I know this is something a lot of people have been talking about, but I still have to write about it!
Pampers just went up 10% this past week ($2/box). Half and half went up 10%. Those are the two I can think of right off the top of my head. When I get done writing the check at the store and look at what I get for my money I can hardly believe it any longer. I do shop the loss leaders, we don’t buy a lot of junk, etc.
On the other hand, we do eat well. Many of the things that are good for you cost money. That is one thing I am always suspicious of when I see people say they can feed a family of four for $50 a week or something. How much fresh produce are they eating? How much fish? How much organic? How many things like nuts and such that are really good for you but are definitely not cheap? I know we could eat a lot cheaper, but at the expense of good health? I would rather sacrifice elsewhere else in our budgeting than eat poorly just to save a few bucks at the store.
At the same time, everything I’m reading says that grocery prices are going to continue to go up, up, up this year. If you haven’t started keeping a pantry, now would be a really good time.
Think about it. If I had bought five boxes of diapers two weeks ago, I would have reaped a $10 return on my investment almost immediately. Where can you get a 10% return on any investment nowadays? If you factor that out over hundreds of items you will buy over the next ten months… The savings could be substantial.
Something to think about.