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Navigating the Supermarket Shuffle: Is Inflation Impacting Your Grocery Bill?

Ever wondered if your supermarket loyalty is costing you more than you realize? I recently took a deep dive into my shopping habits at Delhaize, and the results were eye-opening. Let me share the journey with you, and why it might be time to reconsider where you stock up on groceries.

📊 The Inflation Conundrum:

In a world where inflation is making headlines, the supermarket aisle isn’t exempt. Reports suggest that annual inflation in supermarkets is hovering around 20%, significantly outpacing the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 2022, which was 10.35%. I decided to put my shopping receipts under the microscope.

🔍 The Investigation:

Armed with a year’s worth of sales tickets from Delhaize, I crunched the numbers to calculate “my inflation.” The Grocery category spend had nearly doubled in the last year for my family. Was it due to a growing family or the increasing number of dinners at home, or was Delhaize quietly nudging up its prices?

💡 Cracking the Code:

Using my Delhaize loyalty card, I extracted the data and employed some tech magic to convert it into an Excel sheet. The top 15 items accounted for 30% of my spending, providing a snapshot of my shopping preferences. Armed with this data, it was decision time – stick with Delhaize or explore alternatives.

Category / SKU IDStart PriceEnd PriceInflation
Dairy35%
520116821529Feta Cheese3.494.9943%
541060301789Butter6.899.4337%
520105401607Yoghurt3.694.5924%
Start PriceEnd PriceInflation
Fresh40%
540011232370400gr Cherry Tomatoes2.994.1940%
155Cucumber0.791.2558%
540011952398Berries1.993.2965%
540011230572175gr chicon2.652.9913%
540011231880Radishes0.991.4951%
Start PriceEnd PriceInflation
Prepared9%
540011957795Packed olives330%
540011954709Dried tomatoes2.5320%
Start PriceEnd PriceInflation
Other23%
315423060051Pastry2.192.7927%
541508700380Canned tuna2.593.6641%
208791Rustic d’Antan bread2.592.8912%
541015131909800G Nutrilon 2+15.7918.9120%
800426023099Toilet Paper9.8912.3925%

📈 The Verdict:

The results were revealing. If my top 10 items were a shopping basket, it reflected a 27% year-over-year price increase. This got me thinking – is it time to shop around? I plan to compare prices at other local supermarkets to see if the grass is indeed greener elsewhere.

🤷‍♂️ Why Bother?

Inflation calculations are based on a select basket of products, and your purchases might not align. By delving into your own shopping data, you can calculate your personal inflation rate. If it diverges significantly from the official figures, it might be worth considering alternatives.

Have you analyzed your grocery spending lately? Share your insights and let’s navigate the supermarket landscape together! 🛒✨ #GroceryShopping #InflationImpact #SupermarketChoices

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