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And you thought peanut butter was expensive? Check out these prices!

Posted May 8, 2012


My goal on this blog is to help you find the lowest prices for the grocery products you use but I just couldn't pass up sharing this article about some of the most expensive foods available...anywhere! They make that pricey $3 jar of peanut butter look pretty frugal, even with the recent 40% price increase!

Click HERE to read where you can buy a pair of cantaloupe melons for $26,000, swiftlet nests for $1000 per pound (no, I did not know what this was until I read the article), and many more ultra-expensive foods!

Do any of you enjoy these foods or ingredients?


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  • nakabi May 8, 2012

    jdouglas13 & Faye: I generally buy my saffron straight from the Indian restaurants, but I have bought it at Grand Asia (I think it's on Buck Jones, but not certain.) Also World Market has it, but they are a bit pricier..not as bad as HT or TJs though. If you buy it at a traditional grocery store you are certain to be paying way too much :)
    Hope that helps!

  • Oxymoron02 May 8, 2012

    Mmm, balsamic. I'm a purist, so while I don't consume it often, it has to be the real thing. It's really, REALLY hard to find, and insanely expensive when you do.

    I like saffron, but I'm not a real fan of the price tag. For several years running I've been talking about buying saffron crocus bulbs to add to my gardening adventure. The bulbs aren't cheap, but you get what you pay for. I really don't mind a high up-front cost if I can justify it over the life of the product, and bulbs and I get along famously. :D One of these years I'll have the cash when it's that time of year to order, and get over the sticker shock early enough to actually get some from a good supplier before they're out of stock for the season.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 8, 2012

    nakabi - I knew you would have a good source for saffron! As jdouglas posted, do you have a favorite market for spices like saffron?

    ezlayton - I agree! We love cantaloupe around here, but I don't want to take out a loan to afford my produce!

  • ezlayton May 8, 2012

    I'm all for a good cantaloupe, but geez!

  • jdouglas13 May 8, 2012

    Wow, that article was a little tough to read before the second cup of coffee! And it made the first cup a bit difficult to drink ;) Nakabi, can you suggest a store around here for saffron?

  • nakabi May 8, 2012

    Being from Africa, we use saffron in a lot of our cooking since most dishes require it. The cheapest place to buy it is in East Asian or African markets. The saffron found in traditional grocery stores here isn't quite the same and doesn't compare :)

  • pss3 May 8, 2012

    I do enjoy many of the low cost varieties of these ingredients such as regular balsamic vinegar but would never pay for these outrageous ingredients!

    The already processed coffee beans take the cake for me. I am going to think about the poor dung harvester next time I think my job is bad!

  • Dstned2BMe May 8, 2012

    Ok, people eat/drink some strange stuff...just sayin!