One of the attractions of living in Panama is the low cost of living. Many retirees on a fixed income seek a place where they can live comfortably within a limited budget. Since food is one of the things everyone must have, let’s take a look at actual, current food costs.
If you buy locally grown, fresh produce or fish, you will pay significantly less than the United States of Canada. If you buy the name brands you are used to back home ( yes they are available here), you will pay more than you did in North America. So, to save money, buy locally grown produce and products.
I was pleasantly surprised to find juicy sweet pineapples priced at 50 cents each in Panama. I paid at least $3.50 for pineapples in the United States and those have very little, if any, flavor. A local favorite is to put pineapple chunks in a blender with water or milk, blend well to enjoy a pineapple smoothie. You can also add locally grown bananas or mangos too. I’m lucky to have 70 banana trees on my property so I always have a good supply of free bananas.
Carrots are huge yet tender and flavorful. They are $1,50 a pound at the grocery store but you can buy them for 50-75 cents a pound from a local farmer’s market.
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