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2018-03-03 01:32:54 AM  
5. Bacon and related products
> 10-year price increase: 41.6%

4. Prescription drugs
> 10-year price increase: 43.9%
 
2018-03-03 02:20:34 AM  
Avocados and Asparagus.
 
2018-03-03 03:10:13 AM  
Cigarettes don't belong on a grocery list
 
2018-03-03 03:24:17 AM  
That was ... insanely dumb. You can buy a five pound bag of flour for less than five dollars. And that's WITH, according to this list, an increase of 26% over the last 10 years.

Seriously. Stupid list is stupid.
 
2018-03-03 07:25:56 AM  
Most staple foods up around 30% on the last ten years. I wonder if wages have raised 30% in that time too.
 
2018-03-03 07:32:22 AM  

HawgWild: That was ... insanely dumb. You can buy a five pound bag of flour for less than five dollars. And that's WITH, according to this list, an increase of 26% over the last 10 years.

Seriously. Stupid list is stupid.


Also eggs? Am I reading this wrong? Because it looks like a huge price spike followed by drop back to normal.
 
2018-03-03 07:44:07 AM  
I stopped reading at eggs. Complete BS. Last year I ate more eggs than I have in any other 2 years of my life because they were so cheap. I didn't pay more than 89 cents for large grade-A dozen. Most weeks it was anywhere from 59 to 29 cents/dozen. In contrast, earlier this week I saw old news footage about the rising cost of groceries from the mid 1970's (On Through the Decades, I really dig that show.) and medium eggs were 85 cents/dozen.
 
2018-03-03 07:49:13 AM  
How do the price increases compare to the general rise in the cost of living for those same years?
 
2018-03-03 07:49:40 AM  

Burn_The_Plows: I stopped reading at eggs. Complete BS. Last year I ate more eggs than I have in any other 2 years of my life because they were so cheap. I didn't pay more than 89 cents for large grade-A dozen. Most weeks it was anywhere from 59 to 29 cents/dozen. In contrast, earlier this week I saw old news footage about the rising cost of groceries from the mid 1970's (On Through the Decades, I really dig that show.) and medium eggs were 85 cents/dozen.


At your prices, I know you aren't getting them from a grocery store.

Unless you have Obama's Wayback Machine.

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2018-03-03 07:57:54 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Cigarettes don't belong on a grocery list


Shut up...they count as produce.
 
2018-03-03 08:04:13 AM  
Looks like someone just made a grocery list.

It says nothing about beer though
 
2018-03-03 08:04:19 AM  

tjsands1118: Most staple foods up around 30% on the last ten years. I wonder if wages have raised 30% in that time too.


From https://www.statista.com/statist​ics/20​0838/median-household-income-in-the-un​ited-states/

The median household income in 2007 was $58,149
The median household income in 2016 (latest #) was $59,038

Income has increased 1.53% So no, it hasn't increased 30%.

Thanks Washington - all of you for the last 10 years.
 
2018-03-03 08:12:07 AM  

Bowen: HawgWild: That was ... insanely dumb. You can buy a five pound bag of flour for less than five dollars. And that's WITH, according to this list, an increase of 26% over the last 10 years.

Seriously. Stupid list is stupid.

Also eggs? Am I reading this wrong? Because it looks like a huge price spike followed by drop back to normal.


We eat more eggs and egg whites in this house than ever because eggs are affordable and easy to cook early in the morning, and I can make a sandwich for pennies on the dollar for my husband to take to work as opposed to a deli sandwich.

And prescriptions don't count as groceries. They count against groceries, at least around here. I have one of my $40 refills coming up when I am capable of walking down the stairs and going somewhere without throwing up or passing out. Good times... especially since Tamiflu and cough syrup was $90 we didn't have, and we don't have already this week.
 
2018-03-03 08:19:07 AM  
Ah, yes, Rice. The food I ate for almost every meal in college due to its cheapness and calorie density is a real bank buster.
 
2018-03-03 08:23:38 AM  

girlygirlmpls: Avocados and Asparagus.


Avocados actually aren't that expensive. Asparagus is, though. So is cauliflower. I can usually get a good amount of some kind of salad base (any lettuce that isn't iceberg or salad) for about $2.50... tomatoes are usually on sale in some way.... but most fresh produce just keeps climbing in price. Carrots are usually not too bad...

