Shopping in Denmark
As a student, grocery shopping is very crucial and is an integral part of your student life in Denmark. One thing to note is the options you have in terms of the proximity of the supermarket to you or in terms of the prices.
The most expensive supermarket in the country is Fotex because they only sell organic products. The cheapest ones are Rema 1000, Lidl and Netto, and Netto has very low prices and special offers for students after 8 pm.
One useful tip for shopping in Denmark is to buy local, food items from the local markets are usually very fresh and very cheap compared to supermarket prices.
Students can also choose from a variety of options as many of these local markets carry special goods that are not easily found in bigger stores.
One good thing for students is that a lot of these stores have online shopping stores where you can shop for grocery items and have them delivered to you. This doesn't only save cost it also saves you the time and stress.
Some helpful tips to saving money or to have a not too stressful shopping experience in Denmark are as follows;
- Use any translation apps to better aid in knowing the Danish names for your favorite products. Don't underestimate this factor as many items look similar but are way different, so if you do not know the Danish language please have google translate.
- Carry your own shopping bag as plastic shopping bags are banned in Denmark.
- New books can be expensive so why not just rent them, many university bookstores have the option of renting second-value course handouts or even academic books
- When next you shop in a big store like Lidl or Coop or even home brands like IKEA, opt for their customer cards, you gain shopping points whenever you shop with them and can use them to get discounts.
- Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!, you get a coupon for every time you recycle your cans or bottles and even plastics, these coupons can be put towards shopping expenses or even monetized.
- Own a bike for easy movement; Danish people believe strongly that biking culture does not only help with your wellbeing but also with the environment.