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Old March 16th, 2011 #21
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the prices i posted are deceptive: most items are up considerably. meat is sky-high. i guess they had a rush of chickens come in explaining the nearly 50% drop, but other than that, meat is very expensive. vegetables are not cheap at all at Hy-Vee. they did have a bag of onions for 1.50, but that was a sale price. normally you can pay about a dollar for a large onion. the price of the fruit they have is off-the-charts ridiculous to my way of thinking. processed food, basically anything in a bag or container, is considerably more expensive, almost week by week.
 
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the prices i posted are deceptive: most items are up considerably. meat is sky-high. i guess they had a rush of chickens come in explaining the nearly 50% drop, but other than that, meat is very expensive. vegetables are not cheap at all at Hy-Vee. they did have a bag of onions for 1.50, but that was a sale price. normally you can pay about a dollar for a large onion. the price of the fruit they have is off-the-charts ridiculous to my way of thinking. processed food, basically anything in a bag or container, is considerably more expensive, almost week by week.
As far as meat goes, I was at a livestock auction on Tuesday, the gentleman sitting next to me sold his calves for twice what he thought he would get for them. Prices are soaring.
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Old August 4th, 2011 #23
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Lowest price per loaf of bread I could find at the local supermarket was .78 for the store brand.
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Lowest price per loaf of bread I could find at the local supermarket was .78 for the store brand.
That's way cheaper than I've been able to find.
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Watch, your going to get about a dozen replies along the lines of "WTF is a Piggly Wiggly".



It's a Southern thang.

That pig character might make a good avatar for somebody..
lol I've always thought it was a very strange name. I little trivia about Piggly Wiggly.

The first store was opened in Memphis,TN and they were the first chain store to introduce the "check-out" line.
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Was just out walking in the hood. A grandma was having a mini-garage sale and on a table were some tomatoes she was trying to sell. She had some price, but I offered her $1 for three medium-large tomatoes. She wouldn't take it. I think they weighed like 1.5 pounds, and she was trying to sell them $2/lb. Her deal was 3lb for $5. Three pounds of tomatoes is like 6-7 tomatoes max. For $5.

This must mean something. In my memory of living here, 12 years, people usually GIVE AWAY bags of tomatoes. Now they're like freakin' gold.

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It means people are hurting and it's only going to get worse.
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It means people are hurting and it's only going to get worse.
I suppose so. But I mean we're talking some tomatoes. It's pretty sad when you cant jew someone down to a dollar for three tomatoes, for christ's sake. She's in a place where basically no one is coming by. Which must mean she has some other option for selling the tomatoes, since she had about 20 of them. Just makes me wonder. Because times are tough, even simple transactions of a farmer's market or garage sale have become grim and businesslike. This woman literally weighed these three tomatoes on her scale. The funny thing was, they're all the same freakin' size. Christ, I was offering more than a quarter apiece. She basically wanted $1 apiece, if they weighed 1.5 pounds.
 
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I suppose so. But I mean we're talking some tomatoes. It's pretty sad when you cant jew someone down to a dollar for three tomatoes, for christ's sake. She's in a place where basically no one is coming by. Which must mean she has some other option for selling the tomatoes, since she had about 20 of them. Just makes me wonder. Because times are tough, even simple transactions of a farmer's market or garage sale have become grim and businesslike. This woman literally weighed these three tomatoes on her scale. The funny thing was, they're all the same freakin' size. Christ, I was offering more than a quarter apiece. She basically wanted $1 apiece, if they weighed 1.5 pounds.
People are scared and trying to make a buck anywhere they can. It's the same way around here. You should see some of the items for sale in the TN Trader. Two years ago they would have been giving these things away.
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It's a good thing you have potatoes and tomatoes at all. How generous it was of their original cultivators.
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February 2011 - $.52 a piece.
May 2011 - $.66 a piece.
July 2011 - $.78 a piece.
 
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I suppose so. But I mean we're talking some tomatoes. It's pretty sad when you cant jew someone down to a dollar for three tomatoes, for christ's sake.
Cut grams a break, man!

33 cents each? You sir, are a piker.

If you like tomatoes, you should seek out a "Cherokee Purple". Best tasting tomato I've ever had, and I've had a lot of tomatoes.
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That's way cheaper than I've been able to find.
Yeah, bread is always pretty cheap around here.

I think it's because there are quite a few supermarkets within a few miles, and they know everyone looks at the price of bread, eggs, milk, etc.

Food costs are one of those things that we all should learn how to minimize.

Over the course of a lifetime, keeping food costs to a minimum equates to an incredible amount of cash.
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Speaking of bread, it's a good idea to look for Salvation Army and church food pantry locations that are near you or on your way home from work even if you aren't low-income. Bread is so cheap to make and has to be changed out frequently. What happens is these places often have tons of it that they can't get rid of. Even though you have to have low income to get food boxes at these places, and can only visit x times per month or year, they often let anyone take bread anytime they like. At the bigger handout spots this can include everything "bakery": rolls, buns, donuts, cakes etc.

Not worth going far out of your way, but if you find one on your normal route you might as well get free loaves that would otherwise end up in the trash.
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Yeah, bread is always pretty cheap around here.

I think it's because there are quite a few supermarkets within a few miles, and they know everyone looks at the price of bread, eggs, milk, etc.

Food costs are one of those things that we all should learn how to minimize.

Over the course of a lifetime, keeping food costs to a minimum equates to an incredible amount of cash.

I've been working on minimizing mine. Our garden has certainly helped, the chest freezer is already 3/4 full with vegetables and I've canned so much there is no more room in my cabinets. I buy sugar, flour, coffee and rice in bulk. This fall we plan on putting a few deer in the freezer as well. Perhaps a pig as well.

The chickens should start laying eggs soon, the hens that don't produce are going in the stew pot. Along with any rooster that gets nasty...
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I've been working on minimizing mine. Our garden has certainly helped, the chest freezer is already 3/4 full with vegetables and I've canned so much there is no more room in my cabinets. I buy sugar, flour, coffee and rice in bulk. This fall we plan on putting a few deer in the freezer as well. Perhaps a pig as well.

The chickens should start laying eggs soon, the hens that don't produce are going in the stew pot. Along with any rooster that gets nasty...
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Today was a milestone. I remember when cokes were .25. And I thought I'd never see the day a coke cost a buck. Then I did, on a Utah ski slope. Today was another milestone. A regular whole baking chicken over 10 bucks. $10.28. 6.9 lb. And that's Hy-Vee weight, which means it's about 1/3 injected sodium solution and 1/3 neck and giblets. Butter and eggs are higher than I've ever seen. Eggs are like 2.50 a dozen. Never thought I'd see the day when a single whole chicken was over $10, but it's here.
 
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