We were meeting Rolando and Maritza today because they wanted to show us the Price Smart (Costco cousin) in San Jose. Kevin figured it would be a good idea to know where it is and check out what they have. We left our SUV at Rolando's and we piled into his truck. The drive up to San Jose took about an hour and a half. Once we got there, Rolando took us straight to the customer service desk to become members ($35). Then we split up and started to shop. I'm sure I've said this before, and I'm sure I'll bore you all and say it many more times, but Kevin loves to shop while I absolutely hate it. Kevin was in heaven! He was comparing prices and reading all the labels to see which was the best deal, while I tried not to have a panic attack (the Christmas stuff took up a whole aisle – in SEPTEMBER! that'll teach me to step into a Costco-esque store). Some things are more expensive than back home, but a lot of things are either similarly priced or cheaper — as Kevin deduced from his research. They have a decent selection (we're talking Costa Rica folks, it ain't Shan-grila). We purchased laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels and wooden clothes pegs (okay, I admit I felt my heart skip a few beats with glee...the plastic pegs we have are pretty useless and we've not been able to find wooden ones in the smaller stores near Rio Blanco). We also splurged and bought some old sharp cheddar cheese (impossible to find as Costa Ricans prefer mild, tasteless white cheese. Our neighbour, Roberto, makes lovely cheese, but not cheddar), bacon, as well as cream cheese and bagels. We didn't go crazy, mostly just stocked up on necessities (what do you mean bacon is not a necessity?) Hopefully, we won't have to do another big shop like that for quite awhile! I prefer buying what we need as and when we need it. That's just the way I'm wired. Having said that, I'm grateful to Kevin for trying to save us money. It's hard to find fault with such intentions.
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My husband, Kevin, and I are from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. We decided to leave the cold winters of the Great White North and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to reinvent ourselves in the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. The planning stage started in June 2011 and we embarked on our new adventure on August 23, 2012. Welcome to our journey... enjoy the ride.
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