This is based on personal experience, when I gave up my full time job and be a home-based Mom.
At first I was hesitant to go to the wet market due to the environment there, the people, the filth, pickpockets abound. But all of these were just products of wild imagination because when I tried it, I knew it is wise to buy fresh foods at the wet market than at the mall or big supermarkets. Markets are now well maintained by local governments specially on sanitation and correct use of weighing scales. They also banned the use of colored lights to make fish and meat look fresh.
Upon comparing the prices, it is a wise decision to go to the wet market. A kilo of fish for example, the round scad (galungong in Filipino) would cost about Php60 to Php90 or $1.33 to $2 per kilo, while inside supermarkets, it is sold at Php180 or $4 perkilo. The same is true with meat, it is always double the price at the supermarket compared with the wet market.
Another thing, you could always haggle for discounts at the wet market and the produce are newly-delivered, so you could guarantee that what you are buying are fresh, and free from preservatives. There are also a wide variety of fish o choose from. And if you maintained friendship (suki or regular customer) with the fish or meat vendor, you are given more discounts and good quality of fish and meat.
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