How much is an expat’s grocery bill in the Netherlands in 2023? Internationals weigh in

Inflation is well and truly taking its toll on the Netherlands, with some internationals on Reddit comparing this country’s recent grocery prices to that of a “gas station”. 

Many internationals and Dutchies alike took to the social media forum website Reddit to share and compare their monthly grocery prices in the Netherlands as of July 2023. 

€800 per month

Are you someone who meticulously calculates your monthly spending? Or do you prefer to live in denial by not checking your bank balance while spending all your euros on fancy cashews or rice with an ‘aroma’? 

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by u/Sonnywithoutcher from discussion How much do you spend on groceries per month?
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An international opened the discussion by revealing that the groceries for their family of four set them back a mind-boggling €800 per month — and that’s not because they’re forking out on high-end restaurants. These are groceries we’re talking about. 😳

READ MORE | What your favourite Dutch supermarket says about you

Think €800 is steep? Another commenter shared their eye-watering bill for a family of three, which amounted to a staggering €1200!

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by u/fellgangs from discussion How much do you spend on groceries per month?
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The initial commenter then asked the forum what those on the “lower end of the spectrum” are doing to stay frugal. 

You’re spending how much??

Frugality or what some call “stinginess” is already a massive part of Dutch culture, and now it can finally be exercised… or, can it? 

READ MORE | 14 downright stingy things Dutch people do

One pair of “keen cooks” claim that they seldom eat out, prefer “fresh produce”, and yet only spend €350 a month on food since they shop at Dirk van den Broek or “Turkish/Moroccan shops”. 

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by u/MSCViolin from discussion How much do you spend on groceries per month?
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Staying clear of Albert Heijn already brings the costs down significantly, advises another commenter.

To cut meat or not to cut meat? 

Are we all meant to go vegetarian now? (Please no! 😢)

One Redditor shared that their grocery bill wracks up to €700-800 per month for two people, and that’s mainly because of a high protein diet (they eat a whopping 8 eggs per day).

Love your once-a-week treats like flamed grilled steaks and seafood? Helaas, these yummy delicacies are also draining bank accounts:

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by u/DocumentCalm594 from discussion How much do you spend on groceries per month?
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Unfortunately, the idea that meat and seafood are the main pricey culprits seems to be a recurring theme throughout the forum. 🤔

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by u/grumpyfucker123 from discussion How much do you spend on groceries per month?
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On the other hand, some say they’d rather splurge on a healthy, balanced and biologisch (ecological) diet now, rather than deal with malnutrition or pay for any related medical bills in future. 

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by u/Electrical-Smile-636 from discussion How much do you spend on groceries per month?
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Tips and tricks 

Another Redditor kindly wrote out a disciplined and organised list full of tips and tricks for anyone looking to tighten their monthly budget, which we could all attempt (we’ll believe it when we see it):  

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by u/BikeEnvironmental452 from discussion How much do you spend on groceries per month?
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How much are you spending a month on groceries? Share your experience in the comments below! 

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Ellen Ranebo
Ellen Ranebo
As someone half Swedish and half Irish who has lived in the Netherlands, the UK, and attended an American School, Ellen is a cocktail of various nationalities. Having had her fair share of bike accidents, near-death experiences involving canals, and miscommunications while living here (Swedish and Dutch have deceptively similar words with very different meanings), she hopes to have (and document) plenty more in future.

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