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What does "F" mean in "Mushrooms 3.94 F" of my grocery receipt? I guess it means I paid 3.94 US dollars for mushrooms, but I don't understand why.

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F on a grocery receipt generally refers to whether or not it was a food item. Food items are not usually taxable, whereas other types of items, such as general merchandise, are.

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Thanks! (1) Is something taxable more expensive than when it is not taxable? (2) Does an item taxable mean customers have to pay tax for buying the item? –  Tim Oct 30 '11 at 3:54
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Taxable means you have to pay a tax on the item. This is usually expressed as a certain percentage of the entire cost. In the state of New York, tax is generally 8 percent. So a taxable item that costs $10 would be $10.80 with the tax. So, yes, taxable items are more expensive. –  Brendon Oct 30 '11 at 3:56
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More: this is the sales tax. (Of course there are also other taxes not intended by this answer.) –  GEdgar Oct 30 '11 at 12:53
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