Just got back from the grocery store where I spent $112 on so few groceries they required a single trip between the house and the car. Getting used to that, and that is not what this blog is about. Before I continue, let me make this PERFECTLY clear: I am not one to empathize/sympathize with the average consumer. Many of them made shitty choices their whole life (school, drugs, priorities) and now are struggling as a result. Not my problem. Work harder.
Anyway, this is about what the cashier told me. She said that MANY people coming through the checkout told her they are rationing groceries, some even eating on odd (or even) days only, breaking packages into thirds and fourths to stretch the budget. Now this I find sad, and hope the rationing/every other day thing does not include children. Granted, many kids get free breakfast, free lunch, and free after school meals, but I know kids can consume a lot, and many are too young to understand “rationing”.
Also, this inflation thingy is starting to have deep affects on people who did everyhting right: went to school, went to college, got a decent job, and are not overspending. It is just that inflation is FAR FAR outpacing wages.
We can all sit around and argue the root cause (although this one is easy), but it needs to get fixed. Not in November. Not in 2024. Now.