Gardens & books on display at the Bodmer in Geneva

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It is precisely in these days of the beginning of September that the Des jardins & des livres exhibit at the Martin Bodmer Foundation , near Geneva, has since last spring assorted in florilegium and put in tension over a hundred and fifty testimonies written on different media – mostly books, many in very rare prestigious editions, but also manuscripts, important autographs, illustrated texts meticulously or sumptuously – with the purpose of giving an account of the mutual bond that weaves those universal devices that are gardens and books.

Sharing both the dimension of the project and a structure that functions as a body of related parts, as well as the ability to abstract from the ordinary, if the books tell the gardens – when they do not inspire them -, structuring the measure as well as often remaining the only testimony after the disappearance or along the trajectory represented by their utopia, on the other hand, the gardens pervade the most diverse literatures, philosophies, religions, going beyond centuries and civilizations. In synaesthesia of bookish perceptions and metaphors, as well as weaving close dialogues with texts that variously convey technical knowledge, natural sciences, physicians, botanists, and all those that detect from the variegated universe of garden arts.

This is how, by imagining this two-faced exhibition, the curators Jacques Berchtold, director of the Bodmer Foundation, and Michael Jakob, professor of comparative literature and of theories and history of the landscape between Grenoble and Geneva, have focused on the unfolding of many forms of the imaginary that in coming and going between books and gardens are constituted as constant. In the most distant spheres, cultures, expressive genres, albeit holding perhaps too far from the contemporary, except for literary works.

The long work of research and analysis, also witnessed by the important catalog (edited by Jakob, for the MetisPresses editions, pp. 496 with 592 color images, € 65.00), as well as activating a rich series of loans from institutions and individuals , has had the opportunity to draw on the vast wealth of works of the Foundation. One of the main private collections, with over one hundred and fifty thousand of the greatest testimonies of written cultures, papyri, manuscripts, old books, first editions and autographs. A collection put together in the years of a life by the industrialist and bibliophile Martin Bodmer (1899-1971) following the visionary objective of establishing, in the footsteps of Goethe’s Weltliteratur , a library of universal literature.

Once descended from the garden terrace overlooking the lake in the rooms of the hypogeum Museum imagined for the Foundation by architect Mario Botta, the exhibition proceeds from the declared encyclopaedic aspiration – certainly Eurocentric, yet rich in openness to the neighbor’s universes and farther East -, then discarded in a series of intertwined paths, interrupted and resumed. A sort of labyrinth, even if made of recalls and transparencies, where the protagonists, who in the articulated arrangement of Stasa Bibic and Saskia Zurcher overlook the discrete penumbra necessary for the preservation of such fragile objects, make us stand on stilts reflecting an architecture of reflections of supports, easels, lecterns.

Immediately, here we are welcomed by the Garden of Eden of the Bible printed in four languages ​​(Jewish, Greek, Latin and Chaldean) in Antwerp between 1568 and 1572 and then, by a copy of the Canzoniere di Petrarca hand-painted by Bartolomeo Sanvito around at 1500, the prehumanistic garden or even the already renaissance catalog of forms and models of the ideal garden is revealed, which is the indispensable Sogno di Polifilo in the original Aldine edition of 1499.

And so on, by virtue of echoes and postponements, resonances, references, debts and interactions. From the monumental specimen in large folio, weighing 15 kilograms, published in Altdorf in 1613, here also in a watercolor version, of the Basil Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis , commissioned by the prince bishop Johann Konrad von Gemmingen to illustrate, often in natural dimensions, the hundreds of plants in his encased garden, in the original six-volume edition of the Novella Eloisa by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, then in Proust, Campana, Bassani, Jarman.

While on the golden background of the wall the engravings of the parterre of the gardens, almost everywhere drawn in the 600 by the French André Mollet, are paraded, the volumes are shown hovering on an open page. And yet, like any garden that you go along – except those designed to be synoptically viewed from the top of a terrace – those pages offer rather intuitive, foreshadow the surprise of what remains in the others, still to be scoured.

From these, bypassing the enclosure of genres, settings, protagonists, and metaphors of gardener spend from poetry to prose, from the epic to the theater, in literary works as in the treatises or practical manuals, from Paul Verlaine to Teofrasto, from the Instructions of Jean- Baptiste de la Quintinie to the illustrations of the linneian system by Robert John Thornton, in the Temple of Flora .

