Prices going up everywhere, agreed? I happen to be a guy who frequents a grocery store and has a clue what food costs are. I buy gasoline. Other stuff. Part of the army of Great American Consumers.
Recently I came across an article by the AP’s Personal Finance Writer, Dave Carpenter. Outlines 13 items that already – or will momentarily – cost more. I decided to review them for relevance to my wife and I:
Airfares – We’re not planning a flight anytime soon as not big fans of strip searches. OK here.
Chocolate – Uh-oh. We love Chocolate. This could get very, very ugly.
Coffee – Uh-oh squared. Wife sits this one out but I’m a big Coffee guy, albeit Decaf. (no, I don’t want to get into an argument about Decaf not being real Coffee…however, if you want to engage in discourse as to whether White Chocolate is real Chocolate it’s on)
Fast Food – Minor setback here courtesy of Chick-fil-A. A shout-out to our local Chick celebrating 1,000 days of operation yesterday. I think we have been there for a decent percentage of those days…except yesterday. (too Chicken of crowds)
Fruits And Vegetables – I do not know what these are. My wife does. Call it a wash. (I do know they need to be washed)
Furniture – We can wait providing something doesn’t unexpectedly collapse. OK.
Gasoline – We are not planning big trips and driving non-Gas guzzlers. Should be fine.
Household Products – As Soap, Toothpaste and TP are all mentioned…this could be an issue because we’re both dedicated to good hygiene. Those around us are appreciative.
Insurance – We have it. It’s needed. Deal with it.
Juice – I do not know what this is. My wife does…so a partial squeeze on finances.
Packaged Foods – Way too big a category not for us to be impacted. Perhaps we shall let existing inventories run down.
Soft Drinks – Soft impact. We can cut back. Or, eat more Chocolate depending on the comparative cost increases. It’s all candy anyway.
Tires – Both cars have fairly new ones. No tire costs down the road.
In conclusion…I think we’ll get through this. We have to.
If it becomes a problem…pass the Chocolate, please.