High Cost of Living

This is what $90 worth of groceries looks like. Granted, $27 of it is the two bags of coffee beans, which I purchase locally when they’re on sale. Another $7 is in the potato chips: Old Dutch Ripple for Scott, Miss Vickie’s Original for me. Someone (naming no names) has a weakness. I was into them even before snapping this picture.


$90 worth

You’re seeing $56 of actual food. The grapefruit juice — and I rarely buy juice nowadays, choosing fresh fruit instead; but this is to mix with some hard liquor received as a gift — was $4! I think the box of crackers was $4 too: on sale. I’ve been meaning to make crackers for weeks and not gotten to it. (So busy, this not-working thing.) I purchased the Co-op brand of peppermint tea and perhaps I’m imagining things, but it doesn’t taste as good as it should. I’ll be buying Twinings next time.

Scott, otherwise known as Voratio the Eating Machine, consumes flavoured yogurt like it’s going out of style. It’s a quick snack he can grab from the fridge. By the time I get around to having some, there isn’t any. If I want to eat yogurt — and I do — I have to buy some of the plain stuff. It’s as good as printing KEEP OUT in big block letters on the plastic tub. With a spoonful of honey and a few drops of vanilla extract stirred into my bowl, it’s delicious and surely more sensible than gulping down the commerically flavoured yogurt that we’ve been convinced is healthy but actually contains sugar, modified corn starch, gelatin, “natural flavour” and potassium sorbate. The plain yogurt has none of that. Voratio has yet to make the extra effort — when you’re starving, who has time to get out the honey? This way I manage to get some yogurt down my own neck.

People say the prices in our stores here in rural Saskatchewan are ridiculously high, and many make trips to the cities to shop. They say the savings are worth it, even with the cost of gas to get there and the hours spent on the highway. When I inspect this paltry amount of edibles on my kitchen counter, it does seem that it might pay to “Drive a little, save a lot.” Yet it’s still important to support local stores; it would be excessively inconvenient to have no choice but to drive two hours for groceries. That’s a habit I don’t want to get into.

There. I’m reduced to blogging about my groceries. It’s as bad as posting pictures of what I made for supper, on Facebook, right? Actually I don’t mind that; I’m interested in such things. I’m also extremely interested in what’s on the shelves inside people’s fridges. So sue me. I also like to see what is on the outside of people’s fridges. Easily entertained.


10 thoughts on “High Cost of Living

  1. I’m interested in those things too, why I’m here. So tired of the sturm und drang elsewhere. I long to hear how women in other places do. Your blog is a breath of fresh air.

    Speaking of air: we are almost now completely snowless. It’s astounding. Rained for the last 24 hours, Misty haze. Hoping we don’t drop to freezing because it wil then be a nightmare, but if this is a sign of Spring is now here? Yippee.

    Your boys are so handsome. I wonder which one looks like you?

    Not sure what those groceries would cost here, but the coffee on sale is around $12 a bag, and then I buy two. I could not manage without. My largest expense is meat and eggs because I buy grass-fed free range. This would not be possible if I was more than one mouth, or had two jobs in the rigs.

    Your dog looks kind of like a Nova Scotia duck troller. But bigger? I miss a dog. When in the city, and on a woman’s salary and disability to boot (now aged to, is that a disability?) you must rent and they do not allow pets. I cherish the Ladybugs that cluster outside on my balcony in Spring. Come in come in you must be exhausted having survived the winter, here let me invite you to sup in this saucer of water.


  2. Kicking Horse coffee!! I too only buy it on sale, and once, in my eagerness, bought 4. I found it to be a wrong choice buying that many at once. It doesn’t seem such a joy when you can have it every morning for x number of days.


  3. The price of groceries is getting ridiculous. unfortunately I have no patience or time to price shop. A small bottle of real vanilla at the Costco that once sold at about $6.00 and is now selling for $29.00??? I’ll stick to the old fashioned imitation stuff at that price. Every week the price on most things jumps up too. FYI paid $80.00 for a roast beef (enough to feed 6 adults) for Christmas. The price of gas in Montreal tends to run high, we now think it’s a bargain when and if it’s 1:10 a litre. There’s no saving money by driving around looking for a bargain. Yet we are told there is no inflation! In the end I am buying less and trying not to waste unnecessarily.

    BTW great pictures of the boys.


  4. It isn’t on sale often enough here to keep us supplied, so because I’m a longtime customer I can order it directly from the company in Invermere, BC, in larger quantities. It arrives in less than a week every time, and if you buy more than $50 worth, shipping is free. They’ve gone to having Amazon handle their mail orders, but Amazon doesn’t sell the Grizzly Bear beans in the quantity I want. Also — for your interest — several of my cousins work at the Kicking Horse company in Invermere.


  5. I’ve stopped buying a lot of the things I used to purchase regularly, too, and surely it’s a good thing (not only less expensive) to cook from scratch more often. I don’t buy much processed food besides cheese and the occasional condiment. And meat, well the price of meat is nuts; fortunately Scott is the main meat-eater here and pretty much provides his own. As a beef rancher, he often notes that it isn’t the farmer making the big bucks that someone is, judging by the store prices.


  6. I make my own yogurt and have for yonks. Cheap cheap and delish.
    I hear u on the cost of stuff. Try rural Newfoundland. Having said that we have 10 berry seasons, free, and all the cod and moose we can ingest, free.



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