"Where are you shopping?"
That was the No. 1 question we got in response to our article on food-price deflation. (And some folks expressed their disbelief in far harsher words...)
In our article, we looked at food prices across the entire U.S., not prices specific to regions or states. And, as we detailed, food prices in the U.S. are falling.
But prices can vary from state to state, town to town, and store to store.
Hawaii and Alaska, for instance, are notorious for high food prices.
So while average food prices across the U.S. have fallen, depending on where you live, that might not be your experience.
But there are easy ways to compare food prices in your area to make sure you're getting the best deals.
MyGroceryDeals.com allows you to compare items at different stores. Just type in your zip code and the item, and you'll see prices in your area.
You can also compare prices use the app OurCart. This app allows you to create a shopping list and compares prices in your area. (You do need to create an account to use it.) Keep in mind that the app is fairly new and relies on user-submitted prices.
Let's take a look at some other e-mails we got this week...
Q: Hi Doc – love the updates. Wondering if you have any information on female hair loss? My wife has had blood tests and only thing [out] of ordinary ranges is her iron levels. She is 45 and not yet to menopause. Any thoughts? – P.R.
A: Hair loss, unfortunately, often hits women in their 40s and 50s. While we can't get into specific medical advice, it's a good chance to cover some of the main reasons women lose their hair.
First, women in their 40s and 50s often experience changes in hormone levels thanks to pre-menopause and then menopause. In fact, nearly every woman in this age range will have some degree of hair loss, according to Harvard Health.
If hormones aren't to blame, it could be a sign of other health concerns. For example, one of the symptoms of thyroid problems is hair loss. Women in particular have a higher risk for thyroid issues, and the risk only increases with age. You can read more about thyroid problems and other symptoms in our issue here.
Similarly, iron deficiency is also a cause of hair loss. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology covered the connection in a 2006 article (which you can read here). The writers explain that the best way to treat the condition is to eat enough whole foods to get iron naturally.
Third, some research suggests that taking too much vitamin A is connected to hair loss. We addressed this in our issue on "The Dangers of Fat-Soluble Vitamins," which you can read here.
Even things like stress or genetic predisposition could play a role. Remember to keep your stress in check with exercise and meditation. And a chat with other women in the family could help find a common pattern.
They will even call your vet for a prescription and, depending on how much you spend, give free shipping. – B.Y.
A: Great tip, B.Y. Several of our colleagues avoid getting their pets' medications through the vet. The Retirement Millionaire Daily managing editor, Laura, started saving 20% per month on her pets' medications. If you need medicine urgently, a mail-order service like 1800PetMeds isn't an option.
But most pharmacies will likely carry what you need. Just ask your vet to call in a prescription, just like your doctor would.
Q: I have been through many hurricanes in Miami and Delray Beach over the last 75 years. Your advice is good BUT doesn't seem to address one significant issue – loss of power and cellphone service. – C.W.
A: You're absolutely right. Knowing what to do when the power goes out is an essential part of any disaster plan.
I used the massive power loss in the eastern part of North America in 2003 as a major example of an "enduring crisis" in my Doctor's Protocol Field Manual, on page 28. And I talk about the best backup generators to buy on page 37, and backup communications on page 40.
If you're a Retirement Millionaire subscriber, you can read the e-book online for free here. And if you'd prefer a physical book, you can buy it in our Stansberry Research bookstore for a lower price than Amazon by clicking right here.
Are you seeing food-price deflation? Or are groceries hurting your wallet? Let us know at [email protected].
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Dr. David Eifrig and the Retirement Millionaire Daily Research Team
October 14, 2016