By Zack Smith
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IntroductionOn a visit to the Netherlands in late 2013, I bought my food at supermarkets, mostly at the Albert Heijn chain.
The ListFoods that I bought:
- 800 ml Groentsoep (vegetable soup) = 1.89 €
- 450g maaltijd (prepared meal) of bami goreng i.e. pasta and ham = 3.5 €
- 1kg Albert Heijn muesli = 1.67 €
- 800 ml Kipsoep (chicken soup) = 1.98 €
- Pickwick tea (tasted horrible) = 1 €
- Generic chocolate bar (OK quality) = 1 €
- Tomaat Groentsoep (tomato-vegetable soup) = 1 €
- Antacid = 3 €
- 1kg spaghetti = 1.89 €
- 490g spaghetti sauce = 1.79 €
The only transportation that I paid for was the train from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam and back: 4.40 € each way.
ComparisonsThe spaghetti that I didn't buy was 1.89 € per 1 kg. That comes to US $1.23 per pound, which is a bit more expensive than in the USA where it costs about $1 per pound.
The muesli was a good deal. It was good quality, and at 1.67 € for 1 kg, that was only about $1.10 per pound. In the USA, good muesli usually costs 3 to 4 times that.