Updated Guide to Saving Money in Norway

How to Save Money in Norway

Norway and Scandinavia are some of the most expensive countries in the world to visit. The standard of living in Oslo is 120% higher than in Bangkok. This is evident in all aspects of life. The air is clean, the roads are driven primarily by electric cars, the food is healthy, and nature is everywhere, well-preserved and beautiful. Despite the costs, here we are (for the second time), a frugal family of six living in Norway. People must think we are crazy, but honestly this country is not as expensive as everyone thinks. Here’s what we do to live on a budget.

How to Save Money in Norway, Feeding a baby moose at a nature park in Norway

Feeding a baby moose in Nesbyen, Norway

Eat cheaply and shop smart

Eating out in Norway is beyond expensive. Trust me on this one. A pizza is $30, a beer $15, a normal meal is $25 dollars. Avoid that at all costs. Cooking at home is a must.

Grocery stores can also be expensive at first glance. If you look a little deeper you will find some very reasonably priced food. The brand First Price makes an inexpensive off brand version of almost everything, from toilet paper to roasted chickens. It’s usually 50-75% cheaper than the brand name. First price is also healthy and delicious. We matched up the ingredients on some of their products to the brand name equivalent, and they were near identical. The chain grocery store KIWI carries the most first price products, and has the lowest prices. Sometimes before the weekend, or at the end of the day grocery stores give out free bread that’s usually $4 a loaf.

Shopping smart in Norway, a cart full of first price brand food.

Look at all that first price!

Asian grocery stores or similar family run stores have the lowest prices for fruits, veggies, and bulk good such as flour, sugar, or rice.

We even foraged for food, which is obviously season dependant but can yield great results. Summer has blueberries, raspberries, and lingonberries. Apples are plentiful in the fall , and many people will let you pick some from their trees if you ask nicely . Different mushrooms can be foraged every season.

How to save money in Norway. Foraging in the green mossy forest

Foraging for Mushrooms

Norway is pretty dry in terms of alcohol. Many Norwegians actually go to Sweden to get alcohol. Most cities will have one store which sells alcohol stronger than 4%. These end sales after 3pm, and are pricy… Beer and drinks under 4% are for sale at most grocery stores.

Thrift shop

If you are in need of clothing definitely visit your local Fretex. Fretex is a chain of thrift stores that specialize in brand name (mostly H&M honestly) clothing at a VERY discounted price. It’s very similar to the Salvation Army or Goodwill in the States.

How to save money in Norway, Norwegian Fretex thrift store

Fretex second hand store

If you knows some locals, or are staying in a local area, ask about school sales. They are big sales at local schools of donated clothing, shoes, furniture, ect. These are even more inexpensive than thrift stores.

Live Smart

Do what you have to do, whether it be Couchserfing, Airbnb, Workaway, or WOOFing, to avoid staying at a hotel. You can even camp, this is free everywhere that isn’t private property. Libraries have free wifi, charging stations, and computers. Remember, the best thing about Norway is that all the best activities are completely, 100% free. Hint: Go for a hike 🙂

Foraging in Norway, girl stares at tall pine trees

 

To read my 1st article on Norway on a budget click here. Happy travels XX – Izzy

 

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8 thoughts on “Updated Guide to Saving Money in Norway

  1. I remember Norway being pretty ex pensive but I only went to Oslo for a 3-day job so that doesn’t really count.
    Happy to read there are interesting and cheap options to be found there too.
    Thanks for the tips! 😉

    Jul’

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  2. Some of my nicest dress suits and sportcoats (brands in men ‘s clothinglike Hart, Shaffner and Marx, came from G.W. (Goodwill) also manufacture outlet stores. Your frugal education and budgeting will serve you all your life and it can be fun. Enjoy. G.P.

    On Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 7:35 AM, Where My Carry-on Takes Me wrote:

    > amateurworldtravelr posted: “How to Save Money in Norway Norway and > Scandinavia are some of the most expensive countries in the world to visit. > The standard of living in Oslo is 120% higher than in Bangkok. This is > evident in all aspects of life. The air is clean, the roads are drive” >

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  3. i love this

    On Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 1:35 PM, Where My Carry-on Takes Me wrote:

    > amateurworldtravelr posted: “How to Save Money in Norway Norway and > Scandinavia are some of the most expensive countries in the world to visit. > The standard of living in Oslo is 120% higher than in Bangkok. This is > evident in all aspects of life. The air is clean, the roads are drive” >

    Liked by 1 person

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