|There was so much food in our dinghy it was hard to find room to sit!|
There are so many different ways that life in Mexico is more affordable than life in America. We won't even go into the whole debacle of America's health insurance system and cost of medical care - I've covered that before. Today, we'll focus on just that basic staple of life - food. We just came back from a shopping trip to Mega - a grocery store that is indistinguishable from your typical upscale Safeway in America. Mega has all the amenities you would expect in a nice grocery store in America - an on-site bakery, deli, butchers on staff to help with any special meat order, a huge veggie/fruit section, pharmacy, and aisle after aisle of goods for sale, all set in a very clean, new, brightly lit facility with soft music piped in and well oiled, brand new carts without wobbly wheels.
The only difference you notice is when you step up to the register to pay. Today, we were provisioning for the next month we plan to be out cruising, so we were stocking up on all the things that are either hard to find in the little tiendas up north, or are just too expensive off the beaten path. Our pile of goodies filled two shopping carts to the brim. We bought lots of expensive items including 3 fifths of alcohol, 5 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breast, 4 lbs of beef roast, 2 lbs of pork roast, 2 lbs of hamburger, 2 lbs of bacon, bags of potato chips and snacks, 24 big boxes of good quality juice (pomegranate, cranberry and pineapple-coconut), about a case of pop, and lots more. The grand total, you ask? Hold on to your hats, folks. At today's exchange rate we spent $292.95 USD. At those prices, it's really no wonder how we stretched our budget out so we could be out cruising nearly four years instead of the two we planned on.