And indeed, in a game of intertextuality across the board, suggested by the curators also for the figurative dimension, the interest is often rather on what is placed on the limits and works as an intermediary, like the suggestions and the transference, from the Orlando furious as Elective affinities , when not from the lost Paradise that prefigures the aesthetics of the English garden revolution.

So, just to stay at the last chapter mentioned, the exhibition proceeds, marking large junctions (from the political survey of the sage on the modern garden , published in 1785 by Horace Walpole to the use of the landscape artist Humphry Repton to show the gardens in his Sketches of their properties before and after his overlap intervention).

Therefore amplifying at every step the game of reverberation in the books of themes and seasons of history and values ​​assumed by the garden. And viceversa.

Book tip: Buxmann / Schmidt: Artificial intelligence

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The book “Artificial Intelligence – Using Algorithms for Economic Success” should help to better understand and classify new technologies and application potentials of artificial intelligence. Bank Blog readers have the chance to win a copy.

Readiness for lifelong learning is generally accepted as part of a career in times of change. That “reading forms” already knows the vernacular. Although we all have to “read” too much every day, we all probably read too little at the same time. In the Bank Blog, you will therefore find tips and recommendations for interesting books, which should give you new insights and ideas.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes relevant as a base technology in all industries. Although almost all decision-makers in the business community attach great importance to AI, only 7 percent of companies use this technology so far. The Federal Government is concerned that (again) a technology train is leaving without the participation of the Germans. After all, 80 percent of AI investment today goes to the US and China. Of the ten most valuable AI startups in the world, 7 are already from China. None from Germany – even though our AI research is world class.

High time to tackle the topic in the German economy. Often companies lack the imagination of what is possible with artificial intelligence or machine learning . With our book we want to contribute to show typical uses of Artificial Intelligence to take the fear out of this technology. Because one thing is clear: Many companies now achieve considerable competitive advantages with the help of artificial intelligence, whether in production, sales forecasts or in the back office. Who refrains from it, worsens its competitive position.

Artificial intelligence helps companies

First, KI helps automate many processes in companies, make better predictions, and generally become more efficient. Under the slogan ” Robotic Process Automation “, a whole range of companies have established themselves whose software can take on the simplest routine tasks. For example, to transfer the data from a PDF document into an Excel spreadsheet. Such operations are carried out millions of times a day in Germany, but can be easily automated. If such processes are systematically handled by the AI, the back office can reduce costs by up to 75 percent.

Thinking a little further, the AI ​​helps develop your own data-driven business models. By exploiting and transforming the data generated by the use of industrial products into complementary services, a company can achieve a competitive advantage that should not be underestimated. Because good machines can also produce other countries. But good machines in conjunction with intelligent business models are the better combination for the future.

Nine applications of artificial intelligence

The book consists of a generally understandable introduction to the technical foundations and economic effects of artificial intelligence. Subsequently, nine companies will show concrete applications: from quality control in the food industry to the use of the quantum computer to simulate traffic flows in real time. Using transactional data to make tailor-made deals for bank customers, accurately predicting sales of car tires with 90 percent accuracy to the day or reduce inventory by 30 percent are just some of the applications that AI brings today. Medicine, finance, but also marketing are today the most important fields of application for Artificial Intelligence.

The following nine companies and fields of application are described:

  • SAP: Machine Learning in Industry
  • Amazon: How KI finds good food
  • Medi market: Alexa for health
  • Microsoft: Kit KI for true digital transformation
  • Software AG: Platforms as guarantor for the success of the AI
  • IBM: Intelligent AI solutions with Watson
  • Empolis: Always make the right decisions with AI
  • Samson: AI business models for the middle class
  • VW: The combination of AI and quantum computer

A book religion needs to get its libraries!

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To the day of the libraries today the movie “Ex Libris” is released in the cinemas. Although it revolves around one of the largest libraries in the world. Dominik Blum but also the much smaller libraries in this country a passionate plea worth – especially the Catholic.

