|...This is $125 of food with no meat!...|
|Parmalat is $1.75 in the USA|
While we were shopping in Nassau last Sunday and Monday, I took photos of common items to show the prices. The yellow price is the price paid with the new government VAT tax added. Take a look at these items and you will have a very good idea WHY we loaded up in Miami at Costco, Walmart and Publix. Fortunately, we needed no paper products or meat or crackers.
One roll of toilet paper is $2.03. A box of Wheat Thins is $7.00, Lunch Meat is $15/lb+, Beef is $25/lb+, Cheese is $10/8oz, and Dove Chocolate is $20/lb!
Click on these photos to see the prices.
|Shopping day 1 of 2 at Super Value Foods, south of Nassau|
|Surprisingly Coke was the best deal, only $12/case! Not a good deal for us, as we rarely drink it.|
|Lunch meat $13.69/lb|
|Modern store in suburban Nassau|
|Dove $9.99/ 8 oz bag!|
|A jar of peanuts, $7.69|
|A can of mixed nuts $9.50|
|Box of Wheat Thins $7.19|
|SPAM $7.73 OMG, yup, it is meat but we didn't buy it.|
|Baked Beans $3.54|
|Kraft Mac and Cheese $2.14 Bahamian mac and cheese is much better!|
|Small jar olive oil $11.28 This was shocking.|
|Scott Toilet Paper $2.03/roll (this is 1 individual roll)|
|Box of tissues $5.15|
|Roll of Paper Towels $3.99|
|Ice Cream $9.99|
|Salmon 4 oz $15.99|
|Box of cereal $7.19 for 23.5 oz.|
|Fresh Tuna $39/lb WHAT!!!!!?|
|Boneless Turkey Breast $11.59/lb.|
|Hamburger $6.99/lb...more affordable than other meats|
|Veal $24.99/lb NO WAY!!!|
|Chobani Yogurt $2.14 each, these are $1 on sale in the USA|
|Jumbo organic Hillandale eggs are $6.12 per dozen|
We were glad to find our favorite Eggland eggs.
An 18 ct. carton was only $4.86.
|Deli Lunch Meats, Roast Beef $14.99/lb, Ham $9.99|
|Laughing cow cheese $7.51|
|Feta Cheese 4 oz $10.74 OMG this is crazy!|
|Swiss Cheese $9.68 for 8 oz|
|Cabot Cheese $9.99 for 8 oz...OMG HELP!!!!|
|Milanos, for $5.36, are worth the price! |
Chuck and Jeanne Berrington of IP40 Relationship
always stocked them on board.
They established a noble tradition
to which we happily adhere!
After a little research, we learned that the Bahamian federal government instituted the new VAT tax of 7.5% on all goods effective January 1, 2015. On July 24, 2015, the government raised the minimum wage substantially, from $150 to $210 per week, or $5.25 per hour for a 40 hour week. Over the years, we have observed that many marina workers seem to work more than 8 hour days and more 40 hours per week and do not know if any over time wages are paid to them.
Welcome to the Bahamas, the weather is beautiful, the beaches are the best, the waters are clear and the food is expensive, so plan ahead!