Contest time!

It's time to play everyone's favourite game...

"How much did that cost at the Northern?"

Please examine the photo below.

You estute shoppers will note I have placed on my useless push-y cart, the following items

  • a green pepper
  • a cucumber
  • a head of iceberg lettuce
  • a mango
  • a bewildered puppy (because my collection of fruits/veggies looked kind of boring, and I thought bewildered puppy would spice it up a bit)
Now, dear readers, tell me.

How much do you think they cost?

This is the way the game will work. You tell me the cheapest item, and the most expensive item, and how much you think they cost.

Who ever wins get some kind of trinket prize from Ivalu here in town. Seriously, a trinket. It will cost less than 5 bucks. But it's fun!

So tell me, how much did they cost!?



Contestants have until Thursday, October 23rd at 5pm Central to enter.

Aka when I get home from work tomorrow.

There's no clear winner just yet!


Mongoose October 22, 2008 at 5:39 PM  

I would say that the cheapest was the lettuce at $5, and the most expensive was the mango at $8.50.

Anonymous October 22, 2008 at 5:45 PM  

Cucumber cheapest $4.00
Mango $6.00

I love games that don't cost anything!!!!


Kennie October 22, 2008 at 6:22 PM  

Lettuce = 4.99
Mango = 8.79

Matt, Kara and Hunter October 22, 2008 at 6:34 PM  

Cheapest: lettuce $4.35
Expensive: green pepper $7.25

Anonymous October 22, 2008 at 8:47 PM  

Mango most expensive at 7.99, pepper cheapest at 2.49

Tina October 22, 2008 at 10:18 PM  

I'm resisting the urge to call Rob at work to find this information out. But I won't. So here's my guess.

The most expensive would be the mango, my guess being 8.95 (although I hope I'm wrong becuase that's a CRAZY price)

And the cheapest would be the green pepper at 2.99

Megan October 22, 2008 at 10:29 PM  


Young grasshopper, before your time, there was a CBC lockout. The young'un who was in your job had a similar contest. She filled her grocery cart and asked people to guess what the total bill came to. The prize was Charlie Panigoniak's autographed picket sign. She had entrants from all over the country.

If you ever visit Yellowknife, come check out the sign -- I keep it in my office. :)

I am afraid of wrecking my reputation, since I did so well before, but I will guess that the mango was $7.99 and the pepper was $3.49.

Mongoose October 22, 2008 at 11:08 PM  

After seven votes, survey says:

- cucumber, $4.00
- green pepper, $4.06
- lettuce, $4.78
- mango, $8.04

The mango has the most votes for most expensive, and the green pepper has the most votes for least expensive (but also one vote for most expensive).

Jackie S. Quire October 22, 2008 at 11:13 PM  


contestants have until Thursday, October 23rd at 5pm Central to enter.

Aka when I get home from work tomorrow.

There's no clear winner just yet!

indigo October 23, 2008 at 8:22 AM  

pepper 2.99
mango 7.99

KOTN October 23, 2008 at 9:47 AM  

Not fair me to guess, I know.

At Northmart last week I bought:

-- One pack of smokes
-- 8 AAA batteries (second cheapest brand)
-- 48 diapers (Pampers Flex, 'cause that's how we roll)
-- coffee filters

Sounds liek a party, yes? It cost $80.

jen October 23, 2008 at 9:48 AM  

lol Ok I'm not going to even try, but this would make a great Nunavut Nonsense challenge!

Jackie S. Quire October 23, 2008 at 9:50 AM  

Jen, KOTN...

Well that's not fun! You have to try!

And Jen, I was thinking that it would have been a great NN challenge, but then I got greedy and wanted all the fun for myself hahaa.

allmycke October 23, 2008 at 2:07 PM  

I'm not up on prices in northern Canada these days so I won't even hazard a guess. Did I tell you about the $20 head of cabbage everyone in Inuvik picked up and dropped as fast one fine fall back in the 80's,during the time the road was closed?

Jackie S. Quire October 23, 2008 at 5:37 PM  


Now I have some math to do...

Anonymous November 12, 2008 at 11:28 AM  

I think the mango would be most expensive at $8.98 and the cucumber the cheapest at $4.49.
Hope I'm close. Cathyd

Isaac November 15, 2008 at 4:32 PM  

I grew up in a town where the main store was the Northern and any speciality items involved a Sears Catalog. My guess is:

3.99 for the iceberg lettuce

8.99 for the mango. Though I suspect its a trick question as finding edible exotic fruit like mango is close to impossible that far north. 3.99 if its plastic.