” A documentary sensation ” is the new film by Frederick Wiseman in the feature pages of the “time” called. The grand seigneur of the US documentary film is devoted to Ex Libris , which is now in German cinemas, the institution library. It is admittedly not a small-town library, but one of the largest libraries in the world, the New York Public Library. 51 million media outlets, over 90 outlets throughout the city. What this mega-library does is, however, also exemplary for other libraries: Books, films and sheet music entertain, create quality of life. Reading and reading have a social quality across ethnic and cultural boundaries, which often become educational trenches. Thus life chances and dreams of the future and their realization are often connected with media competence. Libraries are egalitarian places where educational justice is realized and democracy is promoted. All this shows Wisemans film unobtrusive and without preaching in the tradition of direct cinema.

Ex Libris does not start by chance this week in the cinema. Since 1995, every year on October 24 is the day of libraries. There are over 10,000 in Germany, almost 4,000 of which are Catholic public libraries , KÖBs for short. Big or small, these libraries work on what the New York Public Library does. Here people find fellowship across the confines of denomination, nationality, education and milieu. The fact that books and films, games, music and e-books are also available in the ‘Bronx’, for this social goal, more than 35,000 volunteers are involved in the KÖBs throughout Germany. And through a good selection of media children, adolescents and adults come here through all sorts of media in contact with the big and small questions about God and the world – by the way, many refugees who are interested in the German value system.

Obtaining public libraries is good for a book religion. In the future, the Catholic Church with its KÖBs could even be present where church buildings have to be abandoned – and would achieve many and many things.

The art of writing a song you remember

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Rim until you blush! This lady knows how to write good lyrics.

Frida Ånnevik writes songs in Norwegian. Certainly with elements of hedmark dialect. At her home is a Spellemannspris. Together with, among other things, the Writer’s Prize Prize Prize, Grappas debutant prize and Prøysen Prize. The album Skogenes song from 2014 is based on Hans Børli’s poetry and led to one of the many GameMember nominations she has behind her. If her life was a song, the refrain would be the word “success”. What can a lyric of such a caliber teach us?

Is it possible to say something generally about what makes a song good?
– YES! Definitely. But it is very difficult. Hehe. Often, I think that both the text, the melody, the rhythm and the chords must get some or something unexpectedly twisted by the song, which means that it is remembered that you remember a little bit of it after hearing it.

“We need to figure out how much living in the idea, because otherwise it’s quick to just write it down and think that” Now it’s done! “.

What are the most common mistakes you make as a fresh songwriter?
– Hm. Not relying on his own idea, maybe. An idea can be a text line, a word, a little melody, but then we must trust that idea, because we will build a whole song out of it! We need to figure out how much living in that particular idea, because otherwise it is quick to just write down the idea and think that “Now it’s done!”.

Who are the best songwriters you know about and why?
– Uuh! Difficult. I’m very fan of Joni Mitchell because her lyrics are direct and at the same time secret. Siri Nilsen because hu says things in a way that makes me look very clear to me. No. 4 writes funny and sad at the same time. And Sufjan Stevens because his melodies and sounds have something strange that makes me remember it after hearing it, and at the same time feeling I’ve heard it already.

Is it enough to write and possibly carry out good song material anymore? Do not artists today work hard with the image to reach?
– Yes, the image has become a very big part. But keep in mind that good material can also make up much of the image!

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Can you give us three quick writing tips for beginners?

  • – Rim until you blush! Buy rhymes or use an app, write a text where you rhyme all the time! (You can burn it afterwards.)
  • – Write a text every day in a week, and mix things from reality with things you find. Then your head starts and soon it starts to make ideas of itself. Absolutely true!
  • – Write on time (5 minutes, for example), and write without lifting your fingers from the keyboard or pen from the paper. I use this trick whether I’m writing a song, text or email that I find difficult to start with.

– Write a text every day in a week, and mix things from reality with things you find.

What is the difference between writing texts for music and writing poetry?
Lyrics for music are meant to be singing, poetry can you read aloud, but it will not be the same. Poetry is stuck in the paper. And therefore, lyrics too high should be dictated, because what can look strange or smaller on the paper can work great when you sing it.

Mention a song text you wish you had written (preferably with a quote!).

