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WORD ON THE STREET: Dealing with higher grocery prices

The Enterprise asked random people at grocery stores in Park Rapids, “What have you noticed about grocery prices, and how are they affecting your buying habits?” These are their answers.

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Wendy Theisen: “They definitely have increased, and so I’m having to cut back on anything frivolous, just get the necessities. Organic is important to my family, having had cancer before. But I’m having to buy a lot less.”
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Patrick Thomas: “They’ve definitely gone up with inflation. It’s less impulse buying, probably. A little more sticking to what you need; less snacks, more protein.”
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Maurice Sylvester: “It’s a lot more than what it was. With me and my wife on a fixed income, it makes an effect on how we have to sort through what we get. We just look for the bargains and watch what we do buy, our necessities.”
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Linda Iwen: “I’ve noticed that the prices have gone up way high. The other weekend, I was buying a purple onion, and it came out to like $5 just for one onion. I asked them, ‘Is this wrong?’ But yeah, it was the price. I’ve cut back on buying and I’ve actually done more bargain shopping. I’m lucky that my sister is a dairy farmer and they have beef cattle, and so we’ve been getting our beef from her, because hamburger is so expensive.”
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Gabriel Bryant: “They went up, but it hasn’t really affected me, I guess.”
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Michael Sharp: “They’ve gone up quite a bit. We do buy a lot of organic food, so we’ve just been buying more organic food because it’s expensive anyway. We try to find more deals on meat.”
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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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