Curious. You mention being away for three years, while provisioning. Seeing a half dozen bottles each of ketchup and sriracha seemed like you were provisioning these items for the entire three years. Was that the attempt? How did it go? The stores were clearly more than necessary to just cross the pond. Why so much?
I guess the short answer would be yes, we intended to get these provisions to last for as long as possible.
The plan was to be away from America for a minimum of three years and we wanted to take advantage of the stores in Gloucester for various reasons. At the time the British Pound and Euro were extremely strong which meant we would pay double (or more!) for many things. Prices in Greenland were an unknown entity for us, but a friend told me Iceland could be quite pricey.
We were also concerned about availability of some of our favourite items. Certainly there is ketchup, but is there Sriracha? Often the answer has either been no OR yes at an exorbitant price. ($10+ dollars for a teeny, tiny bottle of Sriracha?!?)
Getting so many staples at a lower price meant we saved an extraordinary amount of money in the long run. The cost of getting stuck in Iceland for the winter was substantially softened because we didn't have to buy most dry goods.
It was the best of both worlds really. We were able to take advantage of local grocery stores for produce, meats, and dairy items and also save money by having a large store of rices, pasta, and condiments.
I wouldn't change a thing...um, except I probably wouldn't get Spam. Did not dig the Spam at all. (✿◠‿◠) ⚓-Monique