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Old 01-11-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I know this takes some real specific attention to details, but I'm sure you're up to the challenge! This is one area the cost calculators, though flawed as they are, tell me we will pay approximately 20% more for in Maine compared to Houston. So, let's break some of it down. I'm going to list some specific items I seem to buy a couple of times a week. Please give us some comparisons on any of the items you can. Feel free to add to the list as we go along.

**I am expecting to be able to buy most of our produce from the farmer's markets up there. They aren't very abundant here, so the closest one is over an hour away. They are cheaper, though the produce there is pretty sad looking.

Milk $3.99 (down from $4.19 for the first time this year!)
Half N Half 32oz $1.98
cream cheese store brand .98/8 oz block
cheddar $1.99-2.49/8 oz block
Eggs 18ct large white $2.49
Low Fat cottage cheese 24 oz. $2.29
Real, salted butter 4 sticks $1.98
GM Wheat cereals $1.98-$2.64 per box
Sugar Free syrup $2.64
Splenda big bag $6.99
Jiffy corn muffin mixes .29 per box
water packed tuna cans .54
canned salmon with bones $1.99
Barilla Plus pasta $2.64 box
Ragu Spagetti sauce $1.49 jar
Velveeta block $4.09
Lipton tea bags 24 ct family $2.64
Peanut Butter 28 oz store brand $2.29
Whole wheat bread store brand $1.39 loaf
12 Whole wheat tortillas $2.68
Veggie Bac'n package $3.99
Veggie Beef crumbles $2.99
Veggie Chick'n $2.99
Whole wheat frozen waffles $2.09
Frozen veggies 16 oz bag store brand .98-$1.39 bag
Frozen Tilapia fillets $3.49/lb
Frozen Cod $3.99/lb
Frozen shrimp 26-30 ct "Extra large" $5.99 lb/3.99 on sale
Frozen scallops small ones $4.99/lb
Totinos Frozen pizza .98 each
bananas .39/lb
lettuce 1.29/head
lettuce 1.29 leaf
brocolli crowns $1.49/lb
brocolli whole w/stem $1.29 each
onions .88/lb
apples .98-1.29/lb
cucumbers .59 ea
cauliflower 2.29/head
bell peppers .59 ea
carrots 1# bag 1.29
mushrooms bulk $2.49/lb
grapes $1.99/lb good sale is .99-1.29/lb
potatoes 5# bag $2.49
fresh bagels from deli $2.99 for 5-6 ct bag

We don't buy this, but I see it in the sale papers:

ground beef 1.29/lb on sale
fryer breast bone in 1.77/lb on sale
catfish nuggets 1.49/lb on sale
pork sirloin chops .98/lb on sale
whole chickens 1.29/lb on sale
T-bone steaks 4.99/lb on sale
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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I won't be a lot of help with this, but here are a few things..

l lb butter...$2.50-$2.75
loaf of bread $2.50-$3.99
peanut butter JIF 2 for $8.99
fresh haddock $8.99 per pound
apples $1.39-$1.69 per pound
bagels $2.59 per bag of 6
cheddar cheese 8 oz. $2.19-$2.49
Milk $4.75 per gallon

Gas is currently $3.23-$3.27 per gallon here

GM cereal $2.59 (small box) Cheerios, Corn Chex
Tuna water packed $1.19

Last edited by Mainer61; 01-11-2008 at 11:04 AM.. Reason: adding more info
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I pay .89/lb for organic bananas, 1.50ish for solid white tuna in water, $4 for local butter, haddock $7.99/lb. This might be helpful.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Ok, make that 1.58 for whole wheat bread! Oh, and 2.38 for the peanut butter.
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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Here's my prices from Tuesdays shopping trip.

1.99 - dozen eggs
.99 - bread
1.50 - frozen green beans
3.49 - gallon of milk
.52 - can of red kidney beans
1.00 - frozen peas
.89 - frozen carrots
1.40 - frozen pearl onions
1.39 - Contadina Italian bread crumbs
1.25 - Barilla rotini pasta
.99 - Kroger spaghetti sauce
.89 - Campbell's Mushroom Soup
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Mainers or Mainiacs?
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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Mainers or Mainiacs?
As a wanna-be, my thought on this is "depends on who you are talking to and who you are talking about!"
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Maine
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You guys may also post where you shop so we can get a better feel for retail options there.
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:41 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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elcarim - Oh, sorry - I shop always at Kroger's, always on Tuesday when I can get the Senior Citizens discount off my total and I always get gas at Kroger's using the Kroger credit card. You get 15 cents off the going price using the card. That's all we use it for but it does save us about 5 - 6 dollars a month on gas.
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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Hannaford, usually, sometimes Shaw's..occasionally the IGA in Eastport
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