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6/19/14 2:06 P

Yes, we see this here. A watermelon here is 99 cents/ pound. No thanks.

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6/19/14 12:40 P

I live in a small town with no ethnic markets, the closest being a 1 hr drive away and not worth the gas as they compete with the other local stores. Once a week there is a farmers market in town so I will shop some there, then again their prices are also increasing but many good bargins. I have a small garden and waiting for veggies to ripen and will freeze many.. for now, I go to the stores mid morning while many perishable items are being reduced. Instead of grilling steaks, chops, chicken breast for each family member, I use a lot less meat by cubing it and making meat/veggie kabobs on the grill with a side of rice. I can use a smaller amount of ground beef in a cassarole or meat sauce than making burgers.When I make burgers, husband teases "wheres the beef ! " I make them a lot smaller. .I make 2 meatless meals a week. Sadly I did notice most of the store specials are processed frozen food such as chicken nuggets or frozen dinners. pastas, and fast junk foods.

6/19/14 10:13 A

The increase is almost criminal.

6/19/14 10:11 A

Good post.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/19/14 10:04 A

Farmers markets or farm-gate sales are typically cheaper and better quality than grocery stores...

or grow your own little garden. I am amazed at how much lettuce, spinach and chard I'm already pulling off my TINY salad garden...

eat seasonally... while we *can* purchase strawberries, cantaloupe, and asparagus year-round, it's really expensive to buy out-of-season pricey imported produce. also, eat locally... the less distance food has to travel, the cheaper it (should) be. Particularly when the cost of the food is being heavily impacted by fuel prices - trucking refrigerated trailers from one end of the world to the other isn't very economical.

eat less meat... throw a couple ounces into a stir fry, or diced up on top of a salad, instead of serving the 6-ounce pork chop...

eat more legumes and grains... lentils, barley, beans, peas, bulgur wheat, etc., etc., these are all very cheap when bought dry.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
6/19/14 9:22 A

You're right. And the word is that meat prices are going to be bad this summer. My DH works for our local IFAS, and that's what the rumor is there. I'm incredibly lucky in this also, because the University has an Animal Science division, and the students have to learn about raising and butchering the animals... so they have an outlet where they sell it to the public one day a week. I'm told the quality is excellent, and most of it is truly pasture raised and finished. I haven't had a chance to go there yet, since my freezer is full... but it's on my agenda.

I already buy first from our local independent grocer. I also buy bulk when I can. I use a moderately local butcher which has a bit lower prices, plus they cut to order. It's a bit of a drive to get to them, but I also get my pastured eggs out that way, so I will be trying to combine that trip to minimize the fuel expense. We have a separate freezer that I'll be stocking when I clear it of what's already in it.

You might look into CSAs. If you have the storage space, they can save you some money, and their products are local and healthy for the most part. Some have outlets where you can shop... most are organized to simply present the members with a box of what's available for the period. It's still good! And you can buy shares in animals which reduces your costs, too. You get some great cuts and some mediocre cuts... but you get plenty to tide you through. It helps to have a freezer.

I was fiddling about on Pinterestâ„¢ yesterday and came across some great resources for canning. I'm not likely to do it for everything, but there are some things I might try. Beans, for example. You can buy a ton of dried beans and can them yourself. That's a big savings. Fresh veggies can be bought in bulk from farmers' markets and your local wholesale supplier (think crates and BIG quantities) and canned. It isn't so involved as it sounds. Fruits can be done the same way. Some things can be prepared and then simply frozen in plastic zipper bags.

Think of how our grandparents and earlier generations managed food. It worked for them, and it still works. Yes, it's a bit more work.. but it's not completely unmanageable. And it's healthier, too. Real food. I'm goin' there!

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,750
6/19/14 8:52 A

Produce: I buy what's on sale, carrots (which have largely stayed the same price), more frozen. I try to buy things that last awhile, so if I can't get to them, they are still good. Also things that go a long way. I also shop the warehouse store where I can buy more for less. Under $4 for a huge tub of organic spinach, for a 2lb bag of broccoli and the like. Bought a large bag of green peppers. Used some, chopped and froze the rest into individual baggies.

Meat: Reductions, sales or the warehouse store. I can get 5lbs of ground turkey for under $15. Chicken breasts for under $2 per pound. And the like. I can buy a whole pork loin cheaply, and cut my own roasts and chops. Same with beef (though I have not yet done that but have been intrigued by Alton Brown's Good Eats show on it). Bag and freeze. I spent maybe $100 on meat the other day, but it should last most of the summer. Target (best place I've found) and warehouse store often have large selection of reduced price meat that needs to be cooked or frozen. I've gotten chicken and sausages very cheaply at Target.

Grains/beans: Buy in bulk or dried. I can get instant oatmeal - name brand - for cheaper by the ounce at the warehouse store than generic at big box store. Dried beans save a ton of money and waste.

I'll have to try the ethnic market suggestion. We have a large Hispanic market and an Asian one pretty close to me.

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6/19/14 5:19 A


JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (543,873)
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6/19/14 12:11 A

I know what you mean. I noticed that too.

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (308,375)
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6/19/14 12:00 A

They sure are

6/18/14 9:40 P

I have tried eating a lot less meat because of the increase in food prices.

ZZYYGGY3 Posts: 2,335
6/18/14 7:01 P

I usually buy bulk on the staples and eat two meatless meals a week. I eat a lot more chicken then usual, and since I'm the only one I cook for I eat a lot of left overs.

FLORADITA SparkPoints: (63,594)
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6/18/14 5:46 P

I second shopping at ethnic food markets, prices are much lower and produce is always amazing. Food prices are manipulated for different markets, shop in upscale areas and the prices are always higher for smaller quantities, frequent the ethnic markets and your bags will be filled for much less money. I go to my local grocer for a bunch of spinach and basil and I come out with a puny little container with a few basil leaves and an expensive bag of washed baby spinach. I go to the ethnic markets and the bunches of basil are massive, the spinach 2-3 heads for $1.00, I can't get over the difference in price, quantity and quality. Other cultures use vegetables as the main part of their diet, North Americans eat large quantities of meat and processed foods with vegetables as an after thought and our supermarkets reflect this reality.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
6/18/14 5:08 P

I hate the rising costs too. I'm very careful about what I buy so I don't end up throwing away food. I shop produce when on sale, the only meat I buy is chicken.

DANALMILLAN SparkPoints: (18,586)
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6/18/14 5:04 P

That is actually great insight and a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!

6/18/14 4:58 P

I shop at ethnic stores for produce. I get amazing deals - vine ripened tomatoes for 50 cents a pound, 10 pounds of potatoes for a dollar. 21 mangoes for 7 dollars. I also plan meals around produce sales.

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6/18/14 4:53 P

Everything having to do with fuel is rising.
We shop different stores for the sales and buy all of our produce from a very good and very reasonably priced market that buys salvaged produce.

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6/18/14 4:43 P

Yes, I noticed I have a lot less at the checkout for the same amount of money I spent even as little as a year ago! I buy LESS or no junkfoods, namebrands, stopped buying bottled water and soda pop, no more frozen fast meals, and buy more staples and reduced items, freezing many produce items, and make my own family meals-even if it means cooking double and freezing meals. . What Do You Do To Cope With Rising Food Prices?

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