We get excuses everytime a rain affect the crops. We get excuses about prices going up when we aware that many times they just want to raise the items and need an excuse.
I feel that some people may complain at the drop of one drop of rain, but what I am referring to is that shopping for me(1) person at the grocery store was extremely expensive. I believe the reasons were that it is the first of the month and a holiday Mothers Day coming up on Sunday when relatives will have gatherings and have big dinners for everyone. If I would not have just had to go to the store I would not have--the week of the month I don't normally go shopping but I just had to. Also when I was in the store I heard shoppers complaining about the prices; I also use coupons and still I feel the prices were outrageous.
Yes, I think food is expensive right now. Without buying packaged food and sticking to the basics, I find I am $100 lighter in the pocketbook and my one bag of groceries will not last more than a few days. I think food prices will continue to rise as gas prices go up. Shopping around a holiday certain food items are reduced to encourage buying while other items may go up. Prices also vary from state to state and county to county.
I don't actually think we pay any more for food than is fair. 50 years ago, people spent almost a third of their monthly income on groceries, though through the following decades, battery farming and irresponsible sourcing brought the prices down. Nowadays consumers are demanding more fairly produced produce and so naturally, the prices need to rise in accordance.
There is a global food shortage at the moment, and as always, scarcity creates demand and demand creates a rise in prices. That's just how it is. There are ways you can save money though - some supermarkets reduce the cost of certain items with a short use-by date, which you can buy and put in your freezer. Skimmed milk and bread are some of the best bargains you can get at the end of trading because you can go home, shove them in your deep freeze and know you won't have to go out to buy some for quite a while. You can also buy long-lasting things like potatoes and rice in bulk which makes them more cost effective. Another great tip is to think about where you're buying food from - are supermarkets really the cheapest places? I get my meat in bulk directly from my local farm for a healthy discount. Small Asian supermarkets are perfect for big sacks of rice and spices - you just have to shop around to make your money go further.
yes, because if i were to go to publics to buy a bag of chips i would be paying $4.35 and half that bag is air i use to be able to get those bags of chips for $2 10 years ago
I never think the prices are outrageous until I see the final tally. It's hard to notice a few cents here and a few there but they do add up.
I do pretty well finding the 'best buy' and do pretty well by staying away from heavily processed foods (I try to for health reasons anyway) because those seem to be the main items being affected.
I do what frankiesoup wrote about local farms and specialty super markets. Luckily, where I live we have one of the largest farmer's markets in the country, so it's easy to find inexpensive produce and other good stuff when it's in season.
The answer to this question depends on if you are a producer or consumer. As a consumer: the prices are terrible. As a former producer they weren't nearly high enough then.
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