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I was at the grocery looking for diet coke....... discovered it was 4.39 a 12 pack and left it on the shelf, in favor of the less tasty more affordable sams choice diet.
I am astouned at how prices have sky rocketed over the summer..... Orange juice what used to be 3.89 is now 5.19......... Milk was 2.39 now 3.50 ..... the squeeze is killing me , how bout yall?

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Aug 16 @ 2:07AM  
I honestly haven't really noticed a difference in price of the things that I normally buy. Well, except gas and it's going down!

Aug 16 @ 2:26AM  
what is even more funnier or that as the prices of commodities sky rocket that standard of living is also rising while our paychecks are not even budging higher to a raise.

Aug 16 @ 2:27AM  
start eating at the neighbors, its

Aug 16 @ 2:28AM  
I have noticed that during the summer months, the prices on the drinks and other related items are higher than other less demand times. It is just like the utilities and gasoline. During the winter months, the fuel for heating residence is higher and during the summer the gasoline prices go up higher. Supply and demand. maybe change to brewed tea. It usually stays the same all year round.

Aug 16 @ 2:53AM  
start eating at the neighbors, its

In your case ... start eating the neighbors.

Never really noticed ... but I only buy orange juice when it's discounted.

Aug 16 @ 4:14AM  
As a Fresca fiend, I can relate. It would be really nice to find 2 liters here, because they are generally cheaper. K-mart has 12 packs on sale this week 3/$11, and I go everyday, stocking up for the months ahead. I haven't noticed an increase this summer, but over the past few years it has become apparent that inflation and the negative consequences of our energy policies are casuing a lot of changes. I love orange juice, but I'm kind of with bentan on that one. I think that there were problems with the citris crop recently. It's a good thing for me financially that I generally just use milk for cooking, etc...
The bottom line is that I adapt. Sure, I don't eat the way I used to, in part due to rising prices. Also, companies continue to change their products. For example, Tide is certainly not what it once was. But hey, we'll all get high--I mean by.

Aug 16 @ 6:10AM  
I get four 12 packs of diet coke for $10.00 at the local Shop n Save.

Aug 16 @ 7:11AM  
I can tell you two things that appear to me to be impacting grocery prices. Obviously fuel, though going down, is one. The other is the amount of farming dedicated to corn for ethenol. That translates to increased feed costs for virtually any meat including farm raised catfish, not to mention the cost of corn on the cob.
The grocery store is discouraging. I went to the meat department and realized a cow was worth more than I was. However my self esteem rose when I saw the price of pork.

Aug 16 @ 7:24AM  
I have! I've been watching it happen for over a year. Our dollar has been de-valued by more than half in the last 6 years. It used to be $1.30+ (EURO) to the dollar, Now it's the opposite! That's why the stock market "appears" to be doing so well (over 13,000). It takes about double the dollars to purchase the stock. If you bought the same stock in, Let's say:British sterling, It's cheaper than it used to be.

But, I'm trying not to support Walmart, Because everything they sell comes from China's slave factories and puts Americans out of work. What's worse is the article I read a few months back. I'm not paying (AP) $1.50 for a copy of the article, All I can find now is this reference on a blog. ENJOY!

The Associated Press April 24, 2007, 12:11PM EST
Wal-Mart recruits intelligence officers

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been recruiting former military and government intelligence officers for a branch of its global security office aimed at identifying threats to the world's largest retailer, including from "suspect individuals and groups".

Wal-Mart's interest in intelligence operatives comes at a time when the retailer is defending itself against allegations by a fired security employee that it ran surveillance operations against targets including critics, dissident shareholders, employees and suppliers. Wal-Mart has denied any wrongdoing.

Wal-Mart posted ads in March on its own web site and sites for security professionals, including the bulletin of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, for "global threat analysts" with a background in government or military intelligence work.

The jobs were listed with the Analytical Research Center, part of Wal-Mart's Global Security division, which is headed by former senior CIA and FBI senior officer Kenneth Senser. The analytical unit was created over the past year and half, according to published comments by its head, Army Special Operations veteran David Harrison.

The job description includes collecting information from "professional contacts" and public data to anticipate and assess threats stemming from "world events, regional/national security climates, and suspect individuals and groups."

"Familiarity with a broad spectrum of information resources and data-mining techniques" is listed among the skills sought, along with a foreign language, preferably Chinese or Spanish.

A Wal-Mart spokesman declined to comment on the Analytical Research Center for this story or to make any security executives available for interviews.

Many corporations hire law enforcement officers for their security departments.

But Steven Aftergood, who runs the government secrecy project for the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists, said Wal-Mart's efforts appear to go beyond what most companies are doing, raising questions about corporate intelligence work outside of the oversight process in place for government spying.

"It's a troubling new departure in corporate security. We're not just talking about security, we're talking about intelligence operations," Aftergood said.

Harrison told a meeting of security professionals last year that Wal-Mart was learning to defend itself by using the vast information it routinely collects about its employees, shoppers and suppliers.

The only public comment to date on the work of the Analystical Research Center, the speech was reported on by the trade magazine Government Security News. Wal-Mart did not dispute the report when contacted by The Associated Press this week.

Harrison told the meeting that Wal-Mart tracks customers including those who use its pharmacies, buy propane tanks and anyone making "bulk purchases" of prepaid cell phones, which some law enforcement officials have tied in the past to terrorist or criminal activities.

Harrison did not elaborate on how that information could be better used, except to say the data could be shared with law enforcement.

Wal-Mart's union-backed critics said culling customer data for intelligence was disturbing.

"The idea that Wal-Mart is creating its own personal CIA should make every American -- Wal-Mart customer or not -- nervous about whether Wal-Mart is invading their privacy or could do so in the future," said Chris Kofinis, spokesman for

Aug 16 @ 8:06AM  
Hey lick.......can you say hi-jacked.........???

maggs.......just stopped by to say that diet drinks are soooooooo bad for you hon!

You're better off drinking regular Coke* in moderation.....


Aug 16 @ 8:33AM  
sorry Ash I"m with Maggs I drink caffenine free diet coke, if not available diet coke I've been drinking diet for over 25 yrs I can't stand regular pop. And yep Maggs I also have noticed the price increase on items

Aug 16 @ 9:48AM  
I was thinking I usually spend about 30 on friday ...... just for the quick stuff..... more on saturday somewhere around 100 then another 30 or so during the week , now thats a lot of money for just food.

Aug 16 @ 10:02AM  
yes maggie i have noticed the increase in groccery prices both in the supermarket and my purveyors at work it affects my food cost at work drasticly

Aug 16 @ 10:28AM  
Welcome to the intelligence of raising the minimum wage nationally without putting price caps on product. They keep raising the minimum wage, without realizing that the min wage people are the ones putting out the products we consume and getting the picture that it just means we spend more for the same items and doesn't mean that we have any actual good come of the raise.

Aug 16 @ 3:31PM  
Back in the days when it was just the twins and the terrorist and I we were living high on the hog if I spent $400 a month on groceries. These days there weeks when that much is spent on groceries BUT there are also a few more mouths to feed these days than there were then.

Aug 16 @ 5:41PM  
Why surprised, it's all because of oil and gas prices. When they go up everything goes up. It's all shipped by truck which uses diesel fuel. The packaging for the most part is plastic, a petroleum based product. The raw ingredients have to be processed and mixed by machinery that uses some form of petrochemical fuel. Anyway you get the drift, oil goes up creates domino effect. So don't be surprised, be upset or angry but not surprised.

Aug 17 @ 6:03PM  
Sorry Maggie! Ash, You're right, Don't worry, I'll get it , Ow! OOh! OW!

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