Christmas Shopping List of Items
With the Christmas season in full swing, the Consumer Affairs Division (CAD) is committed to helping all consumers make informed decisions while doing their holiday shopping. To this end, the CAD has prepared below a pricing list of select items that are frequently purchased during the Yuletide season. From November 28th to December 13th, 2022 the CAD conducted a price survey at forty (40) supermarkets in twenty (20) areas in Trinidad while the Consumer Affairs Unit (CAU) of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) surveyed four (4) supermarkets. Prices were also collected for Paints and Paintbrushes, Curtains and Rods, Tiles, Christmas Trees, Decorations and Lights from various establishments around Trinidad and Tobago.
It should be noted that there are two (2) pricing methods for picnic ham. Some supermarkets offer a flat price for a standard-sized ham (bone in and boneless) while other supermarkets may offer a price by weight. These may appear by the pound (lb) or per kilogram (kg). Prices by weight in the list below have been converted to reflect the cost PER POUND. Therefore, when purchasing the weighted ham, please remember the following conversions:
|454 grams||1 pound|
|2.2 pounds||1 kilogram|
There is no general rule of thumb that one method is better than the other. The preferred method will always be the one that offers the most savings to consumers at the time of purchase. The Division urges consumers to be vigilant, remember your rights and responsibilities during this season and remember that you have the power of choice on your side.