Okinawa - Post Report Question and Answers

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

If you are able to buy food on base prices are similar to the states except for fruit and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive on base. When I mean expensive I really mean it. I bought most of my fruits and vegetables off base and I was able to do okay. Forget about eating strawberries and watermelon unless you want to break the bank but you can eat other fruits at a good price. We ate a lot of bananas and pineapples that we bought in the supermarket called BIG. I would pay less than two dollars for pineapple and a dollar for four bananas. Those were the main fruits I ate since every other was really expensive. We bought our vegetables in the farmers market or in BIG and we did ok. We eat tons of veggies and as long as you buy what is on sale (cucumbers, daikon. cabbage, onions, potatoes, carrots at times peppers). I spent less on vegetables in Japan but I picked what was on sale. Fruit is extremely expensive. They have stores call Daiso which mainly sell things for a dollar and they will become your favourite. - Jul 2021

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