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The Rent err…..Groceries are Too Damn High!

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The Rent err…..Groceries are Too Damn High!

zackly | May 7, 2014 12:25 PM

I’ve been noticing over the last few months that supermarket prices are skyrocketing & I suspect some sort of collusion. I know this I a bad time of the year for produce, (the ongoing drought & Chile's season is ending & California is not yet producing much), seafood (North Atlantic waters are just starting to warm) & meat (higher drought related feed costs & smaller herds). All these factors considered there seems to be a move underfoot to get the public to accept higher food prices, just like the oil companies who use every bit of bad news to raise fuel prices. I guess thy figure people have to eat so if competitors don't cave in they can make higher prices stick.The jumps are pretty much across the board too and not proportionate to the valid reasons for increases. I consider myself a savvy shopper & normally plan my shopping trips based on what center of the plate, perishable protein items are on sale in their fliers. I try only to buy non-perishables (dried, canned, frozen, paper, cleaning supplies etc.) on sale and I buy enough to last me until I anticipate them being on sale again. I also try other brands when on sale and compare. For example, I no longer buy Tide Detergent because it’s way over priced and Kirkland (Costco) cleans equally well. Scott, Great Northern, Charmin toilet tissue all are equally soft now, so I buy what’s on special. Ketchup, Hunt’s I find is actually a better grade than Heinz. But some things cannot be replaced like Hellman’s mayo. Anyway, the specials have not been so special lately. All meat prices have shot up particularly pork, chicken prices are higher. Beef prices, we were told to expect the worst last summer, but have not risen appreciably, except for less tender cuts like chuck roast & ground beef. Cheese has also jumped up. I don’t know if it’s the supermarkets themselves or if it’s big agriculture, big meat, grocery buying groups but the fix is in!

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