Otherwise, we eat a lot of eggs, soup, pasta and tomato sauce (or pasta and some type of soup that I turned into a sauce, or pasta with garlic and some vegetables if zucchini and/or squash are on sale, especially), rice and beans, and I make myself an English muffin turned into "pizza" for lunch fairly often since I can get shredded cheese for $2.50, Muffins for $2, and always have sauce on hand, so that's six lunches for almost nothing.  We don't stray much from that. I'd make more chili, but my husband doesn't like spicy things, and I find Cilantro has risen in price.
 
2018-03-03 08:25:35 AM  

baronbloodbath: Burn_The_Plows: I stopped reading at eggs. Complete BS. Last year I ate more eggs than I have in any other 2 years of my life because they were so cheap. I didn't pay more than 89 cents for large grade-A dozen. Most weeks it was anywhere from 59 to 29 cents/dozen. In contrast, earlier this week I saw old news footage about the rising cost of groceries from the mid 1970's (On Through the Decades, I really dig that show.) and medium eggs were 85 cents/dozen.

At your prices, I know you aren't getting them from a grocery store.

Unless you have Obama's Wayback Machine.

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Actually, yes. Sal B's Piggly Wiggly on Oklahoma Ave. in Milwaukee, WI.

To be fair, these were sale prices. But it was almost weekly, and you needed a store coupon (limit 2/purchase) for the 29 & 39 cent weeks. I do remember being angry about making several trips up there and grabbing store flyers when it was 39 cents only to have them drop to 29 the next week and already having 6 dozen in the fridge. (I'm a cheap bastard.)

I'm willing to admit I'm most likely an outlier. Or that Sal B has something on chicken ranchers. Never met the guy, so I'm not sure.

/I don't have any proof of these prices because I don't save sale flyers, but I think it would be stupid to lie about this.
//It is Fark tho, so I can understand any skepticism.
///Do have proof that cheese is on sale there this week for $1.28 for an 8 oz package, but in Wisconsin that's a mediocre sale.
 
2018-03-03 08:28:43 AM  
They forgot the most expensive snack out there:

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2018-03-03 08:37:50 AM  

baronbloodbath: They forgot the most expensive snack out there:

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Laundry detergent is incredibly expensive. And often bought in the grocery store. That has more of a place on the list than cigarettes, for certain. Pretty much everyone needs detergent. I always cringe when that's on the list for the week, because it adds a good $10 to the bill.  Another one? Tampons. Yes, only affecting women, but the price for shaped cotton (and you really have to go brand name on this - though that will vary from woman to woman as to what best suits her needs) is absurd.  Though we're kind of getting into CVS/drugstore territory now. (Thankfully, we have a Harmon around here which is significantly less expensive for things like that...)

Meats are definitely a treat for my husband.
Snack foods? He buys himself chips and sometimes cookies. I have some popcorn, and buy the sale hummus to eat with carrots or celery.  But that's dietary preferences, really, People are going to snack from time to time. (The hummus and vegetables also makes a pretty good lunch for me. I don't require much.)
 
2018-03-03 08:45:08 AM  
3% inflation compounded over 10 years is 35%.
 
2018-03-03 08:59:33 AM  

Nuclear Monk: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Cigarettes don't belong on a grocery list

Shut up...they count as produce.


Tobacco is a leaf. The tobacco comes individually wrapped in paper and packed in a plastic container. Lettuce is a leafy plant that comes packed in a plastic container and that is produce.
Since tobacco is packed like lettuce, and lettuce is produce, cigarettes are produce. Similar logic also makes cigarettes qualify as an herb found in the spice aisle.
 
2018-03-03 09:06:24 AM  
Prepared fresh fruit.  $3.78 for 16oz at Walmart (enough for two portions).  $5.00 at the same location for a three gallon container of cheese puffs.
 
2018-03-03 09:13:59 AM  

baronbloodbath: Burn_The_Plows: I stopped reading at eggs. Complete BS. Last year I ate more eggs than I have in any other 2 years of my life because they were so cheap. I didn't pay more than 89 cents for large grade-A dozen. Most weeks it was anywhere from 59 to 29 cents/dozen. In contrast, earlier this week I saw old news footage about the rising cost of groceries from the mid 1970's (On Through the Decades, I really dig that show.) and medium eggs were 85 cents/dozen.

