Sometimes life just pulls you in all sorts of directions :) Today's post will be brief: Showing you how I used around $100 USD this week.
Many people who live in CR will tell you that Auto Mercado is the priciest grocery store we have. I believe I've even written something about it before, but it's my favorite store because it has everything all in one place. I will let you in on a little secret, though. I ONLY shop there on Wednesdays which is their "Dia del Campo". Every Wednesday you will find various meats, cheeses and produce on sale. If I HAVE to go for something on let's say, a Monday, I am usually irritated to find what I needed is usually on sale by Wednesday. So- I really try to aim to shop on their bargain day.
Today, I bought a few things extra, because Father's day is right around the corner, In my family, the good ol' boys enjoy some whiskey, So guess what I bought? A one liter jug of something Scottish... Do you know if Dewar's is any good?
Today there was also a promo on Oranjeboom lager from Holland - 6 x 3. Meaning I paid for three and took home six. Since I am part Dutch, I have to assume it's a good beer. Dutchies do make Heineken after all.
Here is a quick snap of what I got: (and since it's probably hard to see every item, I'll list down below)
- 2 fresh hydroponic plants, mint and thyme
- elmer's school glue (for me! not my kiddo ;)
- 2 bags of windex equivalent *isn't it awesome they're sold in bags? Way to go CR to cut down on plastic bottles in the landfills.
- Vanilla protein shake
- New raspberry smirnoff beer (if you can call it that)
- 6 cans of Dutch Oranjeboom beer
- 1 tall boy Oranjeboom hard cider
- 7 yogurts
- 1 mocachino
- Colgate toothpaste
- Peanut butter M&M's (because today, I need chocolate.)
- 1 loaf artisan veggie focaccia bread
- Uchuva (Gooseberries) Organic, about 1/2 lb
- 6 pack natural consume
- Bailey's caramel coffee creamer (Booze NOT included in this one ;)
- 1 not from concentrate OJ
- 4 pack butter blend
- 6 pack otis spunkermeyer muffins - these are from the devil.. but they were on sale
- 1 bottle grape juice (came with a free sport bottle that I tried to reject.. but they insisted I took it)
- 1 loaf of local brand "artisan" white bread
- 3 (juice box size) heavy whipping creams
- 1 organic beet
- 1 pear
- 1+ kilo of fresh chicken breast
- 1 free donut that came with my coffee
- 3 nectarines
- half dozen eggs (which I find to be high quality)
- 2 extra big cans of pringles (please don't judge me, they were on super sale haha)
- 1 box mac n cheese
- 1.5 kilos of Haas avocados
- 1 juicy lookin' mango
- 1 bag of micro salad greens
- 1 head of garlic
- 5 bananas
- 60 pack kotex feminine hygene product
- 1 liter of Dewar's whiskey
- 1 huge head of cauliflower
- 1 organic dinosaur kale
- 1 bag of red beans
- 6 pack lunch box juices
- 1/2 lb asiago cheese
- 1 bag pretzel chips.
Pretty certain that's all of it. The total came to c65,000 CRC and at today's exchange rate is $120 USD.
How did I do? I certainly know I buy a few frivolous and unnecessary items, but we like snacks in this household :D
Do you live in the US or Canada? How does your grocery bill compare? How about if you are already in Costa Rica and you shop at any other place.. I am curious to know what a small family grocery bill looks like.
I hope this gives you a good idea of how far $120 can go-Challenge excepted for those who want to post their buys!
I shop around quite a bit and often find prices (outside of produce) at other stores about the same as shopping AM on promo day.
If you want the freshest and least expensive produce, go check out one of the local ferias (farmers markets.) Every town has one, we just don't always get a chance to go.
Feliz miercoles! I'll leave you with this to get your mouth watering: the fresh bread section at AM. Chau!