Inflation In Real Life
There's so much talk about inflation that I decided to test how bad it really was. For all of November I saved my receipts, then I compared them to 2019, the last normal year we had in this country.
I could've checked 2020, but that was the year of isolation. It was a great year for us. We rarely went out plus we raised a fantastic garden. Staying put meant we spent very little money, so comparing the two years wasn't a fair test.
2021 wasn't much better because that's when prices started to climb. I had to go to 2019 for a fair comparison.
What an eyeful!
My grocery bill for the same month was a whopping $355 more than 2019. And this despite the fact that I greatly curtailed my food buying in November 2022 because prices were simply too high. In short, I bought less, yet spent $355 more.
I wish I had an answer for this dilemma.
Despite the fact I keep a full pantry and freezer, I feel the pinch too. It's made me want to redouble my efforts to grow a bigger garden next year.
Because of Greg's diabetes, I especially want to grow fruits and vegetables that are friendly to diabetics because they're not always easy to find or are too expensive. Okra, broccoli, peas, jicama, bok choy, and spaghetti squash are high on my list for next year.
I also want to raise produce that stores well. It's nice to have fresh vegetables during the midst of winter.
In the past I would've encouraged you to stock up on pantry items that normally go on sale this time of year, but those sales never happened.
Instead, milk, butter, eggs, flour, and oil went sky high. And I don't even want to bring up meats.
What I can tell you is that you should build up a stockpile slowly and patiently. Prices will not be coming down any time soon. Whenever you can snag a sale, do so, even if you don't need the item just yet.
I've been very grateful for that strategy. It probably seemed dumb to a lot of people, but while prices were going up, I was still using butter that was $2 less than it is now.
King Arthur flour which generally runs $7 for a 5lb bag, was bought on clearance last year for $1.50 a bag. There was nothing wrong with it. The store just wanted to move them for fresh stock. I bought 25lbs for $7.50. Once home, they went into containers with oxygen absorbers and then vacuum sealed.
I know some people just roll with the punches and pay the higher prices but I hate letting big business get away with highway robbery.
Do what you can, save what you can, and plant a garden.
Are you shopping any differently this year? Is there anything you're cutting back or eliminating?