Finding affordable alternatives

Hello Dear Reader,

Being the tightwad that I am, we’re mostly eating food we’ve brought with us. We need fresh veggies and checked out the local shops and saw the self same supplier ‘Prince de Bretagne’ on the boxes and hoped we’d buy locally. I think €3 for a cabbage or cauli a bit steep so yesterday, we made do with tinned veg. Butter locally is €2.50 for 250g and again, I didn’t buy it. 
Today, we drove a short distance to the town of Morlaix, which has a big population and all the supermarkets. We went to two, Le Clerc which I’d compare to Sainsbury’s and sells everything and next door was Lidl. We did a bit of comparison. Butter in Le Clerc was €1.50 and the same butter was €1. 15 in Lidl. I know it’s the basics but we still need to stick to a budget.


We’ve stocked up on bleach and anti mousse to try and clean the out side of the house. We’ve got hard water here so I’ve bought vinegar as a softener for the rinse cycle and to keep the calcification at bay. 


French supermarkets amaze me. This aisle was just for butter and butter products. Cheese goes on for miles.

Supper will be rabbits liver, cooked with lardons and some gravy. Again, really expensive but they pay a premium for offal here as it’s so enjoyed.


Found this, but didn’t buy it. How nice of them to have a jam named after my street!

We also had the fun of going to Mr Bricolage, like our B&Q and bought a new shower attachment as ours has perished with age. We’ll fit it tomorrow.

Along with that, we’ll be painting the kitchen, fitting some cupboards and generally getting on with it.

There’s some more photos on my Facebook community page.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx 



8 thoughts on “Finding affordable alternatives

  1. thanks for this info. i am really surprised it is so expensive there. still cannot get over that price for cauliflower. and that rabbit costs as much as a steak here in london. and they keep telling me london is expensive. maybe u have to find their local farmers markets that they do once a week, i hear that is a common thing in france. prices there might be more sensible. supermarkets are on the whole not cheap at least in foreign countries. it is only in uk that supermarkets can be as cheap if not cheaper than the street markets for some things.


  2. You probably know this but if not Bircolage do a store card type card where you get vouchers sent ever so often for a percentage of what you buy. My mum lives in France and was telling me about when they did their renovations


  3. Shopping overseas is an adventure! While living in Egypt years ago we lived on fresh produce and “live” chicken that they butchered for you…. and pasta. Most products in supermarkets were super pricey, and I could never be sure of what it was. I had to laugh when I saw the price of the rabbit liver. We raise rabbits for food, and my husband won’t keep the livers. He said, “gotta move to France, we’ll make a fortune.”


  4. I’m a bit of a “foodie” as I love shopping (or just looking) at different foods in my travels. We always try something of a local flavor. I just came back from holiday and enjoyed some wonderful shrimp and grouper dishes and beautiful citrus salads. I wil invlude some in our home menus. I enjoyed a salad of assorted greens with a light lime vinegrette, yum. Not everything is favored. I tried some fried conch and it was very tough and chewy. I’ve never tried rabbit liver, though I have eaten rabbit. I shy away from organ meats due to the high cholestral effects. That said, a small treat now and again can be enjoyed. Last year I discovered an international food market. I spent 4 hours there looking and reading almost everything. Unfortunatly, it is a 2 hour drive and neither my friends nor family have my patience to explore the entire market. Recently my favorite local supermarket started displaying their veggies and fruits, much like many open markets I’ve visited. Beautiful, organized displays of color and fresh produce. They are like works of art.


  5. Hi Froogs,

    here in Lyon, in a supermarket in the center of the city (not cheap…) butter around 2,5 euro for 250 gr is either organic ou traditionnaly made (“moulé à la louche”, for instance) ; “industrial” butter (real butter, not margarine) cost between 1 and 1,5 euros for 250 gr. But supermarket in little town are usually very pricey.

    Also, white vinegar sold near bleach, soap and all that sort of things cost much more than the simple one you can find near edible oils and vinegar (on the lowest tablet…). I always feel it’s a supermarket “dirty trick”…

    Good luck for the renovation, and sorry about my sloppy english (I’m french..)


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