Price Check: Are You Cutting Your Grocery Budget?

As fuel prices jump, many are looking to adjust the household budget. The grocery store is an obvious place to save a few bucks.

We agree that there's money to be saved by shopping smarter.

Still, we're hoping fresh as-local-as-possible produce, good spices, some nice cheese and the occasional bottle of wine can be affordable luxuries for many eaters, even in leaner times. This is easy for us to say, but so difficult to deliver. We wish the candidates for president would share more of their thoughts on food policy ...

We were so sad to read that "Eating out is the new eating in," according to the Christian Science Monitor. "Even with wages stagnant, time-strapped workers are abandoning the family kitchen in droves."

Instead of abandoning the kitchen, what about better access to good food and information about cooking? Do you sense that people are cutting back or are we resigned to paying more at the gas pump and in the grocery line? Are you paying more for groceries?

More Money & Food
• The NY Times Well blog reports: “If you have $3 to feed yourself, your choices gravitate toward foods which give you the most calories per dollar ... Not only are the empty calories cheaper, but the healthy foods are becoming more and more expensive. Vegetables and fruits are rapidly becoming luxury goods.”

• 31.6% of all client households served by the America's Second Harvest Network have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

• This week's New York Magazine delivers "The Everything Guide to Belt Tightening," including a price comparison between three New York City grocery stores and a deli. Fairway delivered the best prices and unsurprisingly, a deli in Tribeca had the highest prices ($4.29 for a dozen eggs!!)

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