October 4, 2011
10 Ways We Save Money in France
France can be expensive.
The price of fuel alone makes me want to cry tears of frustration every time I fill up our very economical VW New Beetle.
€1,35 a liter? Seriously?
Fortunately there are some things that don't cost and arm and a leg.
Here are 10 things that we save money on by living in rural France.
1) Health Care - Yes it costs, but it is nothing compared to what it would cost us in the States. A visit to the doctor is €23 and an X-ray is about €46. And the state picks up 70% of that
2) Wine - Local AOC red or rosé is about €2-4 a liter
3) Three course lunch menus at local restaurants - They average about €13-15, usually with wine. Coffee is extra and cost about €2 more
4) Cheese - Sometimes it might seem un peu cher, but compared to the French cheese prices I saw at Whole Foods last year, I don't feel guilty about satisfying my cravings
5) Internet - I still think that €34 a month, including free calls within Europe and to North America, is a darn good price
6) Fruit and vegetables - Buy what's in season and you'll get your Five A Day for about a Euro a day
7) Caudalie - While I wouldn't call this range of skincare "inexpensive"...the prices are definitely better here than they are across the pond
8) Bread - Our local boulangerie charges 85 cents for a baguette and €1,15 for une flûte
9) Café drinks - Wine, pastis, beer on tap and most coffee drinks are still fairly reasonable, but prepare to pay a premium if you're craving a Coca-Cola or a Gin & Tonic
10) Olive oil - I'm sure this is a regional thing. We live in the south of France and there are olive groves all over the place, so the price of a liter is a bargain
So, I may grit my teeth every time I pay the EDF bill or fill up the car, but I always know that I can eat well, have soft skin, call my friends and family in the States and see the doctor when I need to without breaking the bank.
You can't put a price tag on that.
How Much Do Our Meals Cost?
The Cost of Living in France
10 Reasons I Love Living in France
The Saga of the Broken Arm
Moving to France Tutorial - Joining the French Health System Pin It