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

Overall readily available and very cheap. The range and quality of fresh fruits is pretty darn spectacular. - Aug 2020

Groceries are about the same price if not a bit more expensive than in D.C. You can find most things, but don't expect to find lots of American brands (and the ones you do are expensive). Produce selection is inconsistent - lots of great fruits to try, but less vegetable variety. I personally don't like the taste of most cheeses here. You might bring some of your own spices - we brought dried chilies, salsas, curry pastes, etc. - Jun 2014

There are two grocery stores within walking distance and a few others within a 5-10 minute drive. The quality of fruits and vegetables is inconsistent, milk is the long-life boxed kind, cheese selection is small, and yogurt is runny. Other than that, you can mostly find what you need. We spend at least what we did (and often more) per month than we did in Washington DC. - Jan 2011

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