How much do Slovaks spend on food?

We spend the most on meat, statistics show.

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The average Slovak spent €864 last year to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages. Of this sum, €784 was spent on food, while the remaining €80 went to the beverages.

The lowest sum was paid by the inhabitants of the Prešov Region, while the most was spent by people in the Trenčín Region, the TASR newswire reported.

“The purchase of food comprised more than one-fifth of total consumer expenses that amounted to €3,856,” said Eva Sadovská, analyst with the Slovak Farmers’ Cooperative, as quoted by TASR.

We spend the most on meat

Statistics suggest that Slovaks spend the most on meat (€212), followed by milk, cheese and eggs (€146), and bread and cereals (€141).

“The amount we spent on sweets equalled the sum for fruit: about €60 per capita,” Sadovská said, as quoted by TASR. “From non-alcoholic beverages, we spent €47 on cold drinks (mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks and juices) and €33 on hot drinks (coffee, tea and cocoa).”

The shopping preferences of Slovaks change based on the type of household they are living in. The shopping cart of pensioners is different from the one of working parents with three children.

Moreover, an employed person picks different goods than an unemployed one. In households with unemployed family members, one spent only €525 on average on food last year. On the other hand, in households with employed family members, one spent €826 in average.

“Data concerning pensioners came as a surprise, as they spent up to €1,055 a year per capita,” Sadovská added, as quoted by TASR

Regions also post differences

The Statistics Office indicates that inhabitants of the Trenčín Region spend the most on food: up to €963. They are followed by people living in the Trnava Region (€925) and the Zilina Region (€902). The inhabitants of the Bratislava Region surprisingly came fourth, spending only €890. On the other hand, people living in the Prešov Region pay the least for food: only €723 a year, the analyst said.

“While an inhabitant of the regional capital spends €935 a year to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages, an inhabitant of a different town spends €891 on an annual purchase,” Sadovská added, as quoted by TASR. “A person coming from the countryside spends €809.”

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