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Control the food then you can control people.
I forgot who said that.
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Listen to the first couple of minutes of this Keiser Report where they talk about the new customer trend at WalMart.
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what a freaky looking fuck! And why does he sound like Adam Carolla and Norm MacDonald???
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Anyone notice this...

Tropicana OJ...was 64oz...now smaller
Ice cream used to sell in half-gallons...now 1 3/4 quarts
Yogurt... 8oz cups now 6oz
Tuna... 6oz cans now 5oz

AND THE PRICES ARE STILL HIGHER!

Go and check for yourself...DECEPTION IS RAMPANT and a majority of people SUCK AT MATH...so they'll never figure it out!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1109769

I have noticed this. Recipes from a couple years ago, now the cans and packages come in a size 1 or 2 oz smaller.

Also, the other day I bought a pound of butter for $3.78 (4 x 4oz cubes). The cubes seemed light so I weighed them all. They all weighed between 3.5 and 3.75 ounces in the wax paper. I put them all back in the cardboard box and weighed it and even with all the packaging it weighed less than 1#. This was from a brand I respect.
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Been a stay at home mom for years so had to be thrifty.Let me tell you the Escalades and Navigator moms are taking all my stuff from Goodwill and yard sales!The very same people who turned their noses up at me and my kids a few years ago are snatchin and grabbin at the thrift store sales like there is no tomorrow.I think they are worse off than we are cause they have such an expensive lifestyle to try and maintain.
 Quoting: Curious Housewife 907170

Seeing this too. Ran into the wife of a broker at the Food Getto the other day.
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If what you "noticed while at the grocery store" leads you to consider than America no longer has a middle-class and is about to totally collapse, then I commend you powers of observation.

What you might have seen, at least 10yrs ago, is that most sectors of the economy have been in contraction; aside from whatever "hot spot" like the dot.com bubble, and real-estate bubble was fostered to create mania and bring capital into arenas that could be manipulated and collapsed.

Maybe you failed to see that about 1996, The (non) Federal Reserve never before that time loaned money directly to member banks. Certificates of Deposit were issued by banks and rates were competitive. When "da fed" removed the need from members to pay for money, Gramma & Grampa could no longer make $5k per year on their 100K CD so they went into the stock and bond markets where they could be fleeced...


Plenty of people figured the Disneyland For Dummies would never close down and failed to invest in real assets or means that allow self-sufficiency. Few even know how to cook from scratch. Most families worked mom & dad like mules to keep the cars, clothes and other "must haves", but failed to grasp that they were missing the boat.

It has only been within the past 10yrs that most Americans came to see that there were no more Jobs For Life, unless you "work" in govt.

Figure that almost every American is on some kind of Federal Dole, even the top earners with Tax Breaks and write-offs for some big expenditures.

Govt has done a fine job of bribing everyone into making it too big to fail, and making citizens aware that if it does fail, they are doomed.

Much more going on than not being able to sell property and property taxes continuing to escalate...

Anyway, best of luck to all; and watch the prices and on-sale fluctuations, even coupons that are most valuable after the first three weeks of the month....
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South Jersey checking in here..my local Shoprite is always crammed with food and other things, and it's a very good deal IF you shop the sales which i always do! Aldi's is good too, but you can get meat and some groceries much cheaper at Shoprite when it's on sale. Aldi's is great for banannas (always 39 cents a lb.), fancy european chocolates and cookies etc., and staples such as trash bags, food storage bags and so forth.Also frozen food. For the rest of what the Jersey lady said, she's pretty much on target, but i only recently started shopping at walmart, so i'll have to investigate what folks are saying about it.
By the way i've gotten SS for the past 4 years and at least since that time the people who have come on it no longer get their checks on the 1st of the month. You get your check on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th weds of the month, depending on your birth date. Mine is the 23rd, which really sucks because i'm getting it on the 4th weds for the PREVIOUS month! I'm surprised that no one picked up on that--guess most of you are young uns.
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Notice how empty the stores are at the end of the month? All the people on welfare & food stamps wait for the 1st for their cards to replenish.

