I truly feel for folks who are on a very tight budget and have expenses that are set and can’t be cut back! I was listening to videos today while stitching and almost all of them had at least something to say about grocery costs. I’ve mentioned it before but I don’t pay a lot of attention to grocery costs. We buy what we need and I rarely look at anything extra. If I go in the store to buy a box of salt, chances are I don’t even remember what I paid for it last time I bought it. If we truly need it, I’m going to buy it no matter the cost. If it’s ice cream or Dr. Pepper or something we don’t truly need and the cost has gone way up, I’m not buying it.
Since I don’t pay attention to the cost of individual items in the store, even though I know prices are rising, I couldn’t tell you how much they’ve gone up so I went to our Sam’s Club account and went back to August, September and October, 2021 and looked at the prices. Not a single item is the same price as it was then. Of course, I only know the prices of what I bought. There could be items in the store that are the same price or less than they were then but here are a few of the items we purchased then, along with the prices then and now.
|Chicken Breasts 6 – 12 oz. cans||$9.98||$16.98|
|Del Monte Sweet Corn 8 – 15.25 oz. cans||$6.48||$7.78|
|Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup||$8.98||$12.22|
|Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup||$10.28||$13.42|
|Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup||$8.98||$12.78|
|Campbell’s Chunky Noodle Soup||$8.25||$11.74|
|Bush’s Baked Beans 6 – 12.5 oz. cans||$8.97||$11.32|
|Roast Beef 4 – 12 oz. cans||$12.78||$16.78|
|Pine Sol – 100 oz – 2 pack||$8.68||$13.78|
|Clorox Clean up w/Bleach – 32 oz. spray & 180 oz. refill||$9.48||$15.48|
|Ziplok Gallon Freezer Bags – 152||$12.48||$16.77|
Those price increases over the past 12 – 14 months are pretty steep.
I know – our shopping habits are weird and we buy weird things but every year in late summer or early fall, I’ll stock up on canned soups, canned veggies that we’re low on, and cleaning supplies. We try not to go out when there’s snow or just after a snow and track all that gunk into the garage. Most of what I had bought on those orders were items to add to our winter supplies.
We buy beef locally so we never buy beef in the grocery store. We don’t buy deli meat. We buy our cheese from Azure Standard. We buy fresh produce when it’s in season from the Farmers’ Market. We buy eggs from friends who have chickens. We buy raw milk from the local dairy. Most all the food items we need (canned veggies, cereal, crackers, chips, etc.) we buy from Aldi. The local Food 4 Less has amazing sales and when it’s something that can be canned, I stock up. Last week they had 3 pounds of red potatoes for $1. I didn’t need potatoes (fresh or to can) so I didn’t get any but these days, I look for those deals.
I guess sometimes it’s better to bury your head in the sand and not pay attention to grocery prices. We have to eat!