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Old 04-21-2010, 10:51 PM
 
Location: alaska
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I finally did it. I am comparing items from the Safeway Ad in Anchorage to the Safeway Ad in Portland. I am so tired of people saying there is not a big difference. It is if you break it up percentage wise. All items listed are identical products in Portland Oregon and Anchorage Alaska. See, you get fooled when shopping with a few cents here and there. It doesn't seem like much until you break it down. I can only imagine the difference on items which are not on sale!

Ribeye or NY Steak
Portland $4.99
Anchorage $5.49
+10%

Strawberries
Portland $5.77
Anchorage $6.88
+17%

Alaskan Cod Fillets
Portland $3.99
Anchorage $4.99
+21%

Bottled Water
Portland 3/$10
Anchorage 2/$13
+49%

Purina One Dog Food
Portland $17.99
Anchorage $23.99
+25%

Canned Vegetables
Portland $0.69
Anchorage $0.95
+27%

Large Tomatoes
Portland $1.99
Anchorage $2.99
+44%

20pk Coca-Cola
Portland $5.99
Anchorage $7.99
+25%

Apples
Portland $0.99
Anchorage $2.49
+251%


Potatoes
Portland 5lbs Bag $0.78
Anchorage 3lbs Bag $0.99
+220%




Anchorage is on average 68.9% higher on each item. I like to think this is a somewhat typical grocery list, that everyone here buys these items. Except for possibly the bottled water on a regular basis. CASE CLOSED. Please do not mislead people that are thinking of moving up here on the price of groceries. It was one of the FIRST things I notices when I moved back up here. Groceries are a required item and it does nobody any good or yourself saying they are comparable to what they are in the states. Sure some items are only 10 to 20 percent more than in Oregon, but others are 200%+ more.
tank u and ahhhhh meeeeennnnn to that.

Last edited by unconscious; 04-21-2010 at 10:54 PM.. Reason: why not.do we make more money on av?
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Eagle River, AK
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tank u and ahhhhh meeeeennnnn to that.
Now.. only thing I'm going to say about that.. is, while yes average item difference is 68.9% higher, if you give each item more "weight" in ratio to it's price to find a difference that number is going to be lower..
About $63 vs. $46 for the 'total bill', so 36% higher.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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according to your figures...MA food prices are higher on most item you list!!!
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I think his figures are sale prices..
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Everything listed was from the grocery ad, sale items. I am not dedicated enough to the grocery store and write down prices. lol That's just crazy talk. I already felt crazy comparing grocery ads from two different states.
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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I think his figures are sale prices..
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Everything listed was from the grocery ad, sale items. I already felt crazy comparing grocery ads from two different states.
then that makes MA even higher priced if those were sale prices!!! yikes!
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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You can find items that are the same price as the lower 48, but in general your food bill will be higher here.
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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Thumbs up AlaskaKash is right

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Anchorage is on average 68.9% higher on each item. I like to think this is a somewhat typical grocery list, that everyone here buys these items. Except for possibly the bottled water on a regular basis. CASE CLOSED. Please do not mislead people that are thinking of moving up here on the price of groceries. It was one of the FIRST things I notices when I moved back up here. Groceries are a required item and it does nobody any good or yourself saying they are comparable to what they are in the states. Sure some items are only 10 to 20 percent more than in Oregon, but others are 200%+ more.


I want to second what AlaskaKash has stated. I've worked in Alaska during the summer for two seasons and the first thing that hit my pockets hard were the price of groceries. Very expensive! Anyone moving or visiting Alaska for an extended time need to know this. NY, CA, WA, and OR may be expensive but Alaska beats them hands down. I was told it was because the majority of the food as well as fruits and vegetables are flown or shipped in to Alaska so the cost is passed on to the customer. Be prepared to pay higher prices for food shopping. A few cents here and there on every product you buy adds it. I can't say it too many times, be prepared to pay significantly more for items than you're accustomed to.
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Old 04-29-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: NP AK/SF NM
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Sports and even subsistence. hunting and fishing activities can cost quite a bit of money as well.
Amen! I love to hunt and fish, but when it's all said and done I think it's cheaper to "hunt" at Freddies than to go on one of my hunting trips.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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I want to second what AlaskaKash has stated. I've worked in Alaska during the summer for two seasons and the first thing that hit my pockets hard were the price of groceries. Very expensive! Anyone moving or visiting Alaska for an extended time need to know this. NY, CA, WA, and OR may be expensive but Alaska beats them hands down. I was told it was because the majority of the food as well as fruits and vegetables are flown or shipped in to Alaska so the cost is passed on to the customer. Be prepared to pay higher prices for food shopping. A few cents here and there on every product you buy adds it. I can't say it too many times, be prepared to pay significantly more for items than you're accustomed to.
I really haven't found that to be true. We do a fair amount of our shopping at Costco ..and the rest at Carr's (aka Safeway), and Fred Meyer. I'd say we end up maybe 10-15 pct higher than we did in Oregon. Dairy and fresh fruit are really the only major differences for us. I will say that dining out is MUCH more expensive, even the Taco Bell 99 cent menu is the 1.59 menu here. It is admittely very different in the Bush.
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