Skip to comments.Food prices soar as incomes stand still
Posted on 02/17/2014 4:03:22 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
NEW YORK - Writer Jen Singer, the mother of two teenage boys, wrestles with her grocery list every week to keep the household budget from getting away from her.
"I'd like the government to stop by my house, come food shopping with me and see where the real costs are," she said.
The adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is impossible thanks to apple prices, she said.
"We go through one of these every few days," she said, holding a loaf of bread. "It's a big part of my take home pay."
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This is not conclusive. Check out the 1 year graph for food commodities prices. Some indeed are going up, but others are going down.
Hide the Decline, not only work for Gore-Bull Warning, but the state of the economy as well and winter is about to hit...
At first I was surprised that this topoc was written up in the MSM.
Then I remembered that “economic inequality” is one of the two major Dem campaign themes this year.
Bring back jobs to America.
People will vote for politicians who support Americans.
Americans want to work.
GOP bring back American jobs. Now. Don’t wait for dems to seize this issue.
Give me three specific policy inititiatives to accomplish your goal. None of them may be longer than 20 words.
Food prices have been rising for the last 6 years, and it’s been in spurts and not always the same thing obviously.
The commodity prices may not be rising as drastically, but the finished goods for the most part have risen dramatically at one point or another over the last 6 years.
I’m not even factoring in the “hidden” inflation due to portion shrinkage. For example, look at a simple microwave Burrito in the frozen food section and you will find a much, MUCH smaller version than what you got a few years ago at a slowly increasing price. Up until recently, that same smaller Burrito was stuffed inside the old wrapper which was made for something 3 times its size and I got a good laugh out of that.
Jen Singer... you were probably eating steak twice a week under Bush... and you probably voted for obama.
Jen just needs to get some EBT and she’ll be eatin’ jus fine.
How about just one:
Raise taxes on imports. All imports. One flat fee, on every single thing imported into America.
Food. Oil and gas. Manufactured goods.
The question is what percentage to charge, in taxes. We should charge everything imported into the United States one flat fee.
We are 17.25 trillion in debt. And growing. Fast.
We cannot continue this way. Our entire country will collapse.
Bring back American jobs.
It doesn’t matter if the commodity price of sugar, wheat, and soybeans is down YOY. With increased transportation and production costs, the price of the end product - a loaf of bread, a pack of cookies, etc. is UP, way up.
Last year, this time, I was able to buy two loaves of BJ’s brand bread for 1.99. This year, the same exact product costs 2.69. That’s a 35% increase in the price of a loaf of bread YOY. Huge increase.
A large percentage of Americans don’t want to work. Many of them figure there is still enough wealth to be redistributed to them.
“Im not even factoring in the hidden inflation due to portion shrinkage. For example, look at a simple microwave Burrito in the frozen food section and you will find a much, MUCH smaller version than what you got a few years ago at a slowly increasing price. Up until recently, that same smaller Burrito was stuffed inside the old wrapper which was made for something 3 times its size and I got a good laugh out of that.”
You’re absolutely right; a while back somebody posted a picture of two rolls of toilet paper (same brand) in which the width shrinkage was impossible to miss...
Change you can believe in! Keep the change Barry.
ebt, snap, and heck... go for Social Security Disability while she is at it... rent subsidy and with her snap... she gets a free obamaphone... with 250 minutes free a month! She can lie and get two!
Those taxes are called “tariffs”, and they are specifically mentioned in the Constitution. So you get a point for that.
Now please tell me exactly how much more you think Americans should pay for a gallon of gasoline since you mentioned oil specifically. Is another dollar enough, not enough, or too much?
How much more should a banana cost? Should we raise it to the cost of a gallon of gasoline? Remember, you said it should be a “flat” fee. Should a pound of bananas cost exactly the same as a gallons of gas?
“A large percentage of Americans dont want to work. Many of them figure there is still enough wealth to be redistributed to them.”
I don’t believe that; for many Americans work is the only thing putting distance between them and unassimilated minority malcontents. In my area, the jobs “Americans won’t do” aren’t even offered to Americans.
0vomit’s planned holdemayr..
I forgot that one. Just near the end of last year I discovered the same thing. Had an old roll of TP that I sat a new roll next to and the difference in size was startling.
And in the meantime, the prices slowly continue to creep up...
