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

Everything is available on both sides of the border, but prices differ. Food tends to be less expensive in Tijuana, while household supplies, electronics, clothing, etc. are less expensive in San Diego. WalMart and grocery stores are 10 minutes from the border, Target 15 minutes, and an outlet mall is right at the border in San Ysidro. - Nov 5, 2017
Not less expensive than the U.S. Household items are more expensive and the quality is a lot worse. We bought most of that stuff on the other side. - May 31, 2015
Fresh produce is cheaper in Mexico, while everything else is cheaper in the U.S. Officers tend to do the bulk of their grocery shopping on the U.S. side. - Mar 25, 2015
They seem more expensive - I just shop across the border as the organic selection and prices are better. - Apr 30, 2014
Groceries are 25% more than in the U.S. Prices for locally produced fruits and vegetables are cheaper than in U.S. - Feb 15, 2014
You can get anything in San Diego. Tijuana doesn't offer as much variety and as good quality as what you can get in San Diego, though for standard stuff you need in a pinch, you don't need to cross the border. - Apr 4, 2011
Groceries are comparable to the U.S. Depending on what I am looking for, I split my shopping between the Supermarkets here (Calimax and Soriana) and the grocery stores in the U.S. Produce is cheaper in Mexico and the quality is generally good. - Mar 5, 2011
Almost identical to the U.S., but then again, a 15 minute drive will get you U.S. prices. - Dec 29, 2010
The top-quality produce is shipped north, so you have to go to San Diego to get good Mexican strawberries. Costco and Walmart are both here and are slightly cheaper than in the US, with some difference in selection. - Aug 11, 2010
About the same as DC and San Diego. Many Mexicans travel north to do shopping but Super Gigante comes across nicely (and clean). - Mar 11, 2008