I've written in the past (click here) about how confusing it was when we first moved to Montreal when it came to buying milk. I had no idea what to do. And I didn't want to ask. Danielle would come home from school and tell me how "it" worked. I have the process covered now, but each and every time I go to the super market it gets me angry. I will never, ever, complain about the price of dairy in the U.S. again. This is crazy! As you can see from the article below, I'm not the only one. The scoop is -- we pay just about $6 a gallon for milk in our area. Yup! And we have to work for it -- putting the darn plastic bags in the pitcher and all that. Really, that's not a big deal, but it's not like we're paying a lot for packaging.
We've been spending quite a bit of time in the Eastern Townships of Quebec where we ski each weekend. It's a short ride over the border to Vermont. You know how in the U.S. you don't want to do your food shopping at a 7-11 or White Hen because you know you are paying more for convenience? Well, those prices are bargains for us. It's sad when I walk into a Vermont convenience store and feel like I've won the lottery by stocking up on gallons of milk (in plastic containers), chicken, butter and cheese and actually saved money. We always stop at a super market in the U.S. and pick up a turkey or two -- just your average bird can cost $50-$60. Pork is reasonable and then of course there's always rabbit or lamb. (Interestingly, I just read over that post and I thought it was crazy when we were paying 95 cents/litre for gas). Oh, and I can fill up the car with gas on the way home and save a bundle there too -- seriously -- the gas prices yesterday were $1.27 a litre -- with almost four litres to the gallon you can do the math. It's not uncommon for those prices to fluctuate 10 cents/litre from one day to the next so it's a gamble whenever we decide to buy gas in Quebec. We're all about supporting the local economy and all, but this is just crazy.
Quebecers get milked as price increases
Retail price here 40% higher than in rest of Canada