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9/19/09 3:53 P

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Anarie, the interview said grocery store products were at their lowest. Which was interesting because my overpriced supermarket is still overpriced.

I'd noticed that some products had gone down i.e. like milk. but all in all, everything was still pretty pricey.

Produce varies. Fresh corn and tomatoes are high. Because of all the rain we've gotten this summer, our local corn and tomato crops were ruined. So, prices on those are high.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a fabulous deal on organic grapes. they were $2 a pound. I was shocked and bought a couple of pounds.

Now, prices at my local farmer's markets have been really good. Two weeks ago, heirloom tomatoes were $1.50 a pound. This week, they were $2 a pound. I loaded up.

We're getting towards the end of the growing season here and prices tend to drop a bit.



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TWISTOLOMEW Posts: 2,021
9/18/09 6:47 P

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I'm seeing a lot of cheap produce here -- but I'm not sure if that's just because I live so close to the growers... I'd forgotten just how much California produce ends up everywhere else until I went to see luckyduck in SD and everything there was from here for 2x the price.

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9/18/09 1:27 P

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Karen, a question on the NPR story:

Did they say grocery prices have dropped, or food prices have dropped? I know the prices paid to farmers have fallen, but I'm not sure the difference is making its way to consumers.

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9/18/09 1:25 P

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Dairy products definitely have come back down a bit. I noticed that the fat-free half & half I buy, which had gone up to $2+, is down to $1.74. The quart-size of Dannon yogurt was up almost to $3 and is now running $2.29-$2.49. Milk went up a bit at Costco, but seems to have come down a bit in the regular grocery stores. And I'm seeing eggs at 99 cents a dozen pretty regularly now; they were around $1.50 there for a while.

And I was going to ask if anybody else is seeing a little price war on produce. The fancy grocery closest to my house has started running what I call "flash specials." They don't advertise them, but you'll go in and find grapes for 54 cents a pound or strawberries for 99 cents until they sell out of that particular shipment. Recently I've gotten HUGE green peppers 3/$1 and broccoli at 50 cents a pound. I don't know if they're doing it just to get people in the store, because wholesale prices have gone down, or because they're trying to kill off a very expensive organic grocery/vitamin store that just opened literally across the street from them. At any rate, it's convenient for me, because they're close by and now they're having better prices on a lot of stuff than the regular grocery chains. The only downside is that my carb percentage is through the roof because I'm hardly eating anything but fruit and veggies!

On the other hand, I've noticed that packaged cookies have gone through the roof! I was considering getting a package of Newman's Own hermits, but they're over $5. I'm sure they were under $4 last year at this time. That made me look at the "cheaper" brands, and they all seem really pricey.

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i've been taking more note of sales items, and what store might carry what product for less. basically, i'm kinda looking at the trees instead of the forest right now, so haven't really noticed an overall drop.

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I haven't really noticed much of a drop, but I have been getting some really good coupons lately.

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9/17/09 9:00 P

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Even at the discount stores Milk is 2.50+ per gallon.

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I think it's been iffy at best. It's a bit hard to say though, because I've taken up shopping at Grocery Outlet- where I can actually buy cereal for $1.49 and milk for $1.99 a gallon.. gotta love that.

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Hey, folks... so, I was listening to NPR and they were reporting that prices of groceries have had their sharpest drop.

Have you noticed any prices going up or down ? In general, I still think grocery prices are still high. Although, I had noticed that some things were starting to decrease.

A quart of milk (non organic) is roughly $1.35-$1.49.

Fresh fruit is still high, but is has been on sale pretty frequently. I do see drops here and there, but I'd hardly call it dramatic.

How about you folks ?

-- karen


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