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Some newcomers are not sure where to buy the groceries they need, and they may miss traditional foods from their native country. There are many different places and ways to go shopping in the USA. Learn about the kinds of shops for buying food. Find out how to buy traditional foods. Read about where to buy clothes and how to shop online.

Some newcomers are not sure where to buy the groceries they need, and they may miss traditional foods from their native country. There are many different places and ways to go shopping in the USA. Learn about the kinds of shops for buying food. Find out how to buy traditional foods. Read about where to buy clothes and how to shop online.

Where to buy in the US, photo copyright UK Aid, CC.
Winkelen in de VS, Foto copyright UK steun, CC..
Where to buy in the US, photo copyright UK Aid, CC.
Shopping in the US, photo copyright UK Aid, CC..

Buying food

Buying food

The word groceries means food you buy. Je moet proberen te besteden ongeveer 20% or less of your total family income on groceries each month. Dit betekent als hebben $1,000 inkomen per maand, je moet besteden $200 or less on groceries. Als je $500 elke maand, je kunt veroorloven om te besteden slechts $100 of minder op voedsel, if you are to also pay for housing and utilities.

The word groceries means food you buy. You should try to spend about 20% or less of your total family income on groceries each month. This means if have $1,000 in income each month, you should spend $200 or less on groceries. If you get $500 each month, you can afford to spend only $100 or less on food, if you are to also pay for housing and utilities.

Here are some useful things to know about buying food:

Here are some useful things to know about buying food:

  • Some things that cost little in your home country may be expensive in the USA. Bijvoorbeeld, vluchtelingen uit Birma mag graag eet verse kokosnoten en mango 's, but these items are expensive.
  • Meat and fruit are often expensive in the USA. Dus, you may need to try to eat some new foods as well as your traditional foods.
  • Buying food, especially rice and beans and many vegetables, from the grocery store and cooking it yourself is generally less expensive than buying food from a restaurant.
  • If an item in a store is priced, je moet betalen die prijs. Echter, this is less true in markets or stores selling used goods.
  • Some things that cost little in your home country may be expensive in the USA. For example, refugees from Burma may like to eat fresh coconuts and mangoes, but these items are expensive.
  • Meat and fruit are often expensive in the USA. So, you may need to try to eat some new foods as well as your traditional foods.
  • Buying food, especially rice and beans and many vegetables, from the grocery store and cooking it yourself is generally less expensive than buying food from a restaurant.
  • If an item in a store is priced, you have to pay that price. However, this is less true in markets or stores selling used goods.

Where to buy groceries

Where to buy groceries

Here are some different places you can buy food:

Here are some different places you can buy food:

Grocery stores

Grocery stores

Grocery stores in the US are large stores that carry many different types of food. Er zijn verschillende grote supermarkt “winkelketens.” A chain is a group of stores that are the same in different cities across the US. Kruidenieren en supermarkten zijn onderverdeeld in secties zoals groenten en fruit, vlees, conserven, enz. Many large grocery stores encourage you to sign up for free “Club” kaarten, of “membership cards. This is good to do because you often receive a discount on your food with a card, even though the card is free. Other stores, such as Costco, do charge for their cards and sell large quantities of food more cheaply. These are worth joining if you have a big family and are buying food and household items in large quantities.

Grocery stores in the US are large stores that carry many different types of food. There are several large grocery “chain stores.” A chain is a group of stores that are the same in different cities across the US. Grocery stores are divided into sections such as fruit and vegetables, meat, canned foods, etc. Many large grocery stores encourage you to sign up for free “Club” cards, or “membership cards. This is good to do because you often receive a discount on your food with a card, even though the card is free. Other stores, such as Costco, do charge for their cards and sell large quantities of food more cheaply. These are worth joining if you have a big family and are buying food and household items in large quantities.

Boeren’ markten

Farmers’ markets

De meeste steden in de VS hebben boeren’ markten, vooral in de zomer. At a farmersmarket, u vindt vers fruit en groenten gekweekt en verkocht door de boeren zelf. In summer, you may spend less money then you would at a grocery store for the same items, but not always – some big grocery stores are able to sell for less than farmers who grow small amount of organic produce, bijvoorbeeld.

Most cities in the US have farmers’ markets, especially in the summer. At a farmers’ market, you can find fresh fruit and vegetables grown and sold by the farmers themselves. In summer, you may spend less money then you would at a grocery store for the same items, but not always – some big grocery stores are able to sell for less than farmers who grow small amount of organic produce, for example.

Convenience stores

Convenience stores

Dit zijn de kleine winkels die soms kleine hoeveelheden levensmiddelen of levensmiddelen verkopen. Hoewel deze winkels handig wellicht omdat ze dicht bij uw huis, ze zijn vaak duurder dan de supermarkt.

These are small stores that sometimes sell small amounts of groceries or food. While these stores may be convenient because they are close to your house, they are often more expensive than the grocery store.

Ethnic stores

Ethnic stores

Sommige gemeenschappen hebben etnische winkels, Wat betekent dat een winkel die boodschappen van een bepaalde etnische achtergrond verkoopt. Bijvoorbeeld, mogelijk is er een “Indiase markt” of een “Chinese markt” die verkoopt voedingsmiddelen uit die landen. You can find ethnic grocery stores in many cities in FindHello.