Thanks, but nope sorry I won’t discuss portions of our imports. One charge on everything imported into America.
I will (ask) what percentage we should charge for imports.
5%? 20%? 100%?
I’m just saying, we need to balance our budget, and take in more money.
Americans need to work, to support America.
“Thanks, but nope sorry I wont discuss portions of our imports.”
Then you’re talking out of your backside.
I’ve seen you dance on the head of this pin a thousand times. If you want to pay more for goods, foreign or domestic, then just pay. Or cut an additional check to the Treasury. “We need to balance our budget, and take in more money,” after all.
” and take in more money.”
The last things our government needs is more money or power.
I just noticed on my bill I’m paying $1.04 a month for those Obamaphones.
Didn’t it use to be a lot less?
No I am not talking out of my backside.
I am saying we should consider one flat fee, and that one flat fee is charged to EVERYTHING IMPORTED into our country.
As an aside, perhaps we can DROP taxation on things made in America, at the same time.
America needs to stop giving away our national riches.
Raising taxes on imports just hurts the consumer even more than now. More inflation.
The govt simply needs to get out of the economy. American businesses are over-taxed and over-regulated, and the government props up the least efficient.
Please tell me you're being sarcastic.
You list commodities prices with tiny decreases? We're interested here in the prices on the shelf -- the prices consumers pay, the prices we pay. Other than coffee, due to a particularly good harvest last year, I haven't seen much going down. Have you?
Yes... they increased the gore school tax and expanded it to cover welfare phones. I call it theft.
I have a Dollar General near me; they really aren’t a bargain, but just have lower prices for smaller packages. I rarely see people doing full shopping trips there (though they have everything - just not a wide variety); most people (including me) seem to use it just for individual items forgotten on “real” shopping trips at Wally World or a full supermarket.
“That is how a producer hides inflation to you. The government calculates inflation according to a basket of goods. So a pound of coffee is a pound of coffee, regardless of whether the producer has made the package size 14 ounces.”
Sure; I understand. The gubmint has also been low-balling inflation to keep COLA adjustments down for SS recipients and such. Our retirees are going to suffer the same fate as Soviet pensioners...
Anyone else notice package sizes going down but the price remaining the same? I have paying the same price for less.
For Christmas dinner we normally get a 3# prime rib- This year went to get one and it was 90.00. 20.00 for a roast...
No matter what individual bubbles the Fed pumps up, in general prices go up due to an inflated “true” money supply. The amount of money floating around is going up faster, thanks to Obama and Bernanke. Ignore what the Fed says - see http://mises.org/content/nofed/chart.aspx
I make my own bread, I use a 100# of flour a year, cost a few years ago $26 and change, now about $37 and change.
What happened? I thought we were all supposed to be worried about ‘climate change’ and buying health insurance for 30,000,000 unfortunates. I guess food isn’t a problem for the 47% with all those gov’t EBT cards.
See the big picture. “Go Galt,” so to speak. Be frugal. Become self-sufficient. Be productive for yourselves. Be nonpolitical. There’s much more than meets the eye behind the propaganda sponsored by the political class.
The War on Humans
We buy flour in bulk as well. The cost of the gluten free mixes for bread, cookies and stuff is exhorbitant. The prepared stuff is even more outrageous. I often wonder who actually buys that stuff. And whether or not they’re actually paying for it or if the rest of us are paying those prices.
Absolutely. I’m finding my largest expense anymore is from the grocery store and I’m not happy about it.
I make my own bread as well, and although making most of your meals from scratch helps stretch the food budget, even the basics are increasing in price at a depressing rate.
Target brand bread has gone up around 30% or so in the last two years.
We have enough fees! Put them in place and you can be sure they will “need” to raise them in 2 years. More fees and taxes are NOT the answer.
And this does not even address the possibility of a trade war.
Wonder who she voted for? Lemme guess ...
Yes! Because the Bush steel tariffs created millions of jobs, right?
“Management” jobs at Staples Office Supply start at $10/hr and go to $16/hr. Of course the real mangers make more.
I wouldn’t trust government figures period. I can see the inflation personally. Its big and its real.
6.6% unemployment, my ass!
Management jobs at Staples Office Supply start at $10/hr and go to $16/hr. Of course the real mangers make more.”
I couldn’t imagine how people under 30 can hope to start families in this environment; apparently they just don’t...