«Spell» – Oscar Danielson

I put your hand against your child
My lips against your forehead
And I whisper a few words that you can not understand
But that will protect you anyway.
Because you bet one like me, one that is stranger than you are … (By a certain songwriter-workshop from 2015, Daniel Kvammen , red.anm.).

You have been tracked for songwriting before. What is the most important thing you have learned in meeting the course participants?
– That everyone who writes sounds does it in their own way. And I’m quite lucky to get crazy about it.

“What I can do is to piss a little, ask some strange questions and fill in with tricks so that those who participate only become even more confident that their way of writing sounds is right and the best for them … Hehe.


Sport, book and politics, the lives of the swimmer Charles Rozoy

Sportsman valid until July 2008, at the doors of the French swimming team, Charles Rozoy is victim of a motorcycle accident that costs him the use of the left arm. “It was announced to me with a lot of tact,” says the blond young man to the cut goat. “I was told,” your life is over but you’re not going to cry, it’s not like you have AIDS, you’re not going to die. “

Gold at the London Games

A few months later, Charles Rozoy resumes the path of the basins. First for his rehabilitation and then, in a “click”, germinated the idea to resume the competition and realize his childhood dream: become Olympic champion. He then reconverted to a swimmer handisport. And won gold in the 100m butterfly at the London Paralympic Games in 2012. “A deliverance”, according to his physical trainer and friend Vincent Issartel. “Charles has managed to accomplish even more since his accident,” he observes, noting also his “exuberant side”.

His autobiography in bookstores

Nearly two years after his medal, “by explaining (his) life and the management of disability”, Charles released an autobiography in mid-February entitled, not without humor: “How I managed to swim the butterfly with one arm without turning in circles “(Editions L’Equipe). At ease with journalists and in front of the camera, he is currently promoting it between two training sessions at the Olympic swimming pool in Dijon, where a large banner is hung over the basin: “Bravo Charles!”. lengths up to twice two hours a day. “But, at the moment, it’s a little less, my coach is tolerant,” admits the swimmer, who has just added a new string to his bow: politics.

Municipal: in eligible position

Fifth on the list of the outgoing senator-mayor PS of Dijon, François Rebsamen, Charles Rozoy is assured of obtaining a seat on the municipal council, even a deputy position in case of victory. “He is in an eligible position, in a visible position, which shows that we can open up to citizens who are not inset,” said Mr. Rebsamen, who sees in the champion a “symbol of deserving youth” . “My political commitment is a social commitment for my city,” says Charles Rozoy, who does not want “not necessarily be confined to sport.” Politics but also the pursuit of his studies in “Communication and Mediation”, at the University of Burgundy, are also a way “not to miss the train” of reconversion.

Last opus: Rio 2016!

His latest sporting goal will be the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil. “I sleep Rio, I eat Rio but my activities allow me to flourish,” says this hyperactive. According to his university professor Jean-Jacques Boutaud, “Charles does not want to be ghettoized around disability. He has wider and higher ambitions. With regard to his career, Charles Rozoy says he tries to “get the best of the worst” and to be “optimistic about everything”. But “if today, they said to me:” Give up your medals, we give you back your arm, I’ll take it back! “.

“How I managed to swim the butterfly with one arm without turning in circles”, Charles Rozoy, with the collaboration of Céline Longuèvre, prefaces Philippe Croizon and Alain Bernard, editions L’Equipe, 207 pages.

Was the ring found in Pontius Pilate? – It has Greek writing

Found the ring of Pontius Pilate? Probably, as the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has deciphered its inscription, written in Greek and bearing the name of the Roman ruler, who sentenced Jesus Christ to death.

The ring was spotted 50 years ago during excavations at the archaeological site of Herodion, near the West Bank of Bethlehem. According to the report, it was found in the archaeological research conducted by Professor Gideon Forster of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem just after the 1968-69 Six-Day War as part of the preparations to open the site to visitors.

The bronze ring was one of the thousands of objects found at that time. The famous name was recently revealed when, after universal cleaning, it was photographed using a dedicated camera in the Israeli Antiquities Service. The inscription in the ring, which appears to be sealing, includes the depiction of a wine vessel around which a Greek writing was translated which was translated as “Pilate”.

