Inflation, Part 1

June 10, 2008

January, 2008: Parmigiano Reggiano is $11.99/pound at HEB-Plus.

June, 2008: Parmigiano Reggiano is $14.99/pound at HEB-Plus.

The genuine cheese comes from Italy. I suppose that the falling dollar and the rising fuel costs have had a big effect on the price.

Last week I bought an American imitation which, while much less expensive, was not quite as good. Tonight we’re using it up in an Alfredo sauce.

Tomorrow it’s time to go grocery shopping again. I am tempted to check out the price at the Wal-Mart deli.

HEB-Plus is a much better store, sort of a cross between a Costco and a regular HEB supermarket. It has a full array of “regular” food. It has gourmet foods. It has furniture. It has TVs. Since it opened here in Pearland last November it has quickly become my favorite place to shop. The prices, on “regular” products, are less than Kroger and competive with Wal-Mart, and the selection can’t be beat.

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