Day 39 – House Cleaning

24 Oct

I went grocery shopping on Saturday – and what an experience that was let me tell you. As I had just moved into my new apartment I figured I needed to get a few things. I forget why, but tops on the list was tp. So anyway, there’s this discount grocery store two block north of my apartment and I head over there to check it out. I had made a basic list of things I needed

  • pasta (2)
  • pesto (1)
  • tp (10)
  • bananas (6)
  • yoghurt (4)
  • something to add to the pesto-pasta: meatballs (1)

Now I figure that excluding the second bag of pasta there are five meals here – three banana-yoghurt late-morning snacks and two meatball-pesto-pasta suppers. And the total cost for all this was a 7.60 euros. Subtract the second bag of pasta and tp and you’re down to 5.16 euros or $7.18 CAN.

Now maybe I’m losing my mind (I don’t have any receipts from Loblaws with me) but isn’t yoghurt in Canada is about fifty cents for one hundred grams? Over here it’s like thirty cents Canadian for one hundred and fifty grams. And this leaves me with two questions:

  1. Why is food so expensive in Canada?
  2. What the hell did I have for breakfast this morning?

To be honest I’m worried most about the meatballs and pesto. So far so good but there’s still a few hours left. I’m going to work my way up to vegetables if I don’t experience any major problems. In the meantime, tonight is döner night! Seriously I found the best restaurant ever. It warrants its own post.

8 Responses to “Day 39 – House Cleaning”

  1. Lottabot October 24, 2011 at 20:26 #

    Yes, I never understood why dairy is so freaking expensive in Canada!! Dairy products, cellphone plans and tickets to classical music concerts are the only things I’ve encountered so far that actually are a lot cheaper in Finland compared to Canada. Maybe the dairy producers in Alberta feed their cows 10-dollarbills or something… I’ve never ever seen such low-quality cheese sell for such outrageous prices as in Loblaws on Rideau St….

    • Die Hard Three October 24, 2011 at 20:39 #

      Well of course our cheese is expensive. Each slice comes individually wrapped.

  2. Sara Horton October 24, 2011 at 22:57 #

    I know nothing about this, however I noticed the same thing, plus organic dairy products were very reasonably priced as well. I suspect the cost of dairy is so very high in Canada because of the monopoly the Canadian Dairy Commission has.

    • Die Hard Three October 27, 2011 at 12:34 #

      This is very strange because things are supposed to be cheaper in Canada.

  3. Uncle Ross October 27, 2011 at 15:12 #

    The milk marketing boards maintain a monopoly on dairy products. This keeps the prices stable at a very high level.

    • Die Hard Three October 27, 2011 at 18:39 #

      Really? This is not good.

      • The Boss is RIGHT November 4, 2011 at 04:56 #

        But J!!!
        Milk marketing boards are Socialism in action!!

        You want free markets in milk – are you advocating, Oh My God, CAPITALISM.

      • Die Hard Three November 4, 2011 at 19:01 #

        Well this is NOT the NFL. The NFL is an example of Socialism that works. The Dairy Commission of Canada does not work 😉

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