Foxglove wrote:I've cut out a lot of red meat from our meals except for ground beef, stew meat every 5 or 6 weeks and the occasional roast. The prices are so high compared to pork and chicken. A decent cut of steak isn't going to be on our plates any time soon! The sales flyers are full of pre-made frozen meals, chips & soda, cleaning supplies, health & beauty but not much as far as real food. I mail order 25lb bags of dried beans because I can't find anything local except for 1 or 2 lb bags.
I agree, if I was not raising my own meat, honestly I don't know bow much we would be eating, even with all my own on the farm, we still have a number of meals that are meat free. Its not uncommon at least one meal per day is meat free but at least one supper min a week is meat free.
I have to go into the city and go to certian stores to get the large bags of beans, because like you said, only small available, and boy has the cost of beans gone up up UP. while the selection has gone down in my local stores.
This past week, a girlfriend and myself drove to the next biggest town over to get to a larger store and the price difference's while cherry picking to a point was clearly there.. we agreed that we saved 30 to 50 at the other store over the one we normally go to.. those price difference's add up and fast. but we also need to look at gas costs. We agreed we would go together twice a month, share gas costs and see if it makes a difference on our overal food costs.
We will see