I have been hearing so many people on FB pages complaining about the increase in grocery prices.
I see "prices 20% higher this week", "doubled in last month", etc.
I guess they know what they are talking about - but it sure isn't happening here.
I do believe we have maintained pricing or lowered for at least a year. Now I know this part of the country is known for lower living costs than most of the nation. Housing, food, gas, etc. are generally less expensive than other areas.
We have been having fantastic sales on all types of meat for at least the past 6 - 8 months. Meat sales have given us meat for cheaper prices than we have seen in years. Most of us know this probably won't last - thus stocking up big time when the opportunity presents itself.
Milk and other dairy and eggs have been cheap for most of the year. I never pay over 1.39/gallon for milk. Eggs range from .49 - .99 dozen. I remember paying as much as 1.99 last year. Milk was almost $3 or more last year. Cheese has been quite inexpensive.
I see sales for canned goods 3/$1 - super cheap here. Many items that have been close to a dollar are now .59 - .69 a can.
I have to admit that it IS SALES that offer these great prices, but they have been happening a lot!!!!! Meat that isn't often on sale (like steaks) is still too pricey in my opinion.
Now I have to admit the BOGO generally aren't all that great. I tend to find sales that make items cheaper. 10/$10 isn't always a deal either. Many weeks stores have specials that are cheaper.
EXAMPLE: I noticed 6 pack bottles of pop were BOGO - reg. price 4.99/a 6 pack. That makes them 2.50 each. Kroger often has sales for 6 packs for 1.99. Doesn't sound like much but .51 here and there adds up (I don't hardly every buy - just noticed prices).
Pasta is often 10/$10. Certain times in the year I find it on sale for .69 - .89/lb. I generally find it in the clearance aisle for .39 - .49/lb. I stock up then.
I know that come November and December sugar, flour, all baking goods, stuffing mix, cream of soups, broth, rolls, bread, certain meats, fresh produce, etc. will be reduced. TAKE ADVANTAGE - I know I will.
I am just hoping that the prices continues to maintain or stay low for the near future. we have truly been enjoying the discounted prices. Blessed for sure.
What is going on in your area? Increasing? Decreasing? Same?
Do you take advantage of cheap prices when you can?
I love hearing about other areas and countries.
WHAT SAY YOU