At your prices, I know you aren't getting them from a grocery store.

Unless you have Obama's Wayback Machine.

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Hmm...as someone who buys about 60+ dozen per week even sometimes scooping up eggs at the local grocery stores if I run low, eggs are running roughly .75 to 90 cents per dozen even at retail prices. The bird flu epidemic caused my case price for 5 dozen to shoot as high as $15 back in 2016 and dropping in early 2017. I don't have the sheet in front of me but I believe we're around $3-5 for 5 dozen now. Thats for grade A large. 

Other sources peg egg prices between $1.06 and $1.12 per dozen. If you are paying $1.82 for a dozen eggs you're buying them at Whole Foods or some other outrageously overpriced store. That stat isn't grounded in reality because there's no context.
 
2018-03-03 09:14:15 AM  

tjsands1118: Most staple foods up around 30% on the last ten years. I wonder if wages have raised 30% in that time too.


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2018-03-03 09:18:09 AM  

Nuclear Monk: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Cigarettes don't belong on a grocery list

Shut up...they count as produce.


This.

And tequila is made from agave so it's essentially a vegetable.
 
2018-03-03 09:25:42 AM  
This list was terrible.
Their explanations for price increases seemed to be "blame trends for increased prices." Salt is more expensive because people want fancy pink Himalayan salt and French gray salt. Bread is more expensive because people want artisan bread. Butter is more expensive because people don't want staturated fat. It's not the basic version, it's the artisan or special version that's getting the real price increase. Or shortages that didn't hurt the supply chain that much.
And as others have mentioned, even with the price increases, the prices aren't even that super-expensive. Even during the supposed bacon shortages and the bird flu, there was still plenty of bacon (price only increased by less than a dime) and the grocery stores I shop at were having sales on chicken and turkey.
 
2018-03-03 09:26:56 AM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: Hmm...as someone who buys about 60+ dozen per week even sometimes scooping up eggs at the local grocery stores if I run low, eggs are running roughly .75 to 90 cents per dozen even at retail prices. The bird flu epidemic caused my case price for 5 dozen to shoot as high as $15 back in 2016 and dropping in early 2017. I don't have the sheet in front of me but I believe we're around $3-5 for 5 dozen now. Thats for grade A large.

Other sources peg egg prices between $1.06 and $1.12 per dozen. If you are paying $1.82 for a dozen eggs you're buying them at Whole Foods or some other outrageously overpriced store. That stat isn't grounded in reality because there's no context.


Yeah, even here, a dozen costs $0.99-$1.29. No, it's not farm-fresh, organic or anything, but it also beats the hell out of say, buying Pop-Tarts or even cereal for breakfast, and they are versatile as they can be cooked different ways and depending on what's on hand, served with different sides and mix-ins for omelettes.
 
2018-03-03 09:33:17 AM  

serpent_sky: Enormous-Schwanstucker: Hmm...as someone who buys about 60+ dozen per week even sometimes scooping up eggs at the local grocery stores if I run low, eggs are running roughly .75 to 90 cents per dozen even at retail prices. The bird flu epidemic caused my case price for 5 dozen to shoot as high as $15 back in 2016 and dropping in early 2017. I don't have the sheet in front of me but I believe we're around $3-5 for 5 dozen now. Thats for grade A large.

Other sources peg egg prices between $1.06 and $1.12 per dozen. If you are paying $1.82 for a dozen eggs you're buying them at Whole Foods or some other outrageously overpriced store. That stat isn't grounded in reality because there's no context.

Yeah, even here, a dozen costs $0.99-$1.29. No, it's not farm-fresh, organic or anything, but it also beats the hell out of say, buying Pop-Tarts or even cereal for breakfast, and they are versatile as they can be cooked different ways and depending on what's on hand, served with different sides and mix-ins for omelettes.


You can also sub out flour with crushed Captain Crunch in most recipes, albeit it's recommended to cut back on the additional sugar required in the recipe.
 
2018-03-03 09:46:21 AM  

clowncar on fire: You can also sub out flour with crushed Captain Crunch in most recipes, albeit it's recommended to cut back on the additional sugar required in the recipe.


