Rising cost of food
Has anyone else noticed the price of food going up? It's not just food, it's also non-food items such as cleaners, toilet paper, practical everyday non-food items are going up as well. It's summertime, and this is the time I love fresh fruit, but the cost of white seedless grapes are incredible. $1.29/lb at my local grocery store. I went to Costco today and bought 5 lbs for $6.29. Not bad. Bananas are on the rise too, except at Costco, where we bought 3 lbs for $1.30 (phenomenonal, I'm telling you). Even the cost of meat has risen, at our favorite local beef company, pork chops went from $1.99/lb to $3.99/lb. I am not kidding you. Boneless and skinless chicken breasts used to be $1.99/lb but they are on par with Costco now at $2.99/lb.
They also say that corn prices are on the rise due to the fact that ethanol is being produced as a form of alternative fuel. Funny how that article says "food prices should stay in check", as of late I have seen almost everything jump up in price. I'm shocked the huge 180 load box of Tide we buy that lasts us 6 months didn't go up in price either. It stayed at the same price we bought it at in January.
I've been pretty good about watching our food and non-food item budget and calculating what everything would end up costing us, and usually we're always under budget because I overbudget on purpose in case something else is needed. However, for this family, with the cost of everything going up, we went overboard this month and spent almost $500 on groceries and non-food groceries as well. I have never spent that much money in the past and it's not something I'm going to get used to, because it ended up causing us to be short in the budget. But how does one prepare for the rising cost of food? I don't think you can. I hate cutting corners and trimming the list down but I do it if it's necessary. To make money last, sometimes you have to.