Brett and I went to Big Save and Cost U Less on Friday and spent $55.24. Brett went to Walmart on Saturday and spent $7.34, for a total of $62.58, so we ended up $1.04 over budget for the month with the Big Shop. We’re in very good shape for the coming month (and beyond) though, except for a fruit run in a couple of weeks, which will put us even more over budget this month, but probably only around $25 or so at the most.
Cost U Less is a funky warehouse store that predates the arrival of Costco. Lots of locals still like to shop there though because there’s no membership fee. They have some of the best produce on the island outside of the farmers’ markets, and also have a huge selection of natural and organic foods, with better prices than the local natural food stores. When we were there we discovered why there was no organic peanut butter at Costco the other day – Cost U Less bought it all and was selling it for $3 more per twin-pack!
- 2 boxes rice pilaf: $6.58
- Salsa: $2.00
- Chinese chicken salad dressing: $4.98
- Refried beans: $1.50 (these used to be 88¢ a can back in Portland – sob!)
- Diced green chilis: $2.00
- 2 CookDo stir-fry sauce: $7.96 (A big splurge, but we all love it. We bought this in Japan for around $1/box, but have used up all we brought home with us)
- Onion rings: $4.78 (these will last for 2 meals)
- 2 cartons roasted red pepper & tomato soup: $7.98
- 1 carton carrot ginger soup: $3.99
- 36-oz crunchy peanut butter: $6.98
- 2-lbs sweet onions: $2.49
- 1 large green bell pepper: $1.29
- 1 gallon bleach (we need to keep bleach in the toilets year round to combat algae): $2.86
- 16-oz soba tsuyu (soup base for Japanese noodles): $4.48
I’m hoping you can see from the above prices the reason we do most of our shopping at Costco, where prices are the same or only slightly above prices on the mainland. Unfortunately, we can can’t get everything we need there, so we have to shop elsewhere, but we try to keep our purchases at the above three stores to a minimum.