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Gourmet Labels in Grocery Stores across Latin America vs Home Gourmet = HUGE SAVINGS

It's funny, they put a fancy label on sea salt that says "organic" and then put a huge price markup on it. What's wrong with this picture? Sea salt is already organic; it comes from the sea! Unless you can make something more natural than what it already is. LOL...
                      
We're an Expat Family of Five, Living Frugal, Healthy and Happy Abroad. We live in Cuenca, Ecuador and travel the Ecuador coast whenever we get a chance. We just adventured throughout the country of Panama for five weeks! Come along and enjoy some of our experiences with us!

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Note: This article was first published on March 12, 2016. We like to keep our popular articles updated and this one has been updated August 2017. All new updates will be in red text.  

Latin America refers to territories in the Americas where the Spanish or Portuguese languages prevail: Mexico, most of Central and South America, and in the Caribbean, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Latin America is, therefore, defined as all those parts of the Americas that were once part of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires.   Source: Wiki Latin America

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