Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Shopping for Groceries in Israel

Best deals? Small Packaging - High Prices

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We're always looking for ways to reduce our monthly grocery bill and so we are often tempted to take advantage of special offers.   Are these special offers really a saving or are they actually a way of getting more money from us and increasing profits? Suddenly we notice our favorite  chocolate bar is a little smaller or there are now 20 tea bags in a box instead of 25. 

Financial advisors might tell you to calculate the price per 100 grams or per kilogram when looking for a cheaper item, but for the most part we never do.  We have so many Aliyah related issues we have to deal with on a daily basis and doing price calculations in the supermarket is just an added bother.  But if you knew that you were actually paying 700 shekels/kg for your favorite herbal tea, or 440 shekels/kg for bay leaves, might you reconsider your shopping strategy or your choices?

We selected 23 grocery items and discovered that their retail price per kilo was outrageous and simply horrifying.  The prices listed below are accurate as of 12.12.2016 and were taken from the Shufersal online shopping website.  The costs of similar items in other supermarkets may be more, similar or even less.

 

Item Price/kg Shekels Package Price Package Size   Comments
Osem Mini Prichonim 168 4.20 25g    
Energy Rice Cakes 81 10.90 135g    
Loacker milk and cereal snacks 119 11.90 25g x 4    
Elite instant coffee 192 9.60 50g   We all know coffee is expensive but Nescafe Red Mug for example, can be bought for around 20-25 shekels/200g which is equivalent to 80 - 100 shekels per kg (half the price of this item).
Lipton tea 1.5 g 202 7.50 37.5g (25 tea bags)  

FYI - The current wholesale world tea price is 0.0293 USD/kg as at November 2016. The retail tea price in Israel is between 202 - 700 shekels/kg.  In comparison, 1kg of loose tea can be bought in South Africa for R133 (retail) which is equivalent to 37 shekels/kg. We are paying a fortune for the actual tea bag. Do we need a pretty tag on our tea bag? It just adds to the cost of the final product.

Lipton's Early Grey Green Tea 496 14.90 20 tea bags  
Wissotsky's Earl Grey  398 29.90 75g (50 tea bags)  
Wissotsky's green tea with limonana and louisa 700 25.90 25 tea bags  
Wissotsky's Redbush tea 490 24.50 50g (25 tea bags)  
Taam Vereach Black Pepper (refill) 165 13.20 80g   Check out the prices of herbs and spices at your local market (shuk).  There is a huge saving here.
Taam Vereach Oregano (refill) 340 6.80 20g  
Taam Vereach Bay leaves (refill) 440 8.80 20g  
Fancy Feast chicken hearts & liver cat food  69 5.90 85g   Maybe make your own! Fresh chicken livers at the butchery counter are only 18 shekels/kg
Sucara Diet Sweetener  323 25.90 80g    
Sucrazit Stivia  249 24.90 100 sachets    
Tapuchips Kids  66.70 3 40g   How many kilos of potatoes can be bought for 66 shekels? 20 -25kg.
Tapuchips (regular)  76 3.80 50g  
Bamba  88 2.20 25g    
Apropo Snack 102 5.10 50g    
Knorr instant soup sachets 160.50 6.90 21.5g x 2    
Mentos mint chewing gum 190 17.10 90g    
Elite chocolate hearts 198 9.90 50g   A regular 100g slab of Elite chocolate is 1/4 of the price
Ferrero Rocher Chocolates (Conical pack) 186.80 39.60 212g   The same Ferrero Rocher chocolates in a rectangular box cost 25.30 for 200g or 126 shekels/kg.  You are paying an extra 30% for the packaging.  With the simplest cardboard packaging, a 100g box of Ferrero Rocher works out to 100 shekels/kg or almost 50% less.

 

We are not suggesting that you start making potato chip snacks or switch back to sugar instead of sweetener, we are just trying to bring this pricing information to your attention so that you can make wise shopping choices.  Most supermarkets display the price per 100g on food items, so take the time to check and compare. There are clearly places where you can save a bundle and these savings will amount to a considerable sum when you add them up over a 12 month period.

Not all special offers are actually special.  Packaging techniques may make you pay more for less.  Every agora of your Aliyah budget is precious and we hope that this information will help you stretch your shekel.

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