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Old Apr 24th 2015, 6:48 pm   #31
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on meat items - on special last week in the local ethnic supermarket was goat shoulder at $2.79/lb. I bought $8 worth, cut & cubed, popped in the pressure cooker together with celery, carrot, onion, water some flour - cook for an hour. This gave us about six meals. just add a spud or two & slice of bread.

Anyone try goat?
Yes, our local butcher got some local goat in last year. I made a goat curry but to be honest, I much prefer lamb.
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We eat a lot of chicken, but the price can vary wildly. One store may have 3-4,breasts for 8$ and another store may have it on at 15$ for the same. We have almost every name supermarket in Ajax so it's easy enough to nip round the stores and get the best price then buy a few trays full to freeze.
15 and up is the norm around here for Chicken breasts, cheaper if you buy the thin fillets.

We don't have much choice grocery wise, just have 3 stores, they more or less charge the same price on basics, not enough variation to go to all 3, so I stick with Save On, but they also have the best selection. Extra Foods is basically PC Brand, No Name and 1 name brand on every item. But their prices on PC and no name are usually just as high as Save On's generic brand, and their store is dirty, smelly and gross, Save On at least has a nice clean modern store.

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Agree, that food shopping is getting more & more expensive by the week [especially beef product] & depending on where you live, the competition around - it can be real difficult to do it on a cost savings basis.

How long will the items in that $135 grocery bill last for - or is that the one month grocery tab?

Smaller grocery stores sometimes have better deals on fresh produce, even on the mark downs.

I do the grocery shopping & always hit the mark down, discount, best by date section first, as well as 'price match' which in my part of the country we have a large selection of stores to choose from that do this.

Good luck with the Grocery bills JS
About a week worth here, will have to top up next week, so won't need everything needed this week, but probably close to the same.

We have been doing 120-140 a week as of late.

I picked up an extra shift at work, that is our weekly grocery money...lol

This weeks meat prices as advertised. They don't advertise a "normal" price for meat, just the current "sale" price which may or may not actually be lower.

Ground Beef 4.29 per pound.
Whole chicken 2.59 per pound.
Rip Grilling steak 8.99 per pound.
Inside Round Roast 6.49 per pound.


454g of Salmon, frozen 14.99
Sable Fish 4.49 per 100/g
Ocean Perch 1.59 per 100/g

That is for Save On

Nesters

Ground Beef 3.98/lb
Wild sockye, previously frozen 2.18 per 100/g


Extra Foods

Sirloin Tip Roast 4.48/lb
Chicken Wings club size 3.58/lb
Boneless pork loin chops 5.48/lb
Atlantic Salmon 8.98/lb
Frozen pollock, processed in China 680g 5.98


I didn't buy all that meat, just the prices from the flyer.


Nesters also sells more interesting meat as well in small quantities like Rabbit, Duck, Bison, Ostrich but the prices are less then wallet friendly, all frozen since they don't sell it at the same rate as more common meats.

Have not seen goat anywhere before, but we have no butcher in town, so might be why.
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About £150 pp including cleaning and personal care items. Not including alchohol!
I have found a few smaller 'groceteria' that have mark down specials that beat the 'price match'

Our grocery 'food only' bill per month for two people is average ~$135/calendar mth. Milk & dairy usage is down ~50% from a year ago.

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I have found a few smaller 'groceteria' that have mark down specials that beat the 'price match'

Our grocery 'food only' bill per month for two people is average ~$135/calendar mth. Milk & dairy usage is down ~50% from a year ago.
Down for budgetary or dietary reasons?

That seems impossibly low. About $2 per day per person ???
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Its free.

As for groceries, HID's mum does the big shop for us as a favour and she goes to three or four shops so its difficult to tell. Its why I'm not in favour of supermarkets selling booze as she'll no doubt load her cart up with a few cheeky bottles wine for herself.
Hah! How much gas do you burn on those twin verado's for your salmon catch then? I can recall catching a couple of measly mackerel off Weymouth some years ago and burning 70 quid of petrol in the process.
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Hah! How much gas do you burn on those twin verado's for your salmon catch then? I can recall catching a couple of measly mackerel off Weymouth some years ago and burning 70 quid of petrol in the process.
It depends at what RPM you run the engines. The difference between 3,800 and 4,400 is about $80 round trip to the hump. Plus, weight makes a difference, so it depends on how many "friends" I take and how much booze is on board.
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It depends at what RPM you run the engines. The difference between 3,800 and 4,400 is about $80 round trip to the hump.
Really, that's the actual incremental cost of going fast??
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Really, that's the actual incremental cost of going fast??
Yes, with these big engines. 3,800 is still fast just not quite as fast. It also depends on the sea conditions, as if its rough you tend to decelerate and accelerate according to the waves and that can burn a lot more petrol. Overall when you take into account, moorage, maintance, petrol, fishing gear, bait, picnics and booze, it does rather add up.
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Down for budgetary or dietary reasons?
neither, other than the dairy - its just the way its worked out.

