When I went to the grocery store on Saturday, Nov 13th, I was surprised to find that my food cost has gone up significantly. I don't know if it will be news to you or not, but it was certainly an eye-opener to me. So, I sat down with some saved receipts and a calculator and here's what I found:
Purina Indoor Cat Formula cat food (3.5 lb bag) $4.99 now, was $3.49 in September
Granulated Cane Sugar (5 lb bag) $3.19, was $2.54 in Sept.
Sunchips brand multi-grain chips* $3.79, was $3.49
Mrs. Smith's frozen pie* $4.99, was $3.98
Baked Ruffles brand chips $3.99, was $3.38
Tombstone brand frozen pizza* $4.49, was $3.58
Crest Total Care brand toothpaste $4.19, was $3.73
Spaghetti sauce (store brand) $1.79, was $1.59
(*) didn't actually buy, but made note of the price.
While some prices only went up by twenty cents or so, others jumped over a dollar making my total bill about $5 more than it was a couple of months ago. By my estimate, this increase is 10-11%.
When citizens in the US are going without pay raises or cost of living adjustments, having their health insurance rates increase by as much as 12% this month, lay-offs still happening, gasoline prices increasing, etc... having to shell out even more to buy food leaves a bad taste in my mouth.