If you were to spend $100 at the grocery store, what would you be able to buy? At the very least, you’d likely leave with basics like milk, eggs, cereal and paper towels, plus some fresh produce, some meat and fish and a pint of ice cream.
Well, if you live in Alaska, then $100 isn’t going to get you very far. As it turns out, food in Alaska isn’t cheap; in fact, according to one Alaska resident, you often have to “[pay] 5x as much for a food item than you did in the lower 48 [states].”
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To show residents of the contiguous United States just how outrageous Alaska prices are, a TikTok user named Suzi decided to record her trip to the grocery store.
In the video, which has more than 259,000 likes, Suzi peruses everything from cleaning products to the produce aisle, highlighting crazy prices as she goes.
For a 32-load bottle of Tide that costs $6.89 on Target’s website, Suzi would have to pay $19.29. A $3 bottle of Suave Professionals shampoo is on sale for $7.95. A six-pack of generic toilet paper costs $12.19. A 12-ounce bag of Starbucks coffee beans is just under $15. And if you want some Clorox bleach, that’ll be $30.
Naturally, people were surprised to learn just how expensive living in Alaska can be.
“I will never complain about prices again… I am so sorry,” one person said.
“This stresses me out so much,” another user added.
“That’s just too much,” a third person commented.
Many fellow Alaskans noted that though this is the norm in rural, isolated villages, bigger cities like Anchorage are much more affordable.
“She lives in a town where it can only be reached by boat or airplane. Prices are high in Alaska but not THIS high in less rural areas,” one person explained.
“I lived in Anchorage, Alaska. The prices are not high like that,” another user noted. “She most likely is in an area that is isolated and really hard to get items [to].”
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