Jan 29, 2005, 11:53 AM
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For those who like to know exact prices of this and that, I kept my receipt from our weekly run to Gigante for our "necessities" Diet Pepsi and Fibra Max cereal, which we can't find on a regular basis anyplace else, plus the odds and ends we threw in the cart. I'll do my very rough, in-my-head conversions of pesos to dollars at 11.3.
Today's prices at Gigante in San Miguel
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Fibra Max cereal, large box, $2.95 US
Box of cereal, Extra brand, 2.62
Box of cereal, Crusti brand, like granola,3.35
2-liter plastic bottle Diet pepsi, 1.07
grapefruit, kilo (2.2 pounds), .49
fresh mushrooms, kilo, 2.55
large can of whole mushrooms, 1.25
fresh carrots, kilo, .49
yellow sweet pepper, kilo, .99
green sweet pepper, kilo .97
orange sweet pepper, kilo, 5.20 (bought one at 1.10)
plastic bag of dried hibiscus blossoms to make several gallons of jamaica tea, 1.55
12 extra large brown eggs, 1.05
small mamey, a melon, .75
large plastic bag of already-sliced coleslaw mix, 3.55
(We didn't notice the price, would have bought a whole cabbage and sliced it ourselves for around .50)
small can of sliced pickled jalapenos for nachos, .40
roll of Ritz crackers, 75 mg, .18
Campbell's can of condensed soup from squash flowers, 1.23
Campbell's can of condensed chicken soup with fine noodles, 1.23
fresh limes, kilo, .61
carton of low-fat crema, similar to sour cream, 1.20
tin of Brunswick picante sardines, .71
pound of unsalted butter, 1.62
Two 40-watt light bulbs, .43
big yellow onions, hard to find, kilo, .62
plastic bottle of low-fat yogurt drink, .57
large canned corn, .88
liter bottle of green salsa, 1.40
cantaloupe, kilo, 1.09
package of dried laurel leaves, spices (bay leaf), .89
fancy whole-grain mustard, small jar, 1.39
I didn't put down the exact amounts we bought--some produce we bought less than a kilo, some more, and we bought eight bottles of Diet Pepsi and three boxes of Fibra-Max, for example.
We ended up spending about $55 US, though we'd only gone in for cereal and Diet Pepsi. Oh well, in the States when we went into a huge supermarket for a few things we usually spent even more than that getting out the door. That's why we prefer to pick up a few things here and there at the small neighborhood shops when we're out--no urge to just throw things in the basket like the sardines and the fancy mustard and the already-sliced cole slaw.
Normally we'd have bought the produce at Tuesday Market for a little cheaper, but we missed it last week for a book club meeting. Norma needed the fancy peppers for a Chinese dish today. This Tuesday we'll be out of a whole lot more produce, but that will only cost $20 max for a ton of stuff. We're going to Costco in Celaya some time this week for meats, five 20-pound bags of their dry cat food for all the feral cats we feed each month, and some other things which are much cheaper in bulk like paper plates and TP.
And that's a trip to Gigante. And it's still sunny and around 80 F today.