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Old 10-21-2007, 07:32 AM   #61
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Gas Prices

As compared to the general escalation of wages and prices over the past fifty years, is the tenfold increase in the price of gasolene atypic?
P.S. gasolene and atypic were acceptable according to Merriam Webster fifty years ago.

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Old 10-25-2007, 04:08 AM   #62
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Might the lack of mention about the prices for dried pulses say something about American eating habits?

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Old 10-25-2007, 07:29 AM   #63
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We have the opposite problem - too much water. I jut checked the morning paper - 57.97" of rain so far this year, almost 7" this month. I'm a gardener, so enamored with my flowers, that I never thought of growing food until this year.

We have two planting seasons, spring and autumn. My space is limited. I've now got onions growing besides the roses, lettuce by the amaryllis and radishes in the pot of bougainvilla. I will have failures, just as I do with flowers, but it's a start.
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:37 AM   #64
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Might the lack of mention about the prices for dried pulses say something about American eating habits?

Legumes are generally inexpensive so a price increase is not as significant as it might be for a higher priced item.
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:53 AM   #65
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I like to buy from farmer markets rather than large chains. I find that the prices are lower and the veggies and fruits a lot fresher.

I also buy a lot of stuff from my local Indian store where I can stock up on a variety of beans and spices for a lot less than what a grocery store would charge.

We make our own bread at home (roti) and I buy the wheat flour for that and store it in large containers ( I get a lot of flour for a very small cost). I buy my rice at SAMS. They sell a 15lb bag of Royal Basmati rice at a very good price and the rice is so versatile it can be used in any dish that calls for long grain rice not just Indian dishes.
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Old 10-25-2007, 10:01 AM   #66
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I don't do one stop shopping for food. you can really save if you buy your stuff all over. i get my meats at the meat market... everyday prices are like sale prices at the gorcery stores. Boneless chicken breast is 1.39 a pound every day... boneless thighs .89 a pound.

I buy my produce from the fruit stand.... im not sure how they stay in business i get all my weekly fruits and veggies yet somehow still get change back froma 5 or 10. And they are fresher,better looking, and better tasting then at most of the markets. its also good to support small local markets.

I buy all my canned goods, oils, condiments, etc at B.J. wholesale club in bulk. You can get some good savings this way as well. especially on olive/veggie oil.

If i need anything quick i'll usually go to trader joes and pick it up, their prices are usually good. I know its not all that practical to make 3 stops, especially for those with kids and who work late, but there are huge savings to be had
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Old 10-25-2007, 10:17 AM   #67
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Michael in FT W. But, if you want to envoke the blessings of a higher power - pray for rain!

Aren't you getting rain today? I believe in the power that prayer contains. One way or another we get an answer. May not be always what WE want but we get an answer.

Also, the bible says, we should only live for today and don't worry about tomorrow. If I did this, maybe I wouldn't be so uptight about things I can't control. These words were written long ago and I know they were for our benefit.

Only my opinion. Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:00 AM   #68
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I don't buy groceries at the supermarket very often any more, but I have noticed the price of milk skyrocketing. At the beginning of summer, I was buying 2 one gallon plastic jugs of 2% milk, store brand, for $4.00. Last week, it was $6.40, and the only thing that changed was the color of the label!

I know this sounds strange, but it appeared that, as the price of gasoline came down, the price of milk went up.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:19 PM   #69
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I was going to post this in the whatís for dinner tonight thread, but it seems to belong here more.

Over the past couple of months, Katie E. and Uncle Bob got me interested in shopping at Kroger again. Iíve been enjoying it, and am surprised that on some things Kroger can be cheaper than a big chain like Wal-Mart and certainly a LOT fresher and better tasting.

Tonight was golden though. I stopped by Kroger on the way home. First I was in the produce section where I found Baby Portabellas, sliced, 8 oz for $1.67. Nice! I was in the mood for steak and a mushroom sauce, and it was shaping up nicely with these great shrooms.

Then found a 15# bag of Russet potatoes. About 25 potatoes in that bag, and everyone of them is baking potato sizeÖ.all for 3.99. UnrealÖ.thatís about 16 cents per baking potato.

Then the real mind blower. I hit the meat counter and saw not only an unreal Mangerís Special on beautiful T-Bone steaks, but also a Card Members Special on Flat Iron steaks. Flat Iron is a rare cut in my area, so I was surprised to find it, and more than that, I was surprised to find it so cheap.

Got two incredible T-bones for 12.58, which saved me 13.69 off regular price due to the Managerís Special. The Flat Iron I picked up for 5.19 when it was regularly 9.09 (savings of 3.90). Iím loving KrogerÖ.but you do have to shop for the deals because Kroger isnít always this giving! Thanks Katie E. and UB for getting me interested in Kroger once more! If you have a Kroger near you, run, donít walk, down there and see what deals they have. Definitely get a card there as the savings are incredible.

Here are some pics (oh, and I was picky and dug around a bit......notice the size of the club/loin on these T-Bones. Incredible!). Now....I just got to cook it!






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Old 10-25-2007, 08:28 PM   #70
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Good for you, keltin. I love our area Kroger stores...we have 3 within close proximity. That's a real plus, because if one store has a mediocre meat or produce selection, I have a pretty good chance of finding what I want at another location

One of the Kroger stores is in a well-heeled neighborhood, so I can get some really nice ingredients there. Not the least of which are cheeses. You might want to check for cheese, too.

My bi-weekly shopping trips always includes at least one of the Kroger stores and I make it a point to look for the manager's specials in the meat department. They also have good deals on fresh fish, which is something that is difficult to get here.

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