Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Once a month I chauffeur my SIL (using my brother’s car) to do her shopping. For our last trip there was nothing I really needed to purchase so I wandered around the stores looking at prices while waiting for her. I knew there were some food prices and food mysteries I had mentioned in earlier posts and decided to take another look at those.
In a post earlier this month I had commented on the cost of chicken, beef, and veggie broth being $3 for a quart container. This is what I was talking about. Click the photo to enlarge it so you can see the shelf tag says $2.99. The sale tag is for the Lipton soup next to the broth. There isn’t any veggie broth there anymore.
At the Dollar Tree store I saw the cans of broth for $1. I believe those are about a pint? So thats about $2 a quart. They only carry the chicken, not the beef or veggie.
In my opinion, even if you don’t can then at least make broth yourself. Its easy to make and may be frozen.
In a post in November 2014 I had commented on the mysterious disappearance of dry beans from store shelves. We can’t buy or eat what is not available.
In January I wrote a post and commented that the cost of canned beans were about $1 a can. IF you could find any. Well, the beans are back and they are costing about $2 a can. Thats double the price in only 3 months. You may not think $2 a can is high but lets figure this out.
If you consider there are about 12 commercial cans of beans per pound of dry. Thats about 1/2 cup or less beans per can. Don’t go by the weight of the can. Its mostly water that has re-hydrated the beans. At $2 per can it means the beans cost about $24 per pound. Even on sale at 10 for $10 it still means the beans are costing about $12 per pound. Gosh! That’s more expensive than beef. Yup, that is very pricey for a frugal standby staple.
Why do I think the cost has gone up so dramatically? Its a marketing ploy. The food industry knows beans are a substitution for meat when you can’t afford meat. They know people will be switching as costs continue to soar. As I say frequently, “you can’t buy or eat what is not available”. When it is available you must pay their price in the form they dictate or do without. Sooo, if the only beans available are in a can at a high price that’s all you can buy. Sign, if only I had my garden again. Anyone want to volunteer to help me fix it?
On the subject of beef, we may soon have to take out a loan just to buy it or any other type of meat. Look at these one pound packages of ground beef at Meijer. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen these prices too. Ground beef is the ultimate money saver. It is so versatile.
Now look at these one pound packages at Kroger.
Now look at the cost of these corned beef roasts. $20 for a small one.
Ok for the biggest shocker….. look at the cost of a leg of lamb. Its over $43 for that small one. Geeze!
I don’t have photos of the cost of pork or chicken or turkey. I simply looked and sighed. And now the cost of chicken and turkey will be getting even higher because of the bird flu out west and the destruction of millions of birds. That also means anything made from (or with) chicken or turkey will cost more. For example turkey bacon or hot dogs or lunch meats. Those processed foods made from turkey and chicken will most likely contain even more fillers than before too. Look for frozen meals which contain chicken to contain less actual chicken and more fillers as well as cost more. Chicken restaurants (Popeyes, KFC, etc) are already raising prices and serving smaller pieces.
With food prices going up and up and up, its no wonder the lines grow longer at the food banks.
This is the line about a half hour after the food started being distributed. More and more hungry people are showing up in the lines. This is about twice as many as a couple of months ago.