I’ve just returned from Tesco, from being fleeced, from being robbed and can honestly say that the Light Brigade made less ridiculous charges! Some food items are now 25% higher than before Christmas. The cheap items are just the junk food that they pile high. The basics are much more expensive. We shop fortnightly and we are really feeling the squeeze. We are having to add more pulses, more rice, more potatoes and more soya to our diet every time. We have bought meat, but we will only eat that every other day. Tinned meat is looking cheaper but only in comparison with fresh and a tin of corned beef is now £1.50, whilst last summer, it was about 79p a tin. Now, even a corned beef hash is expensive.
Frugality is no longer a life style choice, it’s a matter of survival. It’s literally, your money or your life. Today, I kick myself that I didn’t have foresight, that I didn’t look into the future and I didn’t see this coming. Now, every day is about preparing for tomorrow. If something is being sold as a lost leader, and you use it, and you can afford to stock up, then do so. Today it was laundry liquid. My Tesco, no longer stocks the Value soap powder or Value Laundry liquid, which washed our clothes just fine. So, if your local supermarket has it, then stock up. They always sold these products at a near loss, and they can’t do that any more. If you see flour for under 70p a bag, then buy a year’s supply if you can keep it. Keep your eyes open in the discount stores and compare with supermarket prices, it’s going to get a lot worse and we all need to think, not only about tomorrow, but the months ahead, when recent global weather impact world food prices. I’m having a gloomy weekend, where I am actually being faced with the reality, that I might not be able to live and pay off my debts as quickly as I’m doing. It’s going to be tough.