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Ice Cream Inflation…and How to Beat It

Ice Cream in Argentina - Inflation and DiscountsI truly believe Argentina has some of the best ice cream in the world. Unfortunately, Argentina also has inflation of around 30%.

What does this mean for ice cream? Well, a kilo of Freddo ice cream has jumped 119% since 2011! (If you happen to have USD you’re lucky as the price has decreased almost 25%.) Here’s some sample prices from the past few years:

November 2011: $80 pesos (U$S 17.39)
December 2013: $130 pesos (U$S 13.68 )
March 2014: $145 pesos (U$S 13.81)
January 2015: $175 pesos (U$S 13.06)
August 2015: $215 pesos (U$S 14.72)
January 2016: $250 pesos (U$S 17.73)
April 2018: $360 pesos (U$S 17.84)

There’s only one way these numbers are going to continue going… up.

So, what’s the ice cream lover to do? Luckily there are some ways to get that cost down…

Store Specials
Most of the stores offer specials of some kind. Volta offers 2-for-1 kilos on Mondays. Freddo offers 2-for-1 specials on their new online ordering system. In addition, there is usually a lower prices on basic flavors like chocolate, strawberry and dulce du leche. Check out each store for it’s offers. (Freddo even has it’s promotions page online.)

Go Off-Brand
While the major chains have high prices, there are numerous smaller shops that have more reasonable prices. You may not get the same quality, but it should add up to some savings.

Get a Discount Card
All the newspapers and most of the cellular/Internet services have their own discount cards that offer reduced prices at certain merchants. We have Club La Nacion and we get 20% off at Freddo every day and two-for-one kilos Tuesdays and Thursdays just for showing the card.

Get Grocery Store Coupons
You know those long strands of paper that you get when buying something at the grocery store? Yeah, most of those are useless coupons for Dish TV or tire balancing, but quite often they’re discounts on ice cream. Be sure to check them out before throwing them away.

Of course, now that summer is here, I have not seen an ice cream discount in some time, but wait a month and they’ll most likely make their return.

Use a Daily Deal Site
This is perhaps the best way to save on ice cream. The daily deals sites always seem to have ice cream deals. Last week I bought a kilo of ice cream from Groupon for $87 rather than $175. Checking today, they also have a deal for two kilos with delivery for $170. You will need a local credit card to purchase from any of the daily deal sites.

So, even though the posted prices are quite crazy, you’ll never really have to pay full price if you follow the tips above. Now, off to the gym…

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Freddo Ice Cream – $257 Pesos A Kilo!

If you thought inflation in Argentina was bad, check out the price of a kilo of Freddo in Punta del Este:

Freddo Punta del Este

Yes, that’s UYU $500, but that works out to U$S 22 or $257 Argentine pesos! (And yes, this Freddo is inside the Conrad Punta del Este where everything is super expensive.)

It’s pretty easy to see why there’s less and less Argentines vacationing in Punta del Este – it’s way too expensive compared to vacationing on the Argentine coast. In fact, I would guess that at least 80% of the guests at the Conrad were Brazilian. We heard a ton more Portuguese than Spanish.

So, now that we’re out of Hilton points (and not going to actually pay U$S 500/night for the Conrad), I think this will be our last trip to Punta for some time. I’d much prefer vacationing in Cariló where it’s just as nice and everything is at least half the price.

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Random Observations: Week 2

Welcome to the second part in my series. 🙂 Remember, some of these may be huge generalizations, but that’s ok.

Random Observations: Week 2

  • There is no sugar free Red Bull in the country. This was one of my favorite drinks with vodka in the US.
  • There are (almost) no obese people in Argentina. There may be some people with pot bellies or a few extra pounds, but you do not see people who are extremely overweight like in the U.S. This is surprising because:
    • There is an ice cream store every couple of blocks.
    • There is a pastry store on almost every block and they use dulce du leche in almost everything.
    • Most people eat dinner after 10pm.
    • Everyone seems to love McDonald’s and Burger King. They are always packed and usually have really long lines.
  • Speaking of lines – lines seem to move a lot slower here. This is probably why they have special lines that pregnant women can cut to the front of in most stores.
  • Speaking of ice cream – the size of the ice cream cones here are ridicuously small, but they heap the ice cream onto these tiny little cones. The ice cream is delicious too.
  • Purple is the color of the season (winter). All the stores have mannequins dressed in purple outfits. I have not bought anything purple yet.
  • Restaurant observations:
    • You seat yourself at most restaurants.
    • Remember to say “con gas” (sparkling) or “sin gas” (flat) when ordering water.
    • Every place gives you a huge bread basket before dinner.
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