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Unread 11-03-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: serbia,novi sad
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Default prices of food in illinois

price of food
hi,my name is kristina and I am from europe(serbia) and i got scholarship on REnd Lake college in village Ina,near Chicago and I was wandering can anyone say to me what is the price of food in markets in Chicago(bread,milk,fish,apples,bananas,meat..) because I dont have an idea how much does it costs at yours place,so I will be very grateful if someone answer me............
p.s.-pardon my english
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Unread 11-03-2007, 07:38 PM
 
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Bread: $2.00
Milk: $3.00
Fish: $5.00/pound
Apple: $3.00 for a big bag
Bananas: $$3.00 for 6
Meat: depends on what type of meat.

I think you'll find food here to be cheaper than it is in Europe.
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Unread 11-03-2007, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Suburban St. Louis
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I'm sorry, but Rend Lake College is nowhere near Chicago.

Rend Lake is about 300 miles away from Chicago in southern Illinois.
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Unread 11-03-2007, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Suburban St. Louis
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In southern Illinois;

loaf of bread - $1
milk - $3
12 pack soda (name brand) ; $4
lunchmeat - small packages from 40-50 cents, bigger packages up to $5-7
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Unread 11-03-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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Most towns Downstate have an IGA supermarket. At one of those, a single person could eat quite well on $40 a week, provided they do a bit of cooking. As the questioner is from Serbia, she's probably used to doing some cooking.
BTW, the IGA often has sales on one thing or another, allowing one to stock up on things, like frozen pizzas, pork cutlets, etc., plus they have a small dollar item section, where one can buy odd brand items (often made in Turkey or Argentina) for a dollar each. They've got some Polish-made large chocolate bars in the dollar item section that are very good indeed. Family Dollar and Dollar General stores Downstate also sell some food items, canned goods can be bought there for much less than at the IGA. Tinned herring costs a dollar there, canned vegetables can be bought for under a dollar.
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Unread 11-04-2007, 06:42 AM
 
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Default Warehouse Store Food Brands

Dear Friends:

In the Chicago land areas, we have "Aldi" Food Stores. These stores are actually available world wide since my oldest son purchased at the Aldi store during his year residence in Belgium. He was a graphics artist for a company that published books in the French language.

There are many ALDI stores around our country, but I don't know if Mount Vernon, Illinois has one. Mount Vernon is the closest / largest town near Rend Lake. If no ALDI, there - - perhaps there is another 'warehouse' type of store with their own private brands.

Carter Glass,
Wheaton, IL
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Unread 11-05-2007, 11:30 AM
 
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Mt. Vernon is about 10 minutes away from Ina and may be where you end up living - not a lot of places to live in Ina.

There are a number of grocery stores in Mt. Vernon including Wal-Mart and Kroger which are close to Interstate 64 (which takes you to Ina). There is also an Aldi.

You can see an example Kroger "sale" ad from the Mt. Vernon store:
Kroger (http://louisville.inserts2online.com/customer_Frame.jsp?drpStoreID=711 - broken link)
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Unread 11-05-2007, 05:36 PM
 
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Like I stated in another thread, avoid Dominicks and Jewel at all costs.

Aldi's is really cheap and gives you a big bang for your buck.
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Unread 11-06-2007, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Bristol, WI
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Aldi is a German company, so I think the OP is familiar with it. All my European friends tell me food is much cheaper in the US than Europe. Here in Illinois, beef, pork, dairy and grain products (bread) are cheaper than the rest of the country. Fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood will be more than California or the southeast. We eat good.
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Unread 12-01-2007, 08:13 AM
 
Location: serbia,novi sad
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Thank you very much for your answers, now I can know what to expect when I come in Ina, thanks again....
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