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Dec 24, 2021

Grocery Shoppers Thriftier This Christmas

Many people returned to the workplace this year, but with their return there seems to be a degree of thriftier shopping, at least among those who were still making last-minute purchases today.  News Five’s Marion Ali visited three businesses and found that while the demands were for the traditional stuff, they were also for cheaper commodities.


Marion Ali, Reporting

The usual hustle and bustle at this time of year seems to have somewhat returned after COVID threw a damper on last Christmas. But at the three businesses where we stopped, we noticed that people were buying in smaller quantities. Over at Quality Poultry Products on North Front Street, small turkeys were in high demand.


Andre Salgado

Andre Salgado, Branch Manager, Quality Poultry Products

“A lotta people have been looking for the smaller sized turkeys. There are some at some of the grocery stores, However, what’s there today, if you don’t find it by this evening, then there is not anymore as we are already sold out of the smaller sized turkeys.”


Interestingly, while things were just picking up when we stopped in at 88 Shopping Centre on Central American Boulevard, floor manager, Jose Urbina Obando lamented that this year; Belizeans seem to be more reluctant to spend as much as they did for Christmas of 2020.


Jose Urbina Obando

Jose Urbina Obando, Floor Manager, 88 Shopping Centre

“This year seems a little bit lower than last year.”


Marion Ali



Jose Urbina Obando

“Yes, because last year, there was a lot of people. This year, the percentage of people that usually come is kinda lower.”


Marion Ali

“Wow! I wonder why that is.”


Jose Urbina Obando

“Well, the way how everything is going, the cost of living right now is going up. People are trying to save their money.”


It is with this idea in mind that Robert Lightburn is offering what,for many people, is the staple in their Christmas dinner – the ham –in uniquely small packages to suit even the meekest of budgets.


Robert Lightburn

Robert Lightburn, Ham Vendor

“I see that Belizeans, many times they can’t afford fifty, sixty, hundred (dollars). There are a few people that ask for extra large hams.   Most ah the people could only afford – the base one woulda be around thirty, thirty-five dollars, but we still have some smaller ones than that. We have as low as like twenty dollars.”


And if you are not into the other white meat, Lightburn also does even less expensive chicken, turkey, and duck hams, cured exactly as pork hams.


Robert Lightburn

“The chicken especially is a good seller because some ah dem chicken goh as low as like eight dollars. A two-pound chicken is like ten dollars.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Marion Ali.

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