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Sticker Shock

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~Every time I go out now I have to fight to keep myself from freaking out.
This weekend we took our 6 and 8 year old to their first ever movie at the theater. $33 for two adults and two children at the matinee. :ack: I hadn't been to the theater since December 2005. I think tickets were $6.50 then.
I never buy snacks but we had free popcorn coupons and I wanted my kids to have a special memory so I stood in line to redeem my coupons. I watched 30+ people move through the lines paying $4-9 for popcorn and $4-6 for drinks. I think my eyes were as big as dinner plates by that point.
I also took my 6 yo to the beach over the weekend. There are still a few free beaches so we went to one of those. But gas cost $12. Sunscreen was $2 higher this year too. We stopped for an ice cream cone on the way home. Prices have gone up! $6 for two small soft-serve cones. :thud: And this wasn't an ice cream stand at the shore, so it wasn't tourist trap inflation.
I feel so ooooooooold. I'm already griping about how bread used to be $.39 at Aldi. What's it gonna be like 30 years from now? I'm trying to take a positive attitude, like I've resigned myself to paying $2.50 a pound for meat now and I'm ok with that. When it goes less than that I do a double-take and a happy dance but I don't expect or often see sales like that anymore. I'm more diligent than ever about getting good deals.
It just seems like every time I try to buy something I haven't picked up in a while I get depressed. *sigh* ~
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i don't think I will be able to afford a movie at the theater anymore cause the prices are ridiculous. I will have to wait but it is so tempting. The candy is so high there and at the Dollar tree, the same size box of candy is a dollar.
They pop that popcorn and make it smell so good. Thats how they get you!! The last time I went, i got the kids tray of popcorn that included a drink and candy.
Is it dishonest to brink your own drink and candy??
At our movie theaters the matinees (before 6 p.m.) are $6.50.

I went to see the new Harry Potter at 11:30 a.m. and got in for $6.50, which surprised me----I really thought they would be charging more. It was the regular 2D movie, not 3D or IMAX.

And the grocery stores----oh, my, it's discouraging. Even the loss leaders aren't as good as they used to be. Thank goodness we now have an Aldi's.
I have a question about Aldi's. The brands in that store are not familiar to me. I am kinda hesitant cause I am not sure if it will be good or not and then I lose money. Are those brands good like the name brands that are most popular and costly?
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