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Old 08-03-2011, 11:03 AM   #41
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I got 10lbs of potatoes for 35 cents a lb at Aldi on Saturday.

10 cents a lb would be awesome!
Thanks. I have an Aldi's near me. I'll have to check it out.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:55 PM   #42
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Aldi takes some getting used to.

They only take cash or debit cards for payment. If you want a cart, you need a quarter to use as the key. If you don't bring your own bags, theirs are 5 cents each.

Produce quality varies day to day, and can range from marginal to excellent, at the same store. Produce is not refrigerated, so I try to get there early.

They only sell their own house brand products. Some are great, some are loaded with all sorts of artificial crap. I read the ingredient lists carefully and note what meets my standards.

With a little patience, quality food can be had at prices 33 to 50 percent lower than anywhere else. I consider it a worthwhile trade off.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:26 PM   #43
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I think a major component of item inflation over the past few years is diesel fuel costs. Trucks, trains, and tractors run on the stuff and the more it costs the truckers, train haulers and farmers they will pass the costs along the way. The consumer eats the bulk of the increases at the time of purchase.

There is no end in sight for fuel prices and therefore, no end in price inflation for goods and services that rely in any part on fuel. Don't expect these current prices to be lowered any time in the near future. '

There is also a component to inflation from bottled up price increases over the past 3-4 years where merchandisers could not raise prices due to curtailed buying by the consumer so these retailers have been living on razor thin margins for a while and once the dam breaks on prices higher and higher prices will happen as the retailers try to pay off their debts from lower cash flows over the past several years of lower consumer spending.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:41 PM   #44
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Seeing some food inflation here in Chiang Mai. Pork fried rice with an egg: before 40 baht; now 45 baht. Small bag of pop corn: before 10 baht; now 12 baht. Not a deal breaker but inflation none the less

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