Mother eats a lot a fruit and yogurt and I eat a lot of salads and tomatoes. While a 16 oz container of cut-up papaya, pineapple, melon or watermelon used to cost $2.50 at Walmart, they have gone up in price and even in HEB they now sell for $4.98 a container.
I bought some papaya and melon for a fraction of that and cubed it myself and that pretty much covered both the American ($3.75) and the Mexican ($1.59) depending on exchange rate tolls.
While the prices were not over the top bargains, they were reasonable and much lower than what I would have to pay here at home. Tomatoes were $10.90 a kilo (.28 cents a lb, bananas $12.90 (.33 cents a lb), serranos $20.90 (.54 cents a pound), lettuce $8.90 a head (.50 US cents).
|$10.90 divided by an exchange rate of $17.60|
equals .62 US cents divided by 2.2 lbs the equivalent
of a kilo brings the cost to .28 US cents a pound
Mother likes sweet bread, I bought her 8 pieces for a total of $55.80 pesos ($3.17 USD). Also bought 8 bolillos at $1.50 pesos a piece for a total of $12.00 pesos (.68 US cents)
All this was purchased at the downtown Gutierrez, the grocery store that I like because it has shade canopies to protect your vehicles from the harsh summer sun-rays. Actually, here in West Texas, it can get warm even during winter. Thus far this year we have had about two or three weeks of winter.
I spotted this neat van in the back section. It would make a great camping van.
I wanted to purchase some baked chicken as you could not beat the prices but mother looked at me and said chicken again? Oh well, the things I have to do to keep mother happy.
|One baked chicken $20 pesos = $1.14 USD|
Three baked chickens $45 pesos = $2.56 USD
I have been looking for Arriera hot sauce made by Costeña. The only place that carries the regular size is Aurrera (owned by Walmart) on the north part of the city. Decided it was worth my while to drive there as I really enjoy eating it.
Glad we made the trip because they had a lot of $5 pesos (.28 cents), $10 pesos (.57 cents), $15 pesos (.85 cents) and $20 pesos ($1.14) specials. Bought 12 small yogurt containers for $3.00 pesos each (.17 cents), large drinkable yogurt $36.00 pesos ($2.05 USD) for a six-pack.
Turkey hot dogs are expensive at HEB but in Mexico I can buy the extra large size that comes with 20 pieces for $23.90 ($1.36 USD) they gave me a choice of a free package of bacon or tofu sausage both of which I had to turn down as you can not bring pork back to US and tofu just did not sound appetizing to me.
I also scored the large size sugar-free gelatin for $6.90 a box (.39 cents), a 10-liter container of water for $20.00 ($1.14 USD), and a four pack double roll of toilet paper for $15.00 pesos (.85 cents), three rolls of paper towels for $20.00 pesos.
A package of turkey ham for $21.40 ($1.22 USD) and the regular size package of Oaxacan cheese for $28.00 pesos ($1.59 USD). Dishwashing liquid for $15.00 pesos.
These are some currency rates down Exchange Rate Alley in Ciudad Acuna.
When we got to American Customs I had to stop before proceeding as mother was trying to locate our passports. You will seldom see an empty lane as we did today. We got a very nice agent who send us on our way with a smile.
However, the lines to cross to Mexico were backed up to the Del Rio toll booths and beyond as they tell me happens on weekends. The people that sell their wares were now selling to the people going to Mexico instead of the other way around when they sell to the folks heading back to the USA during weekdays.
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.
If you are a fan of the Spurs or just plain like basketball this week has been a nail bitter. The past three Spurs games have come down to the wire. Yesterday's game, as well as tonight's, went into overtime.
I knew my team would pull through tonight because the other team was young and not used to dealing with the pressure of putting away a team at crunch time. I have to tip my hat off to them, they lead most of the game. Though we were tired from playing a back-to-back. I believe the Spurs arrived in San Antonio at 1:00 a.m. from New Orleans.
I so enjoyed watching both the GSW and the OKC Thunder lose their respective games on Thursday. I even gave up my telenovela to watch them and that is something I only do for my Spurs!
Monday should be equally exasperating when we meet the Rockets.
GO SPURS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!