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Do You Notice The Costs Of Your Food Purchases?

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Seems that Superstore to me is pretty low priced overall my purchases.
I have tried FoodFare at 2300 Portage and Charleswood Safeway for their steaks and we are happy, Safeway for their 3.19 butter, but when I was into FoodFare, their prices on Ktaft old 750 gm block cheese was 30% higher than Superstore, their price on potato chips at 3.39 compared to 2.50 at SuperStore and Cantor's and Foodfare price on Kraft peanut butter was way higher, as well as their City Bread rye bread cost at 1.99 and 1.39 at Cantor's.
I hate when the day to day pricing is way higher and then they advertise a "special", which isn't a special at all!


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I paid only $3.69 for a jug of 2% milk at Safeway yesterday. Amazing.

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my wife buys the milk so I usually get it for free Razz


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Deank wrote:my wife buys the milk so I usually get it for free Razz
But I'm sure she "gets paid" in other ways

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We go to Sobeys, so we accept that there are trade offs.

It's not as cheap as Superstore, but we don;t spend 2 hrs there, and with the club sobeys/aeroplan points as well as all the show and save coupons, I don't think overall it's that much more.

Downside is apparently each store only gets one case of ground bison/week, so they are usually out by Sat! Grrrrrr...


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I'm hoping that MB food is cheaper than BC food. I can't get in/out of the store without dropping $30 for essentially nothing.

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$30 will get you a carton of B.C. cherries here.

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That's about the same as it is here.

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Yabut, we're talkin 10 oz. cartons here eh....Smile 14 cherries average.

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CS it really depends on where you shop and what effort you go to. But for the most part the "big name stores" are all going to run you about the same. There will be a WalMart superbig type store ( not sure if Sam's club or not though) opening soonish.


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Depends what you are buying too.


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CitizenSourpuss wrote:I'm hoping that MB food is cheaper than BC food. I can't get in/out of the store without dropping $30 for essentially nothing.

Pretty much the same here. Every time I go into a store I spend more then I intended to. Damn impulse purchases.


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When I moved here from ON my food expenses almost doubled, but in the last two years or so some of the food prices here have come down while ON has increased. The lack of discount grocers (e.g. food basics, no frills, etc) is very notable with only one Price Chopper in town! On the other hand there is a large network of overpriced Safeway stores, where 900g of cooking onions can be had for $5 (used to pay 80c). Studying the fliers certainly helps in keeping food costs reasonable.

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We do have some fairly good and fairly cheap "oriental" markets.

PLUS!!!!... many people purchase direct from the hutterites in the fall when it is chicken butchering season.


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I feed 3 twenty year old "boys", with very discriminating tastes. The days of KD and cans of Chef Boy Ar Dee are long gone. I will not be retiring anytime soon.

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dont you just love their new lower price?


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Goth_chic wrote:
CitizenSourpuss wrote:I'm hoping that MB food is cheaper than BC food. I can't get in/out of the store without dropping $30 for essentially nothing.

Pretty much the same here. Every time I go into a store I spend more then I intended to. Damn impulse purchases.

I think notice more because I spent $15 on the same items about 2 years ago, and about $10 about 8 years ago. Things like cheese have gone through the roof.
I'm just thrilled that nobody here needs diapers/wipers/assorted baby expenses anymore. That was killer.

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Seemed like we could always get coupons for 1/2 off formula/diapers or find a sale when we were buying those.


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I mostly cloth diapered, and was a jersey cow, so the baby expenses were still lower than most people had. Usually had coupons. Still, babies are a major pocket gouge.

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St Norberter wrote:Seemed like we could always get coupons for 1/2 off formula/diapers or find a sale when we were buying those.

Why can't you save some $$ and make the formula at home...

It's really just water and milk and some sort of sugar. Back in the mid/late 1960s & early 1970s we had it with corn syrup, but I hear corn syrup has mercury in it so it might not be an option today.

Enfamil is basically poison from MeadJohnson? (I remember saying something similar here or on NW a few years ago).

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We buy the majority of our meat (chicken, pork, beef) locally from farm.

The country Smokehouse in New Bothweell is usually where we've gotten it (Beef and Pork)from. We split a side of Beef between 2-3 family's. Everything's cut, labeled and wrapped already (steaks, roasts, stew meat, ground beef) and so lean we have to add fat when cooking.

This year we tried the pork, it's been fantastic. They even smoke bacon and include that w/it.
Don't remember the exact price per lbs. but it was all very reasonable.

And as a bonus, you can buy New Bothwell cheese direct!


Removing the meat from the shopping bill is huge. Plus this stuff tastes better!


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The leanness of that beef is too bad. I'd of figured buying from a farm might get you a "fatter" cut.


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lol

I much prefer to have to add fat, rather than have to remove the meat and have to drain excess fat away.

It's mostly an "issue" with the ground beef/pork....it doesn't have much fat to render, so it'll burn on the bottom without a little extra "lube" added. Laughing



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Why someone would want lean beef for grilling or roasting is beyond me...to each their own I guess. The whole point of buying well marbled steaks and roasts etc. is to add tenderness and flavour, without that fat rendering away as you grill you end up with a tough flavourless piece of shoe.

I've considered splitting a side of beef a few times, but it's always the inability to pick out my cuts that has prevented me from doing so. If I'm picking up a box of random wrapped meat I have no idea what the steaks and roasts inside look like untill I get it home and unwrap it. Also, what about stuff like aging? If you buy a side of beef has it already been aged? Steaks aged less that 21 days are crap.

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