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

Nearly everything is available at a much lower price (60%) than the U.S. Some imported items are expensive (you can get Jif peanut butter, but it is 8 dollars a jar). There is an employee association store that stocks items from the military commissary in Ankara, and will pick up items from there by request. - Sep 27, 2017
Fruits and veggies are very affordable. Meat is fresh, although most people buy it from the consulate shoppette. Fish is exceedingly expensive. For those who need a little taste of home (Oreos, wine, etc.), there is always the shoppette on the consulate compound (sorry, it's only open to government employees) or the BX/PX/commissary in Ankara which delivers larger orders to you via the Istanbul shoppette. - Oct 24, 2010
Groceries nd household goods do not need to cost a lot if you learn to use TUrkish brands and shop like a Turk. Fancy markets like Migros cost more and Western goods and brands are, of course, luxury items. I, personally, live on 1/4 of my salary and live well. - Jan 4, 2010
Very expensive especially for Western/imported items.$11 for a medium sized jar of Jif peanut butter - Jan 3, 2010
The office has a great little store bringing meat, dairy, and American items from a military base. Most everything is available locally, including fantastic fruits and vegetables in season (and bread and sweets year round), but anything imported is expensive. - Dec 21, 2009
Very expensive. The only exception is certain fruits and vegetables. Any pork product will run you over $100/kg. A kilo of beef will easily run you $10+ for an average quality cut. - Dec 3, 2009