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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shopping with Sidewalker #3

It's the 15th of the month, so that means it's time for a trip to the supermarket. This is the third month of the Shopping with Sidewalker feature. It has been the most expensive month so far indicating inflation perhaps?. However the Federal Reserve has told us the threat of inflation is minimal, so that can't be the cause of the price rises then can it? Perhaps it is their weak dollar policy that is increasing the price of imports? Ding, ding, ding, ding. That was the bell going off for anyone thinking that trashing the dollar would be an easy way out of this credit mess. Perhaps it will get the banks off the hook, but with a weaker dollar guess who is paying the bill (again!)?

Some observations I've made. The price of the white seedless grapes are very erratic. I guess that is seasonality and shipping costs. Meanwhile the price of sugar is creeping up every month. Other than that there is nothing too crazy apart from the fact it was $2.41 more than last month! That is just under 3% month over month.

$3.99 {+$1.20} 1lb Land O' Lakes unsalted butter
$2.49 {-$0.01} 1 dozen Eggland's Best large grade 'A' eggs
$1.34 {+$0.01} 2 liter bottle of Coca-Cola Classic
$3.45 {-$0.50} 5lb Perdue Oven Stuffer whole roaster chicken
$9.99 {No Change} 12 pack of Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper
$3.19 {No Change} 1 loaf of Wonder Bread Classic White
$3.79 {No Change} 2.5 Gallons of Poland Spring drinking water
$2.79 {No Change} 6.4oz. Starkist Chunk Light Tuna in water
$4.98 {No Change} 2lb of 80% lean ground beef
$3.19 {No Change} 5.6oz. Aquafresh Triple Protection toothpaste
$2.99 {+$1.70} 1lb Seedless White Grapes
$2.50 {-0.99} 5lb Idaho Potatoes
$2.29 {No Change} 3 Bars of Dial Soap white
$27.99 {No Change} Nestle Good Start 2 Natural Cultures 9-24 Months baby food
$2.99 {No Change} 12 oz. box of Kellogg's Cornflakes
$3.49 {+$0.50} 11.3 oz Folgers Classic Roast coffee
$5.49 {No Change} 3lb Uncle Bens long grain rice
$1.79 {No change} 4 pack 9 Lives cat food
$2.99 {+$0.30} 50 oz. Ajax laundry detergent
$3.69 {+$0.20} 5lb Domino Pure Cane Granulated Sugar
Total: $95.41 {+$2.41}

-Luke Sidewalker
-Current balance $23.60


Morgan Drake Eckstein said...

Butter went up a dollar twenty? I am going to have to look at my dairy bill.

I am not sure that I believe anything that comes out of the mouth of the Federal Reserve

Luke Sidewalker said...

Yes butter did increase that much this month. Last month I think there was an offer, which reduced the cost. But as I've said before, I'm just recording the prices without manufacturers discounts, discount coupons and store loyalty card discounts, the base price i think you could call it.

I record the price I would have to pay if I were an alien that had just parked my UFO in the parking lot and walked in the shop for the very first time!

-Luke Sidewalker

Morgan Drake Eckstein said...

Hmmm...who is the issuer of this credit card? Martian National Bank? I am going to have to call the manager...please smile at the camera...on second thought, don't; that many teeth scare me.

Luke Sidewalker said...

Just to clarify on my contradiction above. I use the price on the sticker each month.

-Luke Sidewalker

Mountain Woman of Red Pine Mountain said...

The falling dollar is going to make a huge difference in all of us mere mortal's lives. The prices you posted were interesting. Some were much more than here and others were cheaper.
I remember when you could buy a loaf of Wonderbread for 10 cents.

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