Pontius Pilate was the 5th prefect of the Roman province of Judea and probably the most important. He ruled from 26 to 36 AD, although some say from 19 o’clock. According to the newspaper quoting statements by Professor Danny Schwartz, the name was rare in Israel at that time. “I do not know anyone with that name since that time, and the ring shows it was a person of prestige and wealth,” he told the Israeli newspaper.

The ring is simple, so the researchers believe they were being used by the governor for his day-to-day work, or belonged to one of his officers or someone from his own court who used it to sign in his name. According to Haaretz, there is another archaeological find in Israel bearing the name Pilates, which is also attributed to the famous Roman governor.In addition, in the 1960s, Professor Forster found a stone engraved on this name.

Margaret Atwood writing sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

Narrated by three female characters, The Testaments is set 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale, which follows one woman’s struggle to survive in a future America, renamed Gilead, where women have been stripped of rights, are used primarily for breeding purposes and are not allowed to read or write. First published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize – to date, eight million copies have been sold globally in the English language.

“Dear Readers,” wrote Atwood in a press release announcing the book’s release. “Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”

The book was adapted for the screen by German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff in 1990, to a lukewarm critical response. When Donald Trump was elected US President in November 2016, Atwood’s Handmaids became a symbol of female empowerment, on the back of an acclaimed TV adaptation of the novel starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes. A ratings smash on RTÉ 2, to date the TV show has been nominated for 18 Emmy Awards to date, winning 6 across two series. A third season is due to air in 2019.

The Testiments, which is not connected to the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, will be published in September 2019, and has already become one of the must-read literary events of the year.

13 tips to save on Christmas shopping

13 tips to save on Christmas shopping

Christmas is already behind the corner. Time of celebrations, family meals, Christmas carols and … cost! Many expenses! Between gifts, seafood and going for a walk with the family, it is more than likely that these days our family budget overflows. If your current account already trembles thinking about what is coming, do not worry. Here are 13 tips to save on Christmas shopping :

  1. Make a special budget for these days. You must include all the special expenses that you will have to face without remedy: food, meals in restaurants, gifts …
  2. Make a list of the people you have to give a gift to and estimate the average cost per person you can afford. For example, 12 euros per person. Do not spend a single euro of the estimated amount.
  3. Whenever possible, advance purchases to the month of November . You will save a lot of money if you avoid buying on the most expensive days of the year.
  4. Keep credit cards in a locked drawer and make all your payments with cash . It is important that you feel like you get rid of money every time you make a purchase. Believe us, you will spend less.
  5. Do it yourself . Do you dare to make your own gifts or decorations of the house? In addition to recycling and giving a second chance to things that you no longer use, you will save a lot of money and do the environment a favor.
  6. Compare prices and buy online . If you are a provisor with the times and do the shopping on websites such as Amazon or eBay you can save around 10-20%.
  7. Avoid the shopping centers . At Christmas, shopping centers are evil. They are designed so that you buy compulsively and you leave half salary in them. Substitute them for a walk in the center of your city.
  8. Search for free activities in your city. They exist throughout the year but at Christmas they intensify. Check the website of your town hall and you can discover visits with free entry to theaters, exhibitions, cribs …
  9. Park the car and use public transport . These days the traffic is frantic and between accelerating, braking and not passing of short gears, the fuel consumption goes up. Public transport is cheaper, faster and more efficient.
  10. Take advantage of the offers of the discount coupons . At Christmas the offers of coupons are intensified and you are sure that you find one that you can use to make a gift to your loved ones.
  11. If you have to travel , take out the tickets well in advance . In fact, when you read these lines you should have already made the reservation.
  12. Turn off the Christmas lights when you’re not at home or if it’s daytime. Although it seems a trifle, no expense is small.
  13. If you are one of those who still send Christmas cards to friends and family, send digital or online cards this year. You will save stamp, letter, time and, in addition, you will be much more original.

Finally, one last tip: if you see that the current account does not reach you, you can not save on Christmas purchases and you need extra money, ask us without commitment. In Vivus we offer you a quick loan of up to 300 euros without interest and without commissions so you spend it on whatever you want. Do not lose this chance!

