…… continuation of the pricey discussion we were having a while back. A visit to the supermarket whether it’s at TESCO or CityShop, I can bet my empty wallet the cash register sings with angelic voices every time one of my items goes by. Cha-ching! There’s a misconception on the cost of food and various other items. Groceries are expensive, well groceries like ours are expensive. What I mean is that while we do shop at the local market, we tend to purchase those comfort items and name brands as we would find in the states. I had said, I would no longer purchase Mac & Cheese. However, the pout and whine from my 12 year old beats me down every time. I mean, we’re away from the comforts of home, so why not keep some things the same, right? I know I probably shouldn’t but even I have a certain weakness for my all time favorite hot cereal, Muesli. Take a peak, what do you think? Are we crazy for giving in and buying not only into the hype of having such items but into the, “must have western product”?
When converting to USD prices we gauge price by dividing by 6.25 (exchange average rate). We’ve been here 8 months and I can’t seem to stop converting prices in my mind.
Back home we go through Fruity Pebble cereal like nobody’s business. Here in the China, we don’t eat cereal, the milk does not taste the same and the cereal is just so so, we don’t crave it like we do back home. $4.30 for a box smaller than 11 oz.
We love to make our own spaghetti sauce; however, this is just easier to make. Doctor it up a bit and add a boat load of garlic, not bad. $3.34
We have probably eaten more ketchup & BBQ sauce since we’ve been here than in our whole entire life! $3.18
For some strange and odd reason, soda is not expensive here. This is less than $.50 a bottle. Not bad heh?
I’ve tried many oatmeal types here and this is by far, hands down, without a doubt, our favorite oatmeal. Mix this one with a cup of Muesli and oh boy, a great way to start the day! $6.04
A must have at all times ingredient. Yes, even if the price is ridiculously high! $9.52
Monica’s favorite. Thankfully we don’t go through as much as we did in the states. Thank goodness for that! $10.40
We have only bought one of these containers; but, only because we are convinced the milk tastes much different. Mari’s favorite! $10.40
These are only purchased when the girls are craving Taco Bell type tacos, Yuck! For the most part we make our own tortillas. $7.20 a box