Double pain of grocery prices hits family budgets : “It found weekly grocery bills rose 6.5 per cent in a year, eating into the average household income, which grew 4.3 per cent in the year to September.”
The prices are extraordinary and it is making us do a double take. It also means we are having to sit and rethink what we buy and when. Obviously you go for the specials, but it also means you have to keep a keen eye on which veggies are the best price, which meat is affordable, whether to go rice, lentils or pasta…and what you will do for bread. Some bread is becoming very expensive. It means thinking, at the very least, of growing fresh herbs to get the good flavours going and it means we shall be ever thankful for the the Net for food options, up to date information and some good recipes. A lot of people eat out and get take away and it has been common. That will probably change so fast food businesses also need to be ready for the impact of price hikes at the supermarket. I am lucky I belong to a group of people who readily swaps recipe and meal ideas and that’s a great help when the going gets tough. We’ll just have to manage…but preparation helps.