I don't look at prices at the market. What's the point? You're there on vacation and you're buying things you will need while you're there. I save it all up for one big wince when I see the total at checkout.
If the cost of beer was double I still wouldn't pack a case in my luggage. I have a garment bag and wife has a medium size soft side suitcase. We don't have room for a lot of food.
But it's beer, one of the major food groups. I wouldn't lug a case of beer in my suitcase, and I don't mind paying the price on the island. I think a case of Balashi runs about 28 USD at Lings. Heck, I paid $21.00 for a six pack of Coors Light at the mini mart in the Surf Club once (that's only $3.50 a beer, much cheaper than the bars).
Angela, I don't know why, but I envisioned a whole rotisserie chicken in your bag, not cut up. I was thinking, so they get there and here's this frozen chicken the size of a bowling ball in their luggage.
I plan on bringing a few boxes of Weight Watchers chips with me, so i dont pig out on pringles every afternoon after the beach like i usually do. I;ve been on WW for 6 months and am on maintenance now, concerned about controlling myself there. Breakfast will be a special challenge. I'm so used to having egg whites each morning with some fat free cheese. But i cant get fat free in the hotel, or even fat free yogurt (Marriott), and sometime sthey run out of boiled eggs. No way i am going to the hotel restuarant for breakfast every morning. Waste of time, and money. I'm in the hotel, not the time share, so it will be a challenge. Thinking maybe i go to superfoods the first day, when i arrive.
I generally bring quite a bit of food with me. Have never once had an issue with anything defrosting. Even last year when we had a planned stop in Miami and an emergency stop in NC. Plus it was always nice to have the big soft-sided cooler to bring down to the beach, on our "driving around the island" excursions and when moving from one room to another. Of course that was in the old Continental days when each international passenger got their first bag free. We would typically back one suitcase with meat, snacks, cereals, lunch meat & sliced cheese, coffee. This year we are flying United with no free luggage. Not quite sure what I'm going to do yet.