Find Home Kitchen Savings in Local Foreign Food Markets

| 9/3/2019 11:17:00 AM

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People who live out in the country, whether they are homesteaders, farmers or preppers, or even people seeking out nothing more than a simpler, more natural lifestyle, tend to be both prudent and keen regarding matters of the home. A part of this is searching for the best deals not only on food, but on condiments, kitchenware and other amenities. While working with one particular client, the author happened to need to make a stop to pick up a few items. What was not expected however, was the reaction of the client and the realization that then occurred. While it may be a foreign concept to many people living off the grid, those little foreign markets can be an excellent place to shop for certain items — even if it may be something of a foreign concept — so to speak.

At the time, the shop in question was a small, Asian store where a few select items needed to be picked up in preparation for the arrival of a guest. The client however, was quite intrigued with these purchases and wanted to shop around some and look at some of the many items that he had deemed to be “of interest” and indeed they were, and for a good reason. There are a great many bargains to be had for the prudent shopper, including many items at substantially cheaper prices than can be found in those stores that offer bulk purchases, often without the bulk discount price.

Sugar. Among the most pleasant surprises for many homesteaders are very inexpensive options for two of the most important natural preservatives known to humankind. The sugar industries are not generally subsidized overseas, certainly not in the Philippines at least, and brown sugar was available by the kilogram (or two point two pounds) for less than the cost of a single pound of the processed sugar in the regular supermarket. More amazing still was the fact that sea salt was available in kilogram weights for less than the iodized salt in the regular grocery stores.

While further negotiations did take place under the circumstances, ultimately a deal was worked out to allow the homesteader in that case to make regular purchases for the creation of his own salt and sugar cures — not minuscule purchases — or savings for that matter.

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