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Food Prices giving anyone else anxiety at checkout?

I put non fat yogurt, strawberries, lettuce, lean chicken etc in my cart every week. I'm being so very, very good with my healthy food choices and month over month am always shocked at how that good food adds up! Basically I could have gorged on King Sized Snickers all hours all week and saved a bundle of money.
The worst is the bread! I love Country Kitchen light (only 35 cals a slice) and have watched the price go from 3.20 a loaf to almost 4 bucks in just a few weeks!
I also just noticed the low sodium soup I buy shoot up 9 cents since last week.
Has anyone else noticed this crazy pricing?? No wonder why it's hard to feed children well on a limited budget!!

Tue. Apr 8, 10:29am

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I've definitely noticed my grocery bills getting larger and larger. It blows me away.

However, I do think you can feed your children well on a budget. Like anything, it may take time to plan and sacrifice (like not buying all your favorite or usual stuff) but it can be done. My bills are highest when I buy willy nilly and choose recipes with ingredients that I just use for that dish. But if I plan a week around a roasted chicken, for instance - I get a lot of meals and mileage out of my budget.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 10:43 AM

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and what is up with egg prices - geeez forget that.

More Aldi's for me. - I noticed they had an ad on TV at the gym this morning. I bet this downturn is a goldmine for them !

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 10:49 AM

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I buy my packaged stuff (oatmeal, tofu, bread, lean cuisines, etc.) at wal-mart because they are so much cheaper. I would rather not support wal-mart but my wallet is screaming louder than my conscious right now and they are about 30% cheaper than my Safeway. Their produce is considerably lower quality though so I "splurge" on that.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 11:23 AM

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Oil prices are up so grocery prices are up (transportation and manufacturing cost more)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 11:51 AM

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I buy a boatload of the good stuff when it's on weekly special - my freezer is packed with 4 lbs of chicken breasts until that sale comes around again. I find you can still get good 'special' prices, but the sales occur less frequently.

Off I go to load up on my Classico tomato sauce at half-price...
Happy bargain hunting!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 12:25 PM

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There was an interesting piece in the op-ed section of the New York Times (which is NOT the science section, but occasionally informative) about this yesterday. Food prices have indeed risen precipitously in the last month! I was shocked by the number given.

While a lot of this has to do with the costs of non-organic fertilization (fertilizer is made from petrochemicals) and transportation, a lot of it has to do with the rising prices of grain worldwide, both because of drought and of biofuels. Your chickens (beef, pork, etc.) are fed with grains, so their price will go up the same as your price of bread.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 12:25 PM

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not sure where you guys are located, but I find produce to be cheaper at ethnic grocery stores. where I used to live in hartford, ct there was a great one called apple tree that sold fresh produce for almost 1/3 of the price than the grocery store down the street!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 3:27 PM

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Ugh ....especially milk. I remember buying 4L bags (in Canada) for $2.99 just 5 years. Now they're nearing $7.00. I can't believe it!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 3:28 PM

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You buy milk in bags? Dayum, Canada is weirder than I ever thought!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 3:47 PM

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well it kinda makes sense since that's how they are on the cow ;)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 5:28 PM

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So it seems like this is all the fault of the oil barons over in the middle east who have us over a barrel
- I just think about those gallon / dollars meters that spin while you are pumping gas and how they are spinning so much faster now all day every day in tens of millions of street corners that's SO much more money they are making now !- Are they saving up to create a space program to initiate a civilization of Venus - Or just stocking the harem with more hotties?

I wish all those 10,000,000 American whirling gas station "dollars flowing out of your wallet" meters were telling me the $$$ that was gushing like Niagra into MY bank account like instead !

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 5:38 PM

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