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Living In: Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA
irayd8 no more! is asking: (6 answers)
Anyone else notice lately how food prices have realy jumped? I usually buy what I need after perusing the sale ads and making a flexable meal plan and list. Produce prices are NUTS around here. I know a lot is out of season but come on-there must be decent lettuce etc grown in the south and Calif. (nothing fancy or exotic, just everyday produce.) Last week I bought a cheap head of cabbage and served it 2 days because I just couldn't pay $2 for one puny head of romaine or $1.89 for a uninspiring head of iceberg. How is it in the rest of the country? We're in the city in the cold north. Can't wait to get my (small) garden going.

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Last updated: Jan. 29, 2013 8:32 pm
Posted: Jan. 29, 2013 11:16 am
Answered by: janet7th
Jan. 29, 2013 11:21 am
They had a freeze in CA which I am sure didn't help. After having gone down a little our gas prices just went up 5 cents in one day this week, too. :(
Jan. 29, 2013 11:24 am
I'm very thankful that Aldis came to my town. I can get produce for decent prices and it's very good quality. They are a lot cheaper than the *normal* grocery stores, ie, Target. But, yes, I'm excited for my garden!
Jan. 29, 2013 11:26 am
I KNOW! We recently got bottom dollar food stores... they are kinda decent. My kids love grapes and it amazes me week to week the price swings! Needless to say we have not been enjoying grapes the past week or so!
irayd8 no more!
Jan. 29, 2013 11:30 am
I love Aldi for staples-the fresh produce at my local store isn't the greatest consistant quality though. Gas here in Chicago and Cook County is $3.89 and my husband is happy because it went down!
Baking Nana
Jan. 29, 2013 11:32 am
Even here is Southern California the prices have been going up. That freeze that Janet mentioned really did a lot of damage and we had freezing temps again last night. :( The poor strawberry growers must be pulling their hair out.
Jan. 29, 2013 11:34 am
Aldi's is a lifesaver w/produce prices, among other things. If you don't shop there, I highly recommend it! I actually just got back from an Aldi's shopping trip. I literally overflowed my cart, heaping, plus filled the bottom w/dog food, 12 pack of tp, & 4 gallons of milk. I spent $153.00. It always amazes me!
Jan. 29, 2013 11:36 am
I still have a handful of things to pick up at Sam's &/or the regular grocery store(Meijers) but that's for 2 weeks worth of groceries.
Jan. 29, 2013 11:39 am
Hubby brought me home grapes the other day because I asked him to pick them up. He said, "I hope you really wanted these!" They were $10! WOW! No criticism here, I asked for them. (Although my brain was thinking otherwise).
irayd8 no more!
Jan. 29, 2013 11:41 am
I've been doing Aldi's first them "topping off" at a small local ethnic type market that has a large produce dept and real butchers. I didn't know there was a freeze!
Mike Harvey, daPITA
Jan. 29, 2013 12:03 pm
Just don't blame the farmers or growers. They had to accept lower prices because their production wasn't "the necessary quality" because it survived the drought. That excuse was used even in the areas not affected by drought. It's the greed for profit driven by those between the farmer and consumer that inflate and inflate again the end cost to the consumer. When produce is again plentiful do not expect the prices to drop. They might, just don't expect it. If the prices do drop, it won't be nearly as much as the increase.
Jan. 29, 2013 12:58 pm
If we were content to eat local and in season the world would be a much healthier planet and the people better off. Do we really need strawberries in January that have travelled a few thousand kilometers? Buying and eating local leaves a MUCH smaller carbon foot print, it provides more jobs for in your own town and it's healthier produce than things harvested too early and transported. Anyone looking for a good read should pick up "The Hundred Mile Diet." Wonderful insight and an enjoyable read.
Answered by: Sunflower
Jan. 29, 2013 11:53 am
Noticed last year that my grocery bill was going up. Now its riduculous and there's only two of us! I do know it helps immensely to make out a menu for the week and stick to it.
Answered by: stuffinmama
Jan. 29, 2013 11:56 am
I was blown away when I had to pay $2.89 for an 8 oz. package of store-brand reduced fat cream cheese! I know I was paying 99 cents for the same product a month ago...
irayd8 no more!
Jan. 29, 2013 12:09 pm
Glad it isn't just me noticing this. Feel sorry for my son and bride and others just starting out or trying to raise a family. It's tough on some seniors too. Some of my patients can't buy food if they buy meds! Now our hospital management won't let us accept or distribute samples. Our Doctors were extremely generous with these and now we can't due to the legal system.
Jan. 29, 2013 12:12 pm
Yeah. I try to buy the store brand as often as I can because the name brand prices are just ridiculous. Nonetheless, because I'm feeding a family of 6, I very rarely get away with paying less than $150 on any grocery run.
Jan. 29, 2013 12:16 pm
I buy mostly fresh produce as I juice everyday and eat salads and steam veggies. My grocery bill is nuts. I don't buy junk food or many canned or processed. A friend of mine said I should start. I am glad I'm not the only one noticing.
Answered by: grandmama
Jan. 29, 2013 12:22 pm
I'm in Oxnard Ca. and the freeze really wiped out the lettuce and strawberries! The fields are all turned over. And I heard babble on the news about grain being high, so meat and chicken going up. Sure get tired of it, shopping is such a chore now!
Answered by: foodiemonster
Jan. 29, 2013 12:59 pm
What I do recommend is shopping on Wednesdays, that is the day when they have groceries on sale, i often get to buy organic produce either the same price or lower than ordinary produce! I get to purchase avocados 2 or sometimes 3 for a dollar etc. Yes prices have gone up, but try Wednesdays, you will be surprised! They clear their inventory nationwide on wednesdays that's why they have sales on that day.
Jan. 29, 2013 2:00 pm
Thursday is the sales day here. At least that's what my circulars say. Will have to do some investigation. :)
Answered by: BigShotsMom
Jan. 29, 2013 1:56 pm
I cannot wait for the Farmers Market to start up again. Bad enough the prices are outrageous , but the quality is not the best. Milk and general dairy prices have risen tremendously too. Add to that, due to the hurricane, the market that I preferred is not reopening. I too pity those with large families.
Jan. 29, 2013 5:33 pm
We have both an Aldi and a Butera near me. Aldi's is good for some things but Butera is really good for produce...
Jan. 29, 2013 5:34 pm
I used to live near Food 4 less and they were just reasonably priced for everything.
Jan. 29, 2013 8:32 pm
Prices here are not so great either,sales start on Thursdays,but like others,can hardly wait for summer to put in our garden.
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