Since we've lived in Malaysia I've realized there are certain things that I'm just not willing to live without. Food, mostly, that I am willing to spend any amount of money to make certain it stays in our kitchen. One that is obvious to anyone who knows me is cereal. And not what the locals call cereal...when you walk down the cereal aisle you can't see anything that doesn't have chocolate as the main ingredient. yech. At least not until you get to the imported cereals that I buy, things like Raisin Bran and Quaker Oatmeal Squares and Life and Granola. Ahh, there's the good stuff. So of course I spend more than I would in Utah on cereal, but still try to stay modest in my spending. It's only a rare treat when I'll splurge for Cheerios (about $7) or Crispix (about $8).
So anyway, that's my cereal issues. There are other things that I wouldn't dream about buying when we first arrived here that have now become somewhat regular purchases. There is a to-DIE-for yogurt that comes from Australia that costs me about $8 that I only bought to spoil myself every so often when I was pregnant, but that now is in our fridge on a regular basis. I also lived without berries for the most part during our first year here and would only buy them very rarely to make a certain dish. They usually cost anywhere from $5-10 for one of those little 1/2cup clam shells. But now if I'm craving raspberries, by crackey, I won't even think twice as I place them in my cart. The same thing goes for cheese, or pretty much any dairy item you can think of. (Last week I spent almost $10 for a bag of pizza-blend shredded cheese). Basically I can't live without cereal, berries & dairy of any kind.
So it made me wonder, what are the things other people couldn't live without? If you were moving to another country and found that you couldn't get things you wanted there, what would you be stockpiling in your suitcases to make it through a year? Twizzlers? Butterfingers? Popcorn? Wheat germ? Craisins? (That was one thing we had to bring back here with us--a giant Costco-size back of Craisins--and those extra pounds were totally worth it.) Or maybe you couldn't do without your Mac makeup or Carter brand baby clothes? I'm curious what items YOU would be willing to pay three times more than usual for after months of deprivation. And I'm not even going to mention how much I spend on Ben & Jerry's when I need to indulge. (Ok, I'll tell you. Once in Singapore I paid $13...and yes, that was on a pint. I was 7 months pregnant, so sue me).
Or maybe you've lived in other countries and have stories of how much you paid for certain things you couldn't live without? I'm anxious to hear them so bring it on.