Thursday, August 27, 2009


Kroger Receipt From August 27, 2009

For some time now I've been meaning to document the prices I paid at the grocery store for some staple items. (At least, they're staples in our house because of our son.) For the record:

* Half-gallon of Silk "Very Vanilla" soy milk, $3.49 on sale for $2.99.

* 32 oz. of Stonyfield's "Banilla" (sic) yogurt, $6.79. (I had no idea that's how much those things cost!! They stock them on the bottom of the dairy case, so I've never bent down far enough to read the price tag. I think it's time to introduce the boy to the joys of Saltine crackers.)

* 12 oz. bag of Dole "American" salad, $3.29 on sale for $2.50.

I'm watching you, Ben.

If you want to play by their rules, you could go back to shopping at Whole Foods for a while, recording all prices. Then switch back to Kroger, but apply a hedonic inflator.
This is not a good comparison. You know...Food and Energy are not part of Core CPI...sooooo...those prices are not as important as the others. People don't live on food and energy alone. It's only inflation when TV prices increase...sheesh...some economist you are.
I've been to the same Walmart for the last three years and milk and eggs are down (from being high during the oil deal) but that's about it. Turkey sausage rolls increased from $1.64 to $1.94 a couple weeks ago - 18% just like that. Pickles are up at least 50% in the last three years at my Costco.
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