We go through a lot of milk in our little household. BF drinks one or two tall glasses of it every day, and we put it in our coffee/tea/smoothies. I’d estimate that we buy two 4L bags per week. Milk’s good for you, according to the Dairy Farmers of Canada, so I’m okay with buying all this milk. What I am not okay with is the price of milk at the Metro in Liberty Village.
A 4L bag of milk is $5.69. At two per week, 52 weeks a year, that works out to almost $600/year for milk. If I go to the Shopper’s around the corner, or to grocery stores just a little bit out of the downtown core, or to No Frills (I’m guessing), the cost is anywhere from $3.99 to $4.29. That’s a big difference, especially considering how much we go through. But, I’m a sucker for convenience, and since we have to get the stuff all the time, I normally just stick with Metro, even though it peeves me off that it’s so much more expensive.
On a related note, BF went to Nunavut this past weekend for work. (Trust me, you’ll see my point in a moment.) While he was there he stopped by a grocery store, and much to my pleasure, snapped some pictures of a few common items along with their prices.
I know it’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges – food going to Nunavut has to travel a lot farther to reach store shelves, and the markup in price covers those costs. But, wow! I never expected to see such extreme differences in pricing. I can’t imagine paying $15.99 for ice cream. I don’t even like paying $7 for the more premium brands. I try not to buy the stuff since it’s junk, but the odd time I do pick it up, it’s on sale for $3.99 or something.
BF and his co-worker also went out to eat, and the cost of food in restaurants was no different. $14 for eggs, $16 for a burger with no fries. I’m guessing that housing is pretty cheap, though. BF said that some people get isolation pay from their company which could be upwards of $10K/year, but if products are that much more expensive, then it probably evens out in the end.
So, next time I’m at Metro picking up milk, I’ll be grateful that it only costs $5.69, and not $15 or whatever absurd price it is in Nunavut. Count your blessings, right?