I cannot believe the price of Potatoes! Are they expensive where you live?

United States
August 11, 2008 2:40pm CST
i went to the store and picked up some potatoes, i cannot believe the price! $2.99 on sale for 5lbs. of white potatoes and $3.99 for red. I know they said prices were going to go up because of the bad flooding but this is crazy. I remember a couple of months ago getting 10lbs of potatoes for $1.59. Potatoes use to be one of the cheapest things you could get,this is crazy!First gas is outrageous and now this. Are they expensive where you live too?
7 responses
22 Sep 08
I went to buy a bag of potatoes this last week and the price for a 10 Lbs. bag is a whopping $7.49! Utterly ridiculous.
@se7enthbird (8331)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
potatoes are not that high here at our place for not a lot of people eats potatoes. the prices of rice is whats crazy here. and there is a long line of people queued on the place where you can but cheap rice. potatoes are root crops if it floods the roots are the first part of the plant that will be damaged, maybe thats the reason why potato are expensive in your place.
• United States
12 Aug 08
I know here they were limiting how many bags people could buy at the warehouse clubs. It's crazy the foods that were once so cheap are now sky high. Thanks for responding.
@sedel1027 (17874)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I don't buy potatoes that often, but I am pretty sure the price jump hasn't be that drastic. When we buy potatoes we only buy the 5lb bags and I am pretty sure even a few months ago we were paying at least $2 for that bag.
• United States
12 Aug 08
Oh the price here (Chgo) is terrible. I just couldn't believe the prices. I know red potatoes always cost more but it's just ridiculous. Thanks for responding.
@spalladino (17929)
• United States
11 Aug 08
We're paying around the same here in south Florida. I don't normally buy potatoes but I was going to make home made potato salad on Saturday...until I saw the price! Getting the ready made from the Deli was a lot cheaper! The price of just about everyhing in our grocery stores are on the rise.
• United States
12 Aug 08
It's a shame,that one of the cheapest things we could buy and we can't afford that anymore either. I love potato pancakes but it will be a long time before we're going to have that. Thanks for responding.
@cher913 (25902)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
ah the good old days when a 10 lb bag of potatoes was $1.99 - how i miss those days! it used to be that you could get a bag of potatoes for cheap and make a few meatless meals out of them. sadly, the price of everything seems to be going up...except everyone's wages!
• United States
12 Aug 08
thats what i said. I use to by potatoes all the time, my husband makes homemade mashed and i like baked potatoes but for that price forget it, i'll buy instant potatoes their still cheap-lol. Thanks for the response.
• United States
24 Sep 08
I too was shocked today! Baking potatoes $1.59/lb. in the local supermarket. Thinking that this store is usually a bit expensive I decided to "spend" some gas and head on to another store. Well, it was not much better. $1.49/lb. Importing them from Ireland may be cheaper!
• United States
13 Aug 08
Time to eat cake. I went to the store yesterday, 8/12/08, and a 5lb. bag of potatoes was $4.99. Give or take a few cents, that translates into $100.00 for a 100lbs. of potatoes. I never thought I'd see the day. Needless to say, I didn't buy any. I could have afforded to pay the price but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Where I live, we are in or near some of the best potato growing country in the world. It is at or near potato picking time. Where are the potatoes? What is going on? As I said I could have afforded to pay the price but I have to wonder what people who have a really limited food budget are doing. Americans used to be able to depend on the availability of certain foods at affordable prices. If you could rustle up some fried potatoes to go with maybe some bread or bisquits and a little gravy you could survive. However, wheat has went the way of potatoes. I think the War On Poverty has changed to the War On Poor People.