July 21, 2008

Am I supposed to sympathize?

OK, so I went to the grocery store yesterday and certainly noticed that prices have gone up on most of what I bought. Some quite a bit, some not so much. So what do I (we) do? Cut back a bit on non-essentials, clip more coupons, buy more generic brands ... usual common sense measures. But totally cut out .... meat??

So Nunez and her daughter are mostly stuck at home.

The rising cost of food means their money gets them about a third fewer bags of groceries ó $100 used to buy about 12 bags of groceries, but now itís more like seven or eight. So they cut back on expensive items like meat, and they donít buy extras like ice cream anymore. Instead, they eat a lot of starches like potatoes and noodles.

Be sure to take a good look at the accompanying photo. Looks to me like that "extra" of ice cream was a major portion of their food budget. If anything, cutting back on the food budget will be a quite healthy lifestyle move.

But seriously -- is meat really prohibitively expensive? I bought a two-pound package of ground beef yesterday for a little over six bucks.

Posted by Hube at July 21, 2008 09:32 AM | TrackBack

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I hate to be harsh, but those "extras" most likely accounted for the third of the groceries they lost.

Posted by: Tone at July 21, 2008 05:45 PM