Take advantage of discounts for your Christmas shopping

Take advantage of discounts for your Christmas shopping

The happy and feared Christmas parties arrive and the danger of our diet jumping through the air increases. Family events, temptations at your fingertips … At this time we may get some extra kilo. Christmas has already arrived and with them the novenas de aguinaldos, the gifts, the family meals, the custard and the fritters. In this time of Christmas carols, illumination in main streets, spiritual search, evaluation of a year that ends and illusion in one that begins, it is propitious moment to consent to those we love most. Take advantage of all discounts before December, the best deals and promotions with discount coupons for this Christmas 2017.

Returns December and with the discounts, all people can prepare well in advance to make their purchases at the end of the year with special prices. In two days you can take advantage of blackfriday, it is the day that opens the season of Christmas shopping with significant discounts in many retail stores and department stores. It is a day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, that is, it is celebrated the day after the fourth Thursday of the month of November.

El Buen Fin and the Christmas offers are a good opportunity to acquire products at a good price and at a comfortable price; however, they can also result in a financial burden for your pocket for months and even years, if you do not plan and make your purchases in an organized manner. We will be prepared well in advance. What do you think if from this week we take advantage of discounts like blackfriday and start saving a little bit of money to help us with the expenses of December, so we can start the new year with more economic tranquility. We know that in the vast majority of cases we like to give gifts to our relatives and other loved ones. Unfortunately, with the current economy, any detail that one buys, results in a substantial expenditure of money, and the long-awaited bonus goes like water, and we do not save, or pay for the card, or anything. Some tips to save.

  1. Establish a budget Discounts can be very attractive and if you are not ready you will start filling the car without measure. Establishing a ceiling for Black Friday purchases will help you spend only on what is necessary. Make a list of what you really want before you go shopping.
  2. Take advantage to advance Christmas shopping Many take advantage of Black Friday discounts to advance purchases of gifts, ornaments or other planned for the Christmas season. Consider this possibility that will help you save a few pesos.
  3. Check prices The products offered must have the original price and the discounted price.
  4. Where are the best discounts? The technological products are the best sellers on this date and where discounts can be more attractive, however, the toy, fashion and home departments also offer striking discounts. Do not forget to compare prices and plan your tour of the stores and / or shopping centers.

How much does the shopping basket cost in the main cities of the world?

How much does the shopping basket cost in the main cities of the world?

The shopping basket is one of the most important expenses we have in our domestic economy. What we spend every week to eat, depends in many cases on the supermarket where we buy and the city where we live.

Therefore, being able to have an approximate figure of how much the shopping basket costs is one of the main challenges that all families face when calculating their monthly expenses and saving them as much as possible.

We tell you how much it costs to make the purchase in Spain and in other cities around the world and we give you all the keys so that you spend the minimum in the supermarket.

The importance of the shopping basket in the family economy

Waking up every day , grooming, having breakfast and carrying out a normal life , entails many daily expenses that can not be avoided . Eating and drinking are concepts that suppose a great cost in the family economy.

On average, each member of a Spanish family spends around 300 euros a month on food and cleaning products alone . Therefore, the more members the family has, this cost will be increased and will become more important when it comes to being assumed by the head of the family.

In this sense, a family with two children , for example, that in addition to the expenses for the shopping basket have to respond to other expenses also unavoidable such as education, leisure, clothing for children, school supplies, toys, etc. You can make an annual disbursement equivalent to the price of a car.

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Average cost of the shopping basket in Spain by Autonomous Communities

Living in an Autonomous Community or another is very different not only in terms of services offered, jobs that can be accessed, but also in the cost of living and the purchases we make. In this sense, Galicians are the ones who spend most of the shopping cart, about 375 euros per month . By contrast, the Autonomous Community that has the cheapest shopping basket is La Rioja, with 312 euros per month.

A fact to note is that Madrid , is the fifth cheapest community in spending the shopping basket with € 330.

Average monthly expenditure of each CCAA

Autonomous community Spending
monthly average
The Rioja € 312
Estremadura € 314
€ 324
Andalusia € 327
Madrid € 330
Balearics € 333
The Stain
€ 335
Cantabria € 336
Castilla y
€ 339
Murcia € 342
Asturias € 358
Navarre € 360
Aragon € 361
Basque Country € 368
Catalonia € 370
Galicia € 375

Source: Balance of the consultancy Kantar Worldpanel on 2016

Not only the change of the Autonomous Community may mean a higher or lower cost of the shopping cart, but within the same city there may be differences in terms of supermarkets. In this sense, buying in a supermarket or another can mean savings of up to 933 euros per year and even almost 3,000 euros in the case of Madrid , according to a study prepared by the OCU. This fact makes a decision about which establishment to go to make the purchase, is increasingly important for families and study it with great determination.