That's a pretty crappy thing for the Store people to do...not stock the shelves, knowing that there is going to be a herd of hungry people in there the next day!
Dosen't matter where the $ comes from...it all spends the same! Or it shouldn't, anyway!



Guess What???

The fucking retailers KNOW and raise prices from the first through the 15th...

Consider that Govt EEs and Social Sec is paid on the 3rd of the month. By the 22nd or 25h, people are out of money...


Nobody has any money; some may have credit; but even the $25k/mo guys have spent their wad on shit like 2nd homes, Porsche, Mercedes, Country Club dues? Private Schools...

People have credit, but "invested wisely" so they are broke...
 Quoting: Lester

That's a heinous act these days!
I don't see how anyone could live with their selves, doing something like that.
But , then again, I also quit the job at the Nursing home when they sat us down and told us we had to attend to 'paid patients first'..always. No matter if there was a State Paid patient that was in greater need..it was cut and dry. The people they were getting the most out of, they attended to first.
It was disgusting!

True that...about people not 'investing wisely'
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they arrange stuff on the shevles to make them look fuller now


Yes! I've noticed that more now than ever. In fact a large chain store near me recently reorganized to compensate for months of obviously empty shelves. They closed-off a huge area once occupied by inventory and reduced the size and spacing of the remaining shelves. Real-time downsizing?


Same here.

I live in a fairly affluent area as well and I've noticed that meats and other products are nearly 'off' when we buy them. It appears that they are changing dates and trying to keep the shelves stocked.

Foods are getting less plentiful. Shelves are thinning. And tensions are growing.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1109267

Changing dates on food packages?!!!!
That's a fuckin' crime!
What part of the country you in, because if they are changing dates on packages of meat, it has to be stopped!
That's dangerous as Hell, can make people violently ill!
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Aldi's was started by two German brothers right after WW2, when German lay in ruins and they had to get the products out to the ppl somehow. The idea was NOT to stock it with, for example 20 different cans of tomato sauce, but only one or two. Same with every other product. They are big over in Germany still.

In a way it's kind of fun discovering how to live cheaply with thrift stores and Aldi.
 Quoting: nimbus

I've never minded it...I kind of feel better, living that way.
I was raised with the whole Recycle thing, saw Hippy's giving stuff away to others that needed it...reusing stuff.
It made sense to me, and still does.
I've always loved history and appreciated the past though....so I always felt I was holding a piece of history in my hands when it was something older.
It has always just 'felt more valuable' to me than the brand new shiney stuff.
Maybe it's the imprint of the other owners on it..makes it feel 'alive ' to me..

I've always liked to be able to save money too...it made me have to work less hours, so I could be a "Mom" to my son.
It was an easy trade.
I always had many years to spend 'aquire-ing stuff'...but I would never have another chance to be a Mom again...
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I know one thing, when I drive up and down US 19 from Port Richey to Largo its like a neverending sea of "for lease" signs. Commercial real estate is going down the shitter and fast.
 Quoting: Tread on This

Thanks with helping us with Florida...:)

I KNOW it's been bad there for a very long time.
It was in bad shape when I went to see my Mom, before she died, in 2006.
My Nephew moved from Fort Myers to Oklahoma just a bit over a year and a half ago, because Florida was in so much trouble...no work, houses sitting empty everywhere.
I can only imagine the horror show it must be now !
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No one comments about the fact that retailers don't offer as many items On-Sale, or just happen to raise prices during the first couple weeks of the month?

Start looking and see it for what it is: profiteering off the social-dole.

Not like the States or Federales will negotiate deals with those who accept public assistance in course of trade.

Hell, they negotiate PPO deals with doctors, why aren't our tax dollars getting a discount?


You Know Why. Same reason the democrats pulled $12 Billion from FoodStamp funding to make those funds available to States who need help paying teacher salaries....


The Fed Govt is just a fount of money that TPTB are looting and putting on the Taxpayers back...

FoodStamp recipients ought not to incur sales tax, and ought to get a 20% discount so WE The Taxpayers don't have to fund as much $$. Just like every other deal in life, the one funding the greatest amount of business to a vendor should get the best prices.

