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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 02:58 PM
Wow, talk about a head turning experience. Our prices are going through the roof. 4 ears of corn 3.49, 1.5 lb Ribeye two pack on sale for 18 bucks. Bag of Charcoal 7.59. I could go on and
on. How is it in your neck of the woods......Better hold on cause its going to get higher. Susie and I shopped all the ads from all the stores. We use to just go to 1 or 2 different chains. Now we are heading to whoever is cheapest on the items we want. BEWARE. Suppliers will shrink the actual weights of packaged items to hold a favorable retail. Say Reese cups. A 16 oz bag was 3.29 now the retail is still 3.29 but its a 12 oz bag.

Any of you like to share some saving tips. We are planning a garden this summer.

I will check this weeks ads on Wed and give a retail/by the pound prices for our area.
It would be interesting to see the different retails in different areas.....


We live in Gastonia NC for geographic comparisons.






[Edited on 3/17/2008 by rottinpeach]

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:02 PM
It's the same or worse down here. Last year Food Lion remodeled their store here in Pawleys and have since gotten bat **** crazy with prices. I told Donna this would happen but I never imagined such an increase as we've seen. Across the board the increase is over 20-30%.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:04 PM
All I know it that if this Ethanol FlexFuel bullsh!t keeps up, cornbread will become a rich man's food. I don't want to live in that kind of world.

I did just pay $3.44/gallon for midgrade to fuel up my HEMI here in N FL.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:05 PM
It's getting ridiculous in Iowa, too. Even hamburger is outrageous, and there are cows and steers right on the way to the grocery store.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:07 PM
Here in Aiken, SC, our normal Sunday after church grocery shopping for the week at Wal Mart has gone from around $110 a week to $150 a week. This has increased within the last 2 to 3 months. We are buying the same exact items. Who ever thought a gallon of milk would be $4.00, and the cost of eggs is crazy.

Prices go up everywhere, gas will be $4.00 a gallon soon, people can't afford to eat, real estate prices are crazy, the dollar is the lowest it has been in 13 years on the market, my 401 k is going to be worth exactly $401 soon at the rate the stock market is going... but try to get a raise at work that matches all of these costs! I don't think I have ever seen America like this in my 50 years.

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:10 PM
$1.98 for a dozen eggs. This is what happens when corn is used for fuel and not for feeding humans and livestock.

I have a pretty good sized freezer. I have a garden. I also check the ads in Sunday's paper when something is on sale I buy a quantity if it's something that can be frozen. I bought a Foodsaver, one of those deals that sucks the air out of the bag and seals it. Things keep 2 to 3 times as long that way. Cheese never molds and I never get freezer burn on meat in the freezer.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:13 PM
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I don't think I have ever seen America like this in my 50 years.

[Edited on 3/17/2008 by Wayne]


1979/80. The only difference is we don't have double digit intrest rates or unemployment, yet.

 

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I don't think I have ever seen America like this in my 50 years.

[Edited on 3/17/2008 by Wayne]


1979/80. The only difference is we don't have double digit intrest rates or unemployment, yet.



I remember the even/odd license plate days on gas rationing.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:40 PM
I've always been of the philosophy that "if it doesn't call for a special recipe or special ingredients," then it doesn't matter what name is on it or the [presumed] image of the store.

For instance:
Milk and most dairy (sour cream, grated cheese, half&half, etc.)
Eggs
Margarine
Canned vegetables
Vegetable Oil
breadcrumbs
Oatmeal
Spices
Rice
Sugar
Flour
Vinegar
Corn Flakes
Dried pasta
Ground Beef
Pork chops
a lot of produce (you've got lots of qualitative differences in apples, oranges, etc., but a bell pepper is a bell pepper, and a yellow onion is a yellow onion, IMO)

So, in a word, Aldi.

I'll do Aldi for the above stuff, Walmart for most package goods and frozen food, and the local Mexican-American-oriented "Fresh Market" for the deli, butcher, and the rest of the produce.

I hit them in one circle, so gas usage is only slightly more than any one trip would have been.

With as little as I've had to work with lately, I try as hard as possible to get the most for my buck.

I almost never go to the big regional chains (Jewel and Dominick's) unless it's to get a particular item on sale (say, $5/lb. T-bones )

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:45 PM
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Any of you like to share some saving tips.


It's bad for sure. I have several different stores I shop at and watch carefully for what is on sale in their weekly flyers. Most of the grocery stores up here have a card that is swiped at checkout for savings but also keep an eye on the Sunday paper for extra coupons. I find that buying milk is cheapest at a local Mobile station and Meats in bulk best bought at BJ's or Cosco.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 03:59 PM
Watch those sunday newspaper coupons. I looked at the paper after I went to the store yesterday and I realized I could have saved a couple of dollars if I had just looked before I went!

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 04:21 PM
A gallon of Mayfield Milk is running at $ 5.99 a gallon in Atlanta.


I still do the Kroger thing, I like their meats the best. Publix meat's are not that good to me.

With my Kroger Plus card I can do okay.

I eat out more than I do at home.

When I was staying at Mom's during the "Mental" days, she would just give me her debit card and turn me loose at Kroger..that was nice while it lasted. I should have faked it for a while.

