Price of food

@o2bnocn (2895)
United States
March 21, 2008 10:29am CST
Why are certain food so expensive? It's probably a little bit different depending on where you live. Where I live chips and cereal are expensive. Some cereals can be up to $5.00 for a tiny box. Chips are the same way and half the time they don't even fill the bag up with chips. Another thing I have noticed is that health foods are always more expensive. Why is that? Do you think that is right? I don't. What if someone wanted to eat healthy and they didn't have the money for the healthy foods. Also it seems like all foods are going up in prices. Is it the same where you live? What are your opinions about this?
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@youless (90272)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Mar 08
Today it seems everything's price keeps increasing, except for our salaries. The pork price is very obvious. Today it may cost at least USD3.00 to buy 500g pork. And when the weather is bad, the vegetable is very expensive. It can be USD1.00 for 500g simple vegetable.
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• China
22 Mar 08
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@bradhart (659)
• United States
23 Mar 08
The price of food in the US over last 16 months has risen roughly 20% for staples in the midwest and east. Discounting fruits and veg on the west coast they have risen almost 25% there. Overall the price has gone only gone up 15% there because of the amount of local produce being dumped on the market rather than paying to have it shipped elsewhere.
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
I think food is really expensive nowadays and I envy those are living in farms or those with wide backyards wherein they can plant and have their own supply. Here in the Philippines, I still find some food that are affordable since some are readily available in the area and some are manufactured here such as cereals. I think they are still affordable because the largest box of cereal is only about 3 USD. Organic products are more expensive compared to those that are grown with chemicals.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Not many of the farmers here in the US have gardens or raise their own meat. It is the small back yards or large yards that raise their own gardens. Usually the farmers wife has a job in town.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
21 Mar 08
i know girl milk is almost $5 a gallon and bread is about $3.50 a loaf. the cost of living is going up yet our paychecks stay the same. that's why i am starting my ownline business. i need to take control of my very own future. and i have no idea why health food cost more then any other food. it's like we want you to eat healthy but you won't be able to afford to do so
@bdugas (3582)
• United States
22 Mar 08
i just want to know if the chickens has gone on strike or what. Eggs here are like a $1.99 a dozen and sometimes higher. What is it with the eggs? Milk is up to about $4.00 a gallon. Yes chips are only a half a bag and half a bag of air, at the price they could at least fill the bag. It is rough on people on a fixed income or people like me who has diabetes and heart disease. When I left the hospital after my heart attack they gave me a folder with all the good food that I should eat. i would of had to be a millionaire to buy what they had listed. We have one store called Aldi's it had mile $2.50 a gallon and that is where I get mine. Kroger's sometimes has it cheaps too. I like cottage cheese and it is almost $4.00 a carton now. Meat is high too, we seem to eat chicken and more chicken, and pork chops and hamburger. That is all can't afford anythng else. And when the food stamps comes out on the first of the month they raise all the prices. What I don't understand is if Aldi's can sell milk for $2.50 why is it so high every where else. It is like buying cleaning supplies at wal mart or going to the general dollar store and buying the same thing for a buck. And they aren't losing money on that buck or they wouldn't be selling it for that. Seems the stores want to get rich quick. I do most of my shopping for cleaners and toliet paper and paper towels at the dollar store. Damn it wouldn't hurt them to lower the prices on some of the good stuff once in awhile.
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@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Yes I agree. The dollar store has a lot of things for a dollar. That is where we do most of our shopping for cleaning supplies. We have to dollar stores where I live. One of them has everything for a dollar. The other has things cheap but not as cheap as a dollar. It still way cheaper than most stores though.
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@bdugas (3582)
• United States
22 Mar 08
yes we have a Everything's a Dollar store here too. I get things like sundried tomatos there that would cost me over $3.00 at a regular grocery store. A lot of Christmas decoratins too. Buy all my cleaning supplies and paper products at Dollare General. We also have a Family Dollar Store, about the same thing as Dollar General.