Fucking Retailers don't care about being competitive; they don't have to. 41,000,000 now on Food Stamps... They can make their money off the Stamp Buyers, and also know they don't have to supply top quality goods.


Anyway, you ought to wise up and see how you are being fleeced at every turn. Government is aiding the high food prices. If it negotiated a "Food Stamp Discount" taxpayers would be better served as would the needy; and prices would be kept low for all...
 Quoting: Lester

Lester, I have to say, I agree with you about the retailers not caring...they are trying to survive too, so they're just as desperate to hold on, in many cases..
I also agree with you about how there should be no sales tax on the stuff purchased by Foodstamp holders.
It makes a Hell of a lot of Common Sense!
Bad part is...because the system has become so corrupt, it will never happen.
Too many deals already been made...they won't give it up without a fight now that they have it in their hands.
I'd be like trying to take the last porkchop bone away from a pack of starving Hyenas!
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
they arrange stuff on the shevles to make them look fuller now


Yes! I've noticed that more now than ever. In fact a large chain store near me recently reorganized to compensate for months of obviously empty shelves. They closed-off a huge area once occupied by inventory and reduced the size and spacing of the remaining shelves. Real-time downsizing?


Same here.

I live in a fairly affluent area as well and I've noticed that meats and other products are nearly 'off' when we buy them. It appears that they are changing dates and trying to keep the shelves stocked.

Foods are getting less plentiful. Shelves are thinning. And tensions are growing.

Changing dates on food packages?!!!!
That's a fuckin' crime!
What part of the country you in, because if they are changing dates on packages of meat, it has to be stopped!
That's dangerous as Hell, can make people violently ill!
 Quoting: Woodsprite

Walmart meats are packaged air tight then filled with pure CO2....I don't buy it, but my neighbor bought a pack of ground beef, and forgot it in the back of the fridge for TWO WEEKS...it was still BRIGHT RED! Ewwwww!
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I see it all the time here in Louisiana. Even before Katrina and BP, we were seeing elderly people under stress. Now that we've had a double hit, I am overwhelmed by the need I see.
 Quoting: Anonymous 910594


I'm from central Louisiana and I've noticed shortages of canned food products at several of the larger grocery chains in my area.

I teach at a neighborhood high school in an area of the city considered to be "middle class". This group of kids makes up a silent poverty I'm starting to see. The estimates from my colleagues run around 25% of these kids are going without food. The number seems trivial but many of these working parents are NOT asking for help (free/ reduced lunches and such) and going without instead. It's a pride thing I suppose. I bought a kid lunch the other day because he didn't have any money.
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Glad to hear about expensive meat... it'll dissuade you from eating it, and getting all that nasty karma. LOL

Here in British Columbia, I had a little kid at my door the other night, fund-raising. No, it wasn't chocolate bars for a school trip this time... he said his school needed to hire more teachers, but couldn't afford it. So the kids were out with cans, collecting.




Here in Canada, I've noticed that grocery stores have stopped marking down the meat by 50%, now it's only a 30% discount. It's like they all got together and decided this. Strange.

 Quoting: Jdd

LOL...at the first part.
But I hear ya.
I consume more game than I do actual store bought meat these days...and I always am respectful, and thank the animal for giving me it's life so that me and my family can live.
It dosen't suffer either, it dies a swift death...just suddenly 'lights out'.

It was just an easy thing for me to notice, because it used to always be so full.
Meat is a good indicator of how much $ a family has...
To see 'wealthy' people buying bargain meat is very telling.

Wow...about what's happening up North from me.
I knew you guys were having problems too...a lot of protestors back during the Olympic Games, people upset about lack of money, housing.
But, I didn't realize that things had gotten to where they were sending kids out with cans collecting money.
That sounds very dire...:(

Just out of hope...Are you sure them kids weren't 'hustling' you?
It would be better to find out they were, ya know?
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Been a stay at home mom for years so had to be thrifty.Let me tell you the Escalades and Navigator moms are taking all my stuff from Goodwill and yard sales!The very same people who turned their noses up at me and my kids a few years ago are snatchin and grabbin at the thrift store sales like there is no tomorrow.I think they are worse off than we are cause they have such an expensive lifestyle to try and maintain.
 Quoting: Curious Housewife 907170