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Comparison between the cost of the shopping basket in several cities of the world

By countries, Spain , with the exception of Portugal, is one of the countries in the European Union where the shopping basket is cheaper , about € 340 per month on average. Even in countries with lower salaries, such as Greece and Cyprus , filling the refrigerator costs more than in our country.

However, these differences can be much greater if we make this comparison based on different cities in the world . In this sense, shopping in Madrid can be quite economical if compared to cities such as Seoul, New York and Zurich , since the average monthly expenditure in Madrid is € 283 , just half of the three cities mentioned above, which they have a minimum expenditure of about € 560.

By contrast, the cities where it is cheaper to go to the supermarket, with a monthly expenditure of less than € 223 would be Kiev, Sofia and Bucharest.

If you want to know how much you can spend if you go at least a month to some of these cities, do not miss the following ranking :

Ranking of the 10 cheapest cities Ranking of the 10 most expensive cities
City Monthly expenditure City Monthly expenditure
Kiev € 149.26 Zurich € 663.59
Sofia 192.42 Seoul 618.63
Bucharest € 222.99 New York City € 568.27
Prague € 225.69 Geneva € 560.18
Mumbai € 227.49 Chicago € 526.91
Riga 227.49 Miami € 524.21
Warsaw € 227.49 Tokyo € 523.32
Bogotá € 259.86 London € 510.73
Budapest € 259.86 Sydney € 486.45
Lisbon 268.85 Oslo € 481.95

Source: Ennaranja. Data 2015

Tips to save in the shopping cart

Once we already know the costs of the shopping basket both in Spain and in the main cities of the world, it is time to know what to do to save when doing it. In this sense, the most effective way to save in the shopping basket is to buy in the most economical supermarkets .

If we take into account the amount of money that goes out of pocket every time we go to the supermarket and how much we could save , it is worth doing some previous tasks and follow some guidelines that help us not spend so much every time we have to do the purchase. Before leaving home, think about what you need and avoid making the typical mistakes in the supermarket . Organize, compare and calculate.

Follow these tricks and learn to make the purchase without spending more:

  • Review your pantry weekly and use all products before they expire. When you have everything neat, you will see right away what you should buy.
  • Plan the menus for each week. Your health will also benefit.
  • Make the shopping list . It is essential to buy only what we need for our weekly menu. Otherwise, you can fall into the trap of buying some unnecessary whim.
  • Do not forget the basic products such as rice, pasta, oil or preserves. They do not spoil, they provide good nutrients and they always allow you to prepare different dishes, with which you did not count, last minute.
  • Compare the prices of each product using online supermarket comparisons . Investing a few minutes in this task can save you a lot of money per month. In addition, you can make the purchase online and save time and gasoline .
  • At this moment, seeing what you need, pointed everything in the list, and having already calculated how much this week’s purchase will cost you , do not exceed this budget!

Once at the supermarket, do not be fooled by your stomach and stay firm with offers that you think are unique.

  • Make the purchase with a full stomach .
  • Do not walk through greedy aisles that make you fall into temptation.
  • Buy seasonal products and white label although they have more attractive formats of popular brands.
  • Buy in bulk instead of taking trays that are more expensive and that probably carry more products than you need and can end up spoiling. Once again, compare.
  • Study well the offers you find . Many times, with offers of 3 × 2 or second unit at 40%, you spend more than you save.
  • Make the purchase in hours that do not have many people , since you’ll have to queue at the box and you can end up buying that whim you’ve been avoiding throughout the purchase.
  • Finally, when paying, use discount coupons and loyalty cards with which you earn points and offer offers.

At home, check that the entire purchase is fine and order it behind the products you already had, so you will consume these before and they will not expire.

In short, the shopping basket is an inevitable expense with which, better or worse, all families struggle. How do you organize yourself to save as much as possible by going to the supermarket? If you have more tricks besides these, tell us!