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How to survive a week in Thessaloniki in just 30€

by Chaitany Arora, from India.

Thessaloniki is a place where you will spend lot if you are not kept in check because the shops are so tempting and they deliberately display each and everything on the outside so you are attracted towards buying them. But if you want to survive in Thessaloniki and still save some money you need to have an amazing budget plan and great adaptability skills. Now you just have to worry about the adaptability part because I have got you covered in the budget area. Here is a list of items you can do if u want to spend the least and survive in Thessaloniki

1.Buy essential items from the supermarket rather than buying them from the regular shops.

When buying household items, a supermarket is your best friend because it has the cheapest rates available in the city for example a loaf of bread is worth 1,63€ which will last a week or so even if u have it daily for breakfast. Now that you have bread you need something to put over it so you can get merenda (a Greek version of Nutella) for 1,79€ or you can get cheese for 1,57€. Then you can get other food items such as milk (0,97€), a Pack of 6 cans of soft drinks (1,89€), eggs (1,39€), 1l juice (1,39€), sausage (1,99€), a pack of chips of 150gm (0,89€), a pack of 10 slices of cake (1,59€), 50 gm pasta (0,38€). And the best part is all of that is just for 15,45€. The prices mentioned here are subject to change every week so be sure to check the brochure before you go shopping.

2. Cook at home as much as you can instead of going out to eat as you will save a lot of money

If you go out to eat, then you are bound to spend 5 to 10 euros per meal as the aromas of the amazing food will tempt you to eat all that you can but you need to keep a strict check on yourself that you won’t spend much whenever going out to eat.

3. Find cheap spots to eat and drink

You need to find cheap spots to eat and drink but don’t you worry as I said earlier I got you covered so I am providing you with a list of shops where you can get meals just for 1 or 2 euro. First of all, comes the pizza shops that offer a slice of pizza for just 1€. These pizza shops are located all over Thessaloniki you can find one in Kamara (named Caza Nova) and two in rotunda. Then comes the kantina’s which offer souvlaki, soujukaki and other meat items in pita with onions tomatoes and potatoes topped with your favorite sauces and the best part is the price of these items vary from 1€ to maximum 3€. Now for the alcohol lovers instead of going in the bars and getting overpriced alcohol you can just buy the drinks from the kiosks or supermarkets as a beer is worth 0.80€ whereas u get the same beer for around 4€ to 5€. Retsina is for around 2,20€ at the kiosks and cheaper at the supermarkets.

4. Explore the city.

Last but not the least you should explore the city on your own and find new and maybe even cheaper and better places to eat and enjoy. Basically live the experience that you have here in Thessaloniki.

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