posted on Jun, 18 2012 @ 11:28 AM
Folks, I'm in New York State and we have a marking law for grocery stores. It requires every item to be marked or the shelf to have every variety to
have a tag. Those tags tell all. The ounces or whatever in a container and the cost per whatever for that container. True, the stores can play a
few games with these tags, but not very many, and if you are a regular shopper, you will not be deceived. And don't let the container shape deceive
you, that is the manufacturers game plan.
One of the containers that they don't seem to cheat on are the huge commercial cans that hold maybe a gallon. Those seem to be filled with product
to the brim. Since we use lots of green beans, I buy these. Also you can re-can these items into glass jars and go through the canning process for
more manageable sizes that serve your family needs.
About the only problem are those items on the bottom shelf, and the tag is under them requiring you to kneel down or have spectacular vision to read
Keep in mind that food at eye level is usually the most popular, and usually the most costly per whatever.
Now there are lots of options, if you really have to feed a large family. Farmers markets are well known for excellent deals. In Springville NY
(Below Buffalo) there is a Wednesday market from which you can purchase fresh from the field natural foods for some outstanding prices.
Then there are canning companies which occasionally offer a day in which they sell overages for pennies on the dollar. One such company in Dunkirk NY
has such a sale. I go there and purchase juices for $3.00 a case. (Used to be $4.00 a case) Yes these same juices sell for upwards of $3.00 a bottle
in stores. So imagine the markup !!!!!!!!!
I've not heard of anyplace that prevents you from canning your own food. However if true, how can they monitor and prevent home canning from
happening? What is the purpose of such a law?
Last fall I got for free a drum of remains from a guy who makes his own diesel. I'm going to turn that into soap for the family. (Have been quite
ill recently and don't want to tackle it until I'm better.) Also its a summer job. In the winter it would be difficult to keep the vat warm, and
the gases and materials are highly toxic and flammable, so it must be done outside, well clear of the house and garages.
I'd like to make my own diesel, but don't have access to the fryer fats needed to make the process cost effective.
Coffee is an odd item. Back in the early days of this country, grocery stores had bulk ground coffee. They sometimes adulterated the coffee with
dirt. Some of the companies now post on the can the strength of the roast. For those who like a less strong roast, it would seem to me that
purchasing the stronger roast and using less in the brewer would be the answer to saving money. I could be wrong about this. We like strong coffee
in our home.
Finally, if you are poor like me, there are groups that give away foods from food canners. These can happily supplement your needs with good product.
If you are poor, don't be shy about using such opportunities.
Now if I could figure out a way to have my house-mate use less toilet paper, I'd be really happy. I'm on a farm, and corn cobs are plentiful, but
they would plug up the toilet.