Well except for those 2 years for 0% COLA for SS and disabled vets a year ago! Becasue inflation in the USA is only about 1% a year according the Ben Bernanke. Huzzah because I was kind of concerned how to pay for food and gas next year but I’ll be getting a whole $12.00 extra month to handle $4.00 a gallon gas and $3.00 a pound hamburger.
Of course the mandatory Medicare part B payment will also be going up $7.00 a month to help with Obamacare and that $716 million moved from the Medicare account to Obamacare account and Obamacare doesn’t even kick in till 2014. This working out great and I was foolishly worried about the economy. I might be able to afford a pound of hamburger next year or a gallon of gas each month.
As you can tell I’m not a big fan of the PTBs and the stuff they expect me to believe. I know we have a huge problem with all of the debt the US government has already and it’s only getting worse. I would prefer to be told the truth and not have these idiots “cook the books” to make things look better on paper and as a media headline. Just hoping that folks will believe in the PTBs little longer and not see what’s happening to each person’s check and budget.
I am in pretty good shape to absorb the costs of food and fuel. I don’t drive to a job though I drive about 5-6 miles per day five days a week to go walk with my Mom. I live where I can ride my trike to go shopping as most of the stores are within a mile of my house. I don’t get food stamps, an Obamaphone or other assistance, so I do budget and shop like most folks paying cash. No I’m not knocking people getting food stamps, just saying our buying power is close to the same. Thank God I woke up 3 years ago and now I have most everything I need for several months, I can shop the loss leaders at the store. I can make most of my food from scratch, buy in bulk and store or preserve it safely.
But most folks in the west do have to drive to get to work and do the shopping and $4.00-5.00 for a gallon of gas and $3.00 for a pound hamburger, it adds up fast for a middle class family trying to keep food on the table. You add in Coal fired electric plants going offline and aging nuke plants that need repair or replacement. You will have rising electricity costs just in time for winter. Times are going to get a lot harder in making ends meet for a lot of people in the coming months.
I’m pleading with you to get as much food as you can for the next couple months as the ranchers cull herds and before food costs hit the grocery store shelves hard. Time is short but you do have a month or two to get as much as you can to be ready for 2013. Get flour or grain and start cooking with it, a 50 pound bag of flour is around $15.00 and it can make a loaf of bread a week for 8 months. Rice harvests look pretty good so prices for bulk rice should stay about the same and White rice can last for 25 years stored properly and $20.00 for a 50 pound bag of rice will give you about 500 4 oz. servings that’s enough for 2 servings a day for 2 months for a family of four. Beans are getting expensive but still can be had for under a $1.00 a pound in bulk and have about 10 servings average per pound. Buy oatmeal for a cheap breakfast and get a couple of months worth of the basics of salt, spices, sugar, yeast, baking powder and oil. Get some seeds and start small pots of herbs in a sunny window.
Check out my Start Here page https://myadventuresinselfreliance.wordpress.com/start-here/ and start getting those basics that will buy you some time, save you some money and avoid panic because you know you have food in the pantry. Over 6-8 weeks you can do this for $15.00-$20.00 per week added to your shopping lists.
I know it’s tough but food prices are going up a lot next year and having a month or two of food stored will help you get by as power and fuel costs go higher. You won’t have to make the choice of food or heat this winter I hope!