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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Produce Prices

I don't think it's just me. Is it?

Produce prices EVERYWHERE I go seem high! What are we supposed to do?! When we first made Aliyah, I rarely paid more than 1.50 NIS/kg for a whole bunch of staples - onions, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, even cucumbers and melons. Now - I can't find anything at all for that price!

I know I am just going to have to stick out my chin and pay higher prices. We were doing the calculations - it doesn't pay to drive far to save on fruits and vegetables. Not unless you are buying a LOT. And to be honest, I want to fill up my freezer, but I really don't have the kind of space that would make a drive to save a couple shekels per kilo worthwhile.

So I will have to stick to shopping locally (or convincing my husband to go shopping in Teverya before or after work. But he won't venture into the shuk, so not sure if there will be much of a difference!). And I will have to plan better and be creative with less money.

What are you doing? Are you feeling your grocery bills soaring too?

5 comments:

  1. When we arrived, we could get milk for under 3 nis/bag. Everything has gone up. I think we save by davka NOT stockpiling. I buy what we need and that's that. Sure, there is enough food in the house for a rainy day but it's in one cabinet, not in a whole basement like it was in the U.S.

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  2. I bought a melon the other day - ok it was a biggish one - and was shocked to see that it cost 20 shekels. It used to be that you could eat cheaply by onlly buying fresh fruit, veg and staples without venturing near the ready-made foods. Now this isn't even so cheap.

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    1. I hear you! I used to think nothing of serving lots of fruit. And we always eat lots of vegetables. They say it's cheaper here than in America, but lately I have been missing the hispanic-owned produce markets i used to shop at. I bought the "less fresh" stuff for about 90% off! Oh how I miss that. I used to get 2 big bunches of organic carrots for $1. or 8 organic apples for $1, 6 artichokes for $1. 3 organic cucumbers for $1. 6 organic tomatoes for $1. I miss that...

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  3. The price varies according to weather conditions - a few weeks ago the man in the fruit and veg shop told me that the vegetable would go very expensive in the next few weeks and its quality will not be so great due to the heatwaves we had... I got tomatoes and cucumbers for 2.99 today which I thought was good - they were 6.99 at supermarket. Onions and potatoes were 1.99 and last week I got carrots at 1.99. Melon was 2.99 - so we have been having that by the pool... and grapes were 6.99 and were delicious.

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    1. Janice, you are lucky to have that market near you. We debated driving there to get stuff but I think any savings will be canceled out by our gas guzzling car...

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