As long as I can still get a good deal on Mayfield and Breyers Ice Cream..i'm happy. BlueBell is the best..but it's to high.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 04:25 PM
At least beer hasn't gone up much lately.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 04:30 PM
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It's getting ridiculous in Iowa, too. Even hamburger is outrageous, and there are cows and steers right on the way to the grocery store.
Things are getting out of hand all over but I know for a fact that the steak price (1.5 lb Ribeye two pack on sale for 18 bucks) would be cheaper here in Iowa (anyway it is at the local grocery I use for fish/meat purchases - a Dahl's for you, Widgeon, in case they are in your area also ). That's something I've always noticed about meat prices in the south and on west coast (FL and all over west coast to be exact...only places I've done much grocery shopping for meat products).

Gas prices ... just filled up paying $3.19 per gallon. Ouch! When I started driving the price I just paid for one gallon would have filled my tank (and I might have had money left over ... anybody remember gas wars and 19 cent gallons?)

Milk and egg products ... I've really noticed increase here!!

Wayne - I hear you on the future of financial investments! I'm very good at feeding my 401K and IRA... just hope they'll be doing same for me when I retire (hopefully within next 5-7 years). And although I got a raise and bonus this year I noticed percentages were down this year. To be frank, I was just happy to get both since I know my boss has indicated that they had to fight for every penny allocated in our departments budget (might add that the corporation I work for has had some recent layoffs).

rottinpeach - I'll check some prices this Wed, too, and let you know what things are like here in the midwest, a metro area of app. 600,000.

 

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At least beer hasn't gone up much lately.


PBR 30 pack $13.99

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 04:36 PM
It is getting scary in NY. The local King Kullen I go to usually had a coupon in a flyer every week for $10.00 off your total purchases over $75.00. They have now stopped that because of the economy. It may not sound like a lot, but between that coupon and the store accepting double coupons of up to a dollar(which no other chain around here offers) it really helped out. The only beef me and my family have eaten is chop meat. Can't afford steak anymore and fresh produce is going through the roof. It is much cheaper to eat unhealthy food. Pretty soon it will be Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for everyone.

Thank you George W(DUMMY)Bush. You have done more damage to our country in seven years that ever could have been imagined.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 04:36 PM
Bill,

A food saver is a smart way to go if you buy in bulk. With 6 of us eating out of one refregerator, there is not much chance of anything spoiling....

Meat, bread and eggs have gone has gone through the roof... , and I attribute the additional pricing to the fuel surcharge the trucking industry is charging due to the cost of fuel.

Damned Food Lion moved into a bigger store and I can hardly stand goiung in there with the price differences. You know who pays for the move....

However, I always think back to what my dear sainted mother used to tell me..."buying food is cheaper than buying medicine" ....

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 04:39 PM
I can't afford the big grocery chains! We have a little mom and pop family owned grocery store that we go to every week. Meat is bought in the $40 family packs from the small beef and fish place a couple of towns over. If I cook a roast or a chicken, we make soup the next day which helps save a little bit too. Nothing goes to waste around here.
Milk was $4.24 the other night and $2.49 for a dozen of small brown eggs at the big grocery store I went to because it was late and it is open 24 hours. We use about a gallon of milk a day here so it has been expensive, but I have a day care so milk is necessary. Sometimes the parents will bring a gallon here and there which helps though and a few of the parents will buy bulk packages of crackers and things from BJ's.
Coupons are great! Some weeks we save about $25.
I can't wait for farmers market again. We are surrounded by farms out here so there is always a great abundance of veggies and fruits in the late Spring through Fall. In the Fall we by bushels of apples and tomatoes for applesauce and tomato sauce to freeze for the Winter.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 04:42 PM
I have a friend that raises beef cattle.

Because of the drought and the high cost of feed corn he took a beating last year. He'd a been better off if he'd sold his cattle instead of raising them till maturity.

Bluedad, how do you have room for food in that fridge with all that beer in there?

 

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It's getting ridiculous in Iowa, too. Even hamburger is outrageous, and there are cows and steers right on the way to the grocery store.



There's your answer.


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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 04:54 PM
I always buy cereal, cookies, cheese, cold cuts, etc. from Walmart.

They are ALWAYS cheaper than the local grocery chain on those items.

BJ's Wholesale has great steak prices, usually $2 per lb. cheaper.

That's good savings when you buy three or four steaks for the grill.

 

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Thank you George W(DUMMY)Bush. You have done more damage to our country in seven years that ever could have been imagined.




Amen Brother...I despise that S.O.B.

and I used to take up for him.........

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 05:10 PM
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I always buy cereal, cookies, cheese, cold cuts, etc. from Walmart.

They are ALWAYS cheaper than the local grocery chain on those items.



The Walmart near me just expanded and now has a full grocery section. Some items are so much cheaper that it just makes me stare in wonder. Many people don't like going to them (I was one) but on the sort of items that Ron mentions, I can save a little more than 1/3 of the cost. Foolish to give money away in protest if I didn't shop there.

It has gotten to the point where my wife and I go in circles shopping at various stores to get the specials. But then you spend gas money so who knows?

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 05:23 PM

I have to say WalMart does have some good deals on Groceries. I have gotten some good meats there also.

We have this Grocery store chain called "Food Depot" Good deals on lots of stuff, but the meats are scary at best.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2008 at 05:26 PM
No Super Walmart with the grocery part near here, but I do stop at a couple within an hours drive from here if I am passing through.

 

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