There’s a certain Presidential candidate that thinks that a 9% national sales tax is a fantastic idea and from my understanding, this will apply to groceries. Groceries. As if the inflating prices on food these days isn’t bad enough ($4.99/lb for bacon? I remember when it was $2.79/lb and that wasn’t all that long ago). Can you imagine adding 9% on top of that? I can’t imagine how I would swing that let alone how those families who have even less than we do.
I hated grocery shopping before. Hated it. Hated meal planning. Hated getting to the checkout and realizing just how much over budget I was and how very little I had in the cart. I’ve been priced out of the co-op. Grassfed is out of the question as are organics. Forget roasts – these are NOT cheap. Forget multi-ingredient recipes – who can afford all of that? I don’t feel up to this challenge – hence why I find myself staring at a blank page more often than not as I struggle with just how I’m going to feed everyone.
I pay my bills on time. I’ve tried to be responsible. I own a modest home. We drive used cars with high mileage. We don’t go on vacation. We don’t have cable. We don’t have smartphones. I hardly ever buy myself clothing. How am I going to feed my family?
I have to be living in an alternate universe. I simply cannot believe the ridiculousness that serves as our national discourse. I am unable to fathom to the level or privilege exhibited along with the lack of basic empathy or human decency. Really….how much lower can they go?