So, my brother-in-law had this interesting argument a few months back. He was complaining to me that things are much more expensive here than in the US. I conceded that American products are ridiculous, but most things are actually cheaper (just for comparison, in the US we spent about $150/week on food, now it’s more like 210JD per week (north of $350)). So, then he said, no I mean things like fresh vegetables and fruits. I have to admit I was floored.
I resolved to get to the bottom of this once and for all. So, when we moved from Louisiana, cucumbers were typically about $1 for 2. That’s right by the piece. The snapshot above (using my handy camera phone) is of the cucumbers I bought last week. They cost me just over $1.50. As you may notice, there are far more than two cucumbers…
Butterbean loves peppers, green, yellow, orange, red, etc. In fact, since we moved here, she also likes purple and white (I never even knew there WAS such a thing). So, in the US, I used to buy the colored peppers in bulk. They cost me $6 for 6 peppers. Last week, I spent about $10 on peppers. I got 6 red, 6 orange, 4 yellow, and 4 green. Clearly a better deal. Tomatoes are about the same. So, I wonder, where is he figuring the greater expense. The only thing I can figure is that, as a single guy he was used to buying only one or two of anything. And, here he was with his Dad buying enough for an army. That being the case, it would likely seem more expensive. For us, if we could just wean ourselves off of 3 things we’d cut our costs considerably. 1. Diet 7UP (I hate the water here, a sad fact), 2. Bisquick, and 3. Milk. The milk here comes in tiny packaging and is very costly.
Speaking of milk, I gather we drink a lot of milk in our house. A friend who moved shortly after us was telling me that for his family (2 adults, 2 kids about the same ages as ours), they go through 3 liters a week. I wish… For my brood (2 adults, 3 kids, 4.5 and 2.5), we go through 12-15 liters a week. Yep, that’s right, 12-15 liters. Can you imagine? So, my fridge is full of milk all the time. I even buy boxes to sit outside the fridge so that we have enough… At any rate, just thought the price comparison was interesting. Any thoughts?