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Well, eggs were up to $1.76 a dozen for the medium sized last night. I can’t imagine why they are costing so much more, maybe it’s the threat of bird flu, I don’t kow.
Kristina, Ouch! $5 a dozen. Does that mean you simply go without or ration them carefully? Here I’m complaining about $1.76, $5 is shocking! Do you use powdered eggs instead? Are they any cheaper?
Roxie, first off, it’s so nice to see you again. I enjoyed your comments on Velveeta. It’s definitely kid-friendly seeing as it’s so cheap and mild tasting. Next, I appreciate your insight to the economy. You have a special perspective, as you pointed out, as a mom and small-business owner. I can see a long series of “repairs” after this current administration too.
My Fred said he’d heard something that made a lot of sense to me. He said that Bush really wants to be the smartest person in the room and that in order to do that he has to keep hiring idiots who are even less intelligent than he is. That’s a difficult task because he sets the bar so low that to find “qualified” people, those who make him look smart, he has to to hire the most stupid people he can find. This may make him look good by comparison, however it does nothing but harm to our country. Now I’m not saying that this idea is true, but I will say it gave me food for thought. I can honestly say that I don’t think we’ve ever had a president who was less intelligent that Mr. Bush, and it’s a shame that he has made so many mistakes, the consequences of which, we the people will have to manage. I find that a bitter pill to swallow.
Anna, I would love to raise chickens. We have the land for it, but blasted zoning laws won’t allow it. I have considered getting some anyway, but Fred says I can’t make the family a target for the zoning comission. In this case, I’m bowing to his wisdom and authority, albeit with gritted teeth. 😉
Wendy Bluebird, I’ve been meaning to answer you, I totally agree with your stance on impulse buying and everything else you said in your comment. I have been shopping twice in the past week and each time I had to fight myself not to pick things up and drop them in the cart. At Dollar General I found empty notebook journals. The kind with pretty paper and fancy bright covers and a little elastic band to keep it closed when not in use. I lusted after those things for a full 10 minutes, looking at each one, imagining the way it would match my kitchen, all of the wonderful things I could write in one. It was obsessive to a minor degree. Finally I cam eback to my senses and pushed my cart away from teh siren song those notebooks were singing to me. I had to work really hard to resist. I have every justification for buying one that you can imagine–They only cost $2, that won’t break us. Think how orgainzed it will make me to have a notebook to write everything down in (I only have a dozen of partially used ones at home). A new one will inspire me to do better and achieve my goals. I’ll be a better mom and a better homemaker. I completely sold myself on that notebook and it’s only through the grace of God that I was able to walk away.
It’s not the the notebook itself was so expensive. It was more of an example of the kinds of small things that we’ve allowed to suck up our money over the years. The truth is I don’t need a new notebook. I need to clean out an old one and really use it instead of fantasizing about it while browsing the aisles at the Dollar store.
Other impusle buys I fought were a 5-pound block of cream cheese from Sam’s. It was cheaper per pound than the stuff I usually buy in 8-ounce packages, but I think there would have been more waste due to mold, and that would have cancelled out the savings, plus probably costing me more in the long run. I also spotted a Taste of Home baking cookbook that wanted to jump into my cart. It was a full 40% less than the publisher’s suggested price. But I don’t need another cookbook, especially about baking, and that $18 it would have cost me is better put into my saving account than propped on a book shelf to collect dust.
Thanks to everyone else for sharing the price of eggs. The USDA’s cost of food index has been slow to update. They’re still showing the October chart ($554.20 for a month) and I really want to see the November chart. I noticed prices rising before November, due to the gas hikes. During November, however,I noticed the biggest rises in food prices–Jumps actually. I don’t think prices are going to go back down either, I think these are the new prices that are here to stay. That spells inflation in my book and I’m not happy about it.