"For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God." (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sticker shock

Okay, we've told you before about how expensive things are in Ouaga.  Here are some new examples (and no, we didn't buy all of these):

  • Salsa (8 oz.) - $14, and it was tiny!  Dale will just have to wait until Flo gets a chance to make some homemade salsa.

  • Maple Syrup (14 oz.) - $8....wish our Canadian friends would send us a care package...

  • Box of chocolate truffles - $60 - I know it's European chocolate, but still!

  • Pringles potato chips are now up to $6 a can.  It's home made popcorn for us from now on.

  • 200g of Philadelphia cream cheese (about 7 oz.) - $10.  Cream cheese desserts are a big time splurge (hence the reason we enjoyed the cheesecakes back home the last few months!)

  • a pack of 6 "kiddie size" Dannon natural yogurt cups costs $7.  We buy a pack every so often to have a fresh starter to make our own.

  • We were surprised to find boneless chicken breast.  It was marked at $15 for 3 breasts.  I think we'll just keep having our chickens butchered by our day guard, cooked by the pressure cooker, and deboned by a househelper.;)

  • We were pleasantly surprised to find mozzarella cheese at $6.25 per pound, so we stocked up on that.  Normally we get it at anywhere between $9 and $12 per pound.

  • But the best deal of the day was the shortening.  It was two for the price of one today, so we only paid $15 for two 48-ounce cans.


  1. WOW--no wonder you spent so much money! Help Liz know what to get! I thought things were much cheaper--maybe that just personal care things that Liz was telling me about that were cheaper. I'm glad I could help out with a lemon cheese cake before you left!

  2. Don't worry...Liz will be fine. I only picked out some of the more outrageous prices to post. Other more "normal" foods (liked canned goods, for example, or fresh produce) are much more sanely priced.;)

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