No offense, but if your paycheck is so small, perhaps you should look into government assistance. Both Toucan Market and Mountain View Market accept EBT (aka food stamps).No, I am apparently confusing my small paycheck with something larger.
I have price compared similar products at Toucan, and flat out - they are much more expensive on any products I use, outside of occasional sales on produce. I am not talking a little bit, I am talking Toucan charges 30-70% more on each item. Enough products at a price difference like that, the cost difference adds up quickly to surpass the cost of gas to drive to El Paso or Albuquerque to shop somewhere cheaper. it's not like I never have occasion to go to these cities anyway, just not very often. it's worth the inconvenience of stocking up to save the kind of cash I save by not shopping at Toucan.
Would I rather support a mom and pop?
Yep. If prices were equal, I would no matter what. I am well aware of the economic benefits to supporting local businesses and prefer to support the local economy.
Do I want to be looked at condescendingly by snooty clientele when I pay for the privilege of supporting a local business?
I don't feel I'm being condescending, I just don't buy the price difference argument. Toucan and MVM both sell products in bulk. We have three farmers' markets per week in LC. It might take a little extra work, but I believe you can buy affordable food locally. If you're buying products like almond butter consistently, then, yes, perhaps your food bill is higher than mine. You might also look into becoming a member of Mountain View Market; in addition to becoming an owner of the store (it's a cooperative), you'll receive a dividend check (i.e., money in your pocket) at the end of every year based on how much money you spend there.
Again, no offense meant.