Cost Of Living Update: Weird Raccoon Cereal—$2

Since the 6.6 earthquake (the second big one in two months), I’ve had the craving for Froot Loops. It’s a happy cereal that reminds me of Saturday morning cartoons and feety pajamas. It’s the perfect comfort food for when the ground just won’t stop shaking.

Of course, my budget prohibits me from actually buying Froot Loops. I purchase what looks like the cereal, only instead of a jolly Toucan Sam on the cover this one had a juggling raccoon. Of course, I think to myself. Whenever anyone imagines an early morning meal, festive garbage-rummaging raccoons always come to mind.

My husband is the first one to try it and says, “It tastes like a mouth full of air freshener.” I can’t tell you how delighted I am about this. As a proud New Jerseyan, our state has the highest concentrations of artificial flavoring factories in the world. Just thinking about it gives me goose bumps.

I pour myself a bowl and turn on some cartoons. When I’m done eating, my breath—and the entire room— smells like a can of Febreeze. You have to hand it to that juggling raccoon, he definitely knows how to impress on a budget.

Don’t miss out on the podcast interview with Emily Chase Smith.  It was a lot of fun and I discuss a little more about my life here in Costa Rica. 

About Nadine Hays Pisani

Nadine is the author of the best-selling series, Happier Than A Billionaire. Join her as she navigates living as an expat in the sometimes confusing, always beautiful, country of Costa Rica.
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  1. Gladis says:

    Hi, I saw somewhere that you live in or near Tamarindo, we have a condo there and spend several month in the winter, this coming year we’re hoping to spend a year or even longer, I enjoy your blog very much and can’t wait to get there already!
    We stopped shopping at the gringo shopping center a couple of years ago because it just seemed too expensive and we don’t need brand names, where do you shop for groceries and is there a regular veggie and fruit market near Tama?? Pura Vida!

    • admin says:

      Hi Gladis, I usually shop at SupraCompro. The expensive one I only go to when I’m looking for a specific product. There is a nice fruit/veggie stand in Surfside now. I hit that a few times.

  2. Brett says:

    Is it me or does he look really pissed. Looks like he wants to kick your but with ninja Froot Loops.

  3. Carla says:

    I just had to take a moment to recover from my laughing fit. I mean, what advertising exec said to himself, “A juggling rat on steroids – that’ll sell some cereal!” I don’t know if Costa Rica actually has raccoons, but perhaps they’re considered novel or exotic?

    • admin says:

      Not sure why this guy is on there…a cute little coati would have been better!! But it didn’t stop me from buying it so I guess their advertising worked.

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