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How to Save Money on Your Hawaii Vacation


Want know how to save money on your Hawaii vacation? Buy groceries

When you visit Hawaii you’ll have the opportunity to eat some of the world’s best food, especially Hawaiian and Asian food.

However, eating out can get very expensive very quickly, even if you eat cheaply. One of the best ways to save money on food is by buying groceries.

What you’ll soon find out, though, is that Hawaiian grocery prices are a bit higher than you might be used to. Everything from milk to produce can cost much more on the islands, so even if you pack your lunch, you’ll be spending more than you expect.

Where to Get the Cheapest Groceries in Hawaii

A few years ago, Hawaii Business magazine did an anonymous survey of prices in grocery stores across the state. They found that prices varied from store to store.

So if you want to save even more money on your groceries, you can use your smartphone to find the cheapest stores near you.

Overall, they found that the chain Don Quijote had the cheapest prices, followed by Foodland and Time. Safeway was the most expensive out of all of them.

On the downside, these cheap prices caused more crowding in the Oahu locations, which meant longer lines, longer wait times, and a greater chance of items being sold out.

Foodland, which is locally owned, has more stores on the islands than any of the others. So if you want to save money and increase your chances of finding what you’re looking for, Foodland may be the ticket.

Other Stores that Carry Food

Hawaii Business Magazine didn’t survey warehouse stores, such as Costco or Sam’s Club, since those stores don’t carry the same range of foodstuffs. But another blogger claimed that these types of stores are the best ways to save money on groceries.

Whether you’re taking a Hawaii vacation that’s short or long, you could potentially save the most money by stocking up at a wholesale store before you arrive. When the blogger conducted his own survey, not everything was cheaper at these stores, but many of the items, such as eggs, carrots, chicken, beer, and soft drinks were.

Other grocery stores that may or may not be cheaper include:

  • Walmart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Whole Foods
  • Food Pantry

A Few Final Tips

Chinatown is a great option for food hunting. This district, in Honolulu, is full of Asian restaurants, but also produce vendors. Many locals love buying their producer here because of the freshness, the diversity, and the low cost.

There are also farmers marketers on every island – look up the Hawaiian Farm Bureau for more information. When you buy from vendors, test out your haggling skills. It may not be something you’re used to and you may not like it, but it can save you a few bucks.

Finally, if your Hawaii vacation is going to last a little while, consider doing what the locals do. Buy produce in Chinatown and other food at Costco or Don Quijote.

The savings may not seem like much, but when you’re on a budget vacation, every penny counts.

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