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Some newcomers are not sure where to buy the groceries they need, and they may miss traditional foods from their native country. There are many different places and ways to go shopping in the USA. Learn about the kinds of shops for buying food. Find out how to buy traditional foods. Read about where to buy clothes and how to shop online.

Some newcomers are not sure where to buy the groceries they need, and they may miss traditional foods from their native country. There are many different places and ways to go shopping in the USA. Learn about the kinds of shops for buying food. Find out how to buy traditional foods. Read about where to buy clothes and how to shop online.

Where to buy in the US, photo copyright UK Aid, CC.
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Where to buy in the US, photo copyright UK Aid, CC.
Shopping in the US, photo copyright UK Aid, CC..

Buying food

Buying food

The word groceries means food you buy. אתה צריך לנסות לבלות על 20% or less of your total family income on groceries each month. זה אומר אם יש $1,000 הכנסה בכל חודש, אתם צריכים לבלות... $200 or less on groceries. אם אתה מקבל $500 בכל חודש, אתה יכול להרשות לעצמך לבלות רק $100 או פחות על מזון, if you are to also pay for housing and utilities.

The word groceries means food you buy. You should try to spend about 20% or less of your total family income on groceries each month. This means if have $1,000 in income each month, you should spend $200 or less on groceries. If you get $500 each month, you can afford to spend only $100 or less on food, if you are to also pay for housing and utilities.

Here are some useful things to know about buying food:

Here are some useful things to know about buying food:

  • Some things that cost little in your home country may be expensive in the USA. לדוגמה, פליטי בורמה אולי אוהב לאכול אגוזי קוקוס טריים, מנגו, but these items are expensive.
  • Meat and fruit are often expensive in the USA. אז, you may need to try to eat some new foods as well as your traditional foods.
  • Buying food, especially rice and beans and many vegetables, from the grocery store and cooking it yourself is generally less expensive than buying food from a restaurant.
  • If an item in a store is priced, אתה צריך לשלם את המחיר הזה. עם זאת, this is less true in markets or stores selling used goods.
  • Some things that cost little in your home country may be expensive in the USA. For example, refugees from Burma may like to eat fresh coconuts and mangoes, but these items are expensive.
  • Meat and fruit are often expensive in the USA. So, you may need to try to eat some new foods as well as your traditional foods.
  • Buying food, especially rice and beans and many vegetables, from the grocery store and cooking it yourself is generally less expensive than buying food from a restaurant.
  • If an item in a store is priced, you have to pay that price. However, this is less true in markets or stores selling used goods.

Where to buy groceries

Where to buy groceries

Here are some different places you can buy food:

Here are some different places you can buy food:

Grocery stores

Grocery stores

Grocery stores in the US are large stores that carry many different types of food. ישנם מספר מצרכים גדול “רשת חנויות.” A chain is a group of stores that are the same in different cities across the US. חנויות מכולת מחולקים למקטעים כגון פירות וירקות, בשר, מזון משומר, ועוד. Many large grocery stores encourage you to sign up for free “מועדון” קלפים, או “membership cards. This is good to do because you often receive a discount on your food with a card, even though the card is free. Other stores, such as Costco, do charge for their cards and sell large quantities of food more cheaply. These are worth joining if you have a big family and are buying food and household items in large quantities.

Grocery stores in the US are large stores that carry many different types of food. There are several large grocery “chain stores.” A chain is a group of stores that are the same in different cities across the US. Grocery stores are divided into sections such as fruit and vegetables, meat, canned foods, etc. Many large grocery stores encourage you to sign up for free “Club” cards, or “membership cards. This is good to do because you often receive a discount on your food with a card, even though the card is free. Other stores, such as Costco, do charge for their cards and sell large quantities of food more cheaply. These are worth joining if you have a big family and are buying food and household items in large quantities.

חקלאים’ שווקים

Farmers’ markets

ברוב הערים בארה ב יש חקלאים’ שווקים, במיוחד בקיץ. At a farmersmarket, אתה יכול למצוא פירות וירקות טריים גדל ונמכר על ידי החקלאים עצמם. In summer, you may spend less money then you would at a grocery store for the same items, but not always – some big grocery stores are able to sell for less than farmers who grow small amount of organic produce, לדוגמה.

Most cities in the US have farmers’ markets, especially in the summer. At a farmers’ market, you can find fresh fruit and vegetables grown and sold by the farmers themselves. In summer, you may spend less money then you would at a grocery store for the same items, but not always – some big grocery stores are able to sell for less than farmers who grow small amount of organic produce, for example.

Convenience stores

Convenience stores

אלו חנויות קטנות שמוכרות לפעמים כמויות קטנות של מזון או מצרכים. בעוד חנויות אלה עשוי להיות נוח כי הם קרוב לביתך, לעתים קרובות הם יותר יקר מאשר בחנות המכולת.

These are small stores that sometimes sell small amounts of groceries or food. While these stores may be convenient because they are close to your house, they are often more expensive than the grocery store.

Ethnic stores

Ethnic stores

יש קהילות יש חנויות אתני, כלומר חנות שמוכרת מצרכים מרקע אתני מסוים. לדוגמה, יכול להיות “השוק ההודי” או “שוק סיני” זה נמכר מזון מכל מדינות אלה. You can find ethnic grocery stores in many cities in FindHello.

