Frugal Foreigner Cost Comparison: Milk

How much is a gallon of in your area? How much does your family drink each week? What if you couldn’t get fresh ? How much would you pay for packaged?

Fresh milk is available in India (and I’m not just talking about the cows and goats wandering around everywhere).

You didn’t think I was kidding, did you?

Anyway, packaged fresh milk is sold in plastic bags of 250 milliliters (about 1 cup) and even though it says it’s pasteurized, I am staying away from it. Instead, I buy UHT milk – ultra-heat treated to sterilize it. UHT milk is shelf-stable and sold in the US, usually in cartons near the powdered milk in the baking aisle. Here are the cartons sold here.

I buy it in 500ml bags. Actually, I buy boxes of the bags – 500ml doesn’t last very long with my kids.

So here’s how much a gallon of milk costs in my area.

It’s about 45 rupees to $1 (US). Each 500ml bag costs Rs15, so about 33 cents. About 7 1/2 bags to a gallon. So, a gallon of milk costs me about $2.50.

I was paying about $1.79 in Utah, which has low dairy prices, but according to my unofficial poll, this is much less than the rest of the country.

Of course, I also had to pay $3 for a 1.5 liter plastic pitcher to put the milk in after it’s opened. And I am completely incapable of pouring milk from a bag without spilling some. But it sounds like I’m still paying less than a lot of other people.

So: How much is milk in your area?  Comment here, or add to the message board thread.


  1. Sabrina says

    2.95 here where I live and aroun 3.50 bucks in Mexico when I go there my family drinks 6 gallons per week sometimes 7 … Milk is one of the things that takes a lot of my budget no matter if is cheap of not the problem is the quantity of milk drunk at my home we are 4! I do not drink more than a third of cup daily and the little one just drinks 24 oz daily so te Hubby and the big sister drinks everything else …

  2. Amanda says

    Milk right now at Walmart is just 99 cents a gallon!!! I just LOVE me some Texas grocery prices! :o) and gas prices! and housing prices! :o)

  3. casey snyder says

    We are in Toronto and it’s $5.99 for a half gal here. We drink Lactose free milk so it is a little more expensive. We purchased it in bags today for the first time and got 4 liters for $8.99

  4. Tina H. says

    Here in Pennsylvania it is $3.35 a gallon. I have 2 kids, ages 15 and 10 and we go through about 3 -4 gallons a week. It is getting to the point, that I might have to tell the kids to slow down with the milk because it is so exspencive.

  5. Beth says

    I buy organic whole milk for my son, and it is about $6 a gallon in the Milwaukee, WI area. He goes through a little more than a gallon a week. Course, this will double in a few months once my 7 month old starts drinking milk.

  6. Laura says

    We buy raw milk and it is $4.50 a gallon. It is actually a little less than the pasteurized homogenized stuff from the store.

  7. Ruby mom of 2 hsboys says

    We drink Almond milk. A gallon of it costs us around $6.00 (2 half gallons @2.89 each). I buy it on Wednesdays and get 10% off during Wellness Wednesdays at the local grocery store.

  8. rachel says

    i buy 1% for 2.59 / gal…that’s from sams club – if you buys uit at the regular gocery store it runs a little over $3 for store brand, $4 for TG Lee and close to $5 for the local dairy brand – although that has the best flavor of them all!

  9. JacksMommy says

    I just bought a gallon this evening for $3.49 (US). Only my 2 1/2 year old son and I drink milk (my husband’s not a fan), but with me being 8 1/2 months pregnant we go through about 2 gallons a week!

  10. Theresa says

    In Iowa, we buy the local dairy’s milk and just paid $3.05 per gallon. We go though about 3-4 gallons per week for a family of 6.

  11. Julie says

    I am in NW Indiana and I buy a gallon of 2% from WalMart for $2.89…I have 4 kids + my hubby + myself drinking it, and we use at least 7 gallons a week……I’m thinking it’s time to add a cow to the chicken coop (yes, we actually got 8 chickens JUST to keep up with the hubby & kids love of eggs!!! )

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