Everything at the grocery store is getting more expensive

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    Aug 05, 2020 8:16 PM GMT
    Grocery prices have skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. That has Americans spending more at the supermarket than they have in years.

    Prices are spiking — and not just because people are buying more groceries as they spend more time at home.
    The pandemic has had a strong impact on grocery prices this year, according to seasonally adjusted data released Friday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The BEA tracks personal consumption expenditures to help measure inflation.

    From February to June, meat and poultry prices rose nearly 11%, with beef and veal prices seeing the highest rise, spiking 20%. For pork the increase was about 8.5%. People are paying more for other staples, too: During the same time period, egg prices shot up 10%, and shoppers shelled out 4% more for cereals and fresh vegetables... (more)

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/05/business/grocery-prices-rising/index.html
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    Aug 05, 2020 9:36 PM GMT
    I'm sure I'd still find it cheaper than Australia. But then, quality dosent come cheap, and no doubt why you could never afford to come Down Under mate.
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    Aug 05, 2020 11:36 PM GMT
    Twomen_inlove said
    I'm sure I'd still find it cheaper than Australia. But then, quality dosent come cheap, and no doubt why you could never afford to come Down Under mate.

    My husband has already toured Australia, before we had met. Our home has numerous framed paintings & photos of Australia hanging on the walls.

    For over 2 decades my sister went to Australia to spend every November there. Mostly to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, being a certified diver (I’d love to tell you who taught her).

    But me, no. I had no time with my career, though my sister often invited me. Now I’m too old to travel that far, and my guy likewise, and I wouldn’t go without him anyway.

    I’ve met wonderful Aussies, in person and here virtually (yourself excluded). A great regret I never visited there, and likely never will now. Money is not the issue - ability is.
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    Aug 05, 2020 11:54 PM GMT
    Now, let’s return to the OP topic. Food is plentiful here in South Florida. I see some price increases for meats, but we don’t eat much of that. Poultry is a little elevated. Paper products and cleaners do seem to be going up.

    So is fresh produce. Right now frozen is the better bet, if you have no objections. In the case of peas, corn, carrots, Brussels sprouts and some other veggies we often go frozen anyway. When steamed it’s difficult to tell the difference.
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    Aug 06, 2020 12:20 AM GMT
    Eatzi's is more expensive.
    Eatzi's is a prepared food store in Dallas and the suburbs. They sometimes have opera playing over their speakers (so you know, with me missing NYC 1982-2008 and the Met Opera, I would like it).

    Did I get prepared food in NYC?

    Well, you would come out of the subway at Grand Central, go up the escalators, pass by O & Co. which sold different types of olive oil, then walk towards Lexington Avenue through the vendors. The last vendor on the right sold different types of prepared fish. Across from there, one could buy fruit and vegetables. Yes, one of the vendors sold cheese. That was one place where I used to go. I could get cooked Flounder from the fish vendor.

    Zarros was way across the floor under the constellation ceiling, towards (I forgot the name of the street, let me see if I can find it) Park Avenue (I thought it went by another name). If you were in a cab going south, you would drive up above street level and over 42nd Street.

    Anyway, $8.99 for about three servings of egg salad is a price increase; and $9.99 for a small broccoli quiche is a price increase. I think the egg salad was $6.99 and the quiche was $8.99. $8.99 for egg salad is in the chicken salad price range. If the egg salad was $8.99, who knows what the chicken salad price is now.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 06, 2020 12:22 AM GMT
    In addition to higher prices is the increasingly limited availability of certain grocery items. It just appears that certain items are almost always picked over and not in stock. It can get frustrating at times.
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 06, 2020 1:27 AM GMT
    Ya, I'd guess the real increases in fresh meat is closer to 30-40%. But at every point of the food production system, costs to comply with safe handling have skyrocketed. I don't really mind paying a premium if it improves safe handling of the food but also monitoring grocery stores. Somebody has to pay for all that.
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    Aug 06, 2020 3:04 AM GMT
    Zarros was way across the floor (way across the main concourse) under the constellation ceiling, towards (I forgot the name of the street, let me see if I can find it) Park Avenue (I thought it went by another name). If you were in a cab going south, you would drive up above street level and over 42nd Street.

