As I've mentioned before, groceries are quite expensive here. We spend roughly 3-4 times as much on food here than we did back home.
But one surprising thing is that produce is a little bit on the cheaper side because almost all of it is grown locally. If you can find a little produce shop in your neighborhood, it's even cheaper than buying it at a regular grocery store.
Shortly after we arrived here we discovered a little hole-in-the-wall corner shop that we could find things that we didn't see anywhere else (like BBQ sauce, or refried beans, etc.). Then after we had been here for around a year or so, a friend of Tom's told us that said hole-in-the-wall has a huge produce sale every Monday, where they put every kind of produce imaginable out front, and it's all half price!
Today I walked the kids down to this little shop and bought our produce for the week. It never ceases to amaze me how much I can get for so little there. I bought:
A bag of tomatoes
4 bell peppers, red and yellow
2 containers of strawberries
A bag of apples
1 large zucchini
A bag of basil
I never could have taken a picture of the whole lot, but I wanted to show some of them in the picture above. I love pretty produce.
Do you want to know how much it was? I know my sisters are reading this, yelling in their heads, "Yes!", so I'll tell you.
I can barely get 2 gallons of milk for that price.