Total sticker shock!

@foxyfire33 (10009)
United States
June 9, 2008 12:25pm CST
I did my grocery shopping last night. It had only been 2 weeks but the prices have jumped up alot! I ended up only getting half at the most of what I normally get and I still spent 3/4 of my normal grocery budget. This is getting ridiculous. I know it's costing more to have things delivered buthow are people going to keep feeding their families at this rate? I know it's not as bad as it could be but I think a lot of people are really going to be hurting before things get better. I think I will put s/o to work on a garden in the lower yard. I know it's a bit late to get started but I'll have time for some things. (and then of course step son dove in and ate a bunch as soon as I got home so after the garden plans are made, he's being told to give us grocery money, my little boys aren't old enough to work for their food but he is) Is everybody else noticing the rise in grocery prices? Is it a big enough rise to really change your buying habits or make you consider alternative options?
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@ellie333 (21018)
10 Jun 08
I went shopping this week myself and got a shock, I was only doing a top up shop of bread and milk and a few essentials we had run out off, no main meals at all. An example was a jar of cheap jam I buy at 31p per jar usually has now gone up to 38p that is the equivlent of a 15c rise in a week and it was the same with a lot of other products too. I spent as much on the top up shop as I would normally the weekly one. I think I am going to have to start doing more pasta dishes as they are still reasonabe and filling. Ellie :D
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10 Jun 08
It IS ridiculours, it's getting so expensive just to live these days.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
This is no exageration I am now to the point of getting sick to my stomach when I go shopping or put gas in our vehicle! I used to enjoy bargain shopping and the quiet time at the store (hubby HATES to go) but anymore there is no joy in it. I had actually noticed the price rising back in January, I worked at a local dollar store and did the price tag changes every week or so and I noticed things were jumping as much as .50 cents at a time! That translated into big cost increases!
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I have been noticing the rise as well. In fact between the food prices and gas prices my hubby and I had to turn off our cell phones.I am feeding a family of 7 and 6 months ago we could eat pretty good on $100 a week. The last time I went shopping it was $267 for the same basic list I have been using for years. We have had to start pulling out some of my grandma and Moms old recipes from when people were really broke. I see so real hard times coming for this nation real soon and have started cutting back and stocking up now. Paying a little extra on the bills and spending a lot less on nonessentials. As for my shopping habits... I have started going to the local meat market and buying in bulk to save as well as hitting the scratch and dent and bread discount stores. They are all close enough that I'm not spending more on gas than I'm saving and it's helping with then burden.And I keep the shopping trips to a minimum because I'm one of those people that go in for 1 or 2 things and buy half the store.
• United States
10 Jun 08
I know what you mean. I went yesterday and things just keep going up and up. I really can't change my buying habits because I have always just bought the basic staple stuff anyway. I don't eat preservatives so I make everything from scratch. I know a box of mac and cheese is cheaper than making it from scratch, but I can't have it. The doctor bills for eating the preservatives I'm alergic to would be way more expensive. I'm glad it's finally warm here. My garden is doing really well and I should be able to get a lot of free veggies this year. I'm even going to get a small freezer to store the extras in.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I have not really noticed a rise in grocery prices yet. At least not on the foods that I buy. I have been getting my produce for about the same price I always have. Bananas went up 10 cents a pound, but the apples I get are still $1 a pound. Lettuce is about the same and the chicken that I buy is always the same price.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Most definitely getting more expensive especially when we are trying to eat more healthier and the fresh food products and fruits are going up. I should really look at finding a farmers market to buy veges and fruits - would be cheaper I bet. I find though when my hubby travels, I don't spend that much on groceries since it's just my son and I and I end up saving quite a bit because I buy easy to make meals and always have left overs for the next day.
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
9 Jun 08
If you have a heart condition i would advise you not to go grocery shopping, the shock could cause a heart attack. That should be a required warning on all grocery stores! I hate going to the store these days.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
9 Jun 08
They definitely need a warning sign on the front doors! The cheapest hot dogs I could find were on sale for $1.50...these were the same ones I had been buying for 99 cents just a few weeks ago.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
22 Jul 08
A bigtime jump on our grocery prices too. We had family visit us for 8 days and boy it hurt our wallet bigtime. The usual groceries we buy often add up to around $150 for a fortnightly period and now its well over $250. I have had to cut down since then and make cheaper meals as opposed to the more healthy ones we use to have.
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@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Unfortunately everything is going so much higher. I don't know how people are going to make it.
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@bowtieguy (5924)
• United States
11 Jun 08
Just like gas the prices on several food items have continued to rise as well. I have had to start using more cupons and look for sale items then I ever used to.
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• United States
25 Jul 08
This discussion was posted two months ago and it has only gotten worse. Things are to darn expensive and people have had to change their eating styles. I am glad that it is only my husband and I at home now. If I had a family to feed I don't know what I would do. I don't know how you all that have kids at home do it. You think there would be some relief in sight but I sure don't see any coming soon.