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Old 09-22-2014, 07:27 AM   #21
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Most every city has their low price food stores. In Southern California it's the 99 cents stores that stock "overstock" fresh salads, fruits and veggies really cheap.....a $2.50 bag of lettruce for 99 cents, as an example. Another city has a war between Wallmart, Kroger and a Mexican food chain, also Sprouts.....all within a mile of each other with fresh veggies and fruit on sale in most places.......I think the challege is eating habits......as a pre diabetic I took at class in food content.....learned enough about eating healthy to lose weight and save money at the grocery store
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:25 AM   #22
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I've been visiting Toronto this past week and I'm surprised that food prices are 50-100% more than California (san jose). When I left canada in the late 90s, food was equivalent or cheaper than the US (my memory could be bad though).
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:50 AM   #23
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The only thing I don't like about Aldi, is that it's a privately owned company. I'd sure love to buy shares. It's well run and operated, with very state of the art business methods. ...
I dunno, this must vary by location. I've gone to our Aldi's a couple times based on comments like this, and I walk out a few minutes later empty handed. I see a bunch of trash at so-so prices. It's actually kind of depressing to be in the store.

It just doesn't compare to the combination of our nearby Costco, Trader Joe's, and Jewel (plus Dominicks until recently). And if those don't fill the bill, there is Mariano's, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Old World Market, and several mom and pop Hispanic markets, and a bit further for a couple great Asian markets.

I wouldn't even notice if the Aldi's closed.

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The insane pork prices came down here finally. Pork loin on sale for $1.88 a pound. !!
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:52 AM   #25
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I've been visiting Toronto this past week and I'm surprised that food prices are 50-100% more than California (san jose).
Most stuff is more expensive in Canada. You should see what we pay for cell phone plans!

Historically, Canada's dollar has been worth 85-90 cents US, so most stuff up here was 15% more expensive than the same things in the US. For a while there, a few years ago, our dollar was actually considerably higher than the US dollar. Like, $1.10. Yet inexplicably, most things were still more expensive in Canada. There was actually quite a row over book pricing. Why did Time magazine still cost $5.99 CDN when it was only $3.99 USD, and the Canadian dollar was worth more?

But where it REALLY hurt was car prices. Our car prices were still 15-20% higher than in the US, even though our dollar was worth 10% MORE than a US dollar! People were going across the border to buy a car in the US, then bring it back to Canada, until dealerships in the US were instructed not to sell to Canadians (because they were undercutting their fellow franchise owners north of the border). If a Canadian walked into a Lexus dealership in Syracuse, NY, wanting to pay cash for an LS460, they were told to go home and buy from a Canadian dealership.

The dollar has since reverted back to its historical mean, but it really highlighted how pricing in Canada has nothing to do with fairness, but rather how much they can take advantage of consumers. Canadians have a reputation for not complaining.
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Our food costs in Canada have risen considerably-most especially imported items.

But our eating habits have changed. We eat ,by choice, much less red meat, smaller portions and just about zero prepared foods other than a Costco BBQ chicken. We spend more on fresh fruit, lettuce, veg,etc so cost wise it is probably a wash. Almost zero butter,milk but a fair amount of cheese.

And we feel much better for the change in diet and the resulting weight loss.
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If you've got a big enough freezer seems our one local grocery stores always has some sort of meat at really good prices. Chicken goes on sale for $0.99 family pack I'm freezing chicken, hamburger $2.50/lb in the big tube I'm slicing that into 1 lb sizes and feezing, etc.

All gotta do is on food-porn day (Wednesday) read the food inserts in the newspaper, always something worth buying to stock up on.
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All gotta do is on food-porn day (Wednesday) read the food inserts in the newspaper, always something worth buying to stock up on.
Too funny! But true. A new trend I'm seeing emerge is double up Wednesday, meaning both last week's and this week's sales prices apply. Gotta love that.
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I got a standalone freezer a few years back to stock up on sale items, left overs and garden produce.

Chicken breast are 95 cents/lb this week so loading up on those. Also one of the local stores ( not a chain ) marks down the meat pretty good when they put the fresh batch out. I get ground beef for 99 cents, pork chops $1.59, steaks for $2-3 depending on the cut.

Use the food inserts also; however I find many times the "sale" prices are still higher than walmarts everyday price
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Augason Farms is running a 40% off online only sale on "selected items".

http://www.augasonfarms.com/Discount...roducts?page=1
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