I'm not sure what you are making, as I don't use flour for anything, other than once in a while to thicken a sauce or something... but that sounds pretty vile. Even the smallest thing of flour would last me forever. That said, I love to cook, but don't bake. That's boring and requires everything to be specific, and really, we have no need for baked stuff.
 
2018-03-03 09:53:59 AM  

eyeq360: This list was terrible.
Their explanations for price increases seemed to be "blame trends for increased prices." Salt is more expensive because people want fancy pink Himalayan salt and French gray salt. Bread is more expensive because people want artisan bread. Butter is more expensive because people don't want staturated fat. It's not the basic version, it's the artisan or special version that's getting the real price increase. Or shortages that didn't hurt the supply chain that much.
And as others have mentioned, even with the price increases, the prices aren't even that super-expensive. Even during the supposed bacon shortages and the bird flu, there was still plenty of bacon (price only increased by less than a dime) and the grocery stores I shop at were having sales on chicken and turkey.


This is a good point. It probably explains the whole egg price discussion in this thread. They're taking about normal eggs, but a significant portion of people are buying organic and/or cage free. The fact that some buyers are less price-sensitive causes an increase in overall average price.

I could triple the price of my milk just by deciding I don't care what it costs.
 
2018-03-03 09:56:09 AM  

clowncar on fire: serpent_sky: Enormous-Schwanstucker: Hmm...as someone who buys about 60+ dozen per week even sometimes scooping up eggs at the local grocery stores if I run low, eggs are running roughly .75 to 90 cents per dozen even at retail prices. The bird flu epidemic caused my case price for 5 dozen to shoot as high as $15 back in 2016 and dropping in early 2017. I don't have the sheet in front of me but I believe we're around $3-5 for 5 dozen now. Thats for grade A large.

Other sources peg egg prices between $1.06 and $1.12 per dozen. If you are paying $1.82 for a dozen eggs you're buying them at Whole Foods or some other outrageously overpriced store. That stat isn't grounded in reality because there's no context.

Yeah, even here, a dozen costs $0.99-$1.29. No, it's not farm-fresh, organic or anything, but it also beats the hell out of say, buying Pop-Tarts or even cereal for breakfast, and they are versatile as they can be cooked different ways and depending on what's on hand, served with different sides and mix-ins for omelettes.

You can also sub out flour with crushed Captain Crunch in most recipes, albeit it's recommended to cut back on the additional sugar required in the recipe.


Personally, I just put cigarettes in a coffee grinder and use that.
 
2018-03-03 09:56:49 AM  
So things don't cost the same as they did 10 years ago? This means something.
 
2018-03-03 09:58:02 AM  

tjsands1118: Most staple foods up around 30% on the last ten years. I wonder if wages have raised 30% in that time too.


 I use groceries as a quick if unscientific appraisal of inflation. Basically, I recall what an item's price was ten years ago, grumble at the much higher current price, and then ask myself if my earnings have risen by a similar percentage. It's not even close. Sh*t's just more expensive and my earnings haven't kept up. Not because I'm bad at my job; it's just how life is sometimes.

 Now that I'm single again it's almost as cheap to eat out every day as it is make a grocery run. Cheap stuff like Chinese or po-boys, not a full-service restaurant. Bonus: no dishes!
 
2018-03-03 10:02:32 AM  

dickfreckle: tjsands1118: Most staple foods up around 30% on the last ten years. I wonder if wages have raised 30% in that time too.

 I use groceries as a quick if unscientific appraisal of inflation. Basically, I recall what an item's price was ten years ago, grumble at the much higher current price, and then ask myself if my earnings have risen by a similar percentage. It's not even close. Sh*t's just more expensive and my earnings haven't kept up. Not because I'm bad at my job; it's just how life is sometimes.

 Now that I'm single again it's almost as cheap to eat out every day as it is make a grocery run. Cheap stuff like Chinese or po-boys, not a full-service restaurant. Bonus: no dishes!


You don't even have to go back ten years. Go back one year. Or six months. Or one week, in many cases. It seems to go up every time I go to the store for something. And no, salaries have not gone up. I was making the same in actual dollars, at my last job, as I was 16 years ago. And I actually emailed to ask if I could go back. I was struggling, but not as much as I was on unemployment. And they said "no" because they have a SEO arm re-purposing my old copy, probably for even less.

