As I mentioned yesterday, one of the big events for Monday was going to the grocery store, specifically, Chris asked our driver to take us to the international grocery store. Before we even made it inside, I was excited because I could see some familiar brands through the windows!
Upon going inside, I immediately spotted the little red mesh bags of Babybel Cheese! Naturally, I made a beeline for the dairy case ready to grab a few of these little treasures. As I was loading them into my shopping basket, Chris shouted “Brit, make sure you check the prices, these Poptarts are $10.”
And I had picked up over $60 of Babybel Cheese. That would be three, yes, that’s right three little bags of cheese. Feeling majorly disappointed, I put them back.
Let’s do the math…6 pieces of cheese @ 21 grams each for 950 INR, so about $20.21 …..that’s over $71/lb.
Not happening. At least not in my world.
Maybe you can see where this is going already. Since we were short on time, we did end up buying a few items so that we could eat this week, but not the foods that we really wanted. Well, not many of the foods that we really wanted. Ahem, overpricedHoneyBunchesofOatsChris.
After spending nearly $100 on almost nothing, I think that we have learned two important lessons during our first trip to the international grocery.
- Buying international groceries is for rich people, not us.
- In order to eat within our means we are going to have to start eating a lot of Indian food, or at least dishes made from traditional Indian foods.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these purchases.
Notice that the rice, lentils, and chickpeas are all well within our budget. Also notice that after the massive cereal stockpile that we brought over here runs out, we may not be eating any more cereal.
Thankfully we shipped enough Splenda to last Chris for 5 months! The Tide is the only item that I can see going back to the international grocery store for and that is only because my super sensitive skin gets hives from almost every other laundry detergent.
This weekend, for some contrast, we will be hitting up the Indian version of Wal-Mart. A superstore that sells clothing, electronics, groceries, housewares all in one convenient location. Yep, pretty much Wal-Mart.
Preparing myself for sensory overload! Trying to keep in mind that my wallet will thank me!