Making or spending money

It’s really no joke to say that Norway is expensive.

Shopping is a conflicted mission.

For more than a year I have been choosing to buy almost all my groceries organic or fair trade and because I worked in a supermarket as the fruit and vegetable manager I also tried as much as possible to support that movement by reasonable price setting and favorable marketing of those products.

First, let me explain to you why Swedes go to Norway to work.

The upside – the salaries are higher which means you can work less time and earn money quickly. The taxes in Norway are lower than in Sweden. Again, a better income.

The down side – everything is more expensive.

This means, that if you’d live like you normally do you’d end up spending all your money on food, transport and other activities and your whole reason to come to Norway would be lost.

Therefore when the organic eggs costs more than twice as much as the other eggs, and eggs being your primary source of proteins and something you eat a lot of, you’re hoping the hens didn’t have to suffer in small cages and that the transport between the farm and the store wasn’t too long and the fact that you ride a bike to work and compost as much as possible, make up for it.

One onion costs as much as 1 kilo would cost in Sweden.

Potatoes cost four times as much.

Not even the salmon, which you’d think they have a lot of, is cheap.

If anyone has any good advice on cheap cooking, that doesn’t include imported tuna or tasteless tomatoes sauce, please let me know.