Some communities have ethnic stores, meaning a store that sells groceries from a particular ethnic background. For example, there might be an “Indian Market” or a “Chinese Market” that sells foods from those countries. You can find ethnic grocery stores in many cities in FindHello.

מסעדות

Restaurants

Restaurants in the USA tend to be the most expensive place to get food. מסעדות מזון מהיר זולים יותר מסעדות רגיל, but you have to choose carefully so as to not eat too much unhealthy food.

Restaurants in the USA tend to be the most expensive place to get food. Fast-food restaurants are cheaper than regular restaurants, but you have to choose carefully so as to not eat too much unhealthy food.

באינטרנט

Online

There are a number of websites selling ethnic food and other specialty foods that are hard to find locally in your town or city. One example is eFood Depot.

There are a number of websites selling ethnic food and other specialty foods that are hard to find locally in your town or city. One example is eFood Depot.

You can find specialty foods by searching online. Type the words “buy [food you are looking for] online.

You can find specialty foods by searching online. Type the words “buy [food you are looking for] online.”

 

 

Where to buy clothing and household items

Where to buy clothing and household items

בארה ב, you have lots of options of where to shop for clothes and things for your home. אתה תמיד צריך לנסות לקנות דברים כאשר הם במבצע!

In the USA, you have lots of options of where to shop for clothes and things for your home. You should always try to buy things when they are on sale!

Thrift stores or used and secondhand stores

Thrift stores or used and secondhand stores

When you are thinking of where to buy clothes, consider thrift stores if you want to save money. Thrift stores sell clothes, home items, and furniture other people have given away. אם אתה לוקח זמן להסתכל, לעיתים קרובות תוכלו למצוא בגדים יפים מאוד, items for your kitchen, רהיטים, צעצועים, עוד בדולר וחנויות. חנויות אלה נוטים להיות מאוד נמוכים, and they often have days where everything in the store is on sale.

When you are thinking of where to buy clothes, consider thrift stores if you want to save money. Thrift stores sell clothes, home items, and furniture other people have given away. If you take time to look, you can often find very nice clothes, items for your kitchen, furniture, toys, and more at thrift stores. These stores tend to be very low-cost, and they often have days where everything in the store is on sale.

Garage sales and yard sales

Garage sales and yard sales

מכירת חצר או מכירת חצר הוא מקום מצוין כדי למצוא בשימוש בגדים וכלי־בית. פריטים אלה הם בדרך כלל די זול. Garage sales and yard sales are one of the few places you can barter in the USA. This means if you are at a garage or yard sale, you can try to ask for a lower price than what is written on the item.

A garage sale or yard sale is a great place to find used clothing and household items. These items are normally quite cheap. Garage sales and yard sales are one of the few places you can barter in the USA. This means if you are at a garage or yard sale, you can try to ask for a lower price than what is written on the item.

Department stores and malls

Department stores and malls

אתה יכול גם בחנות כלבו או הקניון. These stores tend to be more expensive and have famous name brands. זה אומר שהפריטים הם פופולריים כי המותג ידוע, כמו נעלי ניקה.

You can also shop at department stores or the mall. These stores tend to be more expensive and have famous name brands. This means the items are popular because the brand is well-known, such as Nike shoes.

מהדברים

Superstores

Superstores are stores in the USA that sell nearly everything. אלה כוללים חנויות כמו וול-מארט, היעד, קיי-מארט. These stores are generally cheaper than name brand department stores.

Superstores are stores in the USA that sell nearly everything. These include stores like Walmart, Target, and Kmart. These stores are generally cheaper than name brand department stores.

Shopping locally

Shopping locally

There are probably lots of local stores in your new town. זה נחמד לחנות מקומית כי הכסף שלך נשאר לקהילה שלך. ייתכן אפילו למצוא חנות בבעלות עוד פליט.

There are probably lots of local stores in your new town. It is nice to shop locally because your money stays in your community. You may even find a store owned by another refugee.

Hardware stores

Hardware stores

אם אתה צריך פריטים עבור הבית שלך או כדי לתקן את הבית שלך, אתה יכול לקנות בכל חנות לחומרי בניין. The people who work at these stores will answer your questions about home repair.

If you need items for your house or to repair your home, you can shop at a hardware store. The people who work at these stores will answer your questions about home repair.

Online and mail order

Online and mail order

A lot of Americans buy their clothes online or from catalogs that come in the mail. בארה ב, you can return clothes you buy online or from a catalog, just like you can return items bought in stores.

A lot of Americans buy their clothes online or from catalogs that come in the mail. In the USA, you can return clothes you buy online or from a catalog, just like you can return items bought in stores.

Returning items

Returning items

Stores in the USA let people return goods if there is something wrong with them or even if they just change their mind. But they will not allow you to return something after you have used it. Whenever you shop, לשמור את הקבלה. This is proof that you bought the item and when you bought it. אם תחליט שברצונך להחזיר פריט, you will need the receipt. It is harder to return fresh foods, but you should always return food if you found it was spoiled or past itssell by” תאריך.

Stores in the USA let people return goods if there is something wrong with them or even if they just change their mind. But they will not allow you to return something after you have used it. Whenever you shop, keep your receipt. This is proof that you bought the item and when you bought it. If you decide you want to return an item, you will need the receipt. It is harder to return fresh foods, but you should always return food if you found it was spoiled or past its “sell by” date.

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