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Saving Euros while you shop!

If you like saving money while you shop for groceries but don’t want to spend endless time skimming through circular ads that have been stuffed into your mailbox, check out Meine Aktionen!

The site combines all advertised special deals and allows you to sort by grocery/cosmetic store, product, type of deal, etc. and you can also register to receive email alerts for special prices. And, you can even download an app for your phone!

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Saving on Groceries

Diplomats in Vienna are eligible for a tax refund on receipts totaling over 73 Euros. Check with your mission for details.

Some grocery and other stores in Austria have Kundenkartes (customer cards) that work in pretty much the same way as American store savings cards. Every week, certain items are advertised at a lower price for customers with the card. Cashiers will usually ask if you have the card when you check out.

Signing up for the cards can usually be done in the store, however, it may be easier to sign up online and have the card mailed to your local address. The sign-up forms are not complicated and you can always use Google Translate or ask a German-speaking friend for assistance.  You can also sign up for email newsletters advertising special offers and sometimes including coupons.

Here are links to online forms for customer cards from several grocery stores.

These stores do not offer cards, but do have newsletters with special offers.

For other types of stores, Google the name of the store and “kundenkarte” to find online signup forms.  Ikea, Baumax (hardware store), and many others offer these cards.

Save Euros with the Niederösterreich Card!

The Niederösterreich Card for this year became available March 1 (53 Euros per adult) and offers many discounts and free admissions to all types of events and outings throughout the lower Austria region.It is valid for one year from April 1, 2013 until March 31, 2014.

You can buy the card at a local Trafik or Raiffeisenbank or order online! They also provide a handy little guide to plan all those outings! Examples of the discounts include a free ride on the Vienna ferris wheel as well as reduced and free admission to countless museums and other destinations.

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Thrift Shopping in Vienna

Vienna is a great place for second-hand and consignment shopping!

Thrift stores are clean (ish), well-organized, and attract all kinds of shoppers. Look for bargains in glassware, china, enamelware, linens, and hand-painted kitsch of all kinds. Toys and sporting goods in good condition are also easy to find, as well as “extra” furniture for your US government housing, such as inexpensive bookshelves, desks, or wardrobes.

Vintage Riess enamelware from Caritas.

Vintage Riess enamelware from Caritas.

Caritas, the Catholic charity, has two large stores in Vienna with pretty much everything from housewares to clothing. A special section in each store features antiques. Check out the larger store on Steinheilgasse in the 21st district for the best selection. Donations are also accepted at the store.

Humana stores specialize in clothing. There is a good selection of everything from pajamas to fur coats. The store on Wiedner Haupstrasse in the 4th district features a large trachten (traditional Tyrolean: think lederhosen and dirndls) boutique with clothing for men, women, and children.

The Vienna city animal shelter (Tierschutzheim) has a very nice fundraising thrift shop.  It is not easy to find, but this shop has a great selection of antiques, especially books and linens. Open only on Sundays.

Consignment stores are also very popular, especially for “dressy” or vintage clothes, including ball gowns and trachten.  With all the balls held here in Vienna, turnover in ball clothing and accessories is high, and great bargains can be had.  Find out more about consignment and second-hand shops here.