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Doing your shopping on the other side of the border, is it really advantageous?

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By pushing your shopping cart on the shelves of French or Luxembourg supermarkets, would the bill really be less salty? The Luxembourg magazine Paperjam wanted to get to the bottom of it and compared three major brands located about ten minutes by car in a cross-border region, between Belgium, France and Luxembourg. From this comparison, it emerged that the bill would be 27% more expensive by buying the same products in Belgium than in France. In Luxembourg, the bill would be 11.7% more expensive than in France, but still less expensive than in Belgium. For the same shopping cart in France, the final bill is therefore 70 euros cheaper than in Belgium, since in this mini-survey, the journalist from Paperjam claims to have paid 287.96 euros at Auchan in Mont-Saint -Martin (France), 321.68 euros at the Cactus de Bascharage (Luxembourg) and finally 365.79 euros at the Cora de Messancy.

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Same observation on the side of the Voix du Nord which recently compared the prices exercised in two equivalent brands in France and Belgium. Out of 23 references selected, only 1 product was cheaper on the Belgian side.

If several criteria explain this clear difference, starting with the automatic indexation of wages in Belgium, a higher consumption index in Belgium or an even higher VAT rate on food here, the observation is clear: shopping in France would save a lot of money.

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To get an idea, here is the price difference of some products purchased in France and Belgium:

A 900 g jar of Nutella: €5.03 in France compared to €4.49 in Belgium
A 320g jar of Bonne Maman strawberry jam: €1.28 in France compared to €2.50 in Belgium
A pack of 6 Vittel water bottles of 1.5 L: €2.74 in France against €4.99 in Belgium
A pack of 6 slices of Herta cooked ham: €3.89 in France compared to €5.99 in Belgium
Barilla penne 500 g: €0.99 in France against €1.89 in Belgium
Pampers Baby Dry T3 nappies: €37.86 in France against €37.99 in Belgium
Ariel all-in-pods laundry detergent (22 pieces): €10.57 in France compared to €13.18 in Belgium
Côte d’or milk and hazelnut chocolate 180 g: €2.44 in France compared to €3.29 in Belgium
Extra feeling condoms 10 pieces: €7.09 in France against €13.99 in Belgium
Blonde Leffe 33clx8: €8.57 in France compared to €9.99 in Belgium

But do you have to rush into France to fill your shopping cart? At the price of gasoline and diesel, nothing is less certain, however, the price of fuel is on average also lower in France. Shopping in France can therefore be a good option if you live on the border, but you have to think carefully about the significant price differences if you live a little bit far from the border.

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