In view of the high inflation, many people in Germany – whether employed or looking for a job – want to limit their grocery shopping and spending on clothing and shoes. This is the result of a representative survey by the Hans Böckler Foundation published on Wednesday, for which a good 6,200 workers were surveyed at the end of April and beginning of May. Employed persons are both employed and job-seekers.
Across all income groups, 39 percent of those surveyed want to buy less food and luxury items in the future, 10 percent of them even “significantly less”. When it comes to clothing and shoes, more than every second person (53 percent) wants to limit themselves. A similar number also want to cut back on visits to pubs and restaurants.
More than two-thirds of those surveyed stated that they wanted to reduce electricity and fuel consumption. And more than 60 percent of those surveyed also want to save on heating their homes and hot water.
According to the survey, more than half (52 percent) of the working population with a relatively low household income of up to 2,000 euros net per month felt they had to buy less food. Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of them said they would cut back on their clothing and footwear purchases due to inflation.