Alrighty friends…I mentioned earlier this week that I’m a little behind and am playing catch-up…and that I spent the day yesterday using just about every form of transportation possible. (Except a motorcycle. Because it’s not really okay to ride on a motorcycle with 3 small children on board. Unless you are in the Dominican Republic.)
(Rabbit Trail Confession: When we were living in the Dominican Republic, I took Ryan on a moped/passola. It was my “mom of the century” moment. It was out of pure desperation that I took him on this moped. He had been SCREAMING for hours. Our car was in the shop. My neighbor’s weren’t home. And I needed to get him to the clinic…and fast. And it’s a good thing I did. Turns out he had a parasite and needed medication right away. And about the parasite…despite my many efforts to keep the non-potable tap water away from his mouth while bathing him, he still managed to get a parasite. Writing this makes me feel like I should win the “mom of the millennium” award. Let my kid get a parasite. Took him for a ride on the back of a moped. Hmm…)
So back to yesterday. We spent 2 hours in a rental car, 6 minutes on an airport tram, 3 minutes on a moving walkway, too many hours on 2 different airplanes, 9 minutes on an airport parking shuttle, and 1.5 hours in our own car…all to get from Inverness, CA to our home.
(I’m exhausted just thinking about it.)
We spent the weekend out in Northern California, celebrating the marriage of my brother in law and his lovely new bride! (I’m sorry to keep this from you, but for security reasons…I don’t share on the site when our whole family is away. I know you understand.)
Anytime I travel, I always make a point to bop into a local grocery store. For research sake. And in this case, the local farmer’s market, too. More research.
I receive email after email about how grocery shopping is SO EXPENSIVE in higher cost of living markets like northern Cali and NYC. To which I reply, it probably is…and I’m super fortunate to live in the middle of the country…where prices seem to be less.
Well…let me tell you this…I don’t buy it anymore. I will no longer be responding as I typically have. I will now respond with a link to this post. And a lovely note encouraging people to watch their prices and pay closer attention.
Before we proceed..It’s not entirely fair to make this judgment based on looking at 1 grocery store circular. And comparing for just 1 week. Proper research would requiring tracking prices for several weeks or months.
But here’s my evidence anyways…
Pictured above…the front page of the Safeway circular in Marin County, CA.
$1.88/lb Chicken Breast…same as here. $4.99/lb steak…same as here. 6/$1 corn cobs…same as here.
There: $1.50 for cantaloupes.
Around here: Regularly on sale for $1.25-$1.75.
There: $.50 for organic kiwis.
Around here: $.50 for non-organic kiwis.
I bought a few of these for a fruit salad that I made for the Sunday brunch that we hosted for wedding guests, family and friends.
There: $1.50 for organic avocados.
Around here: $.65-$1 for regular avocados.
While yes, I realize this is just a few products…it’s just to show that if you pay attention, shop seasonally & locally, and stock up when you see great prices…you can actually eat on a budget if you live in a high cost of living area.
And for the record, the Safeway that I bopped into was just minutes from Robin Williams’ home in Marin County, just north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. How’s that for inexpensive food in a ritzy area.
Northern Californians…your thoughts please?!!!?!!!?