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  1. Punita Malhotra
    April 10, 2017
    What a great post. Makes me think that there really are endless things while travelling that you learn and pick up and wonder about and react to...besides the 'sights' that you go in search of. Even grocery shopping teaches you something. Punita Malhotra recently posted...Soak in the most stunning Austrian countryside everMy Profile

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  2. wanderingchocobo
    February 16, 2017
    Hahah I am from the U.S. and have been living in Germany for over a year now and totally get you. The first few months were quite overwhelming for me when I was out shopping. Especially the bagging my own groceries and making sure I had a euro for the cart. However, I have grown quite fond of the bringing my own bags and recycling. I try and live a very sustainable and green life and enjoy that it's much easier to do so in Germany than back home. Even though it was strange to get used to. Hang in there.

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  3. alwaysagringa
    February 14, 2017
    This story made me laugh! I am originally from Michigan and we have a line of German grocery stores that everyone loves. It is called Aldi, do they have that store in Germany as well? You also have to put a quarter in your cart as a deposit, as well as pack your own groceries up. My mom used to always make us run around the store and find empty boxes on the shelves they weren't using anymore so we could use them to pack up our groceries. Hope you are enjoying your time in Germany!

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  4. rhiydwi
    February 12, 2017
    Other than the water bottles, this sounds exactly like UK supermarkets too! Or at least in Wales (can't comment on the rest!). We always used to have to put £1 in the trolley to use them up until a few years ago when they brought in a new thing where the trolleys don't roll anymore after they pass a certain point. So unless you carry them over your shoulder you can't take them out of the store car park! We always used to be closed on Sundays too, but these days everything just shuts off at 4pm instead. It was nice to read from the perspective of someone who views what we see as ordinary as a little off!

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  5. Adriana Smith
    February 12, 2017
    These rules remind of some of the stores in the US. It's not universally adopted by all though. It's good to see how another country operates. Allows you to put some things in perspective.

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  6. onlybyland
    February 9, 2017
    We do that in England too with trolleys, but with a pound coin, a euro wold probably work here too though! I think all over Europe they have the bag rule, it does stop a lot of waste with the carrier bags, people reuse them more often. Hahaha, I guess it is a lot different to the US!

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  7. Paula Morgan
    February 8, 2017
    Shopping with kids is the pits! It's similar in Sydney except that our stores are open on Sunday. We pay for bags, carts, and in Aldi we pack our own groceries. We have not got our recycling quite at that level yet but I hope we do :-)

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  8. saraessop
    February 7, 2017
    This is fascinating. I can't believe the grocery stores are closed on Sundays and that you have to pay to use the grocery carts. But buying shopping bags is easier to understand because we have to buy them in my country, South Africa, too. It's great that you get paid for recycling water bottles. It's a great incentive to do it.

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  9. Phil
    February 7, 2017
    I really admire the life you seem to lead. If you don't have problems other than spare an Euro as a deposit (yes, a deposit, so you don't pay for it) for your cart and to bag your stuff yourself, you definitely are among the happiest people in the world

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  10. Ana Rose | Roads and Pages
    February 7, 2017
    I am also surprised that they have a different way in Germany. Here in my country we have someone who will put all the goods we bought in a plastic bag. Aside from that, we don't have to buy the plastic bags. They give it for free. I haven't been to Germany yet. Do you think they only have less garbage because they love to recycle?

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    • BasketsLife
      February 7, 2017
      I think Yes the country is very clean and they really try hard to keep the country clean by recycling .. :)

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  11. nomadicfoot
    February 6, 2017
    It's seems such a difficult place to buy grocery. Even in India we do not have these kind of rules.

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  12. Marcie
    February 6, 2017
    We have to bring our own bags and bag our own groceries just about everywhere in the Seattle-area. It's not that bad except when I'm shopping with both kids and forget my bags in the car!

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    • BasketsLife
      February 7, 2017
      Haha right that is my problem too I totally forget the bags and have groceries all over the trunk of my car!

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  13. Suzan
    February 6, 2017
    It's a lot like Italy except the Sunday thing!

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    • BasketsLife
      February 7, 2017
      Yes but we have no Riposo here !! LOL

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  14. Gloria @NomadicChica
    February 5, 2017
    You made my day! I'm from Chile and I always struggle a bit with these things in Europe. Perhaps the biggest difference is I love going to supermarkets. I still need a recycling 101 course and the water and coke deposit is still freaking me out. Great post!

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