'$18 for milk': Video showing SHOCKING grocery prices in rural Alaska goes viral

The video of Emily, who is known as @emilyinalaska_ on TikTok, has reportedly garnered over two million views


                            '$18 for milk': Video showing SHOCKING grocery prices in rural Alaska goes viral
Emily TikTok video showing high prices of grocery items have gone viral (TikTok/ @emilyinalaska_ and Instagram/ @emilyinalaska_)
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A woman from Alaska has gone viral on the internet after she shared the high prices of common products inside a grocery store. Emily, who is known as @emilyinalaska_ on TikTok, reportedly lives in south-central Alaska and keeps documenting and posting about the highs and lows of life while living in the rural region.

However, recently one of her videos received more than two million views as it revealed the shocking prices tags under which daily use grocery store items are sold. Using the app’s text-to-voice feature, Emily said in the viral video: “Goods are priced higher since they have to travel farther by plane or barge to get to rural areas. The cost of living in Alaska is 24 percent higher than the national average.”

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The clip captioned as “$18 for milk,” showed a 32 oz. block of Tillamook cheddar cheese priced at $24.99, a 32 oz. bottle of flavored Coffeemate creamer is $12.89, and a pack of Land O’Frost honey smoked turkey breast is $10.29. But the most shocking was the rate of half-gallon of milk, which was way more expensive than the national average. A conventional half-gallon of milk reportedly costs $1.76.

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Reacting to the prices, a TikTok user commented, “The only time I think the ‘I hunt because groceries are expensive’ argument is valid. Respect for rural Alaskans.” The second user wrote, “Goes in with 100 bucks comes out with a bag of chips.” “Kids you're having snow with a side of snow for dinner,” the third one said. A person said that instead of purchasing cheese for “$25,” they would “just buy a cow”. 

There were two users in the comment section who felt grateful to live in New York. One remarked, “I'll never complain about grocery prices in NYC ever again I promise.” Another one added: “And y'all think NYC is expensive.” Emily also shared a follow-up video in which she claimed that groceries are inexpensive in urban areas of Alaska than rural ones. She explained, “If you can travel to Anchorage or Fairbanks, prices are much more reasonable!”

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However, Emily’s TikTok videos do not just show the hard part of living in Alaska. They also feature the beauty of the region and the things that could “only” happen there. Like once, she shared a video of a moose giving birth in her backyard. She called it the “coolest thing I've ever experienced while living in Alaska”. In other videos, she showed the amount of snow Alaskan residents have to witness and how she enjoys them. “When it snows in Alaska, it SNOWS,” she wrote in the caption of one of her videos.

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Emily also has an Instagram account, where she posts pictures and videos of her day-to-day life and things she experiences in her native. Recently, on the occasion of Thanksgiving she took to the social media platform and wrote: “Cheers to the end of a wonderful thanksgiving weekend! I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving full of yummy food, relaxation, & maybe some good Black Friday deals - I know I sure did! Lots of things happening around here (I’m starting a new job tmrw, eep!) and I’m loving this busy season of life in line with the holidays. Enjoy your December and Holiday Season!”

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