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I bought the same cart two years later: this was the result

I bought the same cart two years later: this was the result

two years ago I enlisted the help of consumer economist Silje Sandmæl to make “weekly shopping” as cheap as possible.

But how much does the same camper cost now, two years later? You have shopped in the same cart to check out.

Although the review I wrote in 2020 has given me more aha experiences, and a stronger focus on shopping less frequently and smarter, I end up at the store every now and then.

The average is probably 2.5 to 3 times a week.

The total amount used per week is also likely to be somewhat higher The alleged regular budget of Sifu for a normal family.

Almost two years later, I’m ready again. Provided with a shopping list based on receipt from 2020.

With another mouth to feed, in economy in accelerating inflation. Surrounded by headlines about price growth and price shocks.

But in that you lose without a mask.

The same thing happens as always. My cart is full to the brim, and my food program slides on four wheels in front of the poor guy who’ll only have snacks and a Coke.

As usual, the big red button is pressed.

Free checkout here!

Then it was my turn.

Beep, beep, beep.

Look here, yeah, that was a little more expensive, but maybe it wasn’t that crazy?

We have to count on that.

the face

When the facial was ready, it cost 57 items (including one tote bag) 1590 Norwegian kroner In 2022 vs NOK 1,376 in 2020.

The big deal thus became NOK 215 more expensive, which corresponds to a price increase of 15.6 percent.

Five items have the same price. Ten items were cheaper in 2022.

A total of 42 items have become more expensive.

The consumer price index for food and non-alcoholic beverages increased from 110.0 in October 2020 to 119.5 in October 2022.

This corresponds to an increase of 8.5 per cent.

In other words, my cart overpriced a little higher than this.

Read the report from our 2020 shopping trip here

These goods have increased even more

The items that stood out with the highest price increase that weren’t for sale in 2020 are:

● Corn Flakes (Rima 1000) cost $26.90 in 2022 vs. $13.20 in 2020 – double that.

● Four rolls of cheaper Rema kitchen paper cost NOK 31.40 in 2022 compared to NOK 16 in 2020 – that’s also almost doubled.

● Mix berries (Rema 1000, frozen) cost $13.90 in 2020 but have nearly doubled to $25.90 in 2022.

How, then, does Rema 1000 show that the price of the above goods has almost doubled?

– The increases in the selling price of said commodities are a combination of a price increase from the supplier, plus a more normal selling price today. Due to the fierce competition, three of the items had severe price drops in 2020, and we actually sold two of them for less than what we bought. Now prices are at a more normal level. Commodities that are subject to price pressure at all times will vary, based on market competition, Rema 1000 Communications Director Hege Rognlien told klikk.no.

What are the commodities that have not increased or remained more stable?

Many commodities received a price increase from suppliers in the July 1 price window. The amount of the increases will vary from product group to product group.

What can customers do to keep prices down?

– We see that many customers are more aware of what they are buying and often choose cheaper ones or their own brands. In addition, we’re seeing an increase in sales of for-sale items and the number of active users of Æ is constantly growing, says Rognlein.

Among other commodities that witnessed a significant increase in prices, we mention the following:

● Carbon dough (the cheapest type) increased from 56.90 to 69.90

● Julebrunost (Tine) is ten kroner more expensive at 59.90 from 49.90.

● Pizza cheese (Sinoff) increased from 37.90 to 43.40.

Compare the entire cart we purchased below:

Historic increase

Trym Kristian Økland of Statistics Norway (SSB) works with the Consumer Price Index.

He says our calculations will likely look “much worse” if you compare a shopping cart from 2021 to 2022.

– In 2020, food was among the commodities that drove up the CPI. We saw the highest annual growth in food prices for many years in 2020, which can probably be seen in connection with the Covid pandemic, Oakland told klikk.no.

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– In particular, we saw high growth in imported food prices in 2020, partly due to the weak krone exchange rate, says Auckland.

SENTENCE: Journalist and father-of-four Anders Eid did a simple check of how much his shopping cart has cost in the past two years.
picture: Special

Prices were somewhat revised for many food items in 2021, but in 2022 there was another sharp increase.

The price level in 2022 stands out strongly in a historical context. We are in a whole new level compared to 2020.

These goods rose the most

Auckland singled out some of the major groups that contributed strongly to food price growth last year.

– In the past twelve months, meat prices were the most contributors to the increase in food prices. He says the meat group was up 16.9 percent.

Another major group is milk, cheese and eggs, which increased by 11 percent from October last year to October this year. Bread and cereal products were up 12.3 percent last year, according to Oakland.

– These are the largest groups. I can also mention that the price of coffee has gone up sharply with a 31 percent increase from October last year to October this year.

pressure on people’s wallets

What is special about the current situation, Oakland says, is that it is the prices of the so-called commodities that are driving the rise in the CPI, and this puts strong pressure on consumers’ wallets.

– The things that have become more expensive are food, electricity and fuel. These are things that many people have as necessities. We have to have those things, and then of course make a good note of them on the portfolio.

He points out that higher food prices are linked, among other things, to higher energy and fuel prices.

– An important reason for the increase in food prices is the increase in costs in the value chains. For example, transportation of goods becomes more expensive due to higher fuel and energy prices. Increased costs make it more expensive for manufacturers to produce the goods we buy in the store. He explains that they then have to raise their prices in the store to cover the increased costs.

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Rema 1000 says the following products have seen a significant price increase in the past year:

– Products such as oil, meat, coffee, tea and cocoa are product groups where we received significant price increases from suppliers, so the price for the customer went up, says Rognlein.

Auckland at Statistics Norway says there is nothing in the forecasts from Statistics Norway and the Bank of Norway to suggest that growth in food prices will decline anytime soon.

So far, there isn’t much to suggest in our numbers that price growth will slow anytime soon. He says prices will go up, but probably not at the same level as we saw in 2022.

severe pressure on families

During 2022, Norwegian households had much less purchasing power, according to figures from Statistics Norway from November 2022.

Rising interest expenses and increasing electricity and fuel costs are the main reasons behind the economic shock, but there has also been a noticeable increase in food prices.

On average, a family will pay an additional NOK 1,700 for food in 2022.

Households achieved a total net spending increase of NOK 18,000 in 2022, which equates to NOK 1,500 per month.

Excess expenses affect those with lower incomes more than others. In this group, there are also many who already live on a tight budget, which makes cutting consumption more difficult, says Thor Olav Thoresen, a researcher at the Norwegian Statistics Institute.

This status was first published on 11/30 2022, and last updated on 12/01 2022