I’ve written a lot about supermarket shopping here in Panama, to include shopping tips and some of the differences you might find when shopping here. In this page, I just want to simply lay out the actual costs of groceries in Panama City. Now, keep in mind that prices change all the time and you might find some things to be a little more expensive or even less expensive, depending on which area of the country and even which neighborhood in the city you reside.
Towns that are closer to the dairy farms will probably find milk to be a little more affordable. Also, as I’ve explained in my cost of living article and in other reports, these are the prices in a supermarket. You can pick up fresh produce, fish, and even chicken from vendors on the street in most towns and save a great deal of money.
As the following chart mentions, all prices are in U.S. dollars. I apologize in advance for the constantly changing units of measurement. I go from ounces to grams to pounds to liters to quarts to milliliters to kilograms…all over the place. As you’ll see, there are a lot of items on this list, and the time it would take to break them all down into the same units of measurement would just be ridiculous. So, I simply wrote down whatever was on the package. The following prices were taken from the Rey supermarket in Chanis on Jan. 10, 2014.
Item Brand Additional Info Size Price Notes
Deodorant Lady's Speed Stick 45g $2.89 Avg. price of deodorant seems to be $3.
Deodorant Men's Speed Stick 50g $2.89 Razors Gillette Prestobarba3 5 pack $5.59 Shampoo Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 400ml $6.29 Shampoo or Conditioner Herbal Essences 300ml $4.29 Shampoo or conditioner Dove 400ml $6.19 Bath Soap Dial 3 pack $2.29 Bath Soap Protex 3 pack $2.39 Bath Soap Palmolive 3 pack $2.15 Yes, Palmolive makes bath soap...and shampoo here
Toothpaste Colgate Total 12 75ml $2.79 Toothpaste Oral B Complete 100ml $1.89 Adult diapers Plentitud Size Medium 20 pack $19.49 Adult diapers Tena Size Large 10 pack $10.49 Feminine hygiene pads Saba Daily 45 pack $2.89 Feminine hygiene pads Saba Overnight 10 pack $2.59 Feminine hygiene Kotex Overnight 8 pack $1.79 Feminine hygiene Always Reg. Dry Liners 50 pack $4.79 Paper towels Brawny 3 rolls $5.97 Paper towels Bounty 2 rolls $4.69 Paper towels Scott Multiuso 2 rolls $2.15 Paper towels Delux 2 rolls $1.79 Toilet paper Familia Acolchado Mega 4 rolls $2.79 Toilet paper Scott Mega 4 rolls $2.99 Laundry Detergent Purex 25 loads, liquid 50oz $5.79 Laundry Detergent Tide 26 loads, liquid 50oz $10.69 Laundry Detergent Ese Powder 1,260g $3.69 Bleach Clorox Liquid 1 gallon $2.99 Floor cleaner Pine-Sol 28oz or 709ml $2.39 Floor cleaner Fabuloso 900ml $1.89 Cleaning agent Formula 409 946ml or 32oz $3.99 Dish soap Sip Tub 1,000g $2.39 It's common to use this tub of dish paste here
Baby wipes Huggies Natural Care 56 pack $3.15 Baby wipes Nivea Soft and Cream 63 pack $4.59 Who makes a 63 pack, honestly? How odd.
Diapers Pampers Medium size 72 pack $18.89 Diapers Huggies Active, size 2 30 pack $13.15 Diapers Pampers Baby Dry, size 2 34 pack $11.19 Diapers Pequeñin Size 2 24 pack $7.15 Formula Enfamil Premium, Number 2 900g $25.49 Formula Similac Number 1 400g $13.99 Baby Food Gerber Banana 113g $.69 Baby Food Gerber Chicken and vegetable 113g $.79 Baby Food Beech Nut Banana 113g .93 Dog Food Pedigree Vital Protection 2.2kg or 4.4lbs $7.99 Dog Food Purina Beneful 1.59kg or 3.5lbs $10.15 Dog Food Happy Dog Puppy 4kg or 8.8lbs $11.89 Cat Food Whiskas 500g $2.89 Cat Food Meow Mix Seafood Medley 510g $3.15 Sugar Santa Rosa White 5lbs $3.29 Sugar Santa Rosa Brown 5lbs $2.79 Artificial Sweetener Splenda 100 packets $6.96 Artificial Sweetener Nevella 50 packets $2.94 Artificial Sweetener Equal 50 packets $2.79 Oatmeal El Molino Criollo 1lb $1.55 Cereal Apple Jacks 17oz or 418g $6.49 Cereal Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds 14.5oz or 411g $4.29 Cereal Fruity Pebbles 11oz or 311g $3.89 Cereal Zucaritas Panamanian name for Frosted Flakes 510g $4.15 Cereal Honey Nut Cheerios The Nestle version 12.2oz or 347g $4.29 Bread Tasty Choice White Bread Lg loaf 600g $1.80 Bread Tasty Choice Wheat Bread Lg loaf 600g $2.00 Bread Bimbo Wheat Bread Lg loaf 700g $2.00 Chips Doritos 7oz or 197.4g $3.79 Chips Lays Sour Cream and Onion 6.5oz or 184.2g $3.19 Flour Gold Mills 5lbs $2.69 Pancakes Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete 907g $3.69 Rice Del Oro 5lbs $3.25 Rice Blanquito 5lbs $3.29 Rice Blue Ribbon 5lbs $8.79 Ramen Noodle Soup Maruchan 85g typical ramen pack of soup $.27 Ramen is dirt cheap, even in Panama
