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Old 10-18-2007, 10:36 PM   #21
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I've been here four years and gas was okay when I got here but now OUCH. Meat prices do still freak me out. I miss VONS. I would be happy to have a Safeway here.

I agree about the produce here. I laugh when I see California strawberries at $5 a pint. I used to get them from the roadside vendor for $2 and they were fresh. But on the plus side, my rent is half of what it was in California ~ I keep telling myself that and I remain happy.
Yes, gas is high here too, but still cheaper than Vista. You are sure right about the price of housing here. The apartment I used to live in here had a large yard (there were two buildings, each with 2 townhouse style apartments) and I paid $385 a month. My daughter was in an almost identical apartment in Vista (in a large complex--no yard) and paid almost $1,000. We are buying our house and property now (a long single-wide mobile home on an acre) for $33,000. I couldn't even imagine what we would have paid for the same thing in San Diego County. We will have it paid off in 5 years and hope to build a house here.

I miss Vons and Ralph's. I also miss Safeway, although the one in Vista closed years before I moved and Vons moved in there. I know there was a Safeway in Washington D.C. when I visited there a few years ago, so maybe someday they will branch out back here too. Probably not, but we can only hope. Their Lucerne brand was the best when it came to dairy products. As far as the grocery stores here, Harris Teeter is probably the most California-like of the ones I have been to. After they moved our Bi-Lo into a new building they became a little more like the stores back home too.

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Old 10-18-2007, 11:40 PM   #22
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Corn is being diverted to this fuel nonsense which will drive up the price of beef, well it is already.
High corn prices are driving up the cost of all animal feeds, thus high meats, eggs, and dairy products. These high corn prices are also reflected in any and all types of corn sweetners used in various products. Not to mention corn meal, corn flour,....the list is long!!
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:36 AM   #23
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Meats here are not below $1.99/lb .. that's usually Pork. Everything else is well over that. Chicken usually hits over a $1.00. Sometimes you can whole chickens for about $0.89/lb. Beef is totally out of our price range most weeks, when I do find a good buy, I pick up as many as I can afford and freeze them.

Milk $3.15/gal for 1% at Cumberland Farms, everywhere else, $3.99.

Deli Meat, most about $7.99/lb.

Pasta used to be 3 or 4 for a $1.00, not it's $0.89 a box, Angel Hair usually around $1.49/box, rarely under a $1.00.

I try to keep the grocery bill down, but I'm lucky if I get it under $100. When I do get it under $100, I keep thinking I forgot a couple of things. When I have to get the garbage bags and aluminum foil or plastic wrap, toilet paper, paper towels, etc., I'm spending close to $150, seems like I run out of these things all at the same time.

Gas for the car .. over $3. And I have to budget that in weekly too.

My car broke down. One tire popped, one had a big bubble, these are replaced, but I still have to put a new alternator in the car. Needed to put that in BEFORE the tires, and was going to, till the tire problem happened. Now we still have to do the alternator and budget in christmas shopping, thanksgiving dinner and christmas dinner in the next month or two.

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:53 AM   #24
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Yeah, I did notice that the prices took quite a jump recently.
Apparently we have got rid of the butter and milk surplus in Europe so now we have to pay more for dairy products.
But that is not the only thing that got more expensive.
Packets of chips I buy used to be 45 cents last year. Now they are 59 cents.
Packets of oatmeal I buy used to be 24 cents, just a few weeks ago. Now they are 35 cents. And many other products have taken a price jump.
I try to stay within a budget and buy as much as I can within that budget, and I am finding that I get less less for the same money. To make it more annoying, my boyfriend has never got a pay increase even though he has been working for the same company for the last 4 years. We live on his income.

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Old 10-19-2007, 07:18 AM   #25
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To make it more annoying, my boyfriend has never got a pay increase even though he has been working for the same company for the last 4 years. We live on his income.

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And when people do get pay increases, everything else goes up in price too. And usually more than the pay increase.
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:38 AM   #26
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I always stock up on sale items. I've noticed everything go up lately. Even dried beans!
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:47 AM   #27
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I just got back from my weekly grocery run and once again feel sick about how much I spent! I'm not buying anything out of the ordinary, but it seems like every week, the bill gets a little higher. This week, I noticed that the cheese we normally buy went up 30 cents from last week, and the pasta sauce I buy when I don't make my own jumped a quarter! Milk, around here, is now over $4 for a gallon of skim. Anyone else noticing this lately? What are you doing to try to keep your costs in check?
PA Baker, where do you shop? I live around Harrisburg, and I've always found that Giant is the most expensive around, followed closely by Weis. I go to Karns for my meats, and Wal-Mart for most other staples.

If I feel like getting more variety, I'll go to the new Wegmans (which is still cheaper than Weis or Giant).
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:39 AM   #28
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You don't even wanna know how expensive food is here in England!
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:42 AM   #29
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Hey Miss Kitty...

It would be interesting to see some of your prices posted here for a comparision to U.S. prices.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:46 AM   #30
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Water?

I wish my brother could read all your comments on this thread. He has been telling me for 'many' years that we will have to pay as much for water as we do gas! I always assured him I believed him but today it is true. He was really shocked to hear about the condition in Georgia where his daughter lives that they are rationing out the water. No useage for outside watering anymore. Also when they go to restaurant there is no water provided unless you request it. How about that? This is really worrying me. You think having all this water around us that we would experience shortage? Is this connected to Global Warming?

Prices in the store are so out of range that I make up my mind I will have to limit 'other' things to maintain our goal of eating healthy. I must confess I don't like to pay a $1 for an orange. I do and always have taken supplements as i feel the quality can never be found again unless you live on a farm yourself or know someone who does. I do question whether 'our' food will be marked China within a short time. (Even though my mother named our dog China, I do get upset when I see it) It only is reminder that our people are being left out. We used to be #1 and now when we are worried about our food source it bothers me worse.

I do hope and pray for God to allow this country to continue to be blessed. It only will if people will try to return to the values they once had. Material things will deteriorate, our bodies are a necessity. Try to increase your level of faith, ask for guidance, and try to eat all that is good for you. Chips and cookies should be first thing that is eliminated.

I only say these things as if talking to myself. It also helps when is put them here. Whenever I tell someone my opinion I really try to impress upon myself that it is urgent and necessary. As i said, as I want for myself I hope for you. Ever hear the song, blest be t he tie that binds?

Hope I didn't get off the topice of high prices. Everything works together. I apologize if I said too much. Sometimes I open up and express my opinion which may offend someone. I do that a lot, open my heart. Thanks for your time.
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