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Old 08-17-2011, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Just wondering if its my state (AZ) or happening everywhere. Could not believe how much groceries cost lately. How are retirees supposed to survive on a fixed income? I started looking for part time jobs cause I won't have enough $ if this keeps up. I may have to stock up on Ramen Noodles again.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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I see beef and pork being cheap now but they say its going up. Fish has doubled. I can buy shrimp cheater than catfish. Junk fish called Tauplia which sold for 1.28 a pound is now close to 4.00 a pound;terrible fish.Catfish that averaged between 3.49 and 3.99 at 6.00 plus. That is the main huge increase I have seen.Heck I bought ribeye steaks on sale cheaper than any fish last week.This instead of fish; I am buying shrimp and snow crabs claws on sale at 5.97 a pound to cook sunday.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Buy good quality white fish scrap with bones and make soup. Get more of your protein from the combination of grains and beans, like rice with red beans-- or black bean or white bean soup with pasta and veg's in it. Find some good vegetarian cookbooks on sale. Visit the "Retiring on a Shoestring" forum where LiveContent, Forest Beekeeper and others are a wealth of information on eating cheaply and well. We have to make changes now to get used to a diet with less protein and meat, as it will be hardly affordable for many soon. You CAN eat very well on less.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I have not noticed any particular marked increases in food prices in the last ten years. Sure, there have been some isolated increases, but not enough to make me think about them, and isolated enough that I just avoid buying stuff that I think is overpriced. If ice cream seems high, I just don't buy any and I wait for specials on it which come sooner or later. The kind of restaurants I frequent (mostly inexpensive ones where you can get a meal for $10 or $12 including tax and tip) have also not had notable price increases, just very gradual small ones over the years in most cases. Olive Garden is an exception - I don't go there much any more.

What kinds of groceries have gone up in Chandler, Arizona? Is it almost everything? Remember that fresh vegetables and fruits will vary a lot, both up and down, depending on weather conditions, floods, droughts, blights, etc. But that kind of volatility should not include ALL vegetables and fruits.

Please give a few more details, as I am curious about this.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:29 PM
 
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I see big increases in some items I regularly buy. One example, my favorite brand of margarine went from $2.30 to $3.50 in the past year. Not just one store, they are all similar in price. Paper towels are highway robbery. Fish is higher priced. Fresh farm raised salmon used to be $4.99/lb -$5.99/lb just last year. It's now $9.99./lb. Cheese is higher also. Bacon went way up a few months ago and I stopped buying it completely.

When my former brand of disposable razor refills increased again...I finally switched brands and began using the el cheapo brand. There is a point where you refuse to pay a certain price.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: NJ
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this probably doesnt help:

For first time, more corn used for ethanol than livestock | TheGazette
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:06 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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How are retirees supposed to survive on a fixed income?
Not just retirees... most everyone is on a 'fixed income'.
At least retirees get COL increases....
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I have not noticed any particular marked increases in food prices in the last ten years.
Wow!!! you must live in a paradise ...
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:19 PM
 
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Definitely prices have gone up.

I would estimate by at least 20%. Sugar, bacon, COFFEE, cereal, meat, wine, orange juice, olive oil, milk....all up.

I am looking for ways....by reading blogs, searching through cookbooks, etc.,....to eat well for less money. I don't mind giving up certain foods, but I refuse to eat poorly.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:11 PM
 
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I see big increases in some items I regularly buy. One example, my favorite brand of margarine went from $2.30 to $3.50 in the past year. Not just one store, they are all similar in price. Paper towels are highway robbery. Fish is higher priced. Fresh farm raised salmon used to be $4.99/lb -$5.99/lb just last year. It's now $9.99./lb. Cheese is higher also. Bacon went way up a few months ago and I stopped buying it completely.

When my former brand of disposable razor refills increased again...I finally switched brands and began using the el cheapo brand. There is a point where you refuse to pay a certain price.

Hey, forget the margarine! when I switched from margarine to smart Balance, my triglycerides dropped from 350--120, look at all I saved on Tricor, an RX for high TG!
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