example is that competition & price match many items are cheaper, the ones that have escalated we stay away from.

We buy mainly specials, stock up, divide up, freeze as necessary.

Latest buys & have figured out the specials cycle that the supermarts roll with.

Past week, 10 lb bag of onions $0.99, PEI spuds $1.29/5Ib, the goat $2.79/Ib, Cod $2.99/Ib, which goes into fish/veg soup as well as cod cakes, freeze both into meal size portions. Halal Veal liver $2.49/Ib cut & divided into 4oz portions. Red meat (mainly mince beef or pork) only if & when on special. Meat/pork into balls (on special or mark down) with sawdust filling & pasta, home made tomato sauce from marked down tomatoes, home made pasties, that would have ~20% meat filling add in with potato, onion, celery, carrot & frozen spinach on special. Make a bunch & freeze. From the on the markdown shelf, four pack red peppers $0.99 ~1kg, other similar items.

No roast beef, no steaks or tenderloin or salmon
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Yes it must do. At least all the big fish offset some of the cost.
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neither, other than the dairy - its just the way its worked out.

example is that competition & price match many items are cheaper, the ones that have escalated we stay away from.

We buy mainly specials, stock up, divide up, freeze as necessary.

Latest buys & have figured out the specials cycle that the supermarts roll with.

Past week, 10 lb bag of onions $0.99, PEI spuds $1.29/5Ib, the goat $2.79/Ib, Cod $2.99/Ib, which goes into fish/veg soup as well as cod cakes, freeze both into meal size portions. Halal Veal liver $2.49/Ib cut & divided into 4oz portions. Red meat (mainly mince beef or pork) only if & when on special. Meat/pork into balls (on special or mark down) with sawdust filling & pasta, home made tomato sauce from marked down tomatoes, home made pasties, that would have ~20% meat filling add in with potato, onion, celery, carrot & frozen spinach on special. Make a bunch & freeze. From the on the markdown shelf, four pack red peppers $0.99 ~1kg, other similar items.

No roast beef, no steaks or tenderloin or salmon
So is it a kind of compulsion you have, simply to save money?

Do you know about extreme couponing where savy shoppers can actually get their groceries for free or even a small profit?
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On another thread somewhere discussed previously, its time to update it - 'how much per month on groceries (food items only) do you spend' - just the dollar number & how many people does it feed, not what's in the basket nor household cleaning items or personal care - just the food items that would go into your stomachs?
My husband does the main grocery shop, he has no concept of cleaning so there are no cleaning products in the basket. He spends around $150 a week, I supplement that throughout the week, on stuff that he forgot probably to the tune of another $50. By the end of the week the cupboards are pretty much bare. If I shop in Costco I never get out of there for less than $300, the cupboards are equally bare by the end of the week, which is why I don't go anymore. We buy a lot of fresh produce which I know is not cheap, but rarely buy convenience food, or cookies, cakes etc.
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Yes it must do. At least all the big fish offset some of the cost.
To some degree, its more about having a shed that floats.
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So is it a kind of compulsion you have, simply to save money?

Do you know about extreme couponing where savy shoppers can actually get their groceries for free or even a small profit?
not so much about the money, more about 'being locked in a time warp' of when prices were so much cheaper & that 'look at the price things are today'

A miser not, thrifty maybe, its just why pay more when it can be had cheaper. Then again since retiring its become more a hobby, replacing work as one of the things finding ways to keep the mind busy.

Couponing is good if you need crap that you don't use or if you have a large consumption household, because 'not always' especially in my part of the country are things BOGOF or coupon discounted or that we would ever use items such as 10 bottles of ketchup, boxes of cereal etc. With a coupon for $0.10 off 'full price' name brand that is $2, when I can get it discount on special or price match for $1.50. I've tried couponing, it doesn't work for our lifestyle.
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