Record inflation and energy costs: 91 percent of Germans buy less | money

All of Europe is suffering from the inflation hammer! According to the statistical office Eurostat, inflation in the euro zone in June amounted to 8.6%. – more than ever since the introduction of the single currency 20 years ago!

In Germany, the discount on fuel and a ticket for 9 euros slowed the rise in inflation somewhat (now 7.6%), but here too the consequences are dramatic.

In Baden-Württemberg alone, 45 swimming pools are on the verge of collapse as they can no longer afford the high energy prices.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64, SPD) wants to forge an anti-inflation plan together with trade unions and employers’ associations in the Chancellery tomorrow and invited them to “united action” there.

Scholz wants to propose the dismissal of employees with a tax-free one-off payment. But his proposal was previously heavily criticized by the trade unions (see interview).

An exclusive INSA survey for BILD am SONNTAG (1,003 respondents Friday) shows how urgent politicians need to act.

► 75 percent states that price increases are a heavy or very heavy burden. For households with incomes below € 2,000, this figure is as high as 82 percent!

► 50 percent states that their economic situation has worsened this year. For 42 percent, it remained the same, and for only seven percent it improved. I: 46% expect things to get worse!

► Almost every second person (46%) has already postponed a large purchase this year due to high prices.

► 91 percent of respondents claim that they are saving today (see the chart), most of them on visits to restaurants (54%), on buying clothes (50%) and on vacation (48%). 43 percent even save when buying groceries. Only 9 percent. of the respondents claim that they do not have to (yet) limit themselves.

And the INSA data shows something else: people are already afraid of winter! Every second German expects to freeze this winter.

This fear is probably not unfounded: Hamburg’s environmental senator Jens Kerstan (56, Greens) is the first leading politician to warn against rationing hot water for private households.

“In the event of an acute gas shortage, hot water may only be available at certain times of the day in an emergency,” predicts Kerstan at WELT am SONNTAG. It is also possible to lower the maximum room temperature in the district heating network.

According to economy minister Robert Habeck (52, the Greens), Russian gas may run out in a week. As of July 11, there has been a threat of “a complete blockade of Nord Stream 1,” said Habeck.

Minister of Economy Robert Habeck (52, Zieloni)

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Because Gazprom wants to carry out annual maintenance from 11 to 21 July of this by far the most important gas pipeline for Germany.

During this time, the gas will not flow from Nord Stream 1 to Germany. Will it continue after that: unclear. The Federal Network Agency is considering the possibility of stopping the gas and calling for energy savings.

What do you have to give up?

Reach deep in your pocket for everything. For a normal life, butter, milk, vegetables, fuel, heating. Consumer prices are rising and inflation in the euro area has never been higher.

BILD am SONNTAG asked: What are you doing without, what are you limiting to? For some, holidays are no longer possible, others stick to old technology or simply turn off the lights.

“I gave up on vacation”

Nurse Christian Rottenfusser (50)

Nurse Christian Rottenfusser (50)

Photo: Christoph Michaelis

Nurse Christian Rottenfusser (50): “Life has become noticeably more expensive. Almost painful. I am a single father and recently gave my son a stay at a school camp.

I gave up my own vacation. I’m not visiting my father at the moment either. The only way to get there is by car: too far, too expensive.

“Our car stops more often now”

Annemarie (72) and Wolfgang (75) vultures

Annemarie (72) and Wolfgang (75) vultures

Retired Annemarie (72) and Wolfgang (75) Geier: “Our car just stops more often now. However, we are happy to do without this comfort because we fully integrate our bikes into life as a reasonable replacement. We are concerned about energy prices, the development of which cannot be predicted. “

“Meat from a good butcher is now rare”

Optician Milena Stuckert (23)

Optician Milena Stuckert (23)

Photo: Christoph Michaelis

Optician Milena Stuckert (23): “I definitely buy less and mostly give up the food I love. Meat from a good butcher is very rare at the moment. It also happens that I have to spread my purchases over several supermarkets. To be able to take advantage of good special offers. “

“Old TV is still okay”

Chris Hartman (29)

Chris Hartman (29)

Photo: Christoph Michaelis

Chris Hartmann (29), painter and varnisher: “I tend to deal directly. Due to rising prices, I can build fewer reserves and save less. Purchases are postponed. For example, I wish I had a new TV in my bedroom. But the old man still does.

Rent, electricity, gas! Did the costly shock get you too?

Everything is getting more expensive. Looks like everyone wants to earn some money right now. Everywhere in Germany, for example, terrified tenants report: My base rent will increase drastically, by 7.5 or even 10 percent.

And then millions of households now receive letters from electricity suppliers who have chosen to raise the price by 60, 70, or even 100 percent.

Photo: BILD

Anyone who receives mail from a gas supplier in these weeks will read: Unfortunately, prices will have to be massively adjusted soon. Possibly by 100, 200 or even 300 percent.

Many, many households will therefore have to pay several hundred euro more per month. But can they?

Did you have a letter on this in your mailbox?

Tell us about it and send us a picture of the invoice and your picture by e-mail to with the keyword “BAMS – shock expensive”. We are waiting for your applications, preferably by Wednesday, July 6th. Please also provide your name, address and telephone number.

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