Comparing Travel Costs, Central America, Guatemala, Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Toronto

While Living in Antigua Guatemala we thought we would do a little comparative shopping for groceries, beer, wine, cigarettes and a few other grocery items. After leaving the soon to be snow capped peaks of Ontario to enjoy the average daytime temperature of Antigua Guatemala we noticed we had mucho money left over each week. Why? For about the third the cost of food in Toronto we can buy the same if not better quality of a third of the price. Then again in Guatemala few Monopolies exist like in Ontario.

In Toronto Ontario due to the provincial Monopoly on Beer and Liquor we would have to have gone to Loblaws first, then to the LCBO and then The Beer store. We did not calculate the gas and time spent to accomplish such a simple task.

Some information Corporate structure created to cause the three stops we would have to make.

Loblaws is a supermarket chain with over 70 stores in Canada, headquartered in Brampton, with stores across Ontario and Quebec. Loblaws is a division of Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest food distributor. Beginning in 2008, new and renovated Loblaws stores have been given a new store format and are named Loblaw Great Food and Loblaw.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is a provincial Crown corporation in Ontario, Canada established in 1927 by Lieutenant Governor William Donald Ross, on the advice of his Premier, Howard Ferguson, to sell liquor, wine, and beer through a chain of retail stores.

The Beer Store (TBS) is the trading name for Brewers Retail, a privately owned, joint-venture chain of retail outlets in Ontario, Canada, founded in 1927. The articles of incorporation stipulate that Brewers Retail cannot sell “hard liquor” (spirits), or consumer goods (like groceries).

Its competition is found in the beer sections of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) stores, government-owned outlets which stock beers outside of the Brewers Retail system, and retail outlets at Ontario craft breweries and major breweries located in Ontario.

In Antigua Guatemala we have what is called La Bodegona or Super market, their are a number of small Tiendas as they are called more like what we have in Ontario as we would call them Convenience Stores. Some convenience in Toronto Convenience store cannot sell any Alcohol. Not the case in Antigua Guatemala. We purchased all our good in the well stocked La Bodegona and the grand total came to Cost in Guatemala 364.00 GTQ = 48.7814 CAD

Anyway back to the comparison. We went on-line in Toronto and did some price comparisons from the Beer Store, The LCBO and Loblaws. Funny if we would have purchased the same if not similar products in Toronto and three or four trips we would have spent a little over $150 Canadian. In Guatemala $48.00 Canadian. Just think if we went to the Walmart in Guatemala City how much we would have saved.

Well Canadians while you drive in the snow and freezing conditions and hop from place to place we will be sitting in the weather of Antigua Guatemala drinking and smoking for a third of the price you are spending.

Price: $ 12.95 Each
Wine, Red Wine
Made in: Central Valley, Chile
By: Via Wines
CALITERRA SAUVIGNON BLANC
LCBO 275909 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 8.95 each
Cigarette Price Ontario about $12, per a pack of good brands. $24.00
12 Can of Busch Beer 473 ml $20.95
Diet Coke cheapest on Amazon $1.18 a can we got 3 bottle and 3 cans. $7.08
5 lbs. of flour $4.00
Two pound of hand made chocolate $46.00
Oil Off Brand $2.99
two bottles of white wine at $8.95 = $17.90
two bottle of red wine $12.95 = $25.90
Orange Juice $2.00

Total if purchased in Ontario. $150.00


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