    Astrologer
    Yea, when you exit Grand Central Terminal on the west side of the terminal, you are at Vanderbilt Avenue.
    I first walked Vanderbilt Avenue and saw that intersection (Vanderbilt and 43rd Street) in August of 1982.
  • Nakedman1969

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    Aug 06, 2020 8:14 AM GMT
    Well I wondered why that is?!!!! Has anyone thought that the virus and the stupid people who bought everything out might have caused this?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Aug 06, 2020 9:10 AM GMT
    Maybe it's a sign from God above for you to eat less.

    Eat less, save money, lose weight.

    Sounds like a win-win situation!

    Thank God!

    So what's the problem?
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    Aug 06, 2020 12:18 PM GMT
    The increase in prices of paper products, eggs and milk has been quite material. I noticed a $0.37 increase in milk ,over $3 increase in paper products and a $0.48 increase in eggs. I anticipated there would be an increase however, but didn't think it would be this much.
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    Aug 06, 2020 1:53 PM GMT
    Despite some increases, we’re also still seeing sales. Lots of breakfast cereal 2-for-1 deals. Boneless top sirloin steak is $4.99 a pound, whole beef tenderloin at $9.99 a pound, 2-for-1 chicken breasts, fish on sale, cheeses, sales on cleaning products (except sanitizing sprays, in short supply). No sales on paper products, either, but we have the items. But plenty of sales on other store items, as usual.

    So we’re seeing some of this, as the OP article I linked states, but I think not so bad here. I saw worse during the Nixon-Ford period, when gas & meat prices went through the roof. I even made a college TV satire of it, a commercial I taped called “Pete’s Neat Meat”. Selling meat that had been recycled from restaurant trash.

    “Hi! Pete’s the name, meat’s the game! High cost of meat got you down? Beat the meat squeeze! Eat Pete’s meat! Used but not abused!” It ran for 30 seconds (sophomoric double entendres everywhere). A take-off on a wild NYC appliance store owner’s manic TV commercials, named Crazy Eddy (he later went to jail, a possible inspiration for husband “Morty" in the movie “First Wives Club”).

    Amazing I can still remember the lines I spoke over 40 years ago. Point is, we’ve had worse spikes, in meat prices and other things. This too shall pass. But only if Trump also passes from our lives.
  • HikerCamper

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    Aug 06, 2020 5:23 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidDespite some increases, we’re also still seeing sales. Lots of breakfast cereal 2-for-1 deals. Boneless top sirloin steak is $4.99 a pound, whole beef tenderloin at $9.99 a pound, 2-for-1 chicken breasts, fish on sale, cheeses, sales on cleaning products (except sanitizing sprays, in short supply). No sales on paper products, either, but we have the items. But plenty of sales on other store items, as usual.

    So we’re seeing some of this, as the OP article I linked states, but I think not so bad here. I saw worse during the Nixon-Ford period, when gas & meat prices went through the roof. I even made a college TV satire of it, a commercial I taped called “Pete’s Neat Meat”. Selling meat that had been recycled from restaurant trash.

    “Hi! Pete’s the name, meat’s the game! High cost of meat got you down? Beat the meat squeeze! Try Pete’s meat! Used but not abused!” It ran for 30 seconds (sophomoric double entendres everywhere). A take-off on a wild NYC appliance store owner’s manic TV commercials, named Crazy Eddy (he later went to jail, a possible inspiration for husband “Morty" in the movie “First Wives Club”).

    Amazing I can still remember the lines I spoke over 40 years ago. Point is, we’ve had worse spikes, in meat prices and other things. This too shall pass. But only if Trump also passes from our lives.


    Some people. Have to inject President Trump into everything and derail a perfectly good topic. Well you're gonna have to wait another 5 years then.
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    Aug 06, 2020 8:09 PM GMT
    jocked_and_loaded saidMaybe it's a sign from God above for you to eat less.

    Eat less, save money, lose weight.

    Sounds like a win-win situation!

    Thank God!

    So what's the problem?

    That's what I'm doing, and what's happening, with great results with an almost flat stomach.
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    Aug 07, 2020 12:40 AM GMT
    It's true and sad! Many are going hungry too.
    I assist with the local food banks here and
    it's hard to see such long, long lines......
    Here's another link.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/pandemic-triggers-rapid-food-inflation-unemployment-stays-great-depression-levels
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    Aug 07, 2020 2:08 AM GMT
    Twomen_inlove said
    jocked_and_loaded saidMaybe it's a sign from God above for you to eat less.