Yes, you can buy stuff new at markdowns at K-Mart cheaper than the Thrift store. Goodwill and Sal Army are way high now.
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Listen to the first couple of minutes of this Keiser Report where they talk about the new customer trend at WalMart.



what a freaky looking fuck! And why does he sound like Adam Carolla and Norm MacDonald???
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 808746


LOL...I kinda thought about Adam too!
I just didn't watch the screen anymore, just listened so I wouldn't be distracted by the thought.. :P
It has good info on it though!
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OP is one of the most attentive, courteous posters I've followed! Thank you!
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Awwww...gonna make me blush.
I just feel like it's rude to start a conversation then just walk away from it.
Maybe it's a 'Southern thing"...LOL
Thanks for the nice compliment and the bump...:)
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Been a stay at home mom for years so had to be thrifty.Let me tell you the Escalades and Navigator moms are taking all my stuff from Goodwill and yard sales!The very same people who turned their noses up at me and my kids a few years ago are snatchin and grabbin at the thrift store sales like there is no tomorrow.I think they are worse off than we are cause they have such an expensive lifestyle to try and maintain.

Seeing this too. Ran into the wife of a broker at the Food Getto the other day.
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What State are you in, if you don't mind me asking?
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If what you "noticed while at the grocery store" leads you to consider than America no longer has a middle-class and is about to totally collapse, then I commend you powers of observation.

What you might have seen, at least 10yrs ago, is that most sectors of the economy have been in contraction; aside from whatever "hot spot" like the dot.com bubble, and real-estate bubble was fostered to create mania and bring capital into arenas that could be manipulated and collapsed.

Maybe you failed to see that about 1996, The (non) Federal Reserve never before that time loaned money directly to member banks. Certificates of Deposit were issued by banks and rates were competitive. When "da fed" removed the need from members to pay for money, Gramma & Grampa could no longer make $5k per year on their 100K CD so they went into the stock and bond markets where they could be fleeced...


Plenty of people figured the Disneyland For Dummies would never close down and failed to invest in real assets or means that allow self-sufficiency. Few even know how to cook from scratch. Most families worked mom & dad like mules to keep the cars, clothes and other "must haves", but failed to grasp that they were missing the boat.

It has only been within the past 10yrs that most Americans came to see that there were no more Jobs For Life, unless you "work" in govt.

Figure that almost every American is on some kind of Federal Dole, even the top earners with Tax Breaks and write-offs for some big expenditures.

Govt has done a fine job of bribing everyone into making it too big to fail, and making citizens aware that if it does fail, they are doomed.

Much more going on than not being able to sell property and property taxes continuing to escalate...

Anyway, best of luck to all; and watch the prices and on-sale fluctuations, even coupons that are most valuable after the first three weeks of the month....
 Quoting: Lester

I've been watching Lester.
I agree it's been in a freefall for the past decade...and no one has wanted to hear it when I've told them these things.
I saw it happening, because I worked for myself, as a sign painter, and when my customer base kept dwindling...there was no one gonna tell me it was all, "alright' and I was just imagining it was that bad.
I truly have seen this thing unfolding.
The middle class got killed a couple of years ago...now it's just nails in the coffin.
What has me so concerned now, is that the bigger 'small business people' are starting to feel the same crush as all the rest, the middle class and the poor.
If these peeps lose it all...they are talking the few still working "middle class" people down with them, and then....there is nothing on the 'ladder' between poor, and Ultra Wealthy, people.
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
they arrange stuff on the shevles to make them look fuller now


Yes! I've noticed that more now than ever. In fact a large chain store near me recently reorganized to compensate for months of obviously empty shelves. They closed-off a huge area once occupied by inventory and reduced the size and spacing of the remaining shelves. Real-time downsizing?


Same here.

I live in a fairly affluent area as well and I've noticed that meats and other products are nearly 'off' when we buy them. It appears that they are changing dates and trying to keep the shelves stocked.

Foods are getting less plentiful. Shelves are thinning. And tensions are growing.

Changing dates on food packages?!!!!
That's a fuckin' crime!
What part of the country you in, because if they are changing dates on packages of meat, it has to be stopped!
That's dangerous as Hell, can make people violently ill!

