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How would you describe the availability and cost of groceries and household supplies relative to your home country?

Groceries can be relatively cheap, but some household supplies can be pretty expensive. As the Belarusian ruble has gone down in value, some groceries have become hard to find, or at least hard to find good quality versions of. If you can speak Russian, you'll have a better chance at the local markets, as opposed to the grocery stores. We've started doing almost all of our shopping up in Vilnius, as it's only about two hours and you can get almost everything you could want up there. We also have access to DPO and pouch, which enables us to ship in the stuff we can't get up there, or which is just expensive (such as peanut butter and baking powder). There's also a Marks and Spencer up in Vilnius, which has some stuff you can't find anywhere else. - Oct 19, 2011