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@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
21 Mar 08
i think its about world food crisis, cause its happened in every country at this moment, even in thig country as like US, UK, Australia and many more. the reason why its happened cause of increasing of world price oil, failure in harvest due to glabal warming impact and lack of energy source everywhere. i just wondering howthis situationwould be able to stabile as like before
• China
22 Mar 08
In China the food price has been increasing instantly for a couple of months.First i thought it's only in our country.I did not think it's happening in so many countries.he he
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• Indonesia
22 Mar 08
its happened all over the countries my dear friend. including big country as like US, UK and many more. my country also face the sae situation as like in your country, china. just hopefully we would have stabilization in all of things soon as possible
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@miller1978 (1104)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Recent price changes here that have went up were the milk, milk products, and eggs. The reason we were told about the eggs going up in price was due to a fire at a hatchery where they got the eggs from. Almost 500 chickens were killed in that fire. I agree with you about the prices going up and the wages staying the same. As for the health foods, they have special ingredients which is suppose to be better for you than the normal foods, however their expenses incur that not many people on the lower level will purchase them. I know I won't. I'm very cheap and picky on what I buy from the stores now a days.
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@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Thank you all for your responses Yes milk is another thing that is expensive. I agree completely with you also about everything going up in prices and the salary saying the same. For example my mother is looking for work, and one place hired her but by the time she pays for gas she has hardly any money. Plus they don't have her on full time. Just a day here and there.
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@Pickless (66)
• Canada
23 Mar 08
That may be true in US but in Canada, the cereal is still about $2 and the chips are still barely a dollar.
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22 Mar 08
today the price rate have become much higher than privious time and the rate of daily house hold product has raised much higher and specially the price of much needed thing like oil,rice,vegatable,fish and meat has raised so much that it has become gone out of hand of middle class
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Cost of living is rising. Specifically, the cost of producing the food is up, the cost of transporting the food is up... and on the other side the currency used to buy everything is going town (so its a stacked effect). You can't buy more with a weaker currency, and its even worse when the costs of those items rises. Its terrible, thats the short of my opinion on it. The worst part is, it was inevitable with all of the economic events (both private and public). -_-
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@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
I wonder why food are expensive too. It must be from everywhere. I just heard from the news that the country needs more supplies of rice and that could very well mean cost going up again. It must be because of the lack of supply? i am not quite sure but i guess that is one possibility. I have always thought about the healthy foods too, when it is all natural and no preservatives or additives, why does it cost more than those with preservatives? its quite ironic isnt it.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
24 Mar 08
The cost of food keeps raising because the cost of producing it and delivering keeps going up. It cost more for the farmer to produce food in the raw. it cost more to produce healthy food than regular food. These farmers don't use chemical fertilizers or insecticides. Start with the farmer. It cost more for him to run his tractors as the cost of gas raises. Farmers here in the United states are also getting more money to raise corn for ethanol(a gas) than for grains for bread. The ground is wearing out so they have to add more chemical fertilizers. The plants are weak so they they have to spray for insects that attack the plants. In the mid and western states farmers have to pay for water for the crops too. If it doesn't snow a lot in the mountains then the water the farmers gets is short. Once the crops are harvested then there is the cost of getting it to the manufacturers The mills and so on. So the trucker's cost is added, Then to the distribution centers more gas. All of this adds to the cost of food.
@bronie123 (4589)
• United States
23 Mar 08
yeah health foods shouldnt cost so much people ont want to pay that much for food!!!
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I agree with you one hundred percent! The price of things like milk, fresh fruit, vegetables, and chicken are downright outrageous - and it seems to be getting worse and worse each time I hit the supermarket!
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Mar 08
here in Southern California cereals are ridiculously expensive four or five dollars for a box. cost of living is rising here also andmost things are more costly than they were.i do not really know why this is either but signing up for club cards at big chains does save you a lot of money as they discount for club card owners.