The Cost Of Basic Food

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  1. Julia Curtis

    Julia Curtis Very Well-Known Member
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    I buy the same things when I go to the grocery store and I always look at the discount shelf where they have 50% off things because each month I have a certain amount for a food budget and I noticed yesterday when I got home and looked over my receipts for the last year how much less I can buy.Being on Canada Pension Disability does cover everything but now I find myself just paying for things and not getting any lil things I love because everything is so high here.I used to reward myself with things like a new handweights or a new pair of yoga pants for the gym but now it's all gone.When I turn 65 next year I will be a lil better off because I will have the(forgive me for saying this)Old Age Pension but since COVID got here a few years back life has no reward or lil things I love.It's not fair.
    I'm used to being in a low income bracket but now it's discouraging cause I love my lil rewards.
    That's my lil complaint and normally I do not complain but I miss the lil rewards and I had to get that out.Thanks for listening.:rolleyes:



     
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    Over here you can get food at food pantries. Do you have one there? Oe some sort of agency like the food stamp program here? It is harder for many people, but there may be ways to get help you have not heard about .
     
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    The Salvation Army has their own veggie garden and if you register(and I did),for $15 you get a grocery bag full to the top of fresh veggies once per month.The fee is for the up keep of the garden and they have a hot house so in winter you can still get some fresh things.I did try the food bank but I found that it was a lot of filler things like whatever things out of the bakery that the stores couldn't sell.Nothing fresh.And I never buy meat because it's not at all in my budget but I do eat fish and lentils as protein.I am always chasing protein because I need it when I go to the gym.So I do try,it's just the way it is.
     
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    Julia, your post has made me realize that I’ve heard very little about inflation in Canada. It’s a big topic in the US and the prices for food are what seems to have gone up the most and hurt people here the most. I see comments about it in various online forums every day and of course I see it myself in my own food purchases.

    I think most food pantries here only give out shelf stable, canned, dried, etc. foods too but there are some that have some fresh items. I hope you can find one like that where you are.
     
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    Just the Salvation Army here but it's a fair price and it all comes from their garden.I was brought up eating stuff from my parents garden and I stick to that because I love it all.:).
     
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    Fresh produce is the best for us! :)
     
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    Here we have rummage sales around the neighborhoods--and thrift shops. I think when I was younger, I had a bumper sticker that warned: I stop for rummage sales!
    Lots of little things and sometimes big things too.;)
    If they don't have them there, maybe you could start them up.:cool:
     
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    I.ve never heard of those being for things other than clothes,furniture and other household things here.I guess differant countries offer differant combinations.Not really a many people person for a bussiness.I did have one when I was married but it was out of my home and it was a baking bussiness.:)
     
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    I miss that.
     
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    Rummage sales are not businesses here. Too much red tape. But lots of people get rid of all sorts of things. I bought an almost new Total Gym at one after my daughter wore mine out.
    One man's junk is another man's treasure.
     
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    Oh OK I know what you mean now.Here they are Yard Sales or Garage Sales.:)
     
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    We call them yard sales and garage sales here, too. "Rummage Sale" is a term used by old people legacy generations. ;)
     
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    Oh shut up, you young whippersnapper.
     
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    Are French fries basic food? We just paid almost $10 for a five-pound bag of fries. Three years ago they were about $5.
     
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    Ever since they stopped putting the price on individual packages, I've not really retained how much things cost. But I happen to recall that a can of ALDI brand refrigerated biscuit dough was 69¢ s couple of years ago when I first started shopping there. Now it's $1.69, almost 2.5x what it used to cost. Their bags of coffee beans are up 50%. At one point they were double the price. But inflation's only 5%, right?
     
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