A Guy’s Gotta Eat

I have been thinking of doing a one-to-one shopping exercise to see what an average trip to the grocery store costs in each of the countries so this is the month. In the U.S. the shopping was done from the October 23rd Arizona Republic flyers and at the local Albertsons store. In Newmarket from the October 20th Era-Banner flyers and the local Metro store. To keep it fair I did not factor in any of the coupons that were in the Arizona paper even though I believe that this could have reduced the U.S. spend by as much as another 20%.

I tried to keep it at what we would use in a typical week other than items like paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent etc. that you buy in larger quantity to last the month. All sizes are exactly the same as I translated oz to ml to make sure I was consistent.

The verdict: It cost me $87.27 less to shop in the U.S. Price before taxes. If I add in a case of beer and bottle of wine difference is $111.58. With a little bit of work I thing you could stretch these items out to 2 weeks, so using this you would be looking at an Annual Savings in excess of $2,500.00 – Probably more if you were to use coupons or go to Costco.

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7 Responses to A Guy’s Gotta Eat

  1. Pingback: A Guy’s Gotta Eat = US/Canada food price comparison « This Too Shall Pass

  2. flynnroad says:

    I thought rib-eye steaks were bizarrely out of whack. What the …. Any idea why there is such a difference? Does it have anything to do with the mad cow that happened a while back and gov’t regulations? or is it just theft?

    Milk too. What is up with that? I heard some dude on the Lang – O’leary report mention that there was some anti-competitive milk cartel in Canada and that had something to do with the gouging.

    • 2sidesof49 says:

      I had always known about the eggs, milk and bread thing just never paid attention till I did this months shopping. According to a study published in December 2010 by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), in 2009 Canada’s milk producer price was third highest in the world, behind Japan and Norway. This translates into higher retail prices: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reports that Canadians pay twice the world market rate for dairy produce.

      Beef and pork prices are considerably less in the U.S., stores always have a buy one get one free deals or other specials. This reflects in the dining out cost as well.

  3. flynnroad says:

    Are you following the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade union issue and the Canadian Supply Management System? It seems to explain why some of our groceries are so high. Very eye opening!



    Notice the quote in the last article: “The protectionist system governing Canadian poultry, dairy and eggs creates higher prices for Canadian consumers and has drawn ire abroad, but it profits domestic farmers”
    and this one:
    “Canadians pay two to three times more than world market prices for products like milk, butter, cheese and eggs, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development”

    • 2sidesof49 says:

      Hey, yes I have been watching this and the other news. Basically we (Canadian consumers) continue to subsidize Canadian exports so they can be competitively priced in world markets by paying substantially more for the same products at home.
      Again why it continues to be cheaper to buy Canadian manufactured products outside of Canada.

    • 2sidesof49 says:

      This sums it up… “You need to ask yourself, why isn’t Rogers in the U.K., like Vodafone or France Telecom,” he said. “Why aren’t they everywhere if they’re so good? “The answer is simple, here they’re protected. They can be inefficient, their cost structure can be expensive.”

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