During most of my 79 years, I have been fighting inflation. I dont need it anymore, nor do I want it. Begone with thee, inflation!. I’ve seen my body mass go up and down more than the economy and in today’s world, that might be hard to believe. Has anyone been grocery shopping lately? This is also something I’m really getting close to being done with. When one of your only ventures into the outside world includes going to the store for rations, it’s time to take stock of what’s important. We don’t eat out very often, so my weekly shopping needs have skyrocketed recently.
Not to mention the paper products. We pay almost $2 for a roll of toilet paper that’s going to wind up in the toilet anyway. It might just be time to get out some of those old magazines we’ve been saving because we might want to read them again. The rolls are becoming bigger and bigger it seems. However when you use only four squares of the roll, you’ve eliminated half the roll.
Everything at the supermarket is on the rise, including the tempers of the shoppers and cashiers. Road rage with a shopping cart is more prevalent. The required, “did you find everything you were looking for?” question by the cashiers is like a second thought and not really bearing any concern whatever. People push and shove their way through the aisles as if they were on a mission to get out of there as quickly as possible. In most cases it is. If you’ve been vaccinated and can’t breathe with a mask, you receive the offer of one by a clerk waiting at the door to dispense one. The shaming has begun.
Meat prices are through the roof. I wonder how much of that money is going to the farmers who bred, raised and sold those animals for human consumption. Soon we will all be vegan and that will make everyone happy, except for those of us who still enjoy our meat and potatoes.
There was a time when you could buy a can of peas for 50 cents. Today you’re lucky if you get one pea in the can you just paid almost two dollars for. I know this is all part of the trickle down effect we heard of from many past presidents. If the government is going to meet its budget, they must tax the rich, which includes the corporations and suppliers that brings us the food, which they in turn must overcharge the consumer with. Does anyone get that? Maybe the solution would be to go back to living off the earth. Oh but then, we’d be messing with the environment.
Inflation used to mean putting air into something or making it bigger. Today our dollar isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, our needs excede our dollars, our bellys are still inflated and there’s little hope of change anywhere, except in the coffers of the US government. Maybe I should get a government job. Maybe I could be an activist. I hear they make almost $15/hour. Whatever I choose to do, my income will never catch up to my outgo.
So, I’ll continue to watch my social security check run out faster each month. I’ll resort to eating dogfood and dumbster diving if necessary. I’ve never had to go hungry and my belt size can attest to that. Maybe I can live off my fat for a few months.