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Old May 7th 2020, 11:21 am
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WEEKLY/BIWEEKLY
Milk
kale
Broccoli
peppers
cauliflower
tomatoes
apples
oranges
bananas
chicken
bread
Cadbury’s chocolate

MONTHLY
Yogurt
potatoes



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Apart from getting bread and fresh veg as needed (I keep at least 1 loaf in the freezer at all times), I get shopping every 2-3 weeks.
My shop looks something like this..

Decaf Coffee
Bread
Cottage Cheese
Hummus
Eggs
Yellow + red Peppers
Mushrooms
Beansprouts
Spinach or spinach/kale mix
Broccoli / Cauliflower
Baby Carrots
Ginger and Garlic
Onions
a few potatoes
Tomatoes
Spring lettuce mix or other lettuce
Chicken Breast/Ground Chicken
Frozen trout
Frozen shrimp
Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground
Red or white Kidney Beans
Chickpeas or Lentils
Reduced Sodium Chopped tomatoes
Couscous or Rice as needed
Chocolate

I have frozen veg in hand, as well as pasta etc.,

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Marmite and lots of it.
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Old May 8th 2020, 3:16 am
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I have frozen veg in hand, as well as pasta etc.,
You type very well considering....
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Groceries seem to be getting expensive.

dozen eggs
bacon
3lb oranges
bag frozen fruit
cheese
milk
coke zero
cheese cake (i need a treat and its on sale for $4)
ground beef

Total- $65.33 (which includes 0.62 GST & 3.84 eco fees)

I did a mock shop at a grocery store near my mom, same items there would cost $39 CAD or around $28 US$ (+ most of the items in the US are larger so you get more as well)

And to think people in California complain about the high grocery prices...ha ha

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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
Groceries seem to be getting expensive.

dozen eggs
bacon
3lb oranges
bag frozen fruit
cheese
milk
coke zero
cheese cake (i need a treat and its on sale for $4)
ground beef

Total- $65.33 (which includes 0.62 GST & 3.84 eco fees)

I did a mock shop at a grocery store near my mom, same items there would cost $39 CAD or around $28 US$ (+ most of the items in the US are larger so you get more as well)

And to think people in California complain about the high grocery prices...ha ha
But what you save on groceries you would spend that and more on healthcare/meds in the US. In my experience cost of living in the UK/US/Canada on balance is about the same.
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But what you save on groceries you would spend that and more on healthcare/meds in the US. In my experience cost of living in the UK/US/Canada on balance is about the same.
Hard to say too many variables when it comes to healthcare.



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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
Hard to say too many variables when it comes to healthcare.
not just healthcare, that was just an example. Petrol/gas is more expensive than the UK, but you drive further in the US and Canada. On balance, if you live in a similar area, IMO the cost of living is about the same.
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First of the chives from my friend's back yard; this little bunch will have a few applications over the next day or two. Down to my last couple of green onions, but it doesn't matter now!

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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
Groceries seem to be getting expensive.

dozen eggs
bacon
3lb oranges
bag frozen fruit
cheese
milk
coke zero
cheese cake (i need a treat and its on sale for $4)
ground beef

Total- $65.33 (which includes 0.62 GST & 3.84 eco fees)

I did a mock shop at a grocery store near my mom, same items there would cost $39 CAD or around $28 US$
Not sure of the size of the coke or ground beef but I'd expect to pay $35 for everything but the drink and ground beef.

Prior to shopping on line I'd be paying 99c to $1.25 for a two litre bottle.

Some (eggs, bacon, milk) would be collected from Shoppers with prescriptions and the rest from whichever supermarket I was in.

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Not sure of the size of the coke or ground beef but I'd expect to pay $35 for everything but the drink and ground beef.

Prior to shopping on line I'd be paying 99c to $1.25 for a two litre bottle.

Some (eggs, bacon, milk) would be collected from Shoppers with prescriptions and the rest from whichever supermarket I was in.
Coke is 24 pack $7.47 or 0.31/can.

I never liked 2 liters as I don't drink enough and it goes flat before I can drink it all, and cans can be taken on the go. Looks like 2 liter bottles are currently running $1.68 sale price, limit 4.

Beef & cheese alone are almost $20, but cheese I use on almost everything and its a good snack that is filling. Just a block of regular mild cheddar, nothing fancy. Eggs were the cheapest at $2.98







Ground beef was estimated to be $9, but price will depend on what is available at the time of the shop, could go down, could go up.

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I started making a list but not much on it yet. There are a few things on the No Frills flyer I might as well buy, but nothing I'm in a rush for. I considered going into Independent today because they have the bakery there, and if my smoked pork shoulder comes out well I'd like some kaiser buns, but that can wait a day as well, and I thought about getting a tub of coleslaw, then remembered I have carrots and just bought a nice cabbage, so might as well make some. So far it seems that I can plan a week ahead and have a general idea of what I'm going to eat and how I can use up my groceries without them going bad, but I still have to compost some of my vegetables, usually the ones I buy because they're already reduced and my plan of using them right away falls through. Tomatoes are easy, I love bacon and tomato sandwiches for breakfast, and when the tomatoes start getting soft it's time to make a little sauce or make saganaki, which is a similar base to marinara.
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Neither of us have much of an appetite.
I find this is very true for all of us presently. I know Oink started a thread with regard to weight and I have to say ours as a family is decreasing. We just aren’t eating much.

Bananas are something I have to buy once weekly, we go through a lot of apples too. Bread purchase has gone down dramatically as nobody is taking sandwiches to work...or leftovers.

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I went to the shops today and it was another world compared to the last few weeks. No more social distancing, no more following the lines on the floor. Groups of hipsters clogging the spice aisles, families with myriad children, no masks. It was quite a shock after being used to disciplined shopping.
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I went to the shops today and it was another world compared to the last few weeks. No more social distancing, no more following the lines on the floor. Groups of hipsters clogging the spice aisles, families with myriad children, no masks. It was quite a shock after being used to disciplined shopping.
I don’t think people should be allowed in shops if they are not wearing a mask. It is usually those people that seem to ignore social distancing,
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