Market versus Grocery Store

This blog is based on the prices of Dutch markets and grocery stores.

Yesterday I wrote a blog about eating healthy. My goal was to show you that eating healthy doesn’t have to be a burden. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it can taste great! To show you that buying vegetables and fruits doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and that going to the market might even be cheaper than going to the grocery store, I went on a little shopping trip today.

I brought € 20,00 (that’s around 26 USD and around 16 GBP): € 10,00 to spend at the market and € 10,00 to spend at the grocery store. Here’s what I bought:


  • 10 mineolas
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 melon
  • 2 ounces of green beans
  • 1 kilo bananas (5 bananas)
  • 2 freshly bakes breads
  • 1 lettuce
  • 200 gram walnuts
  • 2 containers with strawberries
  • 5 mini lumpias (vegetarian)

Grocery store:

  • 1,5 liter milk
  • 0,5 bread
  • 1 red paprika
  • 2 containers of cream cheese
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 packet of lunch meat
  • 1 bottle of lettuce dressing
  • 1 small bag of spices

If I would have bought all the things I bought at the market at the grocery store it would have cost me € 24,99 (I went through the store, scribbling down the prices, to show you the difference).

You can just look inside your cabinets if you maybe still have some things you can use for breakfast, lunch, dinner or in-between. Write the things down you still have and go on a hunt for some nice recipes which includes some of the stuff you already have at home. Buy the ingredients you don’t have and voila, there’s your meal!

Just to get you started, here are some simple recipes I will make using some of the food I already had at home and the food I bought today at the market and grocery store:

  • Take 2 eggs, break them, mix them up, put them in a pan and turn them into scrabbled eggs. Cook some rice, cut up the paprika and clean some of the green beans. Put the egg, paprika and beans in with the rice, spice up with some curry powder if you like.
  • Wash the lettuce and slice it into smaller pieces. Boil 1 egg (or more if you like. You can also leave the egg out), peel it and cut it into slices. Put the lettuce and the egg in a bowl along with some feta (or another kind of cheese), walnuts and strawberries (you can also use olives and all kind of fruits). Mix it up, pour in a bit of lettuce dressing, have some nice bread on the side and you’re done.
  • Slice up the bread and put some lettuce and cream cheese on it. You can spice things up by adding some egg and/or any kind of nuts and some honey. Put another slice of bread on top of it, and you’ve just got yourself a lovely homemade sandwich.
  • Take your melon, cut it into 4 pieces (or less or more, depending on how much you would like to use). The parts that you won’t be using right now you can pack in some foil and put it in the fridge. Cut the melon in small pieces and put it in a bowl. Take a banana, peel it and slice it, put it in the bowl. You can add some strawberries and mineolas if you like (or any other kind of fruit). Squeeze about half a lemon over your fruit salad, maybe add a little honey, stir things up and you’re salad is ready to be eaten.

8 thoughts on “Market versus Grocery Store

  1. The market food in your pictures looks much nicer than the grocery store food. It’s something about fresh food that just looks and tasts better. Thanks for the recipes, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • No problem, I love your photos! I agree, there’s something about fresh food that not only looks and tastes better, but also makes you feel better.

  2. Hi Manon, first of all, thanks for visiting my blog. And I enjoyed reading your posts. Being reminded of things Dutch is always a joy, like the smell of fresh bread. We don’t have bakeries here, just bread in the supermarket, so it never has that strong fresh bread smell. And I so miss the markt!

    • Hi Barbara, I very much enjoy your blog. You really don’t have some nice bakeries in America? I’m a bit surprised by that to be honest. Maybe you can bake some of your own bread to get that wonderful smell into your house? I’ll keep another blog about the market anytime soon so you can still enjoy it through my eyes!

  3. I envy you since in Finland marketplaces are open only a couple of months during summer (the rest of the year is also so cold and dark). I also heard a lot from my friends who live in the Netherlands that food from marketplace is always fresh and cheap.
    And bravo for the recipes! Quick and tasty 🙂

    • I’m glad you like the recipes 😀 Too bad there’s only a marketplace during summer 😦 And indeed, the markets here in the Netherlands are generally cheap and offer wonderful products.

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