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Grocery question to CHers

With the various posts on buying on the cheap, i.e. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/606136, it seems to me that a lot of posters have been spending less on groceries.

My simple question: have you HAD to, or are you choosing to?

If choice, why?

So curious as someone who has been frugal for years.

Cay

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    1. I had been wondering the same thing, Cay. Is it necessity or fear that is changing people's consumption patterns?

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      1. re: MGZ

        Yep MGZ, that's sort of the root of my query. And here's a corollary: Are we as a community enjoying the lesser consumption (say, home cooking and bargain shopping) more than the greater consumption (say, convenience shopping and take out)?

        Really interested to know, as I'm pretty transparent in which I prefer but still wonder what's driving this grocery store downturn: necessity or perception...or pleasure at the table once more with *simpler* food (read: not processed, high-priced, "pre-prepared," higher profit margin...yadda, yadda, yadda...?

        Best,
        Cay

        1. re: cayjohan

          Grocery stores are actually doing quite well right now. Transport costs have gone back down and people are cooking more at home than going out.

          Having read the posts here and thinking about the makeup of CH's - it makes perfect sense that they have not necessarily changing what they are making or buying food wise and are maybe sacrificing in other areas to do so.

          I know tons of non food obsessed who have cut their grocery spending so they can get their coffees on the way to work and clothing as the season changes.

          Give me something delicious to eat and drink and I am perfectly happy wearing things a decade old... probably with an unidentifiable food stain splashed across the chest. It is my very own logo!

          1. re: Sal Vanilla

            I still wear things that are more than a decade old (although I do my best to get out the food stains).

      2. I think the issue for a lot of people is that prices have gone up dramatically in the last few years. For many items I've bought, I've seen as much as a 50% increase in price since 2006 and the prices don't seem to be going back down. My only real change is that I buy more items on sale and I'm still spending $10-20 more a week on average than I spent in 2006 without buying significantly different items.

          1. The only change we've made to our grocery purchasing habits is that we are buying slightly less cheese. This is because DH's cholesterol numbers were a little high. Other than that, we have made no changes, and (at least so far) have no plans to do so.