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Old 12-02-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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I just did my post-Thanksgiving grocery shopping and my wallet took a beating. In less than two weeks the price of milk has gone from $2.69 a gallon to $3.49 a gallon.

And it's not just dairy products. Every fruit and vegetable we buy was up, our favorite bagels went from $1.69 to $2.19, and the cereal aisle I gave up on.

I tried a couple stores in the area and all prices are up...anyone else notice the same thing? NY's getting real expensive.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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The price of dairy fluctuates wildly based on supply. It has been abnormally cheap for the last while because there was a huge surplus. The cost of fruits and veg fluctuate based on energy costs since most of them are shipped from centrally located growing areas like California and south of the border.

In other words, it is not a 'New York' thing.

As far as bagels, buy them from a bagel shop. :-)


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Old 12-02-2009, 04:30 PM
 
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After 30 years of shoppings for my family I can confirm that prices do fluctuate, but an 80 cent rise in the price of a gallon of milk in one week? I haven't seen that before (imagine the complaints if it was a gallon of gasoline). And while I'm fairly conversant with the ideas of supply and demand, a nearly 40% increase in my shopping bill in the space of a week is extraordinary.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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I agree that is a convergence of a lot of price increases. My only point is that it is not a local phenomenon. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot we can do about it.


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Old 12-02-2009, 06:40 PM
 
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get your milk at BJ's. It sells htere for 2.20 a gallon. Before that I was geting my milk at CVS for 2.69 a gallon.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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get your milk at BJ's. It sells htere for 2.20 a gallon. Before that I was geting my milk at CVS for 2.69 a gallon.
Or, for an alternative shopping experience, head to the Scott's Corners Market serving Pound Ridge, New Canaan and upper Stamford. Catering to an apparently price-insensitive local clientele and NYC weekenders, you'll pay $3.99 for a gallon as of a week ago. It's probably more now. If you're lucky you may also be treated to the sight of a grizzled guy that looks like a homeless bum, drives some kind of Ferarri and buys hundreds of dollars worth of fresh seafood at a time. I gotta figure out who he is!
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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$2.69 a gallon at Stop and Shop today. I asked one of the managers what was going on, and he explained the price of milk was set by the supplier, a company now being investigated by Chuck Schumer and the DOJ. Senator Charles E. Schumer

For the rest of my food bill I'm just going to shop a lot at Costco and BJ's.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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It's too bad that there isn't a Walmart Supercenter near you, Dockside. When I go there, I notice a definite difference in the price of certain items. Just 2 examples: at the regular supermarket, I'm usually paying around $1.78 for a half gallon of milk. At Walmart, it was $1.48. Bananas at the supermarket are .79/pound; at Walmart, they're .49/pound (I think the week before Thanksgiving they were .39/pound!).

Is there a Shoprite store near you? Their prices usually aren't too bad.

Cereal I will only buy when it's on sale. I refuse to spend $3.49 or more for a box of cereal. As for the price of milk, I remember seeing a story on the tv news that too long ago (CBS, I think) where customers were being overcharged on milk; I just can't remember if it was in NYC or Westchester. Apparently, there is a limit to what supermarkets can charge for milk by law. I would contact the Westchester County office of Consumer Affairs and tell them your experience with rising milk prices and ask them about price limits on milk in Westchester.

Last edited by manyroads; 12-09-2009 at 09:58 AM.. Reason: to add info about milk prices
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Actually, the Wal-Mart in White Plains usually has milk under $3/gallon. One time a couple of months ago I even saw it for $2.19! It's a special 2-floor "urban" Wal-Mart (the only one of it's kind in metro NY I think) and while they do not have the grocery section of a "Supercenter" (I've seen one visiting relatives in northeast PA, amazing place!) it is a lot more than most standard Wal-Marts (go to the ones in Rockland or Cortlandt Manor and you'll see what I mean).

Another store to look at is National Wholesale Liquidators near Cross County Mall in Yonkers. For several months they had Farmland Dairies milk for $1.99/gallon and they are still $2.29.

It varies a lot by store and whether they're having a sale. I've seen convenience stores even charge over $4/gallon for milk recently......
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:48 PM
 
Location: The Present
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yeah food prices have been on the rise, I don't drink milk so i'm spared the agony

I've seen local convenience stores charge as high as $4 and 5 as well
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