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Old 05-28-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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are groceries cheaper in texas than NY OR NEW JERSEY
how much is a gallon of milk, eggs or bread
are vegetables cheaper becoz texas is close to mexico, a friend told me that
are food items on the whole cheaper than the north east
please let me know
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:02 PM
 
Location: la hacienda
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good questions. I try to shop at the base commissary here and can save up to 30% on groceries. I won't be close at all to the commissary in FtWorth, I'm sure my grocery bill will go up some. Also, are there fresh fruit/veggie stands in the Dallas area? I like to buy fresh, whatever is in season. There's wonderful ones here in FL, and when we lived in central NJ (it's named the garden state for a reason!) there was to die for veggie stands - omg the tomatoes!
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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From the bank rate dot com cost of living comparison calculator I find the following:

From Queens NY to Plano TX

100,000/year salary in Queens = $64,777.27 in Plano.

You may take a 35.22% decrease and still maintain your standard of living.



Product New York (Queens) Plano TX Difference
HOME PRICE $581,166.00 $232,200.00$348,966.00
PAYMENT+ INTEREST $2,579.17 $1,038.00 $1,541.17
APT RENT $1,717.00 $872.00 $845.00
TOTAL ENERGY $198.99 $145.47 $53.52
PART ELECTRICAL $140.38 $108.52 $31.86
LIPITOR $125.57 $109.53 $16.04
DENTIST VISIT $92.57 $76.00 $16.57
DOCTOR VISIT $90.28 $96.20 $5.92
WASHER REPAIR $65.33 $44.88 $20.45
OTHER ENERGY $58.61 $36.95 $21.66
OPTOMETRIST $53.71 $78.80 $25.09
VET SERVICES $51.57 $39.35 $12.22
WOMENS SLACKS $43.92 $24.56 $19.36
BEAUTY SALON $37.14 $44.00 $6.86
NEWSPAPER $35.10 $16.00 $19.10
PHONE $32.31 $31.72 $0.59
MENS SHIRT $31.57 $19.49 $12.08
BOYS JEAN $17.28 $15.37 $1.91
HAIR CUT $11.85 $16.40 $4.55
WINE $10.70 $6.30 $4.40
T BONE STEAK $10.35 $7.61 $2.74
PIZZA $9.66 $10.49 $0.83
MOVIE $9.29 $8.45 $0.84
TIRE BALANCE $9.21 $8.83 $0.38
BEER $7.96 $7.50 $0.46
IBUPROFEN $7.82 $5.52 $2.30
DRY CLEANING $7.46 $7.51 $0.05
BOWLING $6.64 $4.01 $2.63
CASCADE $5.25 $3.86 $1.39
PARMESAN CHEESE $4.99 $3.75 $1.24
SAUSAGE $4.55 $3.17 $1.38
CRISCO $3.93 $2.93 $1.00
CEREAL $3.89 $2.63 $1.26
FROZEN MEAL $3.87 $1.95 $1.92
ORANGE JUICE $3.79 $2.79 $1.00
TENNIS BALLS $3.66 $2.33 $1.33
COFFEE $3.63 $3.25 $0.38
TOOTHPASTE $3.60 $2.32 $1.28
HAMBURGER SANDWICH $3.29 $2.55 $0.74
GROUND BEEF $3.21 $2.77 $0.44
POTATOES $3.12 $2.45 $0.67
POTATO CHIPS $3.12 $1.76 $1.36
2-PC CHICKEN $3.00 $3.14 $0.14
GASOLINE $2.87 $2.77 $0.11
FROZEN CORN $2.21 $1.05 $1.16
DOZ EGGS $2.19 $0.95 $1.24
KLEENEX $2.19 $1.09 $1.10
SUGAR $2.12 $1.37 $0.75
LETTUCE $2.07 $1.08 $0.99
MARGARINE $1.87 $0.79 $1.08
PEACHES $1.85 $1.51 $0.34
HALF GAL MILK $1.71 $1.95 $0.24
FRIED CHICKEN $1.56 $0.95 $0.61
COKE $1.51 $1.11 $0.40
SHAMPOO $1.45 $1.08 $0.37
BREAD $1.24 $0.95 $0.29
SWEET PEAS $1.13 $0.90 $0.23
TUNA $0.92 $0.65 $0.27
BANANAS $0.69 $0.39 $0.30

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Old 05-28-2007, 03:18 PM
 
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thank u soo much peachy07
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Old 05-28-2007, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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Borden Milk and Horizon Organic Milk are about $5-6/Gal, store brands can be as high as $3.50/Gal.

Dallas is a very competitive grocery market, and prices very wildly. Walmart is the cheapest, Kroger and Alberstons are middle of the road. Tom Thumb is expensive, and Central Market which is a gourmet supermarket has some very expensive offerings, but on some things they are a lot cheaper then the regular stores.

Shrimp is much cheaper here then in the Northeast. I was in Pennsylvania this spring and was shocked at the cost of Shrimp. It was almost $20/lb, here I can get it for $7-10/lb. Sometimes you can get a good price on Salmon. Fresh crabmeat is pretty much impossible to find, and even the canned is costly (can you tell I love seafood)
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Old 05-28-2007, 06:58 PM
 
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Frozen Corn cost 2x as much in NYC !!! What has this world come to. :-)
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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Tom Thumb will run milk 2 / $5 with a card at least once a month. Walmart's price is $3.50.

I can feed my family of 6 for $400 - $450 a month. That's 6 dinner's a week, lunch daily for the wife and kids (she home schools), toiletries, paper towels, napkins, and pet food (a dog, two cats and 11 fish). Now it's not prime rib every night, but it's not frozen pizza either.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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I find things a LITTLE bit cheaper but not a whole lot!
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:13 AM
 
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I think alot of grocery type costs can be hedged against one another if you know where to buy certain types of items then make it a ritual.

This is one of the things you give up when you relocate and need to relearn.

At this point, I don't see a huge difference in groceries either, but again, I knew my former city like the back of my hand. I guess I will learn. I do know that Target is hard to beat on items like breakfast cereal and their Archer Farms brand is excellent when it comes to lunchmeat and trail-mix.
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Old 07-10-2007, 01:15 AM
 
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We moved here from NY. I think we spend more on food and fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to come by. I miss the fresh fruit stands in NY.
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