When I travel, one of my favorite activities is to go shopping for food, and compare the cost of different items. I love a bargain, so usually I have my own pricelist in my head, and I know what is really cheap compared to home, and what is not. For example, tomatoes are around $0.25 a pound in Guatemala, so it really hurts to buy them for $1.99, but we pay a lot of money for bad quality cheese (even more for half decent imported cheese!) and good cold cuts are hard to find as well. So when I am abroad, I always look for cheese, hams, oh, and chocolate. Guatemalans produce chocolate but I guess how they process it is an acquired taste, I have never tasted better chocolate than in Europe.
Anyway, today I wanted to introduce a cool infographic that Anne from Money Propeller has put together, comparing the price of a same basket of goods around North America. The basket, including eggs, bread, cheese, butter, and primary items like toothpaste or toilet paper etc. cost between $27.70 and $41.60, and $40.76 in Guatemala. You may be surprised that I am so close to the maximum, and the reason is as I just said, that cheese, butter and milk are pretty expensive. We never eat butter, or drink milk. I use powder milk for a few recipes and that’s it. Eating cheese is a rare splurge. So those items that make up 44% of the total price, while the rest is pretty cheap. 1lb of bananas is $0.12! You can get a whole watermelon for $0.60,
I wrote a post about it on Canadian Budget Binder, talking about how I adapt my eating and grocery shopping to the country I live in, reducing food costs while sampling local delicacies. Here, that means a lot of guacamole, fresh fish and fruits, and almost no dairy. That is perfectly fine, I stock up on other occasions.
In the infographic below, you will be able to compare the cost of a basket all over North America, and be sure to scroll down until the end, as Anne is also giving away $250 cash! There is a widget at the end with tasks you can perform to win entries. Good luck!