Some communities have ethnic stores, meaning a store that sells groceries from a particular ethnic background. For example, there might be an “Indian Market” or a “Chinese Market” that sells foods from those countries. You can find ethnic grocery stores in many cities in FindHello.

Restaurants

Restaurants

Restaurants in the USA tend to be the most expensive place to get food. Fast-food restaurants zijn goedkoper dan de reguliere restaurants, but you have to choose carefully so as to not eat too much unhealthy food.

Restaurants in the USA tend to be the most expensive place to get food. Fast-food restaurants are cheaper than regular restaurants, but you have to choose carefully so as to not eat too much unhealthy food.

Online

Online

There are a number of websites selling ethnic food and other specialty foods that are hard to find locally in your town or city. One example is eFood Depot.

There are a number of websites selling ethnic food and other specialty foods that are hard to find locally in your town or city. One example is eFood Depot.

You can find specialty foods by searching online. Type the words “buy [food you are looking for] online.

You can find specialty foods by searching online. Type the words “buy [food you are looking for] online.”

 

 

Where to buy clothing and household items

Where to buy clothing and household items

In de VS, you have lots of options of where to shop for clothes and things for your home. Je moet altijd proberen om dingen te kopen wanneer ze te koop zijn!

In the USA, you have lots of options of where to shop for clothes and things for your home. You should always try to buy things when they are on sale!

Thrift stores or used and secondhand stores

Thrift stores or used and secondhand stores

When you are thinking of where to buy clothes, consider thrift stores if you want to save money. Thrift stores sell clothes, home items, and furniture other people have given away. Als u tijd om te kijken, vaak vindt u zeer mooie kleren, items for your kitchen, meubilair, speelgoed, en meer op spaarzaamheid winkels. Deze winkels zijn meestal zeer goedkoop, and they often have days where everything in the store is on sale.

When you are thinking of where to buy clothes, consider thrift stores if you want to save money. Thrift stores sell clothes, home items, and furniture other people have given away. If you take time to look, you can often find very nice clothes, items for your kitchen, furniture, toys, and more at thrift stores. These stores tend to be very low-cost, and they often have days where everything in the store is on sale.

Garage sales and yard sales

Garage sales and yard sales

Een garageverkoop of werf verkoop is een geweldige plek om te zoeken gebruikt kleding en huishoudelijke artikelen. Deze items zijn normaal gesproken vrij goedkoop. Garage sales and yard sales are one of the few places you can barter in the USA. This means if you are at a garage or yard sale, you can try to ask for a lower price than what is written on the item.

A garage sale or yard sale is a great place to find used clothing and household items. These items are normally quite cheap. Garage sales and yard sales are one of the few places you can barter in the USA. This means if you are at a garage or yard sale, you can try to ask for a lower price than what is written on the item.

Department stores and malls

Department stores and malls

U kunt ook winkelen bij warenhuizen of de mall. These stores tend to be more expensive and have famous name brands. Dit betekent dat de items zijn populair omdat het merk bekend is, zoals Nike schoenen.

You can also shop at department stores or the mall. These stores tend to be more expensive and have famous name brands. This means the items are popular because the brand is well-known, such as Nike shoes.

SuperStores

Superstores

Superstores are stores in the USA that sell nearly everything. Deze omvatten winkels zoals Walmart, Doel, en Kmart. These stores are generally cheaper than name brand department stores.

Superstores are stores in the USA that sell nearly everything. These include stores like Walmart, Target, and Kmart. These stores are generally cheaper than name brand department stores.

Shopping locally

Shopping locally

There are probably lots of local stores in your new town. Het is leuk om te winkelen lokaal omdat uw geld in uw gemeenschap blijft. U kunt zelfs vinden een winkel die eigendom zijn van een andere vluchteling.

There are probably lots of local stores in your new town. It is nice to shop locally because your money stays in your community. You may even find a store owned by another refugee.

Hardware stores

Hardware stores

Als u onderdelen nodig voor uw huis of om te herstellen van uw huis, u kunt winkelen bij een ijzerhandel. The people who work at these stores will answer your questions about home repair.

If you need items for your house or to repair your home, you can shop at a hardware store. The people who work at these stores will answer your questions about home repair.

Online and mail order

Online and mail order

A lot of Americans buy their clothes online or from catalogs that come in the mail. In de VS, you can return clothes you buy online or from a catalog, just like you can return items bought in stores.

A lot of Americans buy their clothes online or from catalogs that come in the mail. In the USA, you can return clothes you buy online or from a catalog, just like you can return items bought in stores.

Returning items

Returning items

Stores in the USA let people return goods if there is something wrong with them or even if they just change their mind. But they will not allow you to return something after you have used it. Whenever you shop, Houd uw ontvangst. This is proof that you bought the item and when you bought it. Als u besluit dat u wilt retourneren van een item, you will need the receipt. It is harder to return fresh foods, but you should always return food if you found it was spoiled or past itssell by” datum.

Stores in the USA let people return goods if there is something wrong with them or even if they just change their mind. But they will not allow you to return something after you have used it. Whenever you shop, keep your receipt. This is proof that you bought the item and when you bought it. If you decide you want to return an item, you will need the receipt. It is harder to return fresh foods, but you should always return food if you found it was spoiled or past its “sell by” date.

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