Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Price is Right

The Price is Right
Originally uploaded by darthdowney
Here's this week's best buys in southeast Michigan. Ingredients in italics are more expensive than the rule of thumb I use for truly frugal cooking, 45¢ per serving.

Cost for a cooked 3 oz serving
35¢ Pork, western ribs .98 per pound (Kroger)
41¢ Ground beef, 27% 1.59 per pound (Kroger)
42¢ Chicken, whole .89 per pound (Kroger)
43¢ Chicken, thighs 1.19 per pound (Kroger)
51¢ Ground chuck, 1.99 per pound (Meijer)
51¢ Chicken, boneless skinless breasts 1.99 per pound (Meijer)

Meat Alternatives
Cost for equivalent to 3 oz serving of meat
24¢ Eggs .98 per dozen (Meijer)
33¢ Milk 1.77 per gallon (Kroger)
57¢ Cheese 3.00 per pound (Meijer, Kroger)

Fruits and Vegetables
Cost for 1/2 cup serving
20¢ Broccoli, frozen (Kroger)
24¢ Avocado 1.00 each (Kroger)

Stock The Pantry
Brown sugar .50 per pound (Meijer)
White sugar .40 per pound (Meijer)

Other good buys
Cocoa 3.11 per pound (Meijer)

Cocoa will probably get more expensive as the year goes on, due to a fungal problem that is limiting the supply. MIlk continues to drop in price. Kroger's $1.77 per gallon is the lowest it's been in a couple years. Also watch for pork prices to drop for a while.

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