Walmart meats are packaged air tight then filled with pure CO2....I don't buy it, but my neighbor bought a pack of ground beef, and forgot it in the back of the fridge for TWO WEEKS...it was still BRIGHT RED! Ewwwww!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1109769

I wonder what else was in there besides just the CO2, because it sure sounds suspect to me too...I wouldn't have eaten it, no matter how fresh it 'appeared' to be!
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I see it all the time here in Louisiana. Even before Katrina and BP, we were seeing elderly people under stress. Now that we've had a double hit, I am overwhelmed by the need I see.


I'm from central Louisiana and I've noticed shortages of canned food products at several of the larger grocery chains in my area.

I teach at a neighborhood high school in an area of the city considered to be "middle class". This group of kids makes up a silent poverty I'm starting to see. The estimates from my colleagues run around 25% of these kids are going without food. The number seems trivial but many of these working parents are NOT asking for help (free/ reduced lunches and such) and going without instead. It's a pride thing I suppose. I bought a kid lunch the other day because he didn't have any money.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 921882

hf...for Louisiana peeps

Thanks for sharing your info with us... :)
That's awful about the kids... :(
The lil ones , I am very worried about.
Besides the not having money for food thing, if that isn't bad enough...a lot of people with kids are just 'snapping' these days.
There was a woman here where I live, that had a nice 'outward' looking life...but in reality, she was losing everything and felt like she was a 'bad mother' because she could not support her kids.
So she took a gun and shot the 2 kids, then herself.
Been seeing so much more of that here within the past 3 years.
So many lil ones that can't defend themselves...parents snapping..everyone ending up dead.... :(
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I also live in a very"affluent" area and rely on "affluent" clients for my income. We have always lived within our means and I was always amazed at the incredible display of wealth and sense of entitlement here. Everyone was living like rock stars and I couldn't imagine where all of this money was coming from. Fast forward to now...apparently they didn't really have money, they had lines of credit. They were for a time making a lot of money but they were spending every cent and more. Funny to me how people still refer to these people as affluent, or wealthy or rich...to me they were greedy, pretentious and just plain STUPID. They were at the heart of our economic woes. You can still call them affluent if you would like...are wealthy people who are crying about how they can't afford to pay the electric bill for their 5,000 sq ft homes, so they have to pull their kids out of the $20,000. Kindergarten and file bankruptcy on maxed out credit cards tat they used to buy designer accessories and cosmetics still affluent?
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South Jersey checking in here..my local Shoprite is always crammed with food and other things, and it's a very good deal IF you shop the sales which i always do! Aldi's is good too, but you can get meat and some groceries much cheaper at Shoprite when it's on sale. Aldi's is great for banannas (always 39 cents a lb.), fancy european chocolates and cookies etc., and staples such as trash bags, food storage bags and so forth.Also frozen food. For the rest of what the Jersey lady said, she's pretty much on target, but i only recently started shopping at walmart, so i'll have to investigate what folks are saying about it.
By the way i've gotten SS for the past 4 years and at least since that time the people who have come on it no longer get their checks on the 1st of the month. You get your check on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th weds of the month, depending on your birth date. Mine is the 23rd, which really sucks because i'm getting it on the 4th weds for the PREVIOUS month! I'm surprised that no one picked up on that--guess most of you are young uns.
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Hey South Jersey, thanks for chiming in... :)
It's good to know that it isn't just around the first of the month in other places.
Here in Ky, it's pretty much set up for the beginning of the month.
My ex was on disability , and his stuff always came around the first...and so does my Dad's.
I've never asked them if they intentionally picked the first of the month though...so, maybe I should ask them about it.

LOL..about eveyone on here being a 'young un'.
I'm 44 so I don't think I quite fit there...maybe somewhere inbetween ..
So, at least we know there are 2 on the thread that are over 40... not 'young uns' anymore... ;)
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There was a woman here where I live, that had a nice 'outward' looking life...but in reality, she was losing everything and felt like she was a 'bad mother' because she could not support her kids.
So she took a gun and shot the 2 kids, then herself.
Been seeing so much more of that here within the past 3 years.
So many lil ones that can't defend themselves...parents snapping..everyone ending up dead.... :(
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I hear lots of stories where I work. A few of us run some after school programs to give the kids something to do. Many of the students don't want to leave at the end of the day. It's not that they are in abusive situations though. Many of them have to go home where there is no electricity and little food.

