Things are expensive, your paycheck isn’t getting very far and suddenly you find yourself trying to save. Well, here comes the Commerce Secretariat to lend you a hand, renewing the Price Watch Program, with 530 basic food products that will be available in 2,250 supermarkets across the country.
The Price Watch Program was instituted by former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as a way to assure at the very least a basic basket of goods at a, let’s say, decent, price. At the beginning of President Mauricio Macri’s administration, there was much speculation that the initiative would end but it was kept on as inflation accelerated.
The program now has 117 new products, and will continue to include fresh produce and meats.
Anyone who has tried to buy things off the Price Watch Program knows it can often be difficult, if not impossible, to find all the products on the list in a single supermarket. But let’s say you suddenly stepped into a supermarket that had everything in stock, what should you buy? Fret not because The Bubble is here to recommend the 10 products we consider are a great buy:
Yes, environmentalists, we know buying bottled water is bad. But when you have no choice, it’s what you do. And considering that buying a half-liter bottle at any kiosk can cost as much as AR$20, the two-liter Bon Aqua for AR$11,59 seems like quite a deal.
How can tea cost so much money? A tea bag can run upward of AR$50 if you try to buy it at a café. So best just prepare it at home. And while the price-watch list is filled with obscure brands, this is one area in which the brand, while not Twinings, is still known for high quality products. A 25-unit pack of Taragüi tea bags costs only AR$7.58.
Is it just us or are Argentines huge fans of rice? One of our favourite ways of having rice is prepared in a vegetable-rice wok. For only AR$9.30, you can buy a half-kilo bag of rice from a well-known, high-quality brand like Luchetti. Plus, their ads are the best.
Dulce de Leche
Who could survive a week without dulce de leche at home? Sure, Milkaut may not be our go-to brand but, hey, at AR$13.58 it’s hard to beat.
Here we call them “galletitas de agua.” And they’re mighty addictive. This is a clear example where you don’t have to choose between price and quality since the best brand is part of the program. You can buy a 108-gram packet o Express crackers for a paltry AR$6.28.
Although cheese is a must, it can easily eat into your food budget. One of the top brands, Casancrem, is included in the Price Watch Program. The regular cream cheese will set you back AR$49.84 while the light version is slightly cheaper at AR$48.59.
Pretty indispensable for nearly any good home-cooked meal, eh? You can now pick up 340 grams of Molto filetto sauce for AR$11.39.
Sure the fresh stuff is better, but who has time for that? The problem is canned corn can be really expensive, running you as much as AR$40 per can. Now you can pick up 300 grams of canned corn from well-known brand Arcor for AR$17.40.
Buying a 1.5-liter bottle of Coke at any kiosk can be an expensive proposition. Some charge as much as AR$40, and some even jack up their prices on weekends. But if you plan ahead you can go to the supermarket and buy a 1.5-liter bottle of Coke Zero for AR$21.32 while a Sprite Zero will set you back AR$22.67. And it’s still better than Pepsi.
Lemons are essential for good cocktails so you’ll end up buying them regardless. And now you can pick up 1-kilogram bag of the citric goodness for just AR$16.04.
You can take a look at the full Price Watch list here.