"You got some super special California tax on tasty foods?".
"That sounds like Alaska or Hawaii prices! Man, there should be angry mobs in the streets with Liberty caps and pitchforks if this goes on".
Nope, just loony CA pricing, where we pay more for everything, and this isn't in some big city, but more the suburbs in the Central Valley.
Someone's gotta pay through the nose to support ………..[censored to prevent DHing].
$7.99 USD this week for Land O' Lakes Butter, and the cheapest butter at Safeway is about $5 USD – $6 USD a pound for the generic stuff.
Last time I saw Halibut (at Raley's I think, which is more expensive than Safeway), it was about $20 USD a pound. Didn't realize that it's almost as expensive as lobster, and/or more so, depending upon when and where you buy it. Can't buy anything in that store, since it's 33% – 50% or more higher than Safeway and others, unless it's on sale that week. Don't know how they stay in business.
Cheapest bacon here seems to run about $4 USD or more a pound, and that's at places like Walmart for inferior brand bacon which doesn't taste like much at all.
Can't afford fries anymore at the fast-food joints, since they want $3 USD or more for a large order, which is crazy.
I can get 10 pounds of potatoes for about that, and now fry my own. Sure, I gotta buy oil, but can reuse it a lot.
Yea, the price of 100 pounds of pork seemed pretty stable, last time I saw it, but that was a while ago. Chops, pork loin, and shoulder are still pretty reasonable.
Ribs can be stupid prices too, depending upon the type, week, and store selling them.
Various cuts of beef are pretty much out of sight too, at $8 USD – $12 USD a pound, or more, depending upon the cut. Can be as high as $20 USD for filet mignon at Safeway – probably more at Raley's, and upscale markets, and/or the butcher.
At least hamburger has dropped a bit per pound, and by 50% in some stores. Can be as high as $5 USD a pound for 80% beef, but some stores have sales for $2.75 USD – $3 USD a pound, fairly regularly. Safeway usually averages about $4 USD a pound for their burger meat, and Raley's runs a buck or two more a pound for that, depending upon the week.
The local Foster Farms (supposedly not frozen – but I think that's a marketing technicality) chickens vary a lot, from time to time. Frequently, they're not even available in some cuts like center breasts with rib meat anymore, since they've raised their prices so high, I suspect. Only available on special sales.
They've gone to packing their breasts individually, and/or in freezer bags, to boost prices, so you can frequently only get generic brand chicken, which has been frozen, and doesn't have much taste to it.
Some chicken prices rival that of the lower cost steak, at $5 USD – $6 USD a pound, and that isn't the more expensive "free range" stuff. Even more expensive at other stores, so you have to shop sales, and/or buy ahead of time.
Grocery store pricing is nuts, at least in Cali!