Life in this country is just so damned awesome right now. It keeps getting better day after day.
 
2018-03-03 10:06:58 AM  

serpent_sky: clowncar on fire: You can also sub out flour with crushed Captain Crunch in most recipes, albeit it's recommended to cut back on the additional sugar required in the recipe.

I'm not sure what you are making, as I don't use flour for anything, other than once in a while to thicken a sauce or something... but that sounds pretty vile. Even the smallest thing of flour would last me forever. That said, I love to cook, but don't bake. That's boring and requires everything to be specific, and really, we have no need for baked stuff.


I watched the price of flour go up. I am the opposite of you -- I sometimes bake twice a day. I'm trying to fatten up an enthusiastic mountain biker. He can eat a pound of chicken in two minutes (ok, just seems like), so flour and eggs are a good way to slow him down. His mom doesn't bake much, so when we visit, I blow through her little bitty bags of flour in about two days, depending.

The mountain biker is in his 50s. You're supposed to have this problem with teenagers.
 
2018-03-03 10:15:40 AM  
I have a small chest freezer in the garage I picked up for about $200 years ago at Costco.
I keep 1/2 a pig and 1/4 cow in there and refill as needed. I buy from 2 organic farms and the beef is 100% grass fed. The meat is butchered/cut/wrapped exactly how I want it. I pay 4.59 a pound for the pork and 6.29 a pound for the beef. That price has not gone up in the last 10 years.

Cut out the middle man and buy directly from the farm. Its cheaper and saves a ton of shopping/traffic time and you get a far superior product from animals that never saw a feed lot.
 
2018-03-03 10:23:06 AM  

serpent_sky: dickfreckle: tjsands1118: Most staple foods up around 30% on the last ten years. I wonder if wages have raised 30% in that time too.

 I use groceries as a quick if unscientific appraisal of inflation. Basically, I recall what an item's price was ten years ago, grumble at the much higher current price, and then ask myself if my earnings have risen by a similar percentage. It's not even close. Sh*t's just more expensive and my earnings haven't kept up. Not because I'm bad at my job; it's just how life is sometimes.

 Now that I'm single again it's almost as cheap to eat out every day as it is make a grocery run. Cheap stuff like Chinese or po-boys, not a full-service restaurant. Bonus: no dishes!

You don't even have to go back ten years. Go back one year. Or six months. Or one week, in many cases. It seems to go up every time I go to the store for something. And no, salaries have not gone up. I was making the same in actual dollars, at my last job, as I was 16 years ago. And I actually emailed to ask if I could go back. I was struggling, but not as much as I was on unemployment. And they said "no" because they have a SEO arm re-purposing my old copy, probably for even less.

Life in this country is just so damned awesome right now. It keeps getting better day after day.


Have two coffees and redo this entire statement please. Because I cannot follow your logic with the way you typed it.
 
2018-03-03 10:24:02 AM  

runs with mutts: serpent_sky: clowncar on fire: You can also sub out flour with crushed Captain Crunch in most recipes, albeit it's recommended to cut back on the additional sugar required in the recipe.

I'm not sure what you are making, as I don't use flour for anything, other than once in a while to thicken a sauce or something... but that sounds pretty vile. Even the smallest thing of flour would last me forever. That said, I love to cook, but don't bake. That's boring and requires everything to be specific, and really, we have no need for baked stuff.

I watched the price of flour go up. I am the opposite of you -- I sometimes bake twice a day. I'm trying to fatten up an enthusiastic mountain biker. He can eat a pound of chicken in two minutes (ok, just seems like), so flour and eggs are a good way to slow him down. His mom doesn't bake much, so when we visit, I blow through her little bitty bags of flour in about two days, depending.

The mountain biker is in his 50s. You're supposed to have this problem with teenagers.


My husband works 12 hours a day in a warehouse, doing a lot of heavy lifting and walking, and at 44, eats like nobody I have ever seen. He definitely eats a good 3x-4x what I do in a day. I always send him off with a ham (or other meat), egg, and cheese sandwich, something home-cooked for lunch, and then make him dinner when he comes home. He usually has something else at work, and eats something while I am finishing up dinner.  My mom would have said, "you must have a hole in your leg" but he's far more active than most people, and certainly more active than I am. When I'm working, I'm writing and editing. At home, at least, I clean the house all the time and do yoga. That's why I can live on soup and vegetables/beans, eggs, and English Muffin "pizzas". Cheese is my luxury item.
 
