pepper
Picard Surgelées (around €4.00)
1 bag frozen chopped onion
1 bag frozen mushrooms
Asian Market (around €3.00)
1 kilo white rice
1 can coconut milk
1 container curry paste
This menu on average costs about €22.00, I’m not including breakfast items, baguettes, teas, household items, etc… but this budgeting will cut a huge chunk out of the cost.
Consider it this way, €22.00 for two people is about €11.00 per person for a 5-day menu dinner.
That’s like eating a dinner every night for only €2.20 a person! No starving or eating pasta every night.
Try it once and see the grocery bills come down- especially in France.