We have to check electric bills to verify residency. The number of overdue notices is jaw dropping. I'd say 75% of the bills I checked were seriously overdue...
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I also live in a very"affluent" area and rely on "affluent" clients for my income. We have always lived within our means and I was always amazed at the incredible display of wealth and sense of entitlement here. Everyone was living like rock stars and I couldn't imagine where all of this money was coming from. Fast forward to now...apparently they didn't really have money, they had lines of credit. They were for a time making a lot of money but they were spending every cent and more. Funny to me how people still refer to these people as affluent, or wealthy or rich...to me they were greedy, pretentious and just plain STUPID. They were at the heart of our economic woes. You can still call them affluent if you would like...are wealthy people who are crying about how they can't afford to pay the electric bill for their 5,000 sq ft homes, so they have to pull their kids out of the $20,000. Kindergarten and file bankruptcy on maxed out credit cards tat they used to buy designer accessories and cosmetics still affluent?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1113353

What state?, if you don't mind...here dosen't tell me alot..US is a big place...LOL

There are many that are like you said...they were greedy and overspent, spent money they didn't have.
But that isn't the ones I'm talking about...
I'm talking about 'old money' people...not Yuppies, or Yuppie wanna be's.
These are people that have had money most of their lives, and weren't stupid with it.
The economy has taken it's toll on them too...and their families are losing business' that have been around thru a couple of generations.
That's what has me so concerned...it's not a good sign when these people are buying meat out of the 'mark down bin', because their money is so tight.
It is a huge sign of just how bad things truly are when ya start seeing that.
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There was a woman here where I live, that had a nice 'outward' looking life...but in reality, she was losing everything and felt like she was a 'bad mother' because she could not support her kids.
So she took a gun and shot the 2 kids, then herself.
Been seeing so much more of that here within the past 3 years.
So many lil ones that can't defend themselves...parents snapping..everyone ending up dead.... :(


I hear lots of stories where I work. A few of us run some after school programs to give the kids something to do. Many of the students don't want to leave at the end of the day. It's not that they are in abusive situations though. Many of them have to go home where there is no electricity and little food.

We have to check electric bills to verify residency. The number of overdue notices is jaw dropping. I'd say 75% of the bills I checked were seriously overdue...
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That's just some mind numbing info there... I don't think most Americans realize just how bad things are these days...or maybe they are just now waking to the reality of it.
I know before this thread, I had no idea it has gotten this bad for some...
Like the poster that told me about the people waiting at the Garbage Dump, so they can have 'first pick' of the stuff that hit the 'donation bin'...
The poster that told me about people walking around eating food in stores, because they can't afford to pay for it, feeding their babies in the isles with 'stolen food'.
It sounds like some third world country, or something.
Never would anyone have believed even 5 years ago, that things were going to turn so dire, so quickly....I know I sure didn't
I knew there was a crash coming, because I saw the small business' closing, having such a hard time...but I didn't think it would be like it's turning out to be.
Like another poster said...so much of it is being 'kept from view'...because of the foodstamp cards....we aren't seeing these hungry people in breadlines anymore, so we don't realize how many of them there are!
It really is just hard to wrap the brain around it all.
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i just got back from a grocery store.
generic milk is still $2.60 here (texas gulf coast.)

the organic stuff is way more..i don't remember the price.

i know it is $3.00+ in arkansas. (have some roots there)

i only look for the marked down meat really late on a sunday.
that seems to be the time to look here.

cheerz
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Anyone else notice something like this happening in their area lately?
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Not really....I simply rob people like yourself after they've done their shopping.....makes things SO much easier....
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"The number of Americans receiving federal aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, soared to a record 40.8 million in May, according to government data released shortly before the Senate voted to cut billions from the food stamps budget."

[link to www.foxnews.com]

That's more than TEN PERCENT of Americans!





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