While only 3 years ago most products were cheaper, now, it seems like prices could easily go through the roof.
Inflation in Hungary has caused an extreme rise in prices. This November, prices were 7.4 per cent higher than last year. Some products got a lot more expensive, writes Index. For example, +/- 6D plastic lenses got 87 per cent more expensive, which is almost double the price. Essential products, such as salt, got more expensive as well.
Non-essential products like cigarettes, gold rings, blood pressure monitors, strollers, bicycles for men, but even hamburgers are more expensive now.
Pénzcentrum lists more products for which customers have to pay more. Acacia honey, bread (half brown, white), buns, onions, cucumbers, sunflower oil, flour, pears, apples, and cold cuts are just a few examples.
With the rise of prices, the rise of wages is important to consider. According to statistics from the Central Statistical Office (Központi Statisztikai Hivatal), the average net earnings in Hungary increased by 29.9 per cent between 2018 and 2021.
In 2018, the average net earning was 219,412 forints (EUR 593). In 2021, this was 285,047 forints (EUR 771). Some services, however, got almost twice as expensive as before.
On a more positive note, at least the price of chicken, carrots, banana, coffee, soap, cat food, ground coffee, and washing powder did not increase more than 5 per cent.
In a former article, we wrote about price differences at Aldi and Lidl based on location. Interestingly, some products in Austria, the United Kingdom, and Germany were cheaper, and Hungarians still spend more on products.
For example, shopping in Germany takes 2.28% of people’s wages, while in Hungary, the rate is 6.28%. Belgians spend 14.4%, Norwegians 13.3%, Swedes 13.2%, the Dutch 12.9%, Danes 12.3%, Germans 12%, and Austrians 11.3% of their wage on food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Source: Index, Pénzcentrum, DNH