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Old 12-23-2011, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Hilo, HI
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How much is nonfat milk at your local KTA/Walmart/Safeway? Everyone told me how expensive the food is in Hawaii but I found restaurant food cost around the same where I am from in the mainland and that most grocery store items (based on what I buy) are either the same price or just a bit higher. Also the farmers market have excellent produce and good prices so that isn't a concern.

I checked out the KTA ad and all that, but what would say a carton of milk and a loaf of generic wheat bread cost?

I went to dinner with my friend yesterday and she joked saying the milk is $5. Food is also all taxed correct?

Just interested Moving on Wednesday!

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Old 12-23-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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A gallon of milk is about $4 at Costco
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Waianae, Hi
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depending on where you buy it anywhere from about 4.89-- 10.00 for a gal. of milk and bread from around 1.89--2.50 a loaf. gas again depending on where you get it 3.80---4.05 ...cost of living here ......priceless
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, Oahu
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I checked out the KTA ad and all that, but what would say a carton of milk and a loaf of generic wheat bread cost?

I went to dinner with my friend yesterday and she joked saying the milk is $5. Food is also all taxed correct?

Just interested Moving on Wednesday!
Congrats!

I usually shop Safeway. Gallon of Milk, $4.65. Loaf of Safeway brand Generic Wheat Bread - $3.65. Not sure if food is taxed, but the chips I bought for a potluck today were. Sales tax is low though, 4.7%.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Food prices can vary, and that's why we always shop the sales. In Hilo you won't have Costco, but you will have Safeway, KTA, Cost U Less, Longs Drug, Wal Mart, and Target. Since you are single, you won't be buying milk by the gallon anyway. Get a Safeway card so you can take advantage of their mark-downs.

Good luck with your move.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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How much is nonfat milk at your local KTA/Walmart/Safeway? Everyone told me how expensive the food is in Hawaii but I found restaurant food cost around the same where I am from in the mainland and that most grocery store items (based on what I buy) are either the same price or just a bit higher. Also the farmers market have excellent produce and good prices so that isn't a concern.

I checked out the KTA ad and all that, but what would say a carton of milk and a loaf of generic wheat bread cost?

I went to dinner with my friend yesterday and she joked saying the milk is $5. Food is also all taxed correct?

Just interested Moving on Wednesday!
Usually, the cheapest places to get milk and bread in Hilo are Wal-Mart, Target, and Cost-U-Less. The prices are $5 to $6 for a gallon for milk and $2 to $4 for a loaf of generic wheat bread. And everything is subject to a 4.166% general excise tax.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Hilo, HI
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LOL so $5 milk (or around that) is right! The bread isn't as bad as I thought though.

Is the Safeway card just that thing where you slide that card or tell them your number? I go to Von's here which is owned by Safeway and I have it already.

Is there a plan to build Costco in Hilo at all? I bet it would do well in Hilo since there are more people in Hilo.

I will be in Kona a weekend a month and will just go to Costco there when I'm around.

Thanks for congratulating me on the move. I am very, very scared and excited at the same time. I am almost completely packed, got my Hawaiian auto insurance, my car arrived in Hilo, I have my first month's rent covered, have a PMB set up, etc.

I will be in Hilo a week 7 nights before my job starts so I am hoping during that time to get the inspection on my car done, get my car registered, and start looking at cheaper places for the next 4 months of my stay (my contract is temporary so knock and wood it does get renewed).

I heard and checked on weather.com that it has been raining everyday for 3 weeks. Has it been clear at all during the day for an hour or more?
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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LOL so $5 milk (or around that) is right! The bread isn't as bad as I thought though.

Is the Safeway card just that thing where you slide that card or tell them your number? I go to Von's here which is owned by Safeway and I have it already.
Yeah. I have both a Von's and a Safeway card, but I hardly shop at either of those stores.

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Is there a plan to build Costco in Hilo at all? I bet it would do well in Hilo since there are more people in Hilo.

I will be in Kona a weekend a month and will just go to Costco there when I'm around.
There have been rumors for years, but since folks in Hilo are willing to do a "Costco run" to Kona, it's unlikely that they'll build one anytime soon.

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I will be in Hilo a week 7 nights before my job starts so I am hoping during that time to get the inspection on my car done, get my car registered, and start looking at cheaper places for the next 4 months of my stay (my contract is temporary so knock and wood it does get renewed).
Lex Brodie's is one of the best and cheapest places to get a "safety check" for your car. If you need a cheaper place to stay for 4 months or so and don't mind commuting to work from Pāhoa, I know someone that's willing to rent a fairly-new, fully-furnished, 3 bedroom/2 bathroom house pretty cheaply.

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I heard and checked on weather.com that it has been raining everyday for 3 weeks. Has it been clear at all during the day for an hour or more?
It has been clear for a few hours at times, but then it usually rains again. Unfortunately, it hasn't been clear long enough for things to completely dry out...
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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Just note - when they say gas is 3.80, that is Oahu - add up to 40 cents for outer islands.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:05 AM
 
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Sounds a lot like SoCal.

I don't understand why people freak over the price of milk. Even if it is $2 higher than everywhere else... I buy a gallon a week at the most. So am I going to let $8-10 a month hinder me from living in paradise?

I think the same people that complain about the price of milk also drive 30 miles out of their way to save .20 a gallon on gas.


I used to be the same way though and freak out over stuff like this when I was a midwest boy. Once I moved to SoCal and the perfect weather, you get over that stuff pretty quickly. Hell, my rent is 3-4 times higher than my house payment ever was back in the midwest. But I was also miserable in the midwest.


Think about it.
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