We stopped at the local Winn Dixie grocery store on the way back from picking up the grandkids this morning. I ran inside for a total of five items–bacon, chocolate for milk, milk, powdered sugar, and bread. I picked up bananas and cottage cheese as well.
While I was inside, I looked at the bacon. Holy SHIT! It was almost $6.00 per pound for the store brand! An elderly lady was standing there in despair looking at the prices. “How do they expect us to LIVE?” she wailed to me. I agreed. Anybody on a fixed income is being absolutely destroyed at the grocery store, as well as by the electric bill, the gas bill, and everything else that is going up in price in order to compensate for rising prices. I don’t even want to think about what pet food is going to cost! Puppy got five eggs left over from breakfast and a couple pieces of, er, extra well done French toast this morning.
What could I say? Not being one to sugarcoat or ignore the truth, I told her that my feed costs had risen 20% in one week, so she ain’t seen nothin’ yet as far as prices at the grocery store. Putting in a garden would be a good idea. If you have the space, having a few chickens wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.
Those items that I picked up at the grocery store? I only bought sales items or store brands. The bread was NOT whole grain, just the cheapest white bread available. It still cost $25.