Please note: The Supermarket Shopping Simulation applet is the wholly original creation of the Experience Nicaragua team. It may not be copied without permission and is Copyright (c) 1998, Thinkquest Team 17749.
1. Decide which item to buy and select it from the pull-down menu.
2. Enter in how many of the selected item you wish to purchase in the Quantity field.
3. Click on Add Item to Shopping Basket.
4. Repeat this process for all the items which you wish to buy and then click on the Checkout button at the bottom. It will add up your purchases and give you the total cost.
If you need help figuring out what the units of measurements are (liters, grams, etc.) the Measurement Conversion program might be useful.
Most people do not buy vegetables at the supermarket. Instead, they will stop at one of the hundreds of fruit stands around the city or go to one of the major markets.
Anything that is produced in the United States and has been exported to Nicaragua like Dr. Pepper, Campbells Soup, Party Time Pizza, or Taco Mixes usually costs two to four times as much as in the States.
Nicaraguan stores seldom have big sales and discount coupons do not exist. So don't expect to get the Sunday Edition and then cut out all the good coupons.
Nicaraguan supermarkets, like most large stores in the country, will accept dollars or córdobas. You should exchange money at a bank or with a professional money-exchanger first, however, because the exchange rate which they will give you will be much better than what you will get in a store or restaurant.