Recently a Facebook friend posted a picture on her page comparing produce and groceries that were the same cost. I (DeAnna) liked the idea and decided to do it too. When we lived in the US we would half joke about not being able to leave Wal-Mart without spending $20, however, here we half joke about not being able to leave a store that’s like Dollar General without spending $50 because of the higher price for foods like mayonnaise, ketchup, canned tuna, canned items and snack food like pretzels. Below the picture shows $20 worth of produce, $20 worth of meat and $20 worth of random groceries to show a comparison.
In the pile with meat, there is 2 lbs of ground beef, 4 chicken breast and 4 pork chops.
In the grocery pile there is a jar of mayonnaise, a bottle of ketchup, a can of corn, 1 c. worth of butter, a bag with about 2 c. of pretzels (the bags of chips and pretzels are small), 1 package of sandwich cheese, 2 c. of shredded mozzarella and a small piece (the equivalent of 1 c. of shredded) cheddar cheese.
In the produce pile there is 6 green peppers, 6 onions, 2 pineapples, 3 avocados, 19 carrots, about 6 c. of green beans, 14 potatoes, 12 tomatoes, 6 papayas, 6 imported apples, 1 cucumber, 5 zucchini, 15 clementines, 15 lemons and 5 heads of romaine lettuce.