What is a good price – SWEDEN

I’ve promised to start this series for a while now and it’s not until today that I’ve actually got the time to sit down and start it. I’m going to start with Sweden, since this is where I live at the moment. These are simply the best prices for these products! It will be updated fairly regularly, as I go about and find what different products have as their best price. The rest of the post will be in Swedish.

 

Frukt & grönsaker (färsk)

Päron (korg) 10kr/kg

Morötter 1-10kr/kg

Potatis (rå) 1-10kr/kg

Gullök 1-10kr/st

Broccoli (färsk) 5kr/st

Isbergssallad 5-10kr/kg

Gurka 5-10kr/st

 

Köttprodukter (färsk)

Falukorv 10-15kr/länk

Färsk, hel kyckling 20-26kr

 

Frusna produkter

Kycklingklubbor & lår frusna 10-15kr/kg

Frusna potatisklyftor 10kr/500gr

Frusna potatiskroketter 10kr/500gr

Dr. Oetker pizza 10-15kr/st

Ben&Jerry’s glass 30-40kr/500ml

Max Kycklingnuggets 30-35kr/förpackning

Ärtor (frusna) 10-15kr/500gr

 

Gryner, pasta & ris

ICA pasta 5 kr/500gr

Barilla pasta 10kr/500gr

Grötris 10kr/kg

Ris 10kr/kg

 

Mjölkprodukter

Milda Culinesse (flytande margarin) 10kr/st

Gräddfil ICA 5kr

ICA riven ost 5-10kr/st

Margarin 10-15kr/kg

ICA flytande smör 750ml 10-15kr

Filmjölk 5kr/liter

Matlagningsgrädde 250ml 7.50kr

Grynost 250gr 5-10kr

500gr 10-15kr

 

Kryddor, bakprodukter & tacoprodukter

Tomatpuré 5kr/st

Tomatketchup 15-20kr/1250ml

ICA tacosås 5kr/st

Santa Maria   texmexsås 10kr/st

Tacokrydda 10kr/st

Tortillabröd 10kr/st

Kryddor på burk 5-10kr/burk

Old el paso Sand n’ stuff 10kr/förpackning

Senap 7kr

Vetemjöl 5-7.50kr/kg

 

Bröd

Rostbröd 7.50-10kr/paket

Minibaguetter 5kr/6pack

 

Kakor, snacks & godis

Pepparkakor 10kr/förpackning

Frukt/nötbar 5-7.50kr/st

 

Läsk, juice & övrig alkoholfri dricka

Jul/påskmust 5kr/1.5L

 

Hygienprodukter

Tandkräm      75ml 5-10kr

125ml 10-15kr

Tandborstar 5-7.50kr/st

 

Städprodukter & hushållsprodukter

Diskmedel 5kr/flaska

Diskmaskinstabletter 39kr/50st

Hushållspapper 10-15kr/6pack

Fryspåsar 6kr/förpackning

Toapapper 6pack 15kr

 

Pålägg

Philadelphia cream cheese 10kr/200gr

 

Halvfabrikat

Pizzakit 10-15kr/st

Sill i burk 10kr/burk

Potatis/rotfruktsgratäng 10kr/förpackning

Rödbetssallad 10kr/st

 

Feel free to write a comment, or get back to me via my contact form!

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Final gingerbread count

I made gingerbread biscuits the other day and the final count for that was 128 biscuits at a cost of about 3€, since I had all of the ingredients at home already. The cost for every biscuit is about 2c, which is a VERY good price for a homemade biscuit. You can, of course, find the recipe a previous blog post – just search for it among the recipes. If you want to make biscuits a bit fancier you can mix 4dl of powdered sugar with 1dl water into a paste and then pipe it on the biscuits. There are food colors at the grocery shops if you want to make different colours too and it only makes them a couple of cents more expensive, depending on what brand of powdered sugar you use and if you colour the sugar paste.

Gingerbread recipe!

