Went Krogering yesterday....
The trip was a blast as the 4 year old Grand came along (pushing her little cart...think that is a marketing ploy to get you to buy more ;-) to "help"...very glad I inventoried her choices before we checked out lol.
I don't shop often ('cept for the usual perishables) and it had been almost 3 weeks since the last "big" shop, but in that amt of time 75% of my par items had increased in price....and some are now in smaller jars and packages to boot.
Some by quite a bit (cranberry sauce, whole in the can pushing $2 from $1.50 ish).
I realize this is the time of year for the whole raw berry (and I do make from scratch when available) but I like to keep a can or two around for pork roast and/or roasted chicken.
Same with the canned evaporated milk.... about a 50 cent jump.
Don't even get me on the subject of unfiltered honey, spices and dried fruit (fruitcake time !) .
How are people feeding themselves?????
The fisherman and I consider ourselves fortunate to be able to purchase the brands we like at current retail prices .
Not saying that I won't go off brand and do stock up if my item is on sale but when it comes to convenience products I have learned the hard way to not go cheap.
Chips...jarred and bottled sauces....frozen veg... dairy... boxed "kids" cereals.... all top shelf and all (as I discovered yesterday) have just about priced their products out of my (tolerated) range.
Started a conversation with a lil' ole lady shopper (eek that will be me in a decade or two lol) at the butcher's case about the price of meat.
She (like us) shops for the larger cuts and breaks those down into steaks and burger, saving a small roast depending on what she needs at the time.
Talked about the increased shelf space stocked with generic products as well as some favorite items dropped from store inventory.
They fish and hunt as well , keeping well stocked freezers with a variety of proteins....
We stood and watched more than one soccer mom digging thru the precut packages and about half left the department without putting anything in their carts.
Kinda sad as this store is located in a neighborhood with great schools (re expensive homes).
Some of the cars parked outside have sticker prices in the 6 figure range.
Their kids take music and dance lessons.
We live in a state that was not as affected by the "downturn of the economy" (downturn...HA) until just recently so are just now being hit with the ridiculous gas prices and mall sticker shock.
I ask again.
How are people (after paying their mortgages, car note, utilities... don't need to list as we all have these expenses) feeding themselves?
$$$ thanx for letting me vent.......