    Eat less, save money, lose weight.

    Sounds like a win-win situation!

    Thank God!

    So what's the problem?

    That's what I'm doing, and what's happening, with great results with an almost flat stomach.


    Yay! And I bet less flARTulence, too.
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    Aug 07, 2020 2:36 AM GMT
    ^^^Perhaps overindulgence from the wealthy
    and food waste can some how slow wayyyy
    down? One thing I can't stand is Gluttony and
    excess indulgence and waste!!!
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    Aug 07, 2020 10:19 AM GMT
    HikerCamper said
    Some people. Have to inject President Trump into everything and derail a perfectly good topic. Well you're gonna have to wait another 5 years then.

    I’m not sure a person can derail his own thread. And if Trump isn’t related to high food prices & shortages then I don’t know who or what is. And you want 5 more years of this? Try moving to some 3rd-world country for immediate gratification, where El Trumpo Magnifico is doing his best to make the US resemble.
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    Aug 07, 2020 1:42 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    HikerCamper said
    Some people. Have to inject President Trump into everything and derail a perfectly good topic. Well you're gonna have to wait another 5 years then.

    I’m not sure a person can derail his own thread. And if Trump isn’t related to high food prices & shortages then I don’t know who or what is. And you want 5 more years of this? Try moving to some 3rd-world country for immediate gratification, where El Trumpo Magnifico is doing his best to make the US resemble.


    You're right, you can't derail your own topic per se. However, as it is now clear, your diabolical plan all along was to use this topic to bash President Trump. You cleverly started off with a very innocent observation of food prices rising. Then, once you had enough replies to the topic.... BAM! You shifted into bashing President Trump.

    Well played Mr. Deco. The rest of us are no match for your superior tactical and strategic mind, no doubt a product of your decades of battlefield experience in your highly decorated military career that you keep bragging about.
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    Aug 07, 2020 3:58 PM GMT
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    You're right, you can't derail your own topic per se. However, as it is now clear, your diabolical plan all along was to use this topic to bash President Trump. You cleverly started off with a very innocent observation of food prices rising. Then, once you had enough replies to the topic.... BAM! You shifted into bashing President Trump.

    decades of battlefield experience in your highly decorated military career that you keep bragging about.

    Acitually I have chest full of medals. What have you got? And yeah, I was trained in tactics and strategy (which are 2 different things).

    When I counter you anti-US trolls I use them both, Did you just suddenly discover that?
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    Aug 07, 2020 6:36 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    HikerCamper said
    Some people. Have to inject President Trump into everything and derail a perfectly good topic. Well you're gonna have to wait another 5 years then.

    I’m not sure a person can derail his own thread. And if Trump isn’t related to high food prices & shortages then I don’t know who or what is. And you want 5 more years of this? Try moving to some 3rd-world country for immediate gratification, where El Trumpo Magnifico is doing his best to make the US resemble.


    So you really did want to make this another whiney topic about President Trump.
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    Aug 07, 2020 7:55 PM GMT
    Yeah like this wouldn't' t happen under Obama, people are just retarded, it doesn't matter Trump, Biden, Obama or whoever, USA just printed like 4 trillion dollars, what the fuck do you expect when Usa has so much debt and so many households have so much debt? Obama or Pelosi would fix that with printing even more money? That is why the prices are going up. + obviously whole world has covid 19 crisis and disruptions are expected
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    Aug 08, 2020 2:38 AM GMT
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    So you really did want to make this another whiney topic about President Trump.

    Trump makes himself his own whiny topic.
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    Aug 08, 2020 2:44 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    HikerCamper said
    So you really did want to make this another whiney topic about President Trump.

    Trump makes himself his own whiny topic.


    Yes because 1000s hang onto every word in A_D's long essays about nothing.
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    Aug 08, 2020 2:46 PM GMT
    Cal_ saidYeah like this wouldn't' t happen under Obama, people are just retarded, it doesn't matter Trump, Biden, Obama or whoever, USA just printed like 4 trillion dollars, what the fuck do you expect when Usa has so much debt and so many households have so much debt? Obama or Pelosi would fix that with printing even more money? That is why the prices are going up. + obviously whole world has covid 19 crisis and disruptions are expected


    Silence from Mr. Deco on your comment.