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Old Mon, Jul-18-22, 02:42
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Kristine Kristine is offline
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Plan: Primal/P:E
Stats: 171/155/155 Female 5'7"
Progress: 100%
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
Default Grocery Prices and a Protein Pinch?

Anyone else feeling this? I've always been pretty frugal with groceries, but yikes.

What's gone way up in price in your area? For DH and I, the main things I notice are some of the fresh meats, deli meats, eggs, hard cheese, and buns (for hubs). Beef is ridiculous. I splurged on $10 worth of marked down striploin steaks a few weeks ago and they were awful. I would have been happier with $10 worth of ground beef for burgers.

Prices of some of my staples have stayed about the same: the cottage cheese and Greek yogurt I buy, canned corned beef, tuna, whey protein powder, and ground poultry. Needless to say, we're eating more of that.

I've doubled down on making sure I plan based on buying loss leaders at various stores. I've also figured out my stores' best times for getting the markdowns. Yes, I WILL buy that tub of cottage cheese for 50% off a few days before it expires - because it'll disappear in 3 days.

I'm also really gaming loyalty plans, namely PC Optimum points and offers. I don't like the privacy sacrifice, but I really don't care that they see I buy mostly meats, veggies, toilet paper, detergent and what not. They have occasional promotions where your points are worth more, so we wait until then to spend them.

Gas is an obvious cost increase for a lot of folks, but luckily, that hasn't hit us directly. I don't drive and DH works from home. I bet a lot of other folks here in the GTA are hit hard by higher interest rates on their mortgages. Housing prices here are absurd now, we likewise lucked out buying back when we did.

If you're interested, I started another thread a couple of years ago on this topic: Protein Prioritization for Po' People. I still apply my rule-of-thumb of aiming for a about a dollar or so per serving of 20 g protein.

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Old Mon, Jul-18-22, 06:24
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Ms Arielle Ms Arielle is online now
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Plan: atkins
Stats: 255/230/200 Female 5'8"
Progress: 45%
Location: Massachusetts

Robert Reich addresses the gouging of big business, from oil companies, to meat Packers.

Biggest profits in 70 years .

Most meats go thru only 4 meat packing plants. Producers get a lower percentage, and packing plants are taking a bigger portion.

I'm learning to raise chickens for meat. I realize not everyone can do this but it makes me feel like it's a step toward independence.

Otherwise, it's time to break up monopolies using the existing laws, or put regulations in place with limitations , like milk prices.

( Not that long ago , there was 6 meat packing plants. With so few,.when a plant was closed due to covid, prices shot up. More meat plants has many benefits to the consumers . Better pricing, more consistent supply.)

Personally, I've moved to OMAD as it works with higher vegetables and some grains and keeping meats moderate, rather than the primary food source.

We rarely talk about timing of foods, combinations, use of acids, etc. Acids like vinegar and lemon help with digestion of proteins , esp as we age. A small salad with evoo and Bragg's ACV has more benefits than the obvious.

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Old Mon, Jul-18-22, 07:07
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Plan: High protein, lower fat
Stats: 235/181/154 Female 66
Progress: 67%
Location: Michigan U.P., USA

I generally don't buy meat or yogurt that's not in the bargain bins, although I think more and more people are noticing those bins as I find less stuff in them now.

$1 per 20 gm of protein is not always possible from my perception but then I don't always figure it out. Bargain bin yogurt is usually low. I said something to a cashier one time about getting 15gm protein for 50 cents and she looked at me like I was nuts.
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Old Thu, Aug-04-22, 09:49
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Plan: Gluten-free/Low Carb/IF
Stats: 250/220/175 Female 5'8"
Progress: 40%
Location: Dartmouth Nova Scotia

We have been struggling with higher prices. I always use a lot ground beef which has become quite expensive and is around 3.99/lb (about 9/kg) (1 dollar for 18 g I think). if you buy in bulk.

I like to make crackslaw and spaghetti sauce, meatloaf and meatballs and of course burgers. I donít like many cheaper cuts of Beef, I canít figure out how to cook them to be tender and not dried out and tough. Maybe I have to dig out my crock pot. I do like stewed meat in cooler weather. I like cheap pork and around here fish is expensive but reasonable.

A nice steak or roast was maybe once a week treat. Now we splurge for a tenderloin from Costco 2 times a year and freeze them to get about 4 meals out of each . So essentially once a month.

We are lucky to be able to buy a bit in bulk and do a bit of meal prepping and are able to absorb some increases.
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Old Thu, Aug-04-22, 15:10
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Nancy LC Nancy LC is offline
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I keep waiting for salmon prices to go up. Still 9.99 a pound at TJ's and has been for years. My bagged salad greens went up. I used to buy frozen grilled chicken but once that hit 6.99 for a 1# bag I said forget it. Now they're not even carrying it any longer. But I can still get chicken breasts for 2.99 a pound. It is weird.
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