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YellowTail
6/3/2019 18:30 EST

Years ago when we sat down and drew up our list of wants/needs for a place to settle to in Mexico we had such things as ; a Costco, a Home Depot, perhaps a Sam's and Walmart, easy access to the airport in Mexico City, a decent climate, a house we truly could enjoy, perhaps a swimming pool....

Well I have been in the pool perhaps twice since we bought our house (I do use/heat the spa), and we haven't been to the airport in maybe 4 years.

Home Depot is almost our place of last resort because the prices are simply not very competitive.

But Costco - we have been customers there (US/Mexico) for maybe 20 years. We buy the tires/batteries for our cars there. Sometimes we have been going there TWICE a week ! In the States and here in Mexico we always bought our Christmas trees there. Last year - corporate US decision, no more Christmas trees. They used to open at perhaps 9AM daily. Now it is 10AM to meet their routine in the US.

Most recently they have decided to package their 'chop meat' in something like 8 pound packages - used to be a quarter of that. For a while now we have been weening (?) ourselves off Costco and picking up similar stuff at Walmart/Sam's. Actually Walmart has a lot of meats back in the freezer that you never know about unless you ask. In the US I would NEVER have purchased meat from Walmart - but you know - their meat (which comes from Sonora) is excellent, and about 1/3-1/2 the price of Costco's US imported beef.

So - aside from complaining about Costco - I am trying to point out that very often you can find Mexican equivalent products that are superior/cheaper and perhaps we were very foolish to put a local Costco so high on our list of priorities for a place to settle in Mexico.

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bigrio
6/3/2019 23:09 EST

Good read YellowTail – At this time my wife & I are part-time expats; Los Mochis, Sinaloa. The city hosts a couple Walmarts, and 1 Sam’s and HomeDepot. I find I utilize them only at limited times for some tool or condiment I suspect unavailable elsewhere.

I have rediscovered a shopping experience typically left by the wayside NOB. Truly enjoyable is frequenting the local butcher’s shop for select meats cut to personal order & preference. Open produce markets abound and the freshest seafood is sold via local mostly small-scale merchants. Anything else can generally be found at the Mercado.

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tomwins
6/4/2019 13:03 EST

Interesting since the Walmart near me is more expensive on everything. It seems people go there for convenience.
I am big Costco shopper. I don't buy beef so can't speak to that. Their chicken and frozen veggies are excellent values. Also we buy all our wine at Costco as the quality to cost is better in Mexico than we ever found in the US.
The only things we buy as Home Depot are things we can't find elsewhere which isn't much. Home Defense, water filters, and light bulbs seem to be it for the past two years. We are eyeing some patio tiles from there but haven't purchased yet.
Good friends shop at Walmart for fresh foods and when I go with them the quality is not what I find at my local stores. Especially produce is better quality and price at my local Mercado. I give them samples and they rave about the tastes. That is why I shop for these at my local stores but they keep going back to Walmart as it is one-stop shopping. They are in their 70s.
I guess we all find our needs at the best price and convenience. For me I've stopped looking at Walmart as they don't have what I want (or quality I can find elsewhere) for the price.

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YellowTail
6/4/2019 15:42 EST

I should probably eat more vegetables - but for us - a typical trip to the supermarket involves picking up a head of lettuce, a couple avocados, an onion or two, some mushrooms, a few tomatoes, maybe a few carrots. eggs, milk, ice cream, cat food, some breads. Yesterday we picked up some fresh bean sprouts and had chicken stir fry for lunch. All the fruit we get from our own garden.

I woke this morning to find that the battery on our 2016 SUV was dead. I jumped it using our much more reliable 2001 SUV and picked up a new battery and 6 quarts of synthetic oil at Costco. (Apparently the 2016 car is really dependent on a continued battery source and now the car needs to be be reprogrammed). Reminds me of an older Volvo we had where it was the rear-view mirror that contained the electronics to control the car...

I think you can get your Home Defense at Costco (in our store it is right next to the pharmacy). For me - I purchased a 6 liter pump sprayer and a liter of a chemical called biothrine (which is pet safe). I buy our water filters, which we use a ton of between the simple filters on the cisterns and tinaco as well as the RO system, , from mercadolibre.

We live in a small community outside a small town outside a large city. We are blessed that we have lots of family owned stores for such things as dirt, cement, stones/tiles. We just finished a patio project that involved lots of steps. We picked up the painted tiles (from Guanjuato) at a local store which I'm sure would be much much cheaper than home depot. But to be honest I did not even look there.

The city near us has a huge mercado - but it really is a dirty smelly place. Not very safe at all (you want to keep your valuables in your front pockets). Our small town has a small market every Tuesday which really disrupts the traffic flow. We have never been since there is no parking and most people take a taxi to get there. It is more like a flea market anyway.

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barquentine
6/10/2019 13:17 EST

Supermarkets: Here in Monterrey we have Walmart, Soriana, HEB, and the two 'clubs' Sam's and Costco.
All the food at Costco is great quality but too expensive so I don't buy there.
HEB has fresher food and far more choice than Walmart but is more expensive for most things. I usually buy veg there.
Walmart is the cheapest but I've found them selling green potatoes and so forth...
Soriana is not worth using, they are the most expensive of the three and quality is no better than Walmart.

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YellowTail
6/10/2019 13:59 EST

We used to shop at HEB when we lived in Austin. We liked shopping there. Any idea how the things available compare to NOB ? There are some US things that we cannot find here like; frozen white castle hamburgers (please don't laugh - I was born in jersey) and uncle bens wild rices. I've never been to Monterrey but my wife has and she always brings it up as a weekend destination for steak dinners...

We have a Soriana in town but we have never been there. Soriana just bought a chain called Mega where we normally shop. Both names appear on the outside of the building. Wednesdays are generally fresh produce days and they are packed so I'll avoid the crowds and shop on Thursdays.

Someone on this thread mentioned the luxury of getting meats cut to order at a local butcher. That is kind of what we have at the moment at Walmart. The guy who helps us (from San Diego) really goes out of his way. In our town unfortunately the meat distribution is a little too close to the slaughter house - such as a pick-up pulls up to the shop with caucuses in the back. I'm sure you can't beat the freshness - but I like refrigeration.

The latest thing we have converted (from) Costco (to) Walmart is the fresh angus beef chopped meat.

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