We ususally make one meal for the day, and then just eat that whenever we are hungry, until it is gone. The meal is usually something like a soup or stew, and we share it with the dogs. So, yesterday, we decided to have split pea soup, because we have not had that for a long time. I could not find any of those little bags of split peas at Kroger, and it is a huge store. Then, I said surely there are some in the health foods section, but there was not any there either, just little cans of soup. There was barely any variety in the bags of beans, and it used to be that a person had a large selection in the type of beans, from black beans, to red kidney beans, to the big old butterbeans (our favorite). Now, there was navy beans, and pinto beans, and that was about it. And the prices were almost $2 for a lb of beans, where they used to be under $1 a lb. We ended up stopping at the little family grocery down the road from us, and they didn't have any split peas either, but in the Asian food part of the store, they had bags of whole dried peas; so we are making the pea soup with that. After we got home, I looked on Amazon to check out prices, and their split peas are $15 for a 5 lb bag, which is $3 a lb. That is crazy ! You can usually buy hamburger for about that price. Has anyone else noticed the price of staple foods skyrocketing, and the variety becoming harder to find ?