Quote from Lisa From Maui
Wondering how much groceries cost? Here is a page from another website. Someone went in and took alot of photos inside a supermarket. Will give you mainlanders a taste of cost of living.
Oh... wait... what's that? The price of milk? When it's not on sale? Regular price of milk, every day, at Foodland? And get aload of the price of orange juice!
I still like allnurses.com waaaaay better than that other website.
We don't use much milk so I buy the cheapest half-gallon I can find at Safeway.
Eggs? I much prefer the local eggs---Ka Lei, etc. The expiration date is at least two or three weeks beyond the expiration date of the mainland eggs. Those weeks on the ships and docks take their toll. Local eggs really do taste better. They are at least 50% more expensive than mainland eggs but I buy them anyway.
Costco and Sam's Club will save you a lot. It's only my husband and me here but we do the Big Box thing and we love it. We have an extra freezer and buy our steaks, chicken, pork, etc at Costco and just store the stuff in our freezer. Canned goods go in the pantry. Paper goods get stored wherever we have space.
Safeway Club card---very good deals.
Yes, groceries are sooooo much more expensive here than on the mainland (I visit the mainland at least twice a year so I really do know) and it will cost you more but you can soften the blow a bit with planning and smart shopping.
BUT----everything you buy will be taxed. EVERYTHING. Food, medicines, paper goods...every damn thing.
BUT----the weather is really nice here.