I’ve just made gingerbread for Christmas thought I would share my recipe with you. It’s a basic recipe that tastes really good on its own, but you can definitely play around with the spice mix a bit. I eliminated the dry, grounded bitter orange peel because I have a severe allergy to citrus fruits. Remember that this recipe takes a bit of time to make since the dough need to rest for 24 hours before you actually make the cakes.
Ingredients:

  • 125gr butter
  • 3 tbsp dark syrup 
  • 3/4 dl water
  • 2dl granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate 
  • 2tsps cinnamon 
  • 2tsps dry ginger powder
  • 2tsps bitter orange peel
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 8dl flour

Instructions:

  1. Measure the water, syrup and sugar in a small pot and bring it to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute and the put it aside to cool. 
  2. Put the butter into the pot and allow it to melt while the pot cools down. 
  3. Measure all the dry ingredients in a cake mixer, with the bread hook or cookie hook on. 
  4. Once the butter has melted, and the pot has cooled of a bit, whisk everything together a bit.
  5. Put the liquid into the cake mixer and start it. First on low and the turn it up to medium.
  6. Wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for about 24 hours.
  7. Before you start rolling out the dough, put the oven on 200 degrees Celsius, 390 Fahrenheit.
  8. Roll out the dough and use different types of shapes to make the cookies.
  9. Bake the cookies in the oven for 3-5 minutes at 200 degrees centigrade.

This recipe makes about 100-150, depending on how thick you roll the dough (and how much dough you eat 😉)

Sausage sauce recipe 

A while ago I bought two falukorvs (a large type of Swedish sausage) on sale. I’ve had one and today I made a traditional sausage sauce of the other one.

The ingredients cost me about 2.75€ and provided me with 10 portions. That makes one portion 27.5 cents. Depending on what I serve the sauce with (pasta, rice or potatoes) my final cost will vary, but it shouldn’t be more than 50-60 cents in the end, per plate.
Ingredients 

400 gr Falukorv/sausage

3 onions 

4 carrots

2,5 dl (1 cup) of cream

2 cubes of meat stock 

100 gr tomato paste

2 tablespoons of mustard

0,5 dl soy sauce

3 dl water

Thickening

Salt, pepper

Butter to fry in
Instructions 

  1. Grate the carrots and chop the onions finely.
  2. Chop the sausage
  3. Heat up a large cast iron pot/casserole and fry the carrots and onions until they’re soft.
  4. Put in the sausage and fry off the liquid and give it some color. 
  5. Powder on the thickening and stir it into the sausage and vegetables.
  6. Put the rest of the ingredients and lower the heat to low. Stir well to make sure everything is well mixed.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste!
  8. Let the sauce simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  9. Cook rice, pasta or potatoes while the sauce is simmering.

What is a good price – X

So, I’m going to start writing a series here called: “What is a good price – X”, where I list things from shops and what price you should be paying for that item. Most things go on sale sooner or later and most shops have a sale cycle which they abide by, more or less at least. Usually it’s 6-8 weeks, but it depends on the store and your country. For example, here in Sweden the sales cycles are longer than, for example, in the USA. 
So, I’ll focus on one shop chain at the time, sometimes two if they have similar price settings. The blog posts will be updated continually, so check in once in a while to see if anything has changed. The first chain I’m going to start a “What is a good price – X” is ICA, a Swedish chain where I do most of my weekly shopping. When I move to London I’ll start with the British shop chains. The name for that post will therefore be: “What is a good price – ICA”.
If you’re living in the US, or any other country, and would like me to do the same thing with your chains, please contact me and we’ll set something up!

Today’s Christmas haul!

So this week my local ICA shop has some amazing deals on baking stuff, and so I had to take advantage with all the holidays coming up. 

  • 2x2kg flour 1.50€
  • 2x1kg butter 3€
  • 10 eggs 1€
  • Muffin forms 50c/pack
  • 4 tubes of toothpaste 4€ 
  • 2 bottles of shampoo 2€
  • 4 packs of freezer bags 2.50€

The butter, eggs and flour will come in handy when I start my Christmas baking next month!

How to save on holiday foods!