2018-03-03 10:25:31 AM  

jayphat: Have two coffees and redo this entire statement please. Because I cannot follow your logic with the way you typed it.


Ew. Coffee is vile. I don't even like the smell of it. And sorry it doesn't make sense to you. It reads just fine to me.

At the same time, the flu does muddle your brain. I don't think the flu ever goes away, at this point. It's been almost 6 days now.
 
2018-03-03 10:28:43 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Cigarettes don't belong on a grocery list


You obviously never met my parents.
 
2018-03-03 11:06:24 AM  

thurstonxhowell: This is a good point. It probably explains the whole egg price discussion in this thread. They're taking about normal eggs, but a significant portion of people are buying organic and/or cage free


It's not that, I think folks aren't taking the cost of living differences into account.

#include [rant about hipster folks redefining 'organic' and a strong preference to stick to the chemist's definition of that word]

I checked a recent receipt and I'm paying ~$5 for 18 regular eggs (so about $3.30 a dozen). But that's at the Vons down the street, and Vons is an expensive store.

I get most of my produce at sprouts, but sprouts only seems to carry foo-foo eggs that are even more expensive.

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18 eggs lasts me about a month (unless I'm in a baking a lot) and it's one of the few things I buy from Vons due to the convenience factor. They're 1 mile away and I pass them every day on the way home, the next closest grocery store (~2 miles away) ... is also a Vons. Sprouts is 5 miles away.

For a lot of things, it's just not worth the wasted gas to drive around looking for the best price. Personally, I have four different shopping lists now (Vons, Target, Sprouts, Bevmo) and each list has the cheapest items for a given store (except for items that are only stocked by one of said stores).

End result: Target for toiletries and canned goods, sprouts for produce and meat, Bevmo for liquor, and Vons for what's left (soda, bacon, butter, eggs, chickpeas).

Anyway

Here's an article from 2015 talking about the cost of eggs in CA going from $1.45 to $3.61 in a year.
https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loca​l​/Egg-Prices-Soar-in-California--322707​371.html

Here is a cost of living calculator saying that the average cost of eggs in San Diego is
$4.17
https://www.expatistan.com/price/egg​s/​san-diego

serpent_sky: Avocados actually aren't that expensive. Asparagus is, though. So is cauliflower


Avocados here are ridiculously priced, especially since there are avocado groves all between San Diego and Temecula. I could drive down near the US/Mexico border and buy a sack of dozens of avocados for a few bucks.

But that's a lot of gas money, and due to the shady neighborhoods it's potentially risky (due to carjackings, insurance scams, etc).
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2018-03-03 12:24:07 PM  
What a load of crap.

Eggs? They're like a $1.25 a dozen, and they're on sale for less than a buck every other week. And salt? I just bought some, it was 49 cents for a 1 pound package, that will last me two years or more. Bread? Pasta? Canned vegetables?  These are all low cost items, the only thing they got right was beef and seafood.

What's driving up my grocery bill is mostly non food items. I just paid $3.99 for a damn roll of aluminum foil. Not the heavy duty or the extra wide roll, just the cheap store brand aluminum foil. A large pack of paper plates was another $3.99, not the fancy ones made of heavy cardboard with the separate little compartments, just plain old white paper plates. A jug of dishwasher detergent was $4.99. This is the crap that's driving up my grocery budget the last few years.
 
2018-03-03 12:42:08 PM  

serpent_sky: dickfreckle: tjsands1118: Most staple foods up around 30% on the last ten years. I wonder if wages have raised 30% in that time too.

 I use groceries as a quick if unscientific appraisal of inflation. Basically, I recall what an item's price was ten years ago, grumble at the much higher current price, and then ask myself if my earnings have risen by a similar percentage. It's not even close. Sh*t's just more expensive and my earnings haven't kept up. Not because I'm bad at my job; it's just how life is sometimes.

 Now that I'm single again it's almost as cheap to eat out every day as it is make a grocery run. Cheap stuff like Chinese or po-boys, not a full-service restaurant. Bonus: no dishes!

