High Cost of Food--What is going on in the world?

@vokey9472 (1488)
United States
March 21, 2007 10:15am CST
I just went shopping yesterday to buy some groceries and everything has gone up in price in just under a week. I tend to buy the same things every week for the sack lunches I pack for my family. Well, I normally buy bologna, slice cheese, miracle whip, bread, multipack of chips, juice boxes, and cookie packs. I normally spend between $18 and $20 for those specific items just for a week's worth of lunches. Well, yesterday I spent $43.15 for those same items!! That is more than double what I normally spend. I didn't bother to look at the prices until the checker gave me my total since it has always been less than $20 for the last year. Imagine my shock when I didn't have enough cash on hand and had to use my credit card to pay for my groceries. We take our lunch because it has always been cheaper than buying lunch. If we buy our lunches it comes out to about $46.25 a week. For $3.10 more, we can just buy our lunches. It is really sad, when it actually costs almost the same to buy groceries as eating out. Has anyone else noticed a huge price hike recently in your grocery stores? My store claims it is due to theft, but I just have to wonder if theft is up because people cannot afford to buy the food they need.
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
21 Mar 07
Wow that is a big difference in how much you spent on your normal shopping isn't it. No the prices have gone up admittedly but not by that much maybe a $5.00 increase over all. Well if the shop stores are saying that this is due to theft can you imagine how much more theiving that will go on now.
@drakan291 (817)
• Ireland
21 Mar 07
Ireland's cost of living is like the 2nd highest in all of Eurpoe so everything is really expensive. They keep saying it's because they have to import everything. What we want to know though is why are locally produced foodstuffs (milk, eggs, beef etc) so expensive? The governemnt just tells us to shop around.
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
21 Mar 07
The only thing I have noticed a huge price jump in is produce. Lettuce went from 69 cents a head to $1.29 in one week! Ouch! Do you have an Aldi's grocery store in your area? That is a great place to get a lot of groceries for a small amount of money. I hope next week is better!
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@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
Dollar exchange rate has some effect with the purchasing power of your money, It is a world crisis. even in our place we feel the high cost of everything. That is why we augment income by other sources like getting other side line, and leverage our time to get more income.
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• United States
11 Apr 07
Oh yea! Inoticed it oo especially with produce! I dont know what they people with out much money can afford. I notice they always have some excuse but I think price gauging is also part of it . I don't know why the government can't do anything. Between groceries and gas,it's just about killing ,me.It's ridiculus!
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