Salt Panasal 2lbs $.26 This is a bag of salt, not in a shaker
Mayonnaise Hellman's Regular 30oz $4.49 Mayonnaise Miracle Whip 15oz $2.49 Lentils Nutritos 1lb $.95 Lentils Amapola 1lb $.85 Red Kidney Beans Nutritos 1lb $1.45 Red Kidney Beans Amapola 1lb $1.39 Cooking Oil Pure Wesson Canola 64oz or 2qts $8.39 Cooking Oil Westcott Vegetable 48oz or 1.5qts $4.79 Cooking Oil Westcott Canola 48oz or 1.5qts $5.49 Canned Vegetables Ligo Mixed vegetables 15oz $1.29 Canned Vegetables Ligo Corn 15oz $1.25 Canned Vegetables Del Monte Corn 15oz $1.09 Ketchup Heinz 20oz $2.59 Ketchup Maggi 794g $2.69 local brand
Spaghetti Sauce Ragu Mushroom 23.9oz jar $3.59 Reg size jar
Spaghetti Sauce Prego Mushroom 24oz jar $4.39 Spaghetti Sauce Ligo Mushroom 24oz can $1.79 Spaghetti Agnesi 500g or 17.6oz $1.85 Spaghetti La Suprema 454g $.85 Spaghetti La Parmigiana 454g $.83 Mac and Cheese Kraft Regular box 7.5oz $1.19 Mac and Cheese Velveeta Regular box 12oz $3.59 Saltine Crackers Premium 453g or 1lb $3.89 Saltine Crackers Saltin Noel 309g $1.55 Cookies Oreo 452g $3.29 Cookies Nilla Wafers 311g $3.29 Ice Cream Breyers 1.5qt or 1.41lb $9.69 Ice Cream Blue Bunny 1.5qt or 1.41lb $10.19 Ice Cream Estrella Azul .5 gallon $3.89 Butter Blue Bonnet 45oz $5.39 Cheese Borden Shredded mild cheddar 8oz or 2 cups $4.29 Cheese Borden American slices 24 slices $3.95 Cheese Kraft American slices 12 slices $3.89 Eggs Toledano Medium size 1 dozen $2.29 Eggs Melo Medium size 1 dozen $2.19 Eggs Melo Jumbo size 1 dozen $2.29 Tuna Port Side In water 5oz or 142g can $1.35 Tuna Starkist In vegetable oil 6oz or 170g can $2.39 Tuna Calvo In vegetable oil 5.6 oz or 160g can $1.95 Hot dogs Kiener 10 pack $2.29 Hot dogs Armour Frankfurters 10 pack $2.39 Hot dogs Hormel Frankfurters 10 pack $2.89 Chicken Thighs $3.59/kg Chicken Breasts $3.97/kg Chicken Legs $4.26/kg Chicken Wings $4.79/kg Meat Low-fat ground beef $8.19/kg Meat Ropa Vieja $6.49/kg Meat Shoulder $7.59/kg Meat Pulpa negra $7.20/kg Fish Corvina fillete $9.15/kg Bananas $.89/kg Papaya $1.49/kg Pineapple $1.19/kg Red grapes $3.85/kg Pears, regular $2.69/kg Apples, gala $2.89/kg Lemons $4.39/kg Limes $5.79/kg Oranges, fancy $4.29/kg Squash $1.19/kg Garlic $2.99/kg Otoe $2.99/kg Yuca $.79/kg Green Pepper $3.29/kg Green Onion $9.98/kg Cilantro $6.15/kg Yellow Onion $1.99/kg White Onion $3.25/kg Potatoes $1.55/kg Celery $1.59/kg Carrots $1.29/kg Cabbage $1.59/kg Soda Coca Cola 2 liter $1.99 Milk La Chiricana 32oz or 1qt $1.29 Milk Dos Pinos Dekactomy, lactose-free 1L $1.69 Milk Doro 1 Gallon $4.89 Coffee Cafe Duran Regular 425g $5.19 Coffee Cafe Sitton Regular 425g $5.19 Coffee Cafe Palo Alto Regular 212g $3.39 Coffee Nescafe Instant 200g (large) $8.69 Coffee Cafe Duran Instant 170g (large) $7.89 Juice Del Monte Various 946ml $1.29 Juice Old Orchard Grape Half gallon or 64oz $4.39 Juice Tropicana Orange 59oz, 1.75L, or 1.8qt $4.49 Juice Estrella Azul Orange 1 gallon $4.69 Beer Panama and Panama Light Local 12oz can/bottle $.57 can, $.88 bottle Beer Atlas Local 12oz can/bottle $.57 can, $.88 bottle Beer Balboa Local 12oz can/bottle $.57 can, $.88 bottle Beer Coors Light 12oz can $.69 Beer Presidente 12oz can/bottle $.88 Beer Hamms 12oz can $.65 Beer Miller 12oz can $.87 Beer Budweiser 12oz can $.88 Beer Corona 12oz can/bottle $1.29 Beer Old Milwaukee 12oz can $.59 Beer Heineken 12oz can/bottle $.85 can, $.88 bottle Wine Carlo Rossi Red/white/etc. 1.5L $7.39 Sorry I only know the cheap stuff
Wine Arbor Mist Various 750ml $4.15 Rum Ron Abuelo 1L $9.99 Rum Bacardi White 980ml $10.69 Seco Seco Herrerano 1L $8.39 Vodka Smirnoff 750ml $8.79 Whiskey Jim Beam 750ml $18.69 Whiskey Jack Daniels 1L 29.79
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