Well, I definitely see a huge increase from even the last time I originally posted this thread. I am trying harder to pick up staples each time I shop to put into reserve. But for me, in my neck of the woods, none of the ethnic markets have proven to be cheaper. In fact they are higher by far. Even their bulk prices are higher than the warehouse chains. I go to them for things that are unavailable in other local stores, like fresh lard, cuts of meats that chains don't carry, and certain ethnic seasonings or sauces, but I'm better off buying my beans and rice at the Winco. I suspect ethnic markets may be cheaper in more urban areas, but I live in a rural area with only one midsize city in the entire region. Everything else is a small town separated by miles of forest land and mountains.