What you serve at your Christmas dinner depends on where you live, as well as when you celebrate it – on the 24th or the 25th of December. You might nog even celebrate Christmas, you might have Chanukka or some other holiday. But there will be food and it can often cost a lot of money to buy. How many of us doesn’t curse at the expenses of food during regular weeks? Imagine the costs during a major holiday. If you want to save, like I do, or can’t really afford the food – but still want to give your family a nice meal – then planning, coupons and the weekly ad will take you a long way. I’m going to give some general tips and then post some links to coupon sites.

I’m using Christmas as an example since I celebrate it, but the tips and tricks can be applied to any holiday.

 

Tips:

  • Like when you’re buying the holiday gifts, planning is everything. If you haven’t planned anything then you’re going to end up overspending, miscalculating dishes for the amount of people present, multiple and unnecessary trips to the shops.
  • Start planning any dinners/lunches where your extended family will attend at least 3-4 weeks in advance. Plan what dishes you will be serving, what the ingredients are and how much you need to make of each dish.
  • Remember to plan for the side dishes, condiments, snacks, sweets and drinks! It’s easy to remember mustard when you sit there at the dinner table and want some.
  • Lists are everything! Make lists of what you need to buy and group the ingredients after what type of food they are, for example:
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Condiments
    • Baking goods
    • Meats
  • When you make the lists, make sure to separate them buy shop chain as well! Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Walmart, ICA, COOP, you name it!
  • Will anyone be staying be staying with you, other than your closest family (spouse and children)? They need food too!
  • Will it be a buffet, formal dinner or a regular meal? Each have their own advantage, but I’d recommend some type of buffet.
  • If you choose to have a buffet, first decide on what dishes you’re going to be serving or assign a dish to each guest (if you’re having them). If guests are bringing some of the dishes, you all save on food!
  • Shops usually start marketing their Christmas food at least 6 weeks before Christmas. Take advantage of this and start buying what you know you need. Some things we always have at Christmas, every single year, so why not buy them now and tick them off your list?
  • Always check the weekly ads in the shops closest to you! More often or not they have one or two Christmas foods on sale every week leading up to Christmas, make sure you buy them and always buy the full allowance. For example: you have a baked ham on your Christmas table and one week your shop allows you to buy 2 good sized hams for 10€. It’s one purchase per household. Buy those two hams, even if you know that you’ll only eat one. You can cook the other one too and have dinners and lunches for a rather long time after, if you freeze it.
  • Remember that manufacturers often put out a lot of coupons for their products during the holidays, since they want you to buy their products. Take a few coupons and save them. You should of course use some of them for the items that you need at the moment, if it gives you a good price, but after Christmas the shops often drops their prices to make room for new products. That means that you can score some incredible deals, and even freebies or money makers, if you took a couple of extra coupons when there were some.
  • If your shop allows overage – use it to buy the things that you can’t get coupons for
  • READ YOUR WEEKLY ADS LIKE IT’S THE BIBLE, PEOPLE!
  • Take a couple of hours to surf around for coupons and discounts and print as many coupons as you’re allowed.
  • Your shops usually have some kind of loyalty card. Make sure to sign up for that. That way you get instore coupons, deals and rebates. The instore coupons can be combined with a manufacturer’s coupon and make a product free, close to free or a money maker.

 

Links:

Coupons.com (US): https://www.coupons.com/

Grocery Coupon Network (US): https://www.grocerycouponnetwork.com/

Be frugal (US): http://www.befrugal.com/printable/restaurant/

Retail me not (US): https://www.retailmenot.com/coupons/fastfood

Coupon Mama (UK): https://couponmamauk.co.uk/

Money Saving Experts (UK): http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/supermarket-coupons

Extreme Couponing (UK): http://www.extremecouponing.co.uk/

Extreme Couponing & Deals (UK): https://excoupuk.com/

Super Savvy me (UK): https://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/offers/coupon

Hot UK deals (UK): http://www.hotukdeals.com/groceries

Hip2Save (US): http://hip2save.com/

Southern Savers (US): http://www.southernsavers.com/