When we first arrived back in the US in Washington state, I saw that prices were higher than I was used to in Asia. Big surprise there but it was something to deal with because that was the price of living in the US. After about a month in Washington, we moved down to New Mexico. Everyone seemed to tout how cheap groceries were in New Mexico but I was really unimpressed. Sure vegetables and fruits were a little cheaper than Washington, but some things were more expensive, like milk. I thought it evened itself out pretty well.
North Dakota has been a different story. We aren’t even living in the oil patch. We live in the eastern part of the state near the border with Minnesota. Grocery prices are at least 50% higher than in New Mexico, probably even higher. We didn’t have to seek out good buys there, but here we had to get a membership in Sam’s Club and buy in bulk to try to put our food budget under control.
Now that we are here in North Dakota, we are eating at home exclusively vs in China where we would eat out a few times a week. Moreover, we are spending more on our food budget and probably eating less healthier food.
Just another thing that I am at a loss over back in the US of A.