You don't even have to go back ten years. Go back one year. Or six months. Or one week, in many cases. It seems to go up every time I go to the store for something. And no, salaries have not gone up. I was making the same in actual dollars, at my last job, as I was 16 years ago. And I actually emailed to ask if I could go back. I was struggling, but not as much as I was on unemployment. And they said "no" because they have a SEO arm re-purposing my old copy, probably for even less.

Life in this country is just so damned awesome right now. It keeps getting better day after day.


 I'm sorry hon. Life in this country is indeed a terrible pain in the ass.

 However, I've learned something in my travels. No matter where you go, even if the grass seems greener, there's a whole separate host of crap to deal with. For instance, I LOVE France. But after 6 months I realized I was just trading one bowl of bullsh*t for another one. Ditto with Scotland and a few other countries I've spent extended periods in. That's what I try to keep in mind whenever America is on my last damn nerve.
 
2018-03-03 12:48:57 PM  

HawgWild: That was ... insanely dumb. You can buy a five pound bag of flour for less than five dollars. And that's WITH, according to this list, an increase of 26% over the last 10 years.

Seriously. Stupid list is stupid.


Salt is farking expensive. 1 pound sets me back like 50 US Cents.
 
2018-03-03 01:20:37 PM  

thurstonxhowell: clowncar on fire: You can also sub out flour with crushed Captain Crunch in most recipes, albeit it's recommended to cut back on the additional sugar required in the recipe.

Personally, I just put cigarettes in a coffee grinder and use that.


I've learned to sub prescription drugs for most of the things on that list.
 
2018-03-03 01:31:04 PM  

serpent_sky: baronbloodbath: They forgot the most expensive snack out there:

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Laundry detergent is incredibly expensive. And often bought in the grocery store. That has more of a place on the list than cigarettes, for certain. Pretty much everyone needs detergent. I always cringe when that's on the list for the week, because it adds a good $10 to the bill.  Another one? Tampons. Yes, only affecting women, but the price for shaped cotton (and you really have to go brand name on this - though that will vary from woman to woman as to what best suits her needs) is absurd.  Though we're kind of getting into CVS/drugstore territory now. (Thankfully, we have a Harmon around here which is significantly less expensive for things like that...)

Meats are definitely a treat for my husband.
Snack foods? He buys himself chips and sometimes cookies. I have some popcorn, and buy the sale hummus to eat with carrots or celery.  But that's dietary preferences, really, People are going to snack from time to time. (The hummus and vegetables also makes a pretty good lunch for me. I don't require much.)


Check the interwebs for DIY laundry detergent. You can make a 5 gallon batch for about 5 bucks if I'm remembering correctly.
 
2018-03-03 01:34:04 PM  
I'd like to know where all these cheap eggs are? Here they go for $1.50-$2 a dozen at Walmart. Organic/free range start at $3.50 and go to $6.
 
2018-03-03 02:22:01 PM  

serpent_sky: clowncar on fire: You can also sub out flour with crushed Captain Crunch in most recipes, albeit it's recommended to cut back on the additional sugar required in the recipe.

I'm not sure what you are making, as I don't use flour for anything, other than once in a while to thicken a sauce or something... but that sounds pretty vile. Even the smallest thing of flour would last me forever. That said, I love to cook, but don't bake. That's boring and requires everything to be specific, and really, we have no need for baked stuff.


Yoy mention making sandwiches then say you have no need for baked goods, the raw materials for a losf of bread cost less than a quarter, but thats boring so you cry poor...
 
2018-03-03 05:23:37 PM  
tldr: everything I eat, drink, or smoke
 
2018-03-03 07:42:40 PM  
List fails without the price of beer .
 
2018-03-03 07:49:18 PM  
I'm super late to this thread but this seems like a great place to tell this story (no one in real life cares about grocery bargains.) Went to get groceries earlier and took a look at the cheese section because I need to restock my ground parmesan. I looked at the prepacked small wedges, wondering if grating it myself would be cheaper. $54 and change per kg. Small wedge was like $11. I looked at the ground parmesan? $24 and change a kg. Also: labeled as mozzarella. New person at the deli counter? Robin Hood of cheese? I don't know but I knew I had to buy